What more enjoyable way to pass a Saturday afternoon than having a coffee and slice of home made cake sitting by the sea.
I have just spent a delightful time doing just that at Tea By The Sea watching the rowing competitions and listening to the weekend band.
But I have learned that Janet’s lease may not be renewed in favour of a restaurant taking over the entire Colonnade. Why?
This would be a disaster. The cafe is always full with many who, like me, are regular customers.
Winter and summer I visit this friendly cafe to relax watching the sea, the birds, the boat races, or just to sit, and to have a coffee or cup of tea.
It is the ideal place to take the weight off your feet after shopping in Devonshire Street and Western Road, or before going home.
Every time I have friends over from outside the area I am asked if we can go to Tea By the Sea.
I have yet to hear anyone say anything but praise for this unique cafe.
Janet has chosen her tables and chairs, not to mention the china, to complement its setting in the Colonnade below the DLWP.
What better venue is there in the area offering similar vista and refreshments.
It is child-friendly and dogs are also welcomed, hikers and cyclists are frequently seen taking a rest there.
It gives pleasure to so many, so why take it away?
And what about the unique shops within the Colonnade –what will happen to them too?
I cannot think of anything more depressing than having an evening meal in a restaurant that overlooks the blackness of the sea in front of it.
Likewise I cannot think of anywhere more stimulating and relaxing to pass a morning, or afternoon, enjoying my coffee in front of the promenade with so many things going on and passing by to see.
It may have started small but it is now very much a landmark of Bexhill.
Long may it continue .
Carrie Beeson FCIPR
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