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Visit Lewes, the historic county town of East Sussex. Nestled in the South Downs National Park, it’s steeped in history, tradition and culture. Enjoy independent, quirky shops, cosy cafés, quaint pubs, and a vibrant arts and music scene. Historic sites include Lewes Castle, dating from 1069, the ruins of the Cluniac Priory, demolished during the reformation, Anne of Cleves’ House, and the former home of Thomas Paine, writer and revolutionary. It’s also the perfect starting point for a walk or cycle ride on the South Downs or along the River Ouse. Pick up a free guide from the Tourist Information Centre.

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Visit Eastbourne, a charming destination, perfectly situated at the foot of the magnificent South Downs National Park with glorious, unspoilt views of the coast and countryside for you to enjoy and explore. Fall in love with Eastbourne’s Victorian beauty, uncover years of captivating history and taste some of the finest food along the way. With independent boutique shops, a newly refurbished shopping centre complete with multiplex cinema and restaurants, dazzling live entertainment and a season of vibrant events including an award-winning free Airshow – your perfect coastal escape awaits.

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Ten things

Discover our top things to do in East Sussex... Page 22

48 hours

How to spend a few days in this fantastic county... Page 36

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Welcome...................................................................................... 09 East Sussex is a county like no other!

History all around.......................................................................10 East Sussex is steeped in history – it’s in the very fabric of the region.

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Let’s go there............................................................................... 14 Whatever the time of year, and whatever the weather, there’s always plenty to do here.

Ten things you must do........................................................... 22 There are loads of things to do here – make sure you don’t miss these.

Like to shop? You’ll love it here............................................. 24

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High street chains, one-off independents and quirky specialists – they’re all waiting for the shopaholic.

If you’re only here for 48 hours.............................................. 36 You can pack a lot into a couple of days – try this itinerary to make the most of it.

A taste of East Sussex – and the world................................. 38 Top-end fine dining, adventurous independents and a great range of ethnic cuisine means you’ll never go hungry here.

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Glyndebourne is an opera house in the heart of the Sussex countryside. It all began with a love story in 1934, when founder John Christie met soprano Audrey Mildmay. Glyndebourne is now one of the finest and most celebrated opera houses in the world, delivering performances to some 150,000 people across a summer Festival and an autumn Tour.

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Sport

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Nightlife

This county has so much to offer after dark... Page 64

Overlooking the town of Hastings

Ten reasons to love this region.............................................. 52 There are dozens of reasons to love it here – check out a few of our favourites.

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A region at the heart of art....................................................... 54 Immerse yourself in a region that’s crammed with art and culture.

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Whether you want to watch or take part, there’s plenty on offer here.

Welcome to the night............................................................... 64 From cocktail bars to country pubs, you won’t be bored in East Sussex.

Getting here and getting around............................................ 68 Getting to and around East Sussex couldn’t be easier.

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Let’s explore................................................................................ 70 Although you’ll never run out of things to do here, there’s also plenty to do and see further afield.

We’re open for business............................................................ 74 Tourism is the main sector for the East Sussex economy, but the county is also powered by a number of diverse industries.

If you’re planning to stay longer............................................ 76 Properties here make a solid investment prospect and there’s never been a better time to buy.

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seaford Day trip!

An unspoilt promenade to stroll along, the length of a sweeping bay, with seaside-bright beach huts to rent. Peaceful country walks to wander with picturepostcard views to take your breath away. A treasure trove of boutiques to browse; art exhibitions and The Shoal to marvel at. A spectacular cliff-top golf course for the grown-ups and a seaside playground for the kids. Tasty feasts from traditional fish & chips to a mouthwatering meal at The View to tempt the taste buds.

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Seaford is situated on the A259 coast road, between Brighton and Eastbourne. The town is serviced regularly by Brighton & Hove buses (www.traveline.info), and by trains from Brighton and Lewes (www.nationalrail.co.uk). There is ample free parking all along the seafront. Find out more about the South’s best-kept secret at www.seafordtowncouncil.gov.uk


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elcome to East Sussex – and may we congratulate you on your choice of destination. It’s not all pretty surroundings and lovely vistas, impressive though they undoubtedly are. East Sussex also has great modern shopping, restaurants, arts and culture, and some of the best places to stay in the country. Many attractions are open all year round, so finding something to do is easy. East Sussex has everything from historic battlefields to hip and alternative seaside resorts. The region also boasts the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs and the cobbled medieval streets of Rye. Situated in the south east of England, this romantic county also boasts some lovely countryside where there are wonderful estates and picturesque gardens to explore. The South Downs are ripe for exploring for walkers and just as much fun can be had discovering the animals in one of the best small zoos in Britain, Drusillas Park in Alfriston. All in all, you’ve picked a great time to visit this wonderful county, so please enjoy everything it has to offer! l

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HISTORY ALL AROUND! East Sussex is steeped in history – it’s in the very fabric of the region

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companions. The rape of Lewes was given to William de Warenne, a Norman baron, who built Lewes Castle around 1067. The initial castle was built with earth and timber, and it was then rebuilt in stone around 1100. The French occupied Rye until 1247 when it was reclaimed on the orders of Henry III. However, the town remained vulnerable to French invaders, as it was one of the most important ports on the south coast. The worst attack was in 1377, when the town was desolated by fire. Rye then underwent a regeneration and fortification and the town wall was rebuilt with four gates. Landgate is the only one remaining today, along with the Ypres Tower, which is another famous defensive structure. It wasn’t just foreign invasion that the locals had to contend with. Smuggling was rife along the south coast and Rye, with its narrow streets and dark headlands, was the perfect place for storing illegal cargoes, such as wool. It was around 1300 when a customs duty was placed on the export of wool, which was in great demand in Europe, when smuggling started. But it really took off in 1614, when the export of wool was made illegal, which led to an increase in smuggling activity. The Romney Marshes became its epicentre and p12

lthough the name Sussex is from the Saxon period, the history of human habitation in Sussex goes back to the Old Stone Age. The oldest hominid remains in Britain were found at Boxgrove. East Sussex has since been occupied many times as the county’s location on the south coast meant it was subjected to various invasions and migrations throughout its long history. East Sussex roots are in the ancient kingdom of the Saxons, who started to settle there in the 5th century, when the Romans left. The most famous invasion was by a Norman army from France, which led to the Battle of Hastings in 1066. This was a battle for the throne of England, between Harold – who had been crowned king nine months earlier – and Duke William of Normandy, who believed he was the rightful king. By the end of the day, thousands lay dead on the battlefield, including Harold. After his victory, William was crowned the first Norman king of England, and the Anglo-Saxon phase of English history came to an end. Following the Norman invasion, William I divided Sussex into five administrative zones, known as rapes. Each of these was granted to his most trusted

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records in the 1670s reveal that 20,000 packs of wool were sent to Calais each year. By the 17th century, smugglers worked in large, organised and heavily armed groups, and had expanded into importing luxury goods, such as tea. It wasn’t until 1831 that the Navy finally won the war against smuggling. The use of modern harbours, instead of beaches, as landing areas, also helped to banish smuggling from the south coast. The county of Sussex has been divided into East and West since the 12th century and obtained separate county councils in 1888. However, it remained a single ceremonial county until 1974. At the same time the Mid Sussex region (including Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill and East Grinstead) was transferred from East to West Sussex. In 1997 Brighton and Hove became a self-administered unitary authority. It was then granted city status in 2000, but remained part of the county of East Sussex. l

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ast Sussex is one the most varied and interesting counties in the UK. From long walks along the Sussex coast to exploring ancient castles, and shopping in vintage markets to sampling local wine – you will never be short of things to do there. If you’re travelling with kids, there are a number of great adventure parks and farms that will give them a healthy dose of fresh air and wholesome fun. They don’t come much more wholesome that the Wilderness Woods in Hadlow Down. It has 62 acres where kids and adults can go wild – in the best way possible. There is a Forest School, which delivers woodland based activities for children and adults of all ages, and a number of workshops where you can get creative. In addition, there is a cafe serving food-fired pizza, a kitchen garden, and beautiful Woodland products to buy, ranging from rustic garden furniture to rose arches. Another great day out for all the family is Drusillas Park in Alfriston, one of the best small zoos in Britain. Alongside the animals there are a number of adventure play areas where children of all ages can climb, slide, jump and swing. Middle Farm is the perfect place for kids to let off steam. The 625-acre working family farm has a range of animals to pet, from rabbits and goats to pigs and llamas. You can also watched their prize-winning herd of pedigree Jersey cows being milked each afternoon. In addition, there is a picnic area, nature trail, two outdoor playgrounds and a hay barn to play in. For adults there is a farm shop, gift shop, restaurant and over 100 different draught ciders and perries to taste. Just make sure someone else is driving! You can combine a trip to Middle Farm with a visit to Charleston, which was the country home of Vanessa Bell (sister of Virginia Woolf) and Duncan Grant, who were part of an influential crowd of intellectuals, artists and writers known as the Bloomsbury Group. Vanessa and Duncan used the house as a blank canvas, painting the walls, doors and furniture to create a unique decorative style. In addition to the house and artists’ garden, there is an exhibition gallery showing a mix of contemporary and historical art, a Crafts Council selected shop selling art and books, and cafe. Viriginia Woolf’s house is just a 20-minute drive away in Rodmell. Monk’s House is an 16th-century weatherboarded cottage where the writer lived with her husband, the political activist, journalist and editor Leonard Woolf. The National Trust now operates the building as a writer’s house museum – but be warned it closes during the winter.

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There are a number of other National Trust properties in East Sussex. Bateman’s in Burwash is the former home of Rudyard Kipling, while Lamb House in Rye was once home to writer Henry James. Sheffield Park is where the heritage Bluebell Railway starts, before chugging its way to East Grinstead, via Horsted Keynes and Kingscote, through stunning woodland and countryside. The station also has a shop, model railway, museum and a fantastic collection of locomotives and carriages to explore. Bodiam Castle near Robertsbridge is another family favourite, with a 14th-century moated castle offering great views from the top. At Bodiam Castle you can enjoy storytelling, trails and crafts. For a real slice of ancient history you have to visit the site of one of the most famous battles in England – the 1066 Battle of Hasting. The award-winning exhibition in Battle brings alive the dramatic story of the Norman Conquest and its significance in the tumultuous history of England. If you’re visiting in October, make sure you don’t miss the annual re-enactment of the famous battle. p19

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Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard is nine miles north of Hastings, amidst the stunning landscape of the High Weald AONB. Established in 1979, Sedlescombe is the oldest organic vineyard in England, and in 2010 became the first to gain full biodynamic status. Recent improvements include a refurbished tasting room, upgraded winery and 42,000 new vines! 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of this family-run attraction.

