I was bumbling along the Sunny Sussex seafront one Saturday in need of coffee when I stumbled across Goat Ledge at St Leonards on Sea. Just for a moment, I thought I’d slipped through the Matrix. Deckchairs on the beach facing a turquoise sea, bright colours and an almost Caribbean or South American vibe with the gentle hum of a tune.
I’d just come from the wreckage of the 18th-century ship, The Amsterdam, further up the coast, passing the very art deco style, ship-like Marine Court, and accidentally got caught up in a park run and it was all starting to feel a little surreal, so Goat Ledge felt right for a Pitts Stop.
A community café
Goat Ledge is a community café. In addition to the seafront venue with tables and chairs spilling onto the beach, they have five themed beach huts (walk-in or book in advance) for the chillier days and a covered pergola-style seating area. The main beach hut building is brightly coloured and hard to miss.
For my breakfast, they had lots of choice with local bacon baps and Hastings Haddock. A basic bacon bap will set you back £4.50 which seemed more than reasonable, and they cater for gluten-free and vegan. My Americano was a very heartening £2.80. I didn’t have time to linger for lunch (or even breakfast) because I was heading on to take a look at Hastings Pier via Bottle Alley but they have a main menu that included lots of local fish (think Grilled Fish Bap (£9) or Moules Mariniere (£10.50)). They also serve local beer, cocktails and wine!
While Goat Ledge is clearly a pretty well-known haunt for the locals, for out of towners like me, heading to and from Hastings, it’s a really great venue and well worthy of a Pitts-Stop. Even on a less sunny day.
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