On Easter Monday, the Boyfriend and I decided we would take a day trip down to the coast. After spending most of the long weekend in London and with family, we thought it would make a nice change to explore somewhere different that neither of us had been to before. We decided on Hastings as it’s by the coast and we’d heard about the old town and all of the antique shops tucked away in the back streets.
After parking up, (quite a way away from the beach as all of the car parks were full…) the first street we stumbled upon had a labyrinth of antique goodies and vintage furniture. It went on and on, into the back and outside again, with quite a few different merchants selling old bits and bobs. I also met a little 14 week old pug puppy named Bunny there, which was a bonus, unfortunately she wasn’t for sale – not from a lack of trying!
I loved all of the little shop fronts in the old town, with hand painted signs and colourful windows. One shop we couldn’t miss, was the old Home Store. It was like walking back in time, somewhere around the 1930’s, with an aproned shopkeeper behind the counter at the front and all of the homeware objects you can imagine were sold back then. I could have got majorly carried away with all of the mason jars and enamelware!
Next up was lunch… We found a little cafe in the old town called Petit Fi. A cute little place serving homemade food and cakes on mis-matched crockery, as well as good coffee (and syrups)… we were sold! I had a cauliflower, cheese and potato tart with a side of homemade coleslaw and potato salad plus a Rose Lemonade (my favourite) and the Boyfriend opted for a smoked salmon bagel and cream cheese.
We got caught in the rain pretty bad, so ran into another antique shop where I found a silver plated tray for a bargain price! I’d been looking for a round one for my bedside for ages and happily carried it out of there, smug as a bug in a rug! (Paul polished it up for me when we got home, you can take a look here.)
After the rain had stopped, we took a stroll past the Hastings miniature railway that’s up and running and then down to the beach, but more on that next time…
What did you get up to over the Easter Weekend? Feels like ages ago now!