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Just down the road in Hastings you can visit the beautiful ruins of a Norman castle, which was the first castle in England to be built by William the Conqueror. Built during the Norman Conquest of Britain, the castle was depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry. Even if castles aren’t your thing it’s worth a visit as the views from the top over Hastings and beyond are breathtaking. There are also great views from the top of West Hill, which has Britain’s steepest funicular railway. You can go from Hasting’s highest views, to the depths of the earth with Smugglers Adventure – a museum built into underground caverns. Make your way through the dark corridors once used by smugglers, with only a torch to guide your way, while learning about the people who made their money on the black market. Also underground is Source Park – the largest underground BMX and Skateboard Park in the World. A former Victorian Turkish Baths under Hastings promenade, it won Historic England’s 2017 award for the ‘Best Rescue of a historic building’. There are two massive parks, attracting some of the best riders in the world as well as beginners of all ages. Back on higher ground it’s well worth taking a wander around the original 19th-century town of St Leonards. It was created by James Burton and his son Decimus as a brand-new seaside resort for the wealthy. It became popular with royalty and

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aristocracy and the town prospered and expanded until it merged with Hastings. There is a great online tour (burtonsstleonardssociety.co.uk), which takes you around the main landmarks of Burtons’ St Leonards. You can also step back in time at the 1,000-yearold Lewes Castle, which is in the centre of Lewes town. Climb to the top for panoramic views and on the way up the family can dress up in Anglo Saxon costumes. In the gardens below there are traditional games, trails, quizzes and other activities. Next door, in the Barbican House Museum, you can to learn more about the history of the area through interactive and static display. If the weather is good enough, you can while away a few hours at Pells Pool, which is short stroll down hill. It’s the oldest freshwater outdoor public swimming pool in the UK, and is spring-fed. There is also a paddling pool for little ones and lots of grass to lounge on, making it the perfect place for picnics. There are more incredible picnic opportunities on the many walks along the South Downs Way, which stretches for 100 miles from Eastbourne to Winchester. A good starting point is the Seven Sisters Country Park, which is a series of seven hills in the chalk cliffs between p21

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Seaford and Eastbourne, offering spectacular views. There are a number of footpaths and trails, ranging from 40 minutes to four hours – information and trail maps can be found in the visitor centre. Just east of the last peak is Birling Gap and beyond that is the famous Beachy Head, which is the UK’s highest chalk sea cliff, and one of the most famous. A number of films have been shot there, including The Living Daylights, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, and Notes on a Scandal. If you like your walks with a glass of wine, then a tour of Rathfinny Wine Estate is a must. It was established in 2010 and is now one of the largest vineyards in Europe, producing over one million bottles of Sussex Sparkling wine a year. You can take a guided walk through the vineyard and learn about winemaking, followed by a lunch or afternoon tea, with stunning views in the Tasting Room. One of the best ways to see the South Coast is from a kayak. At Eastbourne Kayak and Surf Hire you can hire single or double kayaks and while away an hour or so bobbing about on the water. Or why not try the increasingly popular sport of stand up paddle boarding? It’s a great work out! One of the most beaches in East Sussex is Camber

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Sands near Rye. This fabulous stretch of unspoilt sandy beach stretches for almost five miles, with the most popular section being the western end, by the mouth of the River Rother. It’s a great place to spend the day. Across the river from Camber Sands is the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, which has a variety of wildlife and landscapes, from woodlands and salt marshes, to meadows and wetlands. With such a massive range of eco systems this is a top spot for little nature enthusiasts to record and identify the creatures you encounter. If your kids are more into magic than marshlands then you should take them to the School of Wizards and Witches at the World of Legend in Rye. It’s a theatre experience where children are taught how to make spells, help others, and learn how to be their magical best. It’s a great role-playing experience, which has been created by professional film and prop makers. There is lots going on in Rye to keep the whole family entertained, all year round. Annual events include Rye Bay Scallops Week at the end of February, the Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival in June, the Rye Society of Artist’s Summer Exhibition, Rye Jazz Festival in August and Rye Arts Festival in September. l

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OPPOSITE PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT The Historic Mermaid Inn in Rye; Enjoy fish and chips at the seaside; Hastings East Cliff Railway; The annual re-enactment at 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield; BOTTOM Kitesurfing with Rye Watersports

[01] TAKE A WALK ALONG THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY

The South Downs Way stretches for 100 miles from Eastbourne to Winchester. A good place to start is the Seven Sisters Country Park, which consists of seven hills in the chalk cliffs, between Seaford and Eastbourne. There is a range of spectacular walks, from 40 minutes to four hours.

[02] RIDE THE EAST CLIFF RAILWAY As the steepest funicular in the UK, this is a fun way to get to the top of Hastings cliffs, where you’ll be treated to unbeatable views over the Old Town, Stade and Rock-a-Nore.

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[03] EAT FISH AND CHIPS AT MAGGIE’S Maggie’s is a local legend where delicious food and a warm welcome are guaranteed. The fish comes straight off the boat and is cooked to perfection with crispy, light batter, and the chips are double fried. We challenge you to find better. [04] EXPLORE THE COASTAL CULTURE TRAIL Set over 18 miles of stunning coastline on the edge of the South Downs National Park, the Coastal Culture Trail runs from Jerwood Gallery in Hastings to Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne, via the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill. You can bike it in around four hours. [05] VISIT THE SITE OF THE BATTLE OF HASTINGS For a memorable family day out in East Sussex visit Battle Abbey, the site of the 1066 Battle of Hastings. You can stand on the site where this historic battle was fought before exploring the abbey ruins. There is also a visitor centre, which shows a film that re-tells the story of the great battle, as well as a gatehouse exhibition.

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[06] GO SHOPPING IN LEWES Lewes is a stunning, atmospheric town, with cobbled streets, set beside the River Ouse and surrounded by the South Downs. Shopping here is a unique experience, with its fabulous antique shops, quirky bookstores and independent boutiques, selling stylish clothes, jewellery, homewares and more. [07] TAKE OUT A KAYAK A fresh and fun way to enjoy the sights of the East Sussex coast is by bobbing about on the sea itself. Eastbourne Kayak and Surf Hire has single or double kayaks, or why not have a go at stand up paddle boarding?

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Kitesurf Centre offers kitesurfing tuition, while Rye Watersports has kitesurfing, windsurfing and sailing lessons. [10] VISIT A HISTORIC PUB East Sussex has a rich history, and as a result there are a number of fantastic old pubs and inns, dating as far back as the 12th century. One of our favourites is the Blackboys Inn, a beautiful 14th-century pub on the outskirts of Uckfield. l

[08] WEBBES COOKERY SCHOOL This course is a fabulous opportunity to prepare and cook a specially-designed lunch menu with local chef hero Paul Webbe. The day is informal and fun and finishes with you enjoying the delicious lunch you have (hopefully!) created. [09] VISIT THE BEACH AT CAMBER SANDS With almost five miles of fine golden sand, the beach at Camber Sands is one of the best beaches in the UK. You can while away the hours building sand castles or just lying in the sun. If you’re feeling more adventurous how about having a go at some watersports? The

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herever you find yourself in East Sussex, there are always opportunities to shop. Even the smaller towns have interesting, independent stores where you can pick up a treat for yourself or friends and family back home, while the bigger towns rival London in terms of style and choice. Eastbourne has a wide range of shops, from high street chains at The Beacon to the quaint Victorian shopping streets of Little Chelsea, and the boutiques in the Enterprise Centre to local markets. Let’s start with Little Chelsea, which was recently named the third coolest neighbourhood in the UK by the Sunday Times. It has over 50 independent retailers, offering the perfect opportunity to sample luxury delis, discover antiques, galleries, homewares and exclusive brands. One of the longest-running

“EVEN THE SMALLER TOWNS HAVE INTERESTING, INDEPENDENT STORES WHERE YOU CAN PICK UP A TREAT FOR YOURSELF OR FRIENDS AND FAMILY BACK HOME, WHILE THE BIGGER TOWNS RIVAL LONDON IN TERMS OF STYLE AND CHOICE”

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The Beacon shopping centre in Eastbourne

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The Enterprise Shopping Centre is one of the most unusual places to shop and eat in Sussex. A former Victorian railway building, it’s now home to an exciting range of independent stores offering unique wares, not often found on the high street, all under a large glass roof. There are clothes shops, cosmetics, comic books, computers, cafes – and even a circus shop! It also sells stuff that doesn’t begin with the letter C, such as jewellery, homewares, art, vintage inspired clothing and accessories, and vegan food. If all that shopping is making you hungry, a pit stop at the Asian fusion Yummy Noodle Bar is a must. Eastbourne has a thriving arts scene and there are lots of shops selling local artists’ work – everything from seascapes and abstracts to prints and ceramics. Some of the best places to buy are Nigel Greaves Gallery and Henry Paddon Contemporary Art – both of which also arrange commissions. Art Room No 9 is a small, quirky gallery and shop with reasonably priced gifts, while the Little Chelsea Gallery was conceived by Tim Bosworth, to help promote new artists from all fields of the arts, including photography, painting and sculpture.

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Hastings is another East Sussex town that prides itself on its independent retailers. The Old Town has a cluster of quality boutiques, such as Warp & Weft, which sells apparel, homewares and accessories for men and women. The collection is timeless, in earthy tones and natural materials, with a utilitarian nod. You’ll find a similar, stylish ethos at Butler’s Emporium, which is located in a beautiful building, dating from about 1832, in the heart of Hastings Old Town. Their elegantly-curated range features natural materials, quality design and organic ingredients and is displayed across the shop’s old furniture and cabinets. If you make your own clothes a visit to Wayward is a must. It’s a treasure-trove of vintage textiles and haberdashery, with (literally) thousands of metres of vintage suiting, shirting, linens, ribbons, lamé, lace, trim, buttons and retro clothing. They also have a large stock of vintage linen sheets, crotchet bed covers and quilts. Like so many of these funky seaside resorts, Hastings also has come great vintage furniture p30

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Why not take a fresh look at the Enterprise Shopping Centre, situated next to Eastbourne’s Railway Station. Conveniently located in the centre of town with plenty of parking, taxis, buses and trains on their doorstep. Visit Aurelie & Rose for vintage style homeware, personalised presents and cards. Call into The Beauty Vault; a cosmetics boutique and pop into Apres Chocolat and Sevrona for gorgeous ladies fashion and accessories. Visit The Little Bag Shop for every fashionista’s guilty pleasure, Dickies for formal or lounge suit hire or purchase, Pendulum menswear for the perfect shirt in all sizes, jumpers, trousers, jackets, suits and even socks and shoes! For beautiful fabrics, sewing patterns and dress making classes, visit fabric boutique, Little Miss Sew ‘n’ Sew. The gallery @ The Makery offers

beautiful handmade jewellery, stunning original artwork; all crafted by local artists and designers. The Enterprise Centre offers everything from hair, nails & beauty to computer sales and repairs, fresh floral bouquets, jewellery repairs and tattoos. They even have a shop selling Circus Skills equipment! If you need to recharge whilst shopping, they offer plenty of eateries and coffee shops too, everything from a Full English Breakfast to Thai Noodles or Tapas and even a Vegan & Vegetarian café, can be enjoyed all under one big sunny Victorian glass roof. With its eclectic mix of boutique style shops, Enterprise is full of Independent stores offering unique ranges, not often found on the high street!

