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“A little too contrived” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of A G Hendy Home Store

A G Hendy Home Store
Ranked #110 of 351 Restaurants in Hastings
Cuisines: British, European
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
London, UK
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403 reviews
287 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 567 helpful votes
“A little too contrived”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2013

Alastair Hendy was one of my favourite food writers and his recipe for fish pie is still my gold standard when I want to indulge in foody nostalgia. Home Store is his labour of love in Hastings Old Town and everything has been stripped back to resemble what a Victorian department store might have been like if they had such things then. The store itself is open from Wednesdays to Sundays and the kitchen is open only at weekends. We knew in advance that the food was expensive, with an emphasis on seafood, but the menu on offer (three starters at £7 and two mains at £16) didn't tickle our taste buds sufficiently to entice us to join the queue waiting for lunch to start. So we decided to explore what else Home Store has to offer. The ground floor is fairly similar to other home-style kitchen shops, with umpteen variations on dusters and brushes, enamelware, glass jelly molds et al. A girl dressed in Victorian garb was busy ironing serviettes on an ancient ironing board, but the impression of being transported back in time disappeared as soon as one saw the electric iron. A corridor down the side has various uniforms for sale in case you want to dress up as a Victorian skivvy back home. Up the stripped stairs, there's a front room full of old tables, ranging from wooden ones from something like the Victorian era to metal ones from the 30s. Everything has a Home Store tag attached with a hefty price. There was even a used, kitchen diary dated 1938 on sale for £12. Another flight of stairs, past a bizarre display of old anatomical drawings (including one of what must be the longest flaccid penis ever seen in public), brought one to a floor where various bathroom accoutrements and furniture were on display. It was so reminiscent of some macabre film set that one almost expected Dr Crippen to appear brandishing a bloody knife (with attached Home Store tag and hefty price). As we walked back downstairs to the 21st century, it struck us that a lot of the items on offer were the sort you'd find in various junk shops in Hastings. It's not surprising that Home Store has divided opinion amongst locals, although I'm sure tourists are lapping it up.

Visited June 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Hastings, United Kingdom
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191 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“step back in time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2012

if you want to step back in time and see what things were like back in the late 1880s then this is the shop for you it is atmospheric and very cleverly conceived. The staff are dressed in the costumes of the era and are a delight both in knowledge and serving you when you buy items there from wonderful radiator dusters to garden items to furniture to kitchen item all of which reflect the surroundings in which they are sold. there 4 floors to look at so go back in time and enjoy this wonderful experience

Visited December 2012
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London
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69 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Just Brilliant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

Opinion is subjective, so why should you believe me over others; the simple answer is you shouldn't. What you should do is collate the opinion of others and get a feel, discovering if they are like minded folk. You could also put this into Google: Restaurant: AG Hendy & Co Home Store Kitchen, Hastings. There you will find a great piece of writing that closely evokes the dining experience. However, I would fundamentally disagree with the writers opinion on pricing. Fish ain't cheap, and for what you get here, coupled with care and finesse on every plate, this is a very cheap restaurant indeed, Mayfair prices - my [--] (my [--] for Americans)!

My opinion, for what its worth, would tell you to go there in a hurry and stay there until they kick you out. Go there with enough friends to divide your order, so you can try everything Mr Hendy has to offer. Go there with enthusiasm and fill your boots. And - if you don't like it, I don't care - I think it's just brilliant

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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“Expensive "restaurant"”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

The shop is without doubt amazing but the food in the new "restaurant", less so.

On the plus side, fresh ingredients are used but the portions are small and expensive and served with just a boring bowl of lightly dressed lettuce leaves.

We thought it would be fun to eat in the kichen area where you can watch the food being prepared and cooked. However, the owner, who does all the cooking is not particularly friendly or entertaining and we did not enjoy seeing him tell stall off in front of us. No effort was made to make us feel welcome.

Wines are expensive. House white and Rose wines but no house red. Only two choices of red, the cheapest being £28 for a mediocre Rioja. When the wine came it was cold and we had to stand the bottle in the sun to warm it up. After we finished the bottle we asked if we could just have one glass but were told no and that we had to buy another bottle if we wanted a top up.

On the whole, we were all very disappointed and will not be going back.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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EastSussex
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106 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Like a museum with simple fish restaurant attached”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2012

Antique furniture, brushes that can dust behind radiators, brown teapots, old linen in a museum setting, styled to death , somewhere between utility and de-luxe, with good simple fish restaurant attached.! Check opening times. Food weekends only (?)

Visited August 2012
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