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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