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Looking for something unique? Then look no further‌ We are sited within the Enterprise Centre and just a few minutes walk from the railway station. Here @ The Makery we have brought local artists and makers together to share their exquisite creations, ranging from ceramics, glass, woodturning, jewellery, textiles beautiful wall art and much more.

Opening times 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm Sunday Unit 7, Enterprise Centre, Station Parade, Eastbourne BN21 1BD

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“ST LEONARDS, TO THE WEST OF HASTINGS, HAS BEEN CALLED THE NEW ‘PORTOBELLO ROADON-SEA’ BY THE TIMES AND ALSO HAS A GREAT COLLECTION OF ANTIQUE SHOPS AND VINTAGE GALLERIES”

Dyke and Dean is a former printworks, which now sells contemporary home wares and utilitarian items, carefully curated by product designers Oliver Dean and Eddie Lloyd-Dyke. They also sell some of their own lighting designs. St Leonards Modern Goods sells hand-made, home-made leather goods alongside a selection of British made clothing and homewares from other independent designers. It’s easy to spend a day or more wandering around Lewes charming shops and markets. The locals are a discerning crowd and this is reflected in the stylish jewellers, quirky bookshops, fleamarkets and antique shops there. A great place to start is the Needlemakers. It’s a beautiful building, with ancient brickwork, cobbled floors and huge wooden beams that date back to 1821. It’s now home to an excellent cafe and wonderful independent shops, selling homewares, gifts, books, haberdashery and more. You’ll also find some fabulous independent shops out on the high street. Kings Framers is a framing shop with a difference. It also sells bath wares, clothing, edibles, candles, cards and gorgeous products for your home. All are carefully chosen and beautifully displayed. Flint is another tasteful shop selling clothes, fragrances and homewares. p33

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stores. Balfour & Byrom specialises in gorgeous antiques, collectibles, interiors and furniture, while the American-born owner of the Goods Depot has been dealing in antiques since the mid-70s. You’ll find Moroccan inspired interiors in House of Habibi; mid-century furniture and vintage clothing at 20th Century Fashion & Design; Up the Garden Path where you can buy garden furniture and ornaments; and Little Treasures Antiques & Vintage, which offers affordable vintage costume jewellery, purses, shawls and more. Across the road is Roberts Curios who specialise in Oriental antiques. For locally-sourced vintage furniture check out Hastings Antique Warehouse, which has several floors heaving with some great finds. For a shopping experience with a difference head to AG Hendy. Owned by food journalist and photographer Alastair Hendy, the building has been restored its original Georgian glory and is full of new and vintage equipment for the kitchen, scullery, pantry, and broom cupboard, along with useful items and furniture for the dining room, office and garden. There is also a great seafood restaurant out the back. St Leonards, to the west of Hastings, has been called the new ‘Portobello Road-on-sea’ by The Times and also has a great collection of antique shops and vintage galleries.

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Harley House Sussex Gins

Seaford, a picturesque coastal town, home to a population of roughly 27,000 and... a gin distillery. What better place to produce fabulous, unique bottles of gin? Using water from a local Aquifer in the South Downs and creatively distilling every stage of the gin from initial British sugar spirit and the addition of a carefully balanced blend of botanicals, through to hand bottling. We currently produce 5 gins that have been described as some of the ‘best produced’ by gin lovers. Pure Sussex Gin- A delicate blend of 15 botanicals, fused with Sussex water. Sussex Blue Gin- A magical gin that evolves in the most unique way. Honeysuckle & Hibiscus Gin- A truly sublime gin that is a sensory experience. Sussex Sloe Gin- Created using finest hand picked sloes from the distillery’s surroundings. Rhubarb & Ginger Gin Liqueur- Using Sussex Rhubarb, this liqueur is one of the finest you’ll taste. 01323 491998 WWW.

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Warp & Weft Old Town Based in the heart of historic old town, Warp & Weft is a boutique and atelier housed in a sumptuously restored Victorian building, a truly glorious backdrop to a range of meticulously designed ready-to-wear clothing and interior objects.

Leida Nassir-Pour, the driving force and founder, draws on her ability to source the most beautiful textiles and home wear from around the world. She effortlessly combines her love of surface texture, her art education and mixed cultural heritage, to create a truly inspiring, concept store. By collaborating directly with her suppliers, using traditional methods and natural raw materials her products are sustainable and ethical. In addition to Leida’s off the peg clothing and interiors, Warp & Weft offers a fully bespoke made to measure tailoring service as well as a unique made to order collection of prototypes that can be modified for a personalised fit in a fabric of choice.

It’s not about how much you own but the quality and integrity of what you own. T. 01424 437180 E. shop@warpandweftoldtown.com 68a George Street, Old Town Hastings, East Sussex TN34 3EE

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“YOU MIGHT WANT TO LEAVE YOUR CREDIT CARD AT HOME AT LAURELS – THERE IS SO MUCH GOOD STUFF TO BUY. IT FIRST OPENED BACK IN 1996 AND IT’S EASY TO SEE HOW THEY HAVE LASTED SO LONG”

For something a bit more masculine head to the gentleman’s outfitters, Paul Clarke. Dark walls and vintage mirrors add to the feel of the shop, which sells classic items such as cashmere scarves, panama hats and old-fashioned shaving sets. A favourite with the locals is Wickle, which sells, bright, bold and beautiful goodies including children’s clothes and toys, lampshades, jewellery and useful stuff for your home. There is also a tea room, which serves delicious cakes and pots of tea. You might want to leave your credit card at home at Laurels – there is so much good stuff to buy. It first opened back in 1996 and it’s easy to see how they have lasted so long. All the products they sell combine great design with function and colour – from a simple card to clothes, shoes, boots, bags, fabric, ceramics, throws and cushions and toys. Other shops to explore include Freight, which sells a truly unique range of household goods; Closet & Botts, which celebrates new, vintage and hand-made products that they have uncovered on their travels to Belgium and France; and The Little Natural Co. where you can buy organic clothing for children. In addition to the incredible shops, there are also some fabulous markets to explore. Lewes Antiques Centre is set over several floors, and brimming with wonderful and unusual antiques at affordable prices. Also worth exploring is Lewes Flea Market, held in a converted church. It’s the ideal place to hunt for retro-design, furniture and all manner of secondhand knick-knacks. Just outside Lewes is the quaint village of Alfriston. Here you’ll find the renowned interior design shop, Diana Kelly, which sells beautiful antiques. Diana has a real eye for finding things and her eccentric window displays are the talk of the town! Also popular is Peppa K, a Scandinavian children’s clothes shop with an emphasis on colour, fun and style. Rye is home to a number of great independent retro and vintage shops, and takes pride in the fact that chain stores are a ‘no, no’ in town. If you love rummaging for treasures, you will love this p35

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OFF THE LINE VINEYARD AND WINERY Off The Line is an award-winning boutique producer of premium, still rosé wines located south of Horam at Hellingly close to the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Driven by sustainability, the 13-hectare estate comprises natural woodlands, ponds and a modern purpose-built winery. Guided tours which include a vineyard walk, winery tour and wine tasting run on selected Saturdays and Sundays or you can visit the tasting room to taste and buy wines. There is also the option of a self-guided tour.

Check website for details: www.offthelinevineyard.com or telephone on 01435 812661

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town. Virtually every shop along the Strand sells second-hand goods, and each one has its individual charm. Favourites include Halcyon Days which sells rustic furniture that has been upcycled using chalk paints; Country Ways which is a treasure-trove of crockery, vintage weighing scales and gingham tablecloths; and Quay Antiques and Collectables, where around 30 traders sell and buy glass, brass, china, militaria, pictures, furniture and much more. Wishbarn Antiques is another place to have a rummage. It has three showrooms arranged over two floors, choc-full of furniture, decorative items and lighting from the 17th century to the 21st century. While Rye is famous for its antiques, there’s much to tempt your purse strings. The Tiny Book Store, in Church Square, must be England’s smallest bookshop, with just one room lined with second-hand treasures. Another quirky little shop is Four Doors, which started off as a pop-up shop selling Ladybird books. It’s now a permanent fixture, which sells a tastefully arranged range of gifts

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from the bizarre to the beautiful, alongside its books. If you’re one of those people who are always tempted to nick the hotel rooms goodies, you will love the Shop Next Door. It’s joined to Rye’s popular hotel, The George, and stocks all the gorgeous accoutrements you find there. Or if cooking is your thing, you can happily while away an hour or so in Crock and Cosy. It is filled with vintage crockery, glassware, tupperware, enamelware, cutlery, pyrex, textiles, jelly moulds and more! Uckfield’s high street is on the up and has recently been nominated for the Great British High Street of the Year award. It has been entered into the Rising Star category, which recognises ambitious and creative high streets. From clothes to art, and jewellery to home furnishings, you will find all you need in Uckfield. A favourite with locals is Josefina, which sells a stunning selection of furniture, homewares, candles, gifts, jewellery and much more. It’s a great place to browse for a special gift for someone back home. l

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IF YOU’RE ONLY HERE FOR 48 HOURS… You can pack a lot into a couple of days – try this itinerary to make the most of it

