A young couple who have made Hastings their home and taken over the lease of The Crown pub in the Old Town served their first pint to eager punters last Friday (July 18).
Bucking the trend which has seen pubs in the UK shutting shop at a rate of 28 per week, Tess Eaton, 28,and Andrew Swan, 29, reopened the doors of The Crown, an independent freehouse, to the public following months of refurbishment.
The couple moved down from Leeds, deciding that Hastings was the perfect place to live and start a new venture.
Tess said: “We opened at the weekend with a bang. Pirates ordering at the bar and Morris dancing outside made for a great start.”
Keen to showcase local talent and keep money within the community, Tess and Andrew have used local carpenter, Rupert Walton and blacksmith Ben Wood to create bespoke furniture for the pub.
Excited by what the town has to offer, the couple are also using local artists to create a ‘unique and interesting space’.
A crown sculpture crafted by Leigh Dyer and Philip Oakley takes pride of place above the entrance and brand illustrations and sign writing are provided by Nina Cosford.
It is not just art and furniture that is being kept local - the bar also stocks a wide range of local beers including a rotating selection of real ales from Hastings Brewery, gin from distilleries in Kent and Sussex and food from local suppliers.
Tess added: “Our aim is to create a lovely space for people to visit with fantastic food, great music, an interesting selection of drinks with welcoming interiors and friendly staff.
“We look forward to seeing you at the Crown.”
For more information about The Crown pub please visit www.thecrownhastings.co.uk.