New catering plan and extended opening times for Hastings Pier

UPDATE: The Pavilion restaurant is currently serving drinks only (no food). We are working hard to get our food offer up and running as soon as possible.

The Upper Deck bar & terrace is open from 10am until last orders at 9.30pm. Come and enjoy a variety of food and drink with the best views of Hastings and St Leonards.

Hastings Pier is open from 10am-10pm.

Thank you for your understanding.

Hastings Pier’s catering and hospitality operation will be formally handed over from Centerplate to Hastings Pier Charity on Saturday 1st July 2017. There will be a phased reopening, with the new catering offer emphasising quality food and drink from local suppliers (including fresh fish from Hastings Old Town), excellent training opportunities for staff, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere with new decor and regular entertainment.

The reopening will begin with a ‘pop up’ offer on the Upper Deck bar & terrace from Saturday 1st July.

The Pavilion building and fish and chip bar will be closed from Saturday 1st – Friday 7th July inclusive for a light refurbishment and staff training. The rest of the pier - including the Upper Deck, kiosks, shop and exhibition spaces - will remain open throughout the week (subject to individual opening times).

The restaurant will be unveiled to the public with a new look, food menu and wine and cocktail lists on Saturday 8th July. Weather permitting, a DJ will be playing in celebration of the new opening in the afternoon and evening on the Pavilion terrace.

A new food kiosk (also operated by Hastings Pier Charity’s catering team) will be open from Saturday 8th July, and will serve traditional seaside fare – including doughnuts and candy floss.

In line with the new catering offer, Hastings Pier’s opening times will extend to 10pm from Saturday 8th July until the end of September 2017.

Hastings Pier opening times*
Wed 28th - Friday 30th June: 10am-8pm
Saturday 1st July: 10am-4pm (early closing for Pier Jam, Pier Head closed all day)
Sunday 2nd – Friday 7th July: 10am-8pm
Saturday 8th July – end of September: 10am-10pm

The new catering and hospitality offer is being spearheaded by Erika Holland, who managed the much-loved ‘Gritti Palace’ on Hastings Pier before its rebuild. Erika says: “I am very excited to be joining Hastings Pier Charity for this new venture. We will be sourcing our ingredients locally where possible and sustainability is key. Going forward we will be looking to put together a training programme with the aim to provide job opportunities for local people.”

Jo Stewart, CEO at Hastings Pier Charity, adds: “Bringing our catering offer in house is pivotal to our business plan and will bring the Pier one step closer to becoming self-funded in the future. It also opens up funding opportunities which will further bolster our business plan ensuring the Pier has a sustainable future.”

*Opening times may vary in the case of inclement weather and for events.

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