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ith so much to see and do in East Sussex, it can be hard to decide what pack to in. Which is why we’ve picked out a few highlights – from art to outdoor adventures and culture to craft beers. What better way to start the weekend than with some leisurely shopping in Lewes? This pretty, historic town at the foot of the South Downs has an eclectic mix of independent boutiques, selling stylish clothing and home wares, quirky bookshops and antique markets. Once you’ve shopped you can drop in one of their many great cafes for lunch. Bill’s is a local’s favourite – but make sure you book a table. From Lewes it’s a 50-minute train journey to Hastings, where you can visit the awardwinning Jerwood Gallery, which features a diverse range of contemporary British art. Hastings is also worth exploring, having transformed itself from a scruffy seaside resort into a hipster haven. There are great shops, a stunning new pier with pop-ups and performances, and one of the country’s coolest cinemas in St Leonards, called Kino-Teatr. If you only visit one shop make sure it’s AG Hendy, which is owned by food journalist and photographer Alastair Hendy. He painstakingly restored the building back to its original Georgian glory and its full of fabulous

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home wares. There is also a seriously good seafood restaurant out the back, but it’s only open for lunch. For dinner you should try the Thai cafe at Boulevard Books. Yes, it’s a bookshop, but in the evenings the maze of narrow corridors are turned into a dining room with a difference. The ingredients are shipped in from Thailand, to create an authentic menu. From here there are around 100 pubs, bars and gig venues where you can grab a craft ale or cocktail. Try not to stay out too late, as we’ve got a packed agenda the next day. From Hastings you can take a 10-minute train journey to Bexhill-on-Sea, to visit the De La Warr Pavilion. It’s an amazing Grade 1-listed 1930s modernist building on the seafront, with two galleries. It’s also a great spot for lunch, as the cafe has outside balconies and glorious sea views. Alternatively, why not rent a bike, pack a picnic (Penbuckles Deli sells an array of mouth-watering goodies) and enjoy the coastal cycle route, which runs from Hastings to Bexhill? If you’ve got time you can easily lose a few hours in Rye. Check out Lamb House where Henry James once live or wander around the numerous antique stalls. There’s a lovely circular walk from Rye Harbour, through the bird sanctuary down to Winchelsea Beach and

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back, which you can follow up with grilled mackerel or a juicy burger at the newly refurbished William the Conqueror. For something a bit more energetic, what better way to spend the afternoon than a bracing walk along the South Coast? From Eastbourne you can pick up the South Downs Way, where the spectacular coastline takes in famous spots such as Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters Country Park. What better way to end your trip than with Sunday roast? The Beachy Head in Eastbourne oozes rural charm and rustic character, and has great views of the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs and a fantastic menu. With a full belly and 48 hours of fabulous fun, you should just about be ready for the journey back home. l

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Bowls’ filled with avocado, brown rice, pickled carrot, cucumber, pickled red cabbage and edamame beans. You can also get some tasty, healthy eats at The Green Almond, which serves incredible vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free lunch and dinner. If all that sounds a bit too virtuous, grab a burger at Old Dave’s. Named after Fletcher ‘Old Dave’ Davis (the inventor of the hamburger) it offers a friendly atmosphere and great service alongside incredible burgers. The Dirty Dave burger is mouth-wateringly good and if you’ve got room for a side, the chilli cheese fries are a must. You can’t visit the British seaside without eating fish and chips and one of the best places in town is Dolphin Fish Bar. If Italian is more your thing, La Locanda Del Duca is well a worth a visit. It opened in 2001 and offers a wide selection of authentic Italian cuisine, from pasta and meat to fish and gnocchi. Also try its sister restaurant Pomodoro e Mozzarella, located a couple of doors down. Popular with locals, it serves pasta and pizzas, as well as classic dishes such as saltimbocca alla Romana and has an impressive wine list. p43

hen it comes to eating out in East Sussex, there’s a huge range of restaurants and cafes to choose – from fine dining to ice-cream parlours, and Victorian tea rooms to cool cafes. Eastbourne has a great choice of eateries to satisfy all tastes and budgets. Terminus Road is fast becoming Eastbourne’s food street. It has several restaurants along the block leading to the Promenade, including the Greek cafe and deli Gr/eat. It serves salads and subs during the day, and in the evening it becomes a softly-lit romantic restaurant, serving more substantial traditional Greek dishes with a modern twist. The Outpost vintage cafe is the perfect place to enjoy a tasty treat, while enjoying a good book, as it doubles up as a book exchange. Just along the coast is The Beach Deck, which is right on Eastbourne seafront, offering a feast for the eyes, as well as your belly. Another great cafe worth checking out is Nelson Coffee Co, serving tasty breakfast, brunch and lunch. Their menu includes slap up breakfasts and delicious salmon or tofu ‘Poke

“EASTBOURNE HAS A GREAT CHOICE OF EATERIES TO SATISFY ALL TASTES AND BUDGETS. TERMINUS ROAD IS FAST BECOMING ITS FOOD STREET, BOASTING SEVERAL RESTAURANTS ALONG THE BLOCK LEADING TO THE PROMENADE”

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Experience staying & dining at Wingrove House, a 19th century colonial-style Country House set in the beautiful village of Alfriston. Enjoy a stroll around the South Downs during the day & seasonal locally sourced food in the evening, followed by a relaxed overnight stay.

Book your visit to Wingrove House on 01323 870276 or at www.wingrovehousealfriston.com T: 01323 870276 | E: info@wingrovehousealfriston.com | W: www.wingrovehousealfriston.com

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Welcome to The Plough & Harrow, Litlington.

A 17th Century Country Pub, tucked away in the hamlet of Litlington. Offering an extensive menu featuring some of the best local produce, an array of wines, spirits & local craft ales. T: 01323 870632

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Join us for authentic Thai dishes in a beautifully decorated restaurant. Highly recommended by locals with excellent reviews, many stating that it is the ‘best restaurant in Sussex’. Our menu is bursting with authentic Thai street food dishes found across Thailand, prepared using only the freshest fish, seafood and ingredients. The Thai Brasserie set menu offers a great selection of flavours and variety for those wanting to explore the cuisine.

Unit 52-53, Station Parade, First Floor Enterprise Shopping Centre, Eastbourne BN21 1BD

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Bluebells is a traditional English cafe tearoom, directly opposite Historic Battle Abbey, in Battle, East Sussex. We offer breakfasts, light lunches, delicious homemade cakes, and specialty raspberry scones and full traditional afternoon tea. Fully licenced, dog friendly.

Afternoon tea must be booked in advance 01424 777 490 bluebellstearoom@gmail.com

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St Clement’s is a small, independent restaurant tucked away in the artist quarter of St Leonards-on-Sea, built within an old coach house.

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We rely on the daily sustainable catch from our local fishermen, who launch their small boats from the beach at high tide. We take pride in the fact that we produce everything from scratch; baking our own bread every morning, curing and smoking both fish and meat, as well as making all our own puddings, ice-creams and preserves. Dining at St Clement’s is a gourmet treat-on-sea!

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Wingrove House Restaurant in Alfriston

Another great Italian in town is Anema e Core. Expect classic starters, such as garlic bread and misto Italian salumi, followed by delicious mains ranging from lasagne and ravioli to risotto and steak. For the best of both worlds, Morgan serves ItalianBritish dishes, such as grilled fillet of sea bass with asparagus in a white wine and lemon sauce, plus the usual pizza and pasta favourites. For fine dining you should eat at the Mirabelle, which serves cutting-edge cuisine. The creativity and quality of the dishes has seen the restaurant win numerous awards. Another restaurant serving fabulous food is CRU. This trendy venue, serves a delicious range of small plates, which are perfect for sharing, including pan-fried padron peppers and tuna sushi stack. Large plates feature dry-aged steak and the EL whopper burger. Another East Sussex town that has established itself as a foodie’s favourite is Hastings. No trip to this seaside town would be complete without a wander down George Street, which links the Old Town to the seafront. It’s lined with independent coffee bars, sweet shops, vintage emporiums and quirky restaurants. One of the favourites with locals is the Thai cafe at Boulevard Books. During the day it’s a higgledy-piggledy second-hand bookshop, but in the evening it turns into a BYO Thai restaurant.

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The food is authentic and oh-so delicious. Another great place on George Street is the Italian-run ice cream parlour Di Polas. It’s all made on site, and flavours include honeycomb, apple and ginger, sea salt caramel and Oreo. You can also sample their authentic gelato at the Two Bulls Steakhouse – if you’ve got room for desert! This former pub is a locals’ favourite thanks to the incredible Irish steak it serves. For something a bit different you have to check out AG Hendy & Co, which looks and feels like something from a Dickens’ novel. Alastair Hendy is a food journalist and photographer who has lovingly restored the building to its original Georgian splendour. There is a shop selling vintage kitchen wares out the front, and out back is Kitchen, where you can enjoy simple, tasty sharing plates with a focus on fresh, locally-caught fish. Another place, with old-fashioned charm is Penbuckles Deli, just down the road, which sells an array of mouth-watering delights. It’s the perfect place to grab some goodies for a picnic lunch, or if you want to eat in, there is a tasting room at the back that serves deli platters and craft ales for lunch. Another great spot in Hastings Old Town is The Crown. This independent pub is set away from the hustle and bustle of All Saints Street and serves up a sophisticated menu made using local produce. p45

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Playden Oast Inn A traditional Inn with character just one mile away from the centre of Rye.

Specialising in Greek cuisine, with plenty of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options

Here at the Playden Oast Inn we have two delightful restaurants one of which is pet friendly. We offer a wide range of locally sourced dishes along with a traditional Sunday roast which is very popular. We have an extensive wine list and lovely bar area serving local bitters and lagers which is open all day. A picturesque and historic village pub in Whatlington near Battle, The Royal Oak is the perfect setting to enjoy dinner and drinks in the quirky, olde-worlde interior of the pub. With a dedicated kids’ menu, plus indoor and outdoor play areas, it’s one of the most family friendly pubs in Battle.

