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From top seafood to salt beef bagels: Where to eat in St Leonards and Hastings
Published 29 March 2022

Credit: Goat Ledge

Higgledy-piggledy Hastings, with one foot in 1066, and its seaside sibling St Leonards, purpose built in the 1800s by James and Decimus Burton as a genteel seaside resort, are two adjacent towns on the south-east coast that share more than just a few miles of seafront. They have a relaxed, easy-going outlook that is attracting newcomers thanks to their rich culture, art and food scene.

There’s no great chasm between high-end and casual in St Leonards on Sea. The Royal,  set up by alumni from London’s Anchor & Hope in October 2019, is arguably as smart as it gets, but keeps it simple with Sutton Hoo chicken pie for two.   Credit: Georgina Cook / ...

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