I have to move to Hastings. No, seriously.
And it’s all Ruth and Jeska’s fault. On Saturday they arranged a Gathered Cheer Social down in Hastings that involved a tour of the best shops, a walk along the beach front, lots of blogger chat and lunch in a pub – bliss!
If you are a fan of antiques, vintage and unique homewares then Hastings is the place for you. Just in case you fancy a trip to the coast any time soon, I will tell you about some of the wonderful shops that Jeska, who writes on of my favourite blogs Lobster and Swan, took us to so you don’t miss out.
We got off the train at St. Leonards Warrior Square and I immediately bought two lovely stoneware bottles at Arthur Green’s Antiques Centre, which is just opposite the station. We then stopped off at the most wondrous florist called Bobo Flower and Garden Shop on London Road. Oh my word, the Peonies!
Next stop was Norman Road, which I enjoyed the most. We went to an amazing traditional haberdashery, full to the brim of ribbons, bobbins, fabric, linen, beautiful cabinets and haberdashers drawers. You know one of those shops where you want to buy the display cases. Yeh, that.
At the end of Norman Road is ‘Shop’, which was full of beautiful homewares from ceramics to gorgeous throws (and an incredible wooden board that Sarah-Lou bought that I’m super jealous of).
We wandered along the beach front to the old town from Norman Road and chatted and laughed and took photos. So lovely.
We arrived at the old town and it was so pretty with its winding streets and brightly coloured painted houses; it turned out to be such a treasure trove.
First stop the beautiful Butler’s Famed Emporium with so many wonderful trinkets and vintage loveliness.
And on to Robert’s Rummage. I can’t describe this place, you just need to go for yourself and find your own treasure.
And we finished at the amazing Hendy’s. Walking in there was like stepping back in time and I could have bought ALL of it!
After all that shopping we were ready for a delicious late lunch at the Crown Inn on All Saints Street, which I would definitely recommend. It was really good food and perfect pub decor.
Thank you to Ruth and to Jeska for hosting and organising the perfect day as well as the lovely ladies who attended and made it so much fun – I totally loved it and will be back. With a car. So I can buy everything.
P.S. You can sign up to learn more about future Gathered Cheer socials here.