Contact 01797 223502

Greek Meze every Saturday evening £14.99 per person (min 2 people)

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Woodmans Green Road, Whatlington, Battle TN33 0NN

Rye Road, Playden, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7UL

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Our family run restaurants welcome you to enjoy delicious food in two great locations, one set in a Grade II listed building in the beautiful and historic Old Town – the Heart and Soul of Hastings and Whites Wine Bar & Restaurant located in the Old Chapel on the High Street in Battle. Whether enjoying an impromptu lunch chosen from our one and two course light lunch menu or a romantic evening meal, you are guaranteed a warm welcome and excellent service to complement our deliciously tempting menu. Our reputation for producing beautiful hearty meals plus our warm welcome and relaxed atmosphere travels far afield with many customers travelling great distances to enjoy a meal with us. HASTINGS 44-45 George Street, Old Town, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 3EA T. 01424 719 846

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Mushroom in Westfield and Webbes at the Fish Cafe in Rye. St Leonards-on-Sea, which is to the west of Hastings is another good area for finding fine treats to eat. It has been part of Hastings since the late 19th century, but retains a sense of separate identity. Try brunch, lunch or dinner at St Clement’s, which serves up delicious, locally-sourced dishes created by the chef/owner Kevin O’Connor. The cosy and welcoming Farmyard Restaurant and Wine Bar is a real winner, serving platters of local cheese and charcuterie, which are perfectly paired with their excellent wine list. Mains include mackerel straight off the boat and perfectly grilled lamb chops. Half Man Half Burger has locals queuing for their patties, which are made from 100 per cent grass-fed, local beef. Every burger has two patties and a range of delicious toppings, which you can have with optional sides including chilli cheese fries and coleslaw made with apple, lime and red cabbage. But save room for their ‘trashy desserts’! If you love food you will love the charming town of Lewes, just eight miles outside Brighton. There is a food market every Friday, where you can buy local, seasonal food that you can prepare at home or eat on the street. p47

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“THIS CAFE SERVES THE BEST FISH AND CHIPS IN THE SOUTH EAST, WITH THE LIGHTEST OF BATTER AND DOUBLEFRIED CHIPS”

While you’re in Hastings make sure you wander down to the shingle beach at The Stade. It really captures the essence of Hastings, with its colourful fishing fleets and cute wooden huts selling the catch of the day. There’s also a great selection of eateries selling cooked fish, straight off the boat. You can grab a delicious fishermen’s roll at Tush and Pat’s place, which is upturned boat hull. It’s basic, but brilliant, with fish simply cooked and shoved in a bread roll. Another must-visit in The Stade area is Rock-aNore Fisheries. The family has been smoking fish for more than 30 years, and its hot-smoked salmon is the best you’ll ever taste. For a sit down slap up lunch, Maggie’s should be top of your list – if you can get a table. This cafe serves the best fish and chips in the South East, with the lightest of batter and double-fried chips. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it… Another place to sit, eat and take in the great views is Webbe’s cafe at Jerwood Gallery. It has an outside terrace, overlooking the beach and Stade. Chef Paul Webbe cooks up quality, sustainable food made from locally-sourced ingredients. Paul and his wife Rebecca have three other venues: Webbe’s Rock-A-Nore, which is also in Hastings, The Wild

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Cru is an award winning wine bar and restaurant offering a fresh drinking and dining concept to Eastbourne. Created by wine experts and food lovers to combine high quality, characterful wines, with an ever-changing seasonal menu Cru has revolutionised the dining scene in Eastbourne since opening its doors in Spring 2016. Head chef Nic Oarton and his team in the kitchen work passionately and tirelessly to combine the best local seasonal produce with an international twist drawing inspiration from the greatest food regions. Cru really is a haven for foodies and wine lovers alike with a wine list of over 200 bin ends compiled lovingly by owner and award winning Plumpton wine graduate Hardy Ovaisi. Whether it’s a business lunch, dinner, a date night, special celebration or catching up with friends; our team is here to help make your experience a special one.

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For something a bit cosier you can’t go wrong at the Swan Inn, on the outskirts of Lewes. Quirky yet traditional, it offers delicious home-cooked food, ranging from sandwiches and soups to more spectacular mains and delicious desserts. The Pelham Arms is another great local boozer, with an enticing menu, that includes ‘big and messy’ burgers, lentil and toasted cashew Wellington, and award-winning Sunday roasts. Lewes also has its share of international restaurants. Côte Brasserie is inspired by Parisian bistros, so you can enjoy all the French classics. It has a good early bird menu, which is great for kids. For Italian eats head to Caccia and Tails, where pasta dishes and New York Italian p49

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The Royal Victoria Hotel, originally built in 1828 is situated in a prime position on the seafront in St Leonards-on-Sea. Stepping through the revolving doors you’ll appreciate that you’ve arrived somewhere special; the rare charm of our period marble staircase will catch your eye as it leads up to the Piano Bar & Lounge and its panoramic seafront views. Taking pride of place on the south-east corner of the hotel, the Sea Terrace restaurant boasts breath-taking views of the sea. For decades it’s proved a major draw for residents and locals alike, especially for wedding receptions and other functions. Royal Victoria Hotel, Marina, St Leonards On Sea, East Sussex TN38 0BD T: 01424 445544

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BEER CAFÉ, LEWES 8am-10pm Breakfast (meat, veggie, vegan) served 8am-3pm Monday-Saturday Lunch, sandwiches (eat in and takeaway)

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We are a small independent café and deli overlooking East Dean village green with views to the South Downs.

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Andy & Cat welcome you to The Five Bells Chailey, a 500 year old Grade II listed building, originally built as a Yeoman’s cottage in 1490 and becoming The Five Bells coaching Inn in 1752. The pub has changed much over the last few centuries but still boasts charming low beams and an old world cosy atmosphere. Together we have worked hard to create the right blend of gastro food and pub classics with an excellent wine list to complement the quality of the menu. All food is homemade, even the bread, and cooked freshly to order. All this can be enjoyed in either our bar dining area, restaurant or large garden. We also offer private dining for up to sixteen people.

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classics are freshly made on site every day for you to eat in or take out. Home-made pasta and sauces are also available for you to cook at home, or you can order their food at the Lansdown Arms. If you’re in the mood for Asian there are two places you have to check out. Erawan serves incredible, authentic Thai food that perfectly combines sweet, spicy, salty and sour tastes, while Pestle & Mortar has some seriously satisfying noodle soups. The latter is also an Asian grocery, so you can take home some ingredients and have a go at creating something spicy yourself. The Flint Owl Bakery takes the business of bread very seriously. It supplies a long list of local restaurants, cafes and pubs, but you can also buy it at their bakery and cafe in the centre of town. Alongside the various loaves you can enjoy savoury items, such as sausage rolls and quiche (all home-made), finished off with a slice of perfectly-baked cake. Bill’s is another hotspot with the local Lewes crowd. This is where the popular chain began, back in 2001, and it is still serving the same breakfasts, lunches, dinners and everything in between. It can get very busy at the weekend, so make sure you book in advance. If you’re staying in Newhaven for the night to catch an early ferry, there are a number of places you can get a decent dinner. Luna Rossa is a family-run restaurant in the heart of the town, which cooks up the best Italian food using the finest ingredients. For a real treat book a table at Ollivers Restaurant in Seaford, just down the road. It has been serving delicious dinners, such as fillet of beef and pork belly, since 2001. A five-minute drive from the port of Newhaven, is the Flying Fish Country Inn and Restaurant. This family-owned pub and restaurant in the small village of Denton serves great food with ingredients sourced from local suppliers. Favourites on the menu include the steak burger with bacon and cheese, and chicken supreme. It also has good selection of vegetarian meals. Right on the East Sussex/Kent borders is the charming town of Rye, which is chock-full of great places to eat and drink. Fletchers House is a favourite for locals, who come for it’s excellent food and warm, welcoming atmosphere. The Tudor-beamed restaurant was once home to Jacobean Playwright, John Fletcher and now serves the best in home comforts, including cream teas, home-made pies and Sunday roasts. For something more contemporary head to the George Grill, which serves a modern European menu that features classics with a twist, such as roast lamb rump with truffled mash potato, a pumpkin puree and sage vinaigrette. Another restaurant that makes classics with a

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modern slant is the Landgate Bistro. The Good Food Guide has ranked it as the best restaurant in Rye for the sixth, consecutive year and it’s also the only restaurant in Sussex mentioned in Where Chefs Eat. For traditional Italian food, head to Tuscan Rye, which is one of the town’s hidden culinary favourites, serving authentic Tuscan regional dishes with an informal atmosphere. You can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at The Ship Inn, which is a family and dog-friendly pub. It has a laid-back, vintage feel inside, which matches it’s simple, but sensational menu. Hayden’s Coffee Shop is an 18th-century building perfectly placed in the heart of Rye. In the daytime, they are predominantly a coffee shop but they p51

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also serve great breakfasts and light lunches, made using locally-sourced ingredients, which are organic where possible. If you like your pubs old school you will love the Ypres Castle Inn, which was built in 1640. It’s listed in all the major independent guides including The Time Out Guide to Eating and Drinking in Great Britain & Ireland, The Good Pub Guide, and The AA guide to Pubs and Inns. If you’re visiting the historic and beautiful town of Battle grab a bit to eat at Bluebells Cafe Tearoom. Their afternoon tea is not to be missed, but you need to book in advance. It also serves yummy breakfasts, with bacon and sausages from their local Battle butcher, as well as wholesome, tasty lunches. For an evening meal The Bull Inn is a great choice. This 17th-century inn was built with stones from the original Battle Abbey kitchen, so you can soak up the atmosphere while enjoying British pub classics. Even older is the Royal Oak, which dates back to the 15th century. You’ll find an exciting main menu that combines classic British cooking, with international flavours. In the heart of East Sussex lie the neighbouring towns of Uckfield and Heathfield – both of which have some great local restaurants, cafes and pubs. There is a fabulous, family-run Greek restaurant called Pilo in Heathfield, which is worth a visit just for their salad

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dressing! But don’t expect them to share the recipe! Also in Heathfield is the Star Inn, where you can enjoy excellent home-made food, which is a step above standard pub grub. Dishes include Romney Marsh lamb chops, oxtail braised in red wine and Harveys beer-battered fish and chips. Their puddings are also amazing, so save some room! If you want a feast for your eyes as well as your belly, then eat at the Stonehill Dining Room, which is located in the stunning Holy Cross Priory, just down the road in Cross-in-Hand. The neo-gothic mansion has a fascinating history and architecture, which creates a stunning backdrop to your dining. The Highlands Inn is Uckfield’s favourite family pub and restaurant, with a diverse menu of home-made and locally-sourced foods. This expansive venue also has a separate sports bar/pool room for the grown ups and large garden with bouncy castles for kids. Uckfield has two great Asian restaurants. For authentic Thai head to Thai Terre, but make sure you book, as tables here are in high demand. Or for the ultimate Bangladeshi and Indian Cuisine, check out Amira’s Kitchen. It’s the most recent restaurant to open in Uckfield, but has already established itself as a real favourite with local foodies. Wherever you are staying in East Sussex you are guaranteed great food and a warm welcome, so tuck in. l

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[01] LOCAL WINE

Thanks to its warm, dry climate, south-facing slopes near the coast and chalk soil, which is similar to the Champagne region of France, East Sussex is the perfect place for producing quality still and sparkling wines. As a result there are a number of vineyards selling award-winning wines, which you have to try while you’re here.

