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Bexhill Modern Vintage

Modern character, vintage style.

The start of Britain’s motor racing story, the first UK resort to hold mixed bathing, the home of the futuristic De La Warr Pavilion and  international star Eddie Izzard and the inspiration for Keane’s most famous song Sovereign Light Café –  Bexhill’s extraordinary past and vibrant present defy its ill-deserved reputation as a sleepy seaside town.

Today, people love the its unique character and quirkiness. There are no chain stores or loud, neon seafront attractions.  Instead you’ll find high quality individual shops – both old and new –  locally owned eateries and a contemporary promenade with award-winning modern shelters, play areas and funky planting.

   

Bexhill is the perfect place for those who love to bargain-hunt in antique, vintage and independent stores.  Just Love It (Sackville Road) is a little haven of collectables from the ’50s through to the ’80s and Eras Of Style (Terminus Avenue) a much larger emporium featuring rooms choc-a-bloc with antiques, retro signs and furniture. Starlings (Sackville Road) is run by a collective of artists and is bursting with hand-crafted cards, prints, knits, ceramics, jewellery and gifts for all tastes. The shop sits in front of a small but finely curated gallery space – Murmurations – showing works ranging from local artists through to Matisse.  A small  parade of unusual and high quality shops can be found on the seafront in the Colonnade and further along, beautiful ’50s style dresses are sold alongside cards, gifts and ice creams at Auriele and Rose (Channel View).

Music is a big part of Bexhill life with independent record store Music’s Not Dead (Devonshire Road) who present  occasional live gigs in the shop  window,  Records & Retro and Second Spin (both in Sackville Road) featuring  a treasure trove of cassettes and vinyl from all decades. Local live music can be heard in No 48 (Devonshire Road) or outside on the Colonnade on sunny weekends.  And of course, we present a regular programme of live entertainment at DLWP.

   

Other shops such as Stuff and Nonsense In The Big Egg  (Western Road), Salvridges (Parkhurst Road) and  Sweet Peas and Doris (Sea Road) spill out on to the pavement, inviting you to browse and tempting you to buy.

Local traders include Karen at Willow (Sea Road) – a locally-owned shop with an ever-changing window display of floaty fashion and leather bags, The Angry Whelk (seafront) – fresh fish to eat on the hoof or to take home and  H&H Confectioners (Sackville Road) displaying jars  of old fashioned sweets in the front window whilst making their own in the back.  Kaela and Paul run The Workshop  (Wickham Avenue) – a  friendly space that sells children’s clothes and goodies, runs family workshops and offers desk space for the freelance worker.

   

Bexhill loves to go out to eat, whether its breakfast in  Mathilde’s (French patisserie, Sea Road) or a full English on the seafront at the Sovereign Light Café ; lunch at the seaside bar and bistro Rocksalt (Marina), tea in the 1920s Colonnade at Tea By The Sea and supper in Picassos (Italian), Driftwood (South East Asian) or the Wickham Bistro (“classical, modern and worldly cooking”). Traditional seaside fayre of fish and chips can be found at Minnie Bertha’s opposite Bexhill Sailing Club (when the weather is bad it can enjoyed  with wine in Kerry’s Wine Bar next door) and ice-cream at the award-winning Italian gelateria Di Paolos (opposite DLWP). The Beach Hut is a cool kiosk full of home bakes, ice creams and hot sandwiches cooked to order, to be enjoyed sat on a wooden balcony on the beach.

The town centre’s B&Bs are contemporary and as full of character as its shops. They include Driftwood, Rocksalt and Coast to name but a few. After a good night’s sleep, a walk or cycle along the spacious promenade is essential down-time as is a visit to the excellent Bexhill Museum (just off the promenade and Egerton Park) featuring Eddie Izzard’s family train set!

For further information contact 1066 Country