Support Local – Updated!

The lockdown continues and so does the resilience and ingenuity of the local people here in Hastings and St. Leonards.

Rather than updating my previous post, I thought I would offer a fresh take on the businesses that are continuing to serve the community; as well as provide some info on a truly ‘Hastings’ approach to helping people stay active and creative during the lockdown.

  • Judges Bakery is still going strong. Pop in for sourdough bread; a sweet treat; or buy flour and yeast to bake something fresh at home. 🍞
  • Penbuckles Deli closed briefly but Richard and Ellie have regrouped and they are now open during the week. You can call them to place an order for collection; arrange a time to pop in and shop; or have food delivered to your home. 🧀
  • Trinity Whole Foods‘ main shop is open for business. They have plenty of fresh produce, dry goods and my favourite: Montezuma’s chocolate.1 🍫
  • Queen’s Deli has also started a home delivery service. They have a range of groceries; wine; and fresh deli meats; including the finest salt beef to cook at home. 🥩
  • The Marina Fountain drive-thru is still open. See their website for details of the food and wine that is available.🍷
  • Tommy’s Pizzeria is still open for delivery; keeping a pizza-wide smile on everyone’s faces. Check out their Instagram for updates and limited time offers. 🍕
  • St Leonards’ favourite Half Man, Half Burger have also regrouped and they are open for delivery too. Treat yourself to a cheeseburger. 🍔
  • Finally, the Cake Room updated their Instagram and it looks like Baxter may have something in the pipeline. 🍰

And, if you have not come across it yet, a number of locals have pulled together to run Isolation Station Hastings. They are live-streaming a daily schedule of events on Facebook during the lockdown, including:

  • Educational Classes (Pottery, Life Drawing, Sea Creature Feature)
  • Exercise Classes (Yoga, Family Fitness)
  • Music (Solo gigs and Sing-a-longs)
  • Local News and Quizzes
  • And a daily reading of ‘The Time Machine’, by H.G. Wells, which was this year’s selection for ‘A Town Explores a Book’.

So go ahead, stay home, order some food from one of our local businesses and tune in to the Isolation Station. 🌞

  1. Not exactly a necessity but ‘The Dark Side’ is too delicious![]

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