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[02] STUNNING MEDIEVAL VILLAGES Thanks to its incredible history, East Sussex is home to some beautiful, very old villages, with narrow cobbled streets, medieval cottages and fairytale castles. One of the most popular is Alfriston, which is one of the oldest villages in the UK. It was founded in the Saxon period and became a market town in the Middle Ages and has a plethora of historic buildings in a quaint village setting. [03] FABULOUS ART East Sussex’s glorious countryside and coastline has been a source of inspiration for many artists over the years, so there is no shortage of art galleries where you can view their work. The most famous are the award winning Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill and Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, but there are many more showcasing local talent. [04] GREAT PUBS From traditional, country inns that serve a pie and pint, to trendy gastropubs – you never have to venture too far in East Sussex to find a drink and a decent dinner. [05] STUNNING COUNTRYSIDE East Sussex has miles of South Downs countryside, woodland, downland and

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dramatic cliffs for you to enjoy. The county covers part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), which is one of the best surviving medieval landscapes in northern Europe – and the most stunning. [06] ANTIQUES It’s easy to waste a few hours – or even a few days – exploring the numerous antique shops and markets in East Sussex. Rye, Hastings, and Lewes are vintage heaven, with an elective mix of antiques, furniture, collectables, bric-a-brac, vintage clothes and more. [07] INCREDIBLE VIEWS Whether you’re gazing out at the seafront from a cafe on a sunny day, walking across the South Downs or enjoying the bracing sea breeze from its chalk cliffs, East Sussex is not short of stunning views. The views from Seven Sisters are incredible, and nothing beats a brisk hike across the peaks and dips towards Birling Gap and Beachy Head.

“EAST SUSSEX HAS A RICH CULTURAL HERITAGE, WITH THE LIKES OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, RUDYARD KIPLING, HENRY JAMES AND THE BLOOMSBURY SET ALL HAVING HOMES THERE WHICH YOU CAN VISIT”

[09] LITERARY INSPIRATION East Sussex has a rich cultural heritage, with the likes of Virginia Woolf, Rudyard Kipling, Henry James and the Bloomsbury Set all having homes there – which you can visit. There are also some great independent books shops where you can find second-hand classics and contemporary titles. [10] GREAT BEACHES From the pebbles of Eastbourne to the stunning sands at Camber Sands, East Sussex has a great variety of beaches. Many are award-winning, and have long promenades, fantastic piers and fabulous places to eat, making them ideal for family fun. l

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and Vampire Weekend. There is also is a cafe and bar with outside balconies and magnificent sea views. Last, but by no means least, is the award-winning Jerwood Gallery, next to the fishing beach in Hastings’ historic Old Town. The gallery is home to the Jerwood Collection, which features a diverse range of British art from the 20th and 21st century. Highlights include paintings by some of the great British artists of the previous century, including Sir Stanley Spencer, LS Lowry, Walter Sickert and Augustus John. The gallery also has a growing collection of contemporary works by artists such as Rose Wylie, Maggie Hambling and Alan Davie. As well as these three incredible spaces, there are a number of other places to enjoy art and culture in East Sussex. For more than 100 years Eastbourne has attracted some of Britain’s finest painters, who are drawn to the distinctive light and nearby South Downs. Many contemporary artists and craftspeople exhibit in pop-up locations around town — pick up a copy of the Cultural Quarterly magazine to see what’s on. The cultural hub of Eastbourne is the Devonshire Quarter, which received a £54 million makeover in a bid to position the town as a top cultural, sporting and conference destination. The Towner is at the centre of the Quarter, and there are also three Grade 2 theatres: the Congress, Devonshire Park and the Winter Garden. You can see top comedy stars and p57

ast Sussex has a veritable feast of cultural activities and art exhibitions for you to enjoy. The coastal county has provided inspiration for artists over the years and, as a result, there are a large of number of art galleries and festivals there – three of which are award-winning. The Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill and the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, are all connected by 18 miles of coastline. Known as the Coastal Culture Trail, you can easily lose a weekend enjoying contemporary art, while sampling local food and other points of interest. Towner opened in April 2009, and is the largest gallery space in the South East. The gallery presents a programme of major exhibitions of contemporary and historic visual art alongside displays from the internationally renowned, 4,000-strong Towner Collection. This collection is best known for its modern British art, which includes the largest and most significant body of work by Eric Ravilious. There is also a gift shop and cafe bar, with stunning views over the South Downs. The De La Warr Pavilion is a Grade 1-listed 1930s modernist building on the seafront at Bexhill-on-Sea. It was restored in 2005, and now has exhibitions in two galleries. Artists who have exhibited there include Jeremy Deller, Antony Gormley, Richard Wilson and Andy Warhol. Alongside the art you can enjoy music, comedy and film in the auditorium, with recent headline acts including Eddie Izzard, Keane, Patti Smith

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★★★★★ Situated between the South Downs and the sea, Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the country’s most loved and lively theatres. Come and visit! *

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touring West End productions at the modern Congress Theatre. The Devonshire Park Theatre is a lovely Victorian building, designed by English theatrical architect and designer Frank Matcham. Dubbed ‘the Playhouse in the Park’ the range of work includes major touring productions and one-night shows and the London Philharmonic Orchestra regularly plays there. The Winter Garden was built by the seventh Duke of Devonshire in 1875, and today the venue is used for a variety of events, including comedy clubs, tea dances, exhibitions and live music. Another creative and cultural hub in Eastbourne is the Devonshire Collective, which is comprised of artist studios, workshops, gallery and cafe, as well as Leaf Hall Community Arts Centre and Royal Hippodrome Theatre. It’s a wonderful ‘art crawl’, that supports emerging and established artists in both the visual and performing arts. Hastings has a growing reputation as one of the UK’s cultural centres and as well as the aforementioned Jerwood Gallery there are a

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currently closed due to maintenance but is expected open later in the year. Hastings Arts Forum support local artists and provides exhibition space at its gallery. Previous exhibitions include a collaborative from Brighton Photo Fringe and Photohastings, and surreal landscapes by local artist Katherine Reekie. Hastings Museum and Art Gallery is a family friendly museum in Hastings with a diverse collection of 97,000 objects of local history, fine and decorative arts and natural sciences. There are also a growing number of musical events and festivals in Hastings and in 2017 the town declared itself a ‘Music City’. The Jack in the Green Festival is a four-day event that celebrates British May Day. It includes music of all genres from some of the best local bands, historic and social events, and family fun. The weekend is topped off by the main event on May Bank Holiday Monday, with a wild costumed parade. Then there is Music Month, which runs each year from Pancake Day to St Patrick’s Day. It’s a great opportunity to see live music whatever your taste – from classical and choral to folk, rock and indie. Hastings Old Town Carnival Week is a week of exciting events from open houses and gardens, including the famous Pram Race and free beach concerts, all ending with a spectacular carnival procession. Stade Saturdays runs from June until October and has fantastic free events covering the whole spectrum of entertainment, taking in p59

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circus, dance, music, food, visual art and film. Coastal Currents in September showcases a wide-range of art exhibitions, live performances and events right across 1066 Country. For year round live music, comedy and more head to the White Rock Theatre. Derren Brown, Russell Brand, Jimmy Carr and Billy Bragg are just a few of the big names to have performed there. Rye is another East Sussex town with a wealth of independent galleries and studios. Rye Art Gallery is home to an inspiring display of regularly changing contemporary art and craft to browse and buy. Clive Sawyer Fine Art Photography has a beautiful collection of work for sale, from postcards to large prints on brushed aluminium alloy in limited editions. Mccully & Crane Art Gallery also sell pictures, ranging from 18th-century Indian prints to mid-century European paintings, as well as contemporary artists from Rye and further afield. Art & Soul is a boutique gallery featuring work by its proprietor Emma Miller alongside a diverse selection of contemporary art from talented local artists and makers. Rye is also home to the biggest and most successful multi-arts festival in East Sussex. For 47 years, Rye Arts Festival has been bringing a wide range of high quality music,

crafts people and designers whose work you drama, walks, art and many other events to can see in local galleries and museums. Rye throughout September. Galleries to visit include Chalk Gallery, which If you prefer your art on screen Kino Rye is shows beautiful art at affordable prices; Ooh a great cinema. It’s an incredible building, and Art where you can see contemporary paintings, has picked up several design awards, including textiles, sculpture, jewellery, graphic arts, a prestigious RIBA regional award. There are calligraphy and poetry; and the Sussex Guild two screens with comfy seats and a great cafe. Shop and Gallery, which The Lewes area has a represents a group of rich cultural heritage, talented local designers. having once been the Close by is home of Virginia Woolf “LEWES IS HOME TO Glyndebourne Opera and a countryside retreat NUMEROUS ARTISTS, House, which was founded for her sister Vanessa CRAFTS PEOPLE AND in 1934 by John Christie Bell. Virginia and Leonard and his opera singer wife, Woolf’s home, Monk’s DESIGNERS WHOSE Audrey Mildmay, House, is in nearby WORK YOU CAN SEE Glyndebourne Festival Rodmell, while IN ITS LOCAL GALLERIES runs May to August with a Charleston House is just programme of six operas down the road near Firle. AND MUSEUMS” in a 1,200-seat indoor It was the former home opera house. of artists Vanessa Bell Also in Glynde is Love and Duncan Grant, but Supreme, a three-day Jazz festival that is held also became a meeting place for writers and annually on the first weekend of July, at the intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Set. foot of the South Downs. But if you prefer the The house and beautiful gardens are open to spoken word, then check out the Speakers the public and you can still see the interior Festival at the All Saints Centre Lewes. designs on the doors and furniture created by Whatever art and culture you are into, East Vanessa and Duncan, as well as works of art by Sussex has it all. So open your mind, shut this Picasso and Renoir. travel guide and get out there. l Lewes is also home to numerous artists,

