Food Production in Hastings – A Walk Through Old Town

The University of Brighton has a campus in Hastings and BSUFN has active members based there. This week a few members of BSUFN’s steering group met in Hastings to discuss planning for upcoming events. We took the opportunity to make the most of the British summer by walking while talking about ideas.

Hastings has a community which is thriving on food-related issues. The town has been built around the fishing industry and this continues to be very active. There are a number of social clubs for anglers in Hastings and fishing remains central to these community groups.

Part of the fish market in Hastings

Part of the fish market in Hastings*

Our walking meeting took us from a brewery, to a bakery, to the fish market.

The FILO Brewery is located in Old Town, Hastings. It has been brewing beer under the current ownership since 1988 and its beers are sold in the First In Last Out (FILO) pub, also in Old Town.

Our walk took us past – and into – Judges Bakery, a nationally-renowned organic bakery located in the centre of Old Town, Hastings. Judges Bakery was named one of the 50 best food shops in Britain by The Independent. A review of and details of the bakery are available here.

Our walk ended on the coast at the fish market. The history of the fishing industry in Hastings goes back over a thousand years – the shingle beach is called the Stade, meaning ‘landing place’. The current fish market was built in 1993 by the Fishermen’s Protection Society. The fishing fleet in Hastings is now the UK’s largest beach-launched fleet. The town is also home to Hastings Fishermen’s Museum.

A view over Old Town and the fishing fleet in Hastings

A view over Old Town and the fishing fleet in Hastings*

BSUFN are planning to facilitate a community event in Hastings later in the year – keep an eye on the website for announcements.

* Photos courtesy of Ruth Segal

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