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“STUNNING FRESH FOOD, DELIGHTFUL ENVIRONMENT..”

A G Hendy Home Store
Ranked #110 of 395 Restaurants in Hastings
Cuisines: European
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 5 May 2014

We went for lunch on Sunday 4 May - one of the days that Alastair Hendy was also opening his house to the public for tours, and a few days after it had apparently been featured in The Telegraph. Hastings itself was teeming, as was Hendy's - we were glad we had booked although apparently booking is always essential. There are only a few covers and I don't know what they do when it rains as the majority of the seating appeared to be in an uncovered courtyard! Our table was booked for 1.30, although traffic was terrible so we arrived at 2pm (we did phone to alert them). When we arrived we were asked to come back in 15 minutes as our table wasn't ready…we were pleased we had arrived late otherwise we would have been waiting for almost an hour (we went back after 25 minutes to make sure the previous occupants had gone). They were packed, and although the waiting staff were absolutely delightful, service was exceptionally slow. Mention was constantly made of how busy they were but since tables were by booking only, I couldn't understand how this was unexpected, or indeed any different from usual.

Aside from this small gripe, the food itself was sublime. My husband had the fish pot (served in the saucepan) and it was delicious, as was my Lemon Sole. Even the greens and potatoes tasted out of this world. Unfortunately we didn't have time for a pud but they too looked gorgeous. We would definitely go back but would book a later table - it seemed to clear a little after 3pm. A tremendous, very "trendy" experience!

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Reviewed 18 April 2014 via mobile

There are only a few tables, one of which is in Hendy's kitchen. The last time we went, we sat in there. The food is all delicious and simple with seasonal ingredients. It's definitely a place you want to show to guests. It's all styled impeccably, set at the back of his shop which is also like a museum/art installation. If the food was incredibly complicated and ponsy it just wouldn't work but that's not that case at all. You really have to book in advance.

1  Thank Sarah M
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

Only open for lunch at weekends. The food is prepared with simple exquisite expertise, majoring on fish fresh from the beach. Hastings has some of the best fresh fish anywhere because the boats are all small, one to three man, so are never out for more than a few hours. The fish that comes off them can't be compared with that from the usual long distance trawlers that keep fish on ice for days or even weeks. The food is all prepared by Alastair Hendy, who is also a successful food writer and photographer. Everything is as fresh as it is possible to imagine. There are very few tables; so you can eat in the small room at the back of the shop, in the tiny yard outside, or in the kitchen itself on a table that is an extension of the preparation area... though this is actually a little like being in a painting, at a table brimming with perfect produce so that you can see the brief menu spread out before you. Every utensil, pot, pan and container is anachronistic - like being in another time before plastic existed, echoing the theme of the shop itself. Even the enormous range looks like it began service in the 18th century. It's a perfect setting and atmosphere, and an intensely pleasurable place to dine - especially for two.
Be prepared for a hint of the eccentrics of Fergus Henderson, but without the density of meat and offal.
Don't be in a hurry, and don't expect it to cost less than you would pay in London for great food.
Expect a very short menu, different every day, and better quality - one person is cooking, and hand picking the ingredients - and the ingredients don't sit in a truck for hours queuing their way into the city. Take your time and soak up every flavour.

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1  Thank abseede
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

This store is a revelation... truly artisitc re-enactment of a Victorian store with such artistry, you can only but admire the genius behind it.

Yes, it is different and all the better for that. A true gem of its kind and it has to be enjoyed from the perspective intended. A nod to another era and a truly superb restoration back to how the building would have been more than a hundred years ago.

Based on the "use it or lose it" perspective, I implore visitors to buy something, even if it is something very small. This is a national treasure - or should be!

On every floor, as you go up the turning staircases, there is more to discover. Pure joy!

Thank you to the creator of this wonderful shop which is so utterly pleasing, in every respect. I doff my hat to you, dear Sir.

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1  Thank oscarposh
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

I took a small group of friends for lunch and was amazed by how fresh everything tasted. I
Then realised that this was mainly due to the chef's commitment to buying fish straight off the boats on the beach at the bottom of the road.
I hadn't realised that Hastings is home to Europe's largest beach based fishing fleet. That the fish is all line caught, in season. Far short of catching the fish myself, I can't imagine it getting any better. And the staff were unfazed and very relaxed by having children as part of our party. We will be back.

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1  Thank David W
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