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Where to catch, buy and eat seafood in Hastings

PUBLISHED: 12:13 05 January 2015

Hastings is famed for its fantastic fish, and with good reason. Alice Cooke shows you how and where to catch, buy and eat the most scrumptious seafood that the town has to offer

TAKE TO THE WAVES


• Aquamarine Fishing (01424 439866; aquamarinefishing.co.uk) - Coarse and sea fishing guides who will happily show you the ropes – they sell bait and tackle there too, and there’s an up-to-date list of tide times if you’re feeling adventurous and want to take matters into your own hands.

• Hastings Angling Centre (01424 432178; www.hastingsangling.co.uk) - An online fishing tackle shop that can help you buy everything that you need.

• The East Hastings Sea Angling Association (www.ehsaa.org.uk) - They offer catch reports as well as sea angling news and stories. There are also social events, competitions and an angling library.

• The Hastings and St Leonards Angling Association (www.hstlaa.com) - A keen beach and boat sea angling social community. If you want to store your boat in their secure compound, they have space for vessels of up to 23ft in length, as well as workshops for boat maintenance and fitting of keels, and secure storage areas for outboard engines and fishing gear.

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PAR FOR THE COARSE

• Buckshole Fishery - A sizeable number of coarse fish and some very large carp and pike reside in this large, deep 3.5 acre lake in Alexandra Park. You can fish here on a day ticket, and there’s also some great wildlife to admire in the area.

• Clive Vale Fishery - There are lots of small carp here, as well as a large variety of good sized fish, which makes this a popular venue for junior anglers. Owned by Clive Vale Angling Club, but day ticket fishing is welcomed.

• Harmers Pond - A relaxing coarse fishing venue in Alexandra Park that covers two acres. Thanks to a National Lottery Fund grant, it has recently been completely restored and restocked, making this is a great local option.

• Wishing Tree Lake - The average weight of carp caught here is between four and ten pounds. Fish of all sizes and varieties are prolific in this water, but most notably carp. The water is controlled by Hastings, Bexhill and District Freshwater Angling Association (HBDFAA) but you can easily get day tickets on the bank.


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EAT

• Webbe’s Rock-a-nore, 1 Rock-a-Nore Road, TN34 3DW - Stylish eatery with outdoor terrace offering a view of the historic Hastings Old Town fishing huts. The tempting Taster Bar allows you to try a variety of dishes and seafood at a tempting price. 01424 721650; www.webbesrestaurants.co.uk/webbes-rock-a-nore

• Whites Seafood and Steak Bar, 44-45 George Street, TN34 3EA - A family-run restaurant, set in a Grade I-listed building in the beautiful and historic Old Town. 01424 719846; www.whitesbar.co.uk

• Life Boat Restaurant, The Parade, TN34 3AL - Great value, top quality, fresh fish and chips – need we say more? 01424 420388

• Maggies, The Stade, Rock-a-nore Road, TN34 3DW - Child-friendly fresh, local fish in generous portions that always comes served with a smile. 01424 430205

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BUY

Arcade Fisheries was established in 1937 and has been a family-run business ever since. Specialising in top quality fish and shellfish - primarily from the ports of Hastings and Rye - you can find this traditional fishmongers in Queens Arcade opposite the Town Hall.

The Arcade’s seasonal specialities include the famous Rye Bay scallops, wild seabass, Dover sole, brill, turbot, dressed crabs, mackerel, lemon sole and cod. They also stock various smoked fish including oak smoked haddock and hot smoked salmon (both are smoked locally for them in Hastings).

They are always happy to prepare your fish for you free of charge, and they can also vacuum pack your orders and make ice packs to keep your fish fresh.

If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration they have some great fish recipes online at www.arcadefisherieshastings.co.uk and they’re often to be found exhibiting at food markets and festivals throughout Sussex, details of which can also be found on the website.

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