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“Unexpected hidden gem”

A G Hendy Home Store
Ranked #92 of 370 Restaurants in Hastings
Cuisines: European
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Leiden
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Unexpected hidden gem”
Reviewed 18 May 2014

While wandering through Hastings High Street, the mind set to shopping, one can easily find himself going into a store like AG Hendy & Co Home Store. It sells all sort of "old fashioned" cookery equipment and some bric-a-brac as well. When you do this on a Saturday or a Sunday, one might sniff and think: that is a selling tool - the smell of fresh food.

Getting at the back of the store the surprise is waiting. Inside a small extension, built as if it was there for centuries is a small restaurant. Its menu covers a lot of locally source ingredients, you can sit, watch and eat in the kitchen if you want and the food served is very nice. No interest in a large lunch: just take a starter as a light lunch - the cook is welcoming you anyhow. Everything is decorated as if it were a century ago: enamel cookware, "old" cutlery, glass jugs.

The food is, as said, nice but not cheap. The limited opening times probably steer the price up, exclusivity has to be paid and the risk of having leftovers is probably also influencing the price. However: if you eat here you join a select group of people - those that went to the back of the store and took the chance!

  • Visited April 2014
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2 Thank Frank M
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English first
London
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A real experience ”
Reviewed 18 May 2014 via mobile

We have been wanting to go to the AG Hendy fish restaurant for ages in Hastings but never for round to it or it was fully booked!!! We finally went yesterday with two friends and have to say its amazing!!! We had a table in the kitchen so we could see the chefs at work. I started with a really lovely tomato and anchovy salad which I followed with dressed crab with new potatoes and greens. All was delicious and the veg is not to be ignored. We were persuaded to have a bottle of Pinot Grigot which was ice cold and bone dry and perfect with the fish!! Really cant recommend this place enough and will be back if we can get a table. They were queuing for our table as we left!

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2 Thank ANTHONY W
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Horsham, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“STUNNING FRESH FOOD, DELIGHTFUL ENVIRONMENT..”
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!

  • Visited May 2014
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2 Thank Sussexfarmers
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Hastings, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Experience ”
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.

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1 Thank Sarah M
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Hastings, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Wonderful Eccentric Charming and Delicious”
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.

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank abseede
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