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renowned for their friendly, family atmosphere. If you like to have a flutter with your sport, you won’t be disappointed as there is a racecourse in Brighton and a National Hunt ( jumping) course in Plumpton, which is between Brighton and Lewes. If you’d rather be doing sport than watching, there are plenty of different ways to get active in East Sussex – from archery and athletics to tennis and triathlons. The coast line offers loads of opportunities for water sports, including kayaking, stand up paddle boards, windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing, wakeboarding and waterskiing. There are number of companies in the area where you can hire gear and take lessons, including Rye Watersports, Skipper Watersports in Seaford, Action Watersports in Romney Marsh and Buzz Active in Eastbourne. Bike riding is also hugely popular in East Sussex – both on and off road. The 160km-long South Downs Way is the UK’s only National Trail, which is fully traversable by bike. The South p63

port plays an important part of the culture of East Sussex, and has done for centuries. Did you know the county played a key role in the early development of cricket? Sussex County Cricket Club in Hove is England’s oldest county cricket club and the sport is said to have started in the Weald. The sport of stoolball also originated in Sussex, and is thought to be cricket’s predecessor. It is sometimes called ‘cricket in the air’ and, like cricket, batsmen score by hitting the ball into the field and running between the two wickets. The game’s popularity has waned since the 1960s, but it is still played at a local league level in Sussex, Kent, Surrey and the Midlands. Football is also hugely popular in East Sussex – both playing and watching. The big local team is Brighton & Hove Albion, which entered the Premier League in 2017. The club got a stunning new ground at Falmer in 2011, known as the Amex Stadium (it is sponsored by American Express), and the games there are

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Downs also has 1,200 km of car-free bridleways across the National Park, miles of leafy country lanes and old railway trails to explore, including the Downs Link and Centurion Way. The London to Brighton Bike Ride is great fun for cyclists of all ages and all abilities. It started in 1976 and now has around 30,000 riders signing up for the 54-mile ride. You can even ski or snowboard in East Sussex. Not on the South Downs, although it has been known during a snowy spell! There is an outdoor dry ski and snowboard centre in Hailsham. Knockhatch Ski and Snowboard Centre has an artificial 110m dry ski slope, with a 360ft down slope and a whopping 100ft vertical drop feature! There’s also a nursery slope and Ringo Run, where you bump and bounce to the bottom of the slope in an inflatable ring. With so much fun to be had – the only thing holding you back is you. So get out there and get active! l

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hether you fancy a pint of local ale in a cosy pub, cocktails in a chic bar, or dancing until dawn, East Sussex’s nightlife has it all. The hardest part is deciding where to start and finish your night. In Eastbourne you could kick off with pre-dinner drinks in The Grand, which serves fabulous cocktails with a real kick. The menu includes many classics with histories as colourful as the hotel, as well some exciting new blends invented by the creative cocktail bar team. Another great place for cocktails is Eastbourne Cocktail Club. The manager Anton Mellor used to work at The Grand and he brings years of experience and exciting cocktails to this great venue. Or you could try The Loft Lounge – an elegant late-night cocktail lounge and bar spread over two floors, that has been carefully designed to create a relaxing, but sumptuous atmosphere. Another great late-night drinking spot is Maxims, which has a wide range of drinks and a banging club in the basement. If dancing is your thing there are plenty of places to kick off your heels and get your funk on. TJ’s is a stylish club with three bars and a variety of music split over two floors, or there is Cameo Nightclub, which has a range of themed nights, from Latin Beats to 90s classics. For a special occasion book a private booth. For something more low key check out Blue Bar Café. It has a relaxed, down to earth vibe with great music, live gigs, comedy nights and friendly staff. Another pub with live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday is the Crown and Anchor, which was named the Eastbourne Herald Pub of the Year in 2016. You can also see live music and comedy at Printers Playhouse. Regular nights include the Oi Oi Comedy Club and The Bavard Bar, which is based on talking events, such as Ted Talks. Eastbourne also has its fair share of traditional boozers. The Dolphin is a charming pub with a cosy atmosphere thanks to it open fires and leather sofas. It also servers excellent food and well kept ales. They don’t come much more traditional than The Lamb Inn, which dates back to the 12th century and is the oldest pub in Eastbourne. A favourite with locals is The Marine Pub, which is renowned for its impressive selection of wine and spirits. It also serves delicious home-cooked food. The Farm @ Friday Street features in the Good

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Pub Guide. It’s a converted medieval farmhouse with original oak beams and ornate fireplaces and serves a daily-changing menu, using fresh, local ingredients. If you love live music, you will love Hastings, which announced itself as a ‘music city’ in 2017. The Grand Elektra is one of Hastings’ premiere live music venues, and has hosted an awesome array of artists over the years. The venue also has a cocktail bar and nightclub, making it the ideal place for late night revelry. Brass Monkey is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings for live music and DJs. Regular nights include Ultimate Singalongs and Silent Disco. At Whistle Trago you can munch on pizza and panini, while listening to live music every Thursday and most Saturdays. Tuesdays is open mic night if you want to get up and have a go yourself. If cocktails are more your thing, head to the Twisted Bunny, a quirky, cool bar in St Leonard’s with views of the beach and a fab selection of drinks. If you want to eat something while you drink (it really is the sensible option!) there are a number of places serving fantastic food, with a large portion of fun on the side. Seed Hastings is a buzzy tapas restaurant with great cocktails, while the Owl p66

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and the Pussycat Lounge offers regular live music, karaoke and comedy nights alongside its contemporary British menu. The bar stays open until 3am, which gives you plenty to time to try one of the cocktails designed by their in-house mixologist. For something a bit more upmarket, check out the Dragon Bar. It combines a tasty, seasonal menu that uses local produce, with live DJs at the weekends. If don’t want to dance off your dessert, then The Crown is a great choice. It serves high quality food, using local, seasonal ingredients, alongside a selection of local ales and craft beers, fine wines, specialist gins, whiskeys and cider. Other more traditional pubs, include First In Last Out (or FILO), which been serving beer since around 1896, and the building dates all the way back to the 1500s. The Stag Inn also has real history, dating back to the 16th century. It has a lively front bar, which hosts various musical events, and a quieter dining room out the back. Ye Old Pumphouse is another fantastic 16thcentury pub that is full of character with timber frames and low ceilings. The Marina Fountain has recently been given a dramatic facelift and has a great atmosphere, with local bands visiting and a

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well stocked bar that includes 20 different rums and over 25 gins. The St Leonard Pub is a real favourite with locals, thanks to its welcoming atmosphere, excellent range of ales and beer from local breweries, and a short, but well-selected wine list. Lewes is another East Sussex town with a long list of great places to grab a drink. While you won’t find banging clubs or the hottest DJs, it’s a town that certainly knows how to let its hair down. For great music check out what’s on at The Swan, on the outskirts of Lewes. It operates a vinyl only policy and has some excellent DJ nights. It’s a real favourite with locals thanks to its beautifully kept and sunny beer garden, roaring log fire in winter, welcoming atmosphere and great food. For live music try the Con Club in Lewes. It’s a community-run social club, but both members and non-members can use it. The beer is excellent, the staff are super-friendly and there’s a large garden out the back. But the real feature of the club is that it’s one of the best music and entertainment venues in the area. It has wide range of acts, several times a week, often with free entry. For entertainment of a different kind visit the Lewes Arms, which has the World Pea-Throwing Championship, dwyle flunking (Google it!),

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pantomimes and spaniel racing! It was featured in the Telegraph’s list of Britain’s best pubs and is a proper old school pub that is steeped in character and tradition. The Lamb is an unpretentious boozer, with a great atmosphere, friendly staff, and a superb range of gins. What’s not to like?! For something a bit more fancy, check out the new cocktail bar in Chaula’s Indian Restaurant, which mixes up a range of cocktails with some delicious bar snacks. You can also get great cocktails at Fuego Lounge. It’s a funky cafe serving a fantastic range of food (including kids, gluten-free and vegan menus), but at weekends it’s open until midnight when things get a bit more grown up. Cocktails include all the established classics and some fiendish concoctions unique to Fuego. There is also a small but perfectlyformed wine list, plus a good range of draught and bottled beer and cider. For a night of culture, head to Depot, which was voted by Guardian readers as one of the top 10 independent cinemas in the UK. It shows an interesting range of art-house films, as well as live arts, cinema and live music. Rye has some of England’s oldest pubs. The Mermaid Inn dates back to 1420 and reputedly is

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one of the most haunted inns in Britain. The Giant’s Fireplace Bar features a huge, open fireplace (the clue’s in the name) and offers a wide selection of beers, wines and whiskies. The Ship Inn is an attractive 16th-century inn, situated among the old warehouses alongside the river estuary, while Ye Olde Bell is a 15th-century pub named after a French raid on the town, when the church bells were stolen. The Globe Inn Marsh is a pretty clapperboard pub on the outskirts of Rye. Inside, the pub is decorated in a bohemian style with lots of unusual items on the walls and the atmosphere is just as lively. For something a bit special you should try The Grapevine, an intimate champagne and jazz bar that offers elegance alongside good music and special events. There are so many great places in East Sussex, we can’t possibly list them all here. A few others we can squeeze in include the Swan in Heathfield, which is an authentic country pub with real charm; Blackboys Inn, a beautiful 14th-century pub on the outskirts of Uckfield; The Sussex Ox in Polegate, which has its own organic farm; and The Griffin Inn in Fletching, where you can enjoy incredible views from its enormous garden, crackling fires in winter and fantastic food. l

WINE – BEER – SPIRITS – COFFEE We are Eastbourne’s premier wine shop and tasting room! Situated behind the Grand Hotel, take a seat in one of our comfy booths, use our tasting machines to try before you buy or just relax and enjoy a glass or two of your favourites. Levels has over 200 bottles of wine, as well as a selection of craft ales and premium spirits available within a stones throw of the seafront. Our state of the art enomatic machines also offer a wide range of ‘wines by the glass’ available in 3 different size measurements. We offer a great range of locally made & cured cheese and charcuterie as well as some international favourites that change every week with a Vegan Smorgasbord available with advance notice. Bespoke wine tastings also available when pre-booked for groups of 2 and upwards. Please call for details or visit our website. 01323 739 644 Levels Bottle Shop, 14 Grand Hotel Buildings, Compton Street, Eastbourne BN21 4EJ

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GETTING HERE AND GETTING AROUND! Getting to and around East Sussex couldn’t be easier

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If you’re driving, be warned East Sussex has no motorways, and even dual carriageways are few and far between. As a result the roads can get very congested and the A27, which connects Eastbourne to Portsmouth, is one of the busiest roads in the UK. Despite the traffic, driving around the country lanes through quaint villages and pretty towns is a very pleasant way to travel. However, the best way to travel around East Sussex has to be on one of the three heritage railways there. The Kent and East Sussex Railway operates from Tenterden in Kent to Bodiam; the Bluebell Railway goes from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead; and the Lavender Line Steam Railway is a two-mile round trip through the beautiful Sussex Countryside between the village of Isfield and the Parish of Little Horsted. What better way to explore this beautiful county? l

here are many ways to get to East Sussex – by road, rail or sea. East Sussex is well connected to the rest of the UK by train. Major services in this region are provided by Southern Railway, Southeastern, Thameslink and First Great Western. Southern is the main operator, with trains going from Brighton, Eastbourne, Seaford and Hastings into London Victoria and London Bridge. Southeastern operates trains from London Charing Cross to Hastings, while Thameslink trains go from Brighton to Bedford. First Great Western operates from Brighton to Bristol Temple Meads, Cardiff Central, Gloucester, Worcester Shrub Hill and Great Malvern. If you’re driving here, the main roads in are the A23 from Gatwick to Brighton; the A21 from Kent to Hastings; and the A22 from Surrey to Eastbourne. Cross-country routes include the A26 from Kent into Newhaven and Lewes, and the South Coast Trunk Road, which takes your from Folkestone across the south coast to Eastbourne, where it becomes the A27. You can even get a ferry from France. There are regular, daily ferries from Newhaven to Dieppe, which take four hours. Getting around East Sussex is also pretty easy, thanks to its numerous train and bus services. Bus routes serve all the main towns and villages. For the latest information, timetables and routes visit eastsussex.gov.uk. Southern Railway runs services along the East Coastway, which goes along the south coast from Brighton to Hastings. Again, you can find information and advice about planning your journey at nationalrail.co.uk or southernrailway.com.

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ou will never run out of things to do or see in East Sussex, but if you feel like venturing further afield, there is plenty more to explore. London is less than an hour away by train from Brighton, and many visitors to East Sussex combine it with a day out in the capital city. A trip to the theatre is always a treat for the entire family and London’s stages host some of the world’s leading plays and musicals. The West End is where you’ll find most of the biggest and well-known shows but there is a host of smaller, independently-run theatres throughout the city that are well worth seeking out. Easily accessed by rail from East Sussex, the recently-reopened Alexandra Palace Theatre is definitely worth exploring. There are around 17,000 restaurants in London serving menus from more than 50 major national cuisines and over 60 of them are rated with a Michelin star. So you can enjoy some of the most diverse culinary experiences in the world. As well as its museums and galleries, London is also home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich, Westminster Palace and

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Each of these sites make a great day out for all the family but also provide a fantastic insight into London’s history and how it has been shaped over the years into the centre for arts and culture that it is today. To experience London’s heart, head down to the River Thames and enjoy a riverboat cruise. Running 215 miles – it’s the longest river in England – the River Thames boasts hundreds of attractions on its banks, from the historical to the brand new and everything in-between. You can take the train to hop across the border into West Sussex, which has some fascinating and beautiful towns to visit. The picturesque market town of Arundel is famous for two stunning landmarks: Arundel Castle and Arundel Cathedral. The castle towers over the town offering great views of the Sussex countryside. There’s a calendar of events throughout the year, so check out what’s on before you visit. Arundel also some great independent boutiques, antique markets and art galleries to explore, plus pretty waterside pubs, cafes and restaurants. Chichester is the only city in West Sussex and one of the most p72

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charming and stylish cities on the South Coast. Its Georgian buildings and stunning medieval cathedral make it a great place to lose a few hours. Nearby is the unspoilt sandy beach of West Wittering, which has wonderful views of Chichester Harbour and the South Downs beyond. It has been awarded a Blue Flag Award for cleanliness, and its great facilities, extensive grasslands and tidal pools make it a popular choice for families. Another West Sussex delight is Wakehurst, a beautiful botanic garden on the High Weald, with over 500 acres of beautiful ornamental gardens, woodlands and a nature reserve. If you love gardens, you will love Borde Hill. This stunning garden is renowned for its rare shrubs and champion trees. You can also enjoy woodland walks, picnics by the lakes, and the kids will love playing in the adventure playground. For more outdoor, family fun you can’t go wrong with the award-winning Fishers Adventure Farm Park. Fishers offers animal adventures and exhilarating indoor and outdoor play, with more than 40 rides and attractions. Also popular with families is Go Ape in Tilgate Park, which is the largest and most popular park in West Sussex. Kids and grown-ups alike will love exploring the forest canopy on wobbly bridges and Tarzan Swings. Right on the East Sussex/Kent Border is Royal Tunbridge Wells, which is one of a few towns and boroughs in England to officially be given a royal

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title. It came from King Edward VII in 1909 to commemorate the fact that his mother, Queen Victoria, loved the town. The town has retained it’s air of elegance and the Pantiles – the colonnaded walkway where the aristocracy once promenaded – is now home to a wonderful selection of high quality boutiques, specialist independent shops, bars and cafes. You can’t come to East Sussex without visiting the bustling, buzzy city of Brighton. Designated a city despite its lack of a cathedral, the cosmopolitan centre of Brighton & Hove should not be missed as it is one of the most popular seaside destinations to visit when the sun comes out. Less than an hour away from East Sussex by train, there is so much to see and do there – from exploring the quirky, funky shops of North Laine, to losing yourself for a few hours in one of the many antique markets. Or why not sit and watch the world go by at one its incredible cafes? Another side of the city well worth exploring is Brighton Marina. As well as a fabulous selection of shops and restaurants, it has an eight-screen cinema, health and fitness club, 26-lane bowling alley and casino. There’s also a great range of water sports, from learning to SCUBA dive or sail, to fishing and jet skiing. Or you can just sit back and relax on a leisurely boat trip along the Sussex coastline. l

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WE’RE OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Tourism is the main sector for the East Sussex economy, but the county is also powered by a number of diverse industries

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was recently named a ‘creative hotspot’ by the innovation charity Nesta, and the town has double the average growth of the creative industries than the rest of the UK. East Sussex has three award-winning art galleries (Towner in Eastbourne, De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill and Jerwood Gallery in

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Hastings) and its abundance of artists, designers and musicians, alongside a jampacked annual programme of festivals, exhibitions and events, add significant value to its communities and the economy. Exciting local companies include digital product testers Zoonou; virtual reality music specialists MelodyVR; award-winning international eco printers Pureprint; and Studio Hardie, which is led by William Hardie, best known for his ambitious builds on Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. There are also a number of growing industries, with a particular focus on manufacturing and engineering. The UK is currently the ninth largest manufacturing nation in the world, and the industry is well represented in East Sussex, where many businesses work within the NHS, aerospace, pharmaceuticals and advanced materials. Cutting edge industries include Kurt J Lesker in Hastings, which is leading the way in vacuum and photonics; Alfa Laval, a world leader in heat transfer, separation and fluid handling technology, who employs a highly skilled workforce at its Eastbourne plant; and Surrey Nanosystems, a nanotechnical

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manufacturing company, which is actually based in Newhaven. The food and drink industry in East Sussex is also starting to build a strong reputation. The county’s microbrewery trade experienced 1500% growth in 2017, outperforming every other UK county and there are currently more than 30 breweries there. Many are award-winning, such as Burning Sky Brewery which won BBC Best Drinks Producer 2018, Long Man Brewery, Gun Brewery and the historic Harveys of Lewes, which is still winning awards long after it was established in 1790. The wine industry is also big business, thanks to the county’s temperate climate and chalky ground, which is often compared to the Champagne region of France. Ridgeview won the Winemaker Of The Year Trophy 2018 at the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition, and is the official sparkling wine at Number 10 Downing Street. Another name to look for is Rathfinny Wine Estate, which is on its way to become the biggest wine producer in the country. With such a wide variety of industries, the future looks bright for East Sussex businesses. l

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IF YOU’RE PLANNING TO STAY LONGER… Properties in East Sussex make a solid investment prospect and there’s never been a better time to buy


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here has never been a better time buy in East Sussex. The whole area has seen huge improvements over the past few years, and regeneration is on-going. Despite concerns about how Brexit will affect the house market in the UK, prices in East Sussex are still on the rise. According to Zoopla, the average price for property in East Sussex stood at £368,449 in December 2018. The average price paid for a flat was £247,760; terraced properties sold for an average of £343,112; semi-detached properties went for an average £358,513; and the average price of a detached property was £530,044. The most expensive area to buy is Colemans Hatch in the Ashdown Forest, where the average property value last year was £1,112,500. St Leonard’s Green in Hastings was the most affordable area, with property fetching an average of £177,846. St Leonards is a great place if you’re looking to invest, as the area is really on the up. The area is littered with elegant Victorian villas, many of which have been separated into impressive Grade 2-listed flats with fabulous sea views. Further into the town, there are stunning townhouses and semi-detached properties from the Victorian era. Heading out of the town past the artist’s quarter, there are also excellent properties dating from the 1800s. In Hastings, the most sought after area is the old town. The Elizabethan and Georgian properties offer the close-knit community of a small town, but with a lively atmosphere. Further north in Elphinstone Valley, old Victorian country mansions have been converted into grand apartment buildings or have made way for smaller housing estates. The average price for a semi-detached house is around £276,384. Battle is another town with plenty of period properties, although there are also modern, purpose-built apartments in the area around the train station. Prices for a semi-detached house are around £329,233. Compared to other towns in East Sussex, Bexhill-on-Sea is pretty affordable, with prices at around £275,466 for a semi. Large Edwardian and Victorian properties dominate the town centre, but there are also a number of 1930s and 1950s apartment blocks, offering mostly two-bed accommodation. With an influx of young families in the region, new three-bed developments are also available and there are plenty of bungalows and retirement properties in Bexhill and the surrounding areas.

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There are also some bargains to be had in Eastbourne, with current house prices for a semi-detached property at £294,680. However, you’d better move quick as house prices were among the top 10 fastest growing in the UK, according to a study in 2017. The town has long been associated with retirees, but its population is getting younger and with millennials moving in house prices will continue to rise. At the other end of the scale is Lewes, where cheap housing is hard to come by, thanks to its historic buildings, great shopping, fabulous restaurants and views of the South Downs all around. According to Halifax it is in the top 10 most expensive market towns in England, with average house prices around £460,000. If you don’t mind a longer commute and want to have the sea on your doorstep, Rye is a lovely choice. With its cobbled streets, medieval buildings, and quaint antique shops, it’s easy to see why so many Londoners move there, and the average price of a semi-detached house is £321,364. l

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Welcome to East Sussex  

Unique, beautifully designed, high-quality visitor guide, which is available in leading hotel bedrooms. For those enjoying a break, or stayi...

Welcome to East Sussex  

Unique, beautifully designed, high-quality visitor guide, which is available in leading hotel bedrooms. For those enjoying a break, or stayi...