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Headed down to the Stade in Hastings Old Town yesterday afternoon, to check out how the new Jerwood Gallery buildings are progressing.  See here for more information about the collaboration between the town and the art gallery – it is hoped that the gallery will assist the town’s regeneration, as the new Tate has done in St Ives, and the new Turner Gallery is doing in Margate.

As the YouTube clippet of Ian Jarman shows, Sussex wine merchant Cooden Cellars is pleased as punch to have landed

Cooden Cellars van in the foreground; eat@theStade's new building and the East Hill in the background

the contract to provide the wine at the new eatery to feed all the culture vultures.  Steve and Louise who are in charge there will do a marvellous job – you mark my words.

Ian has provided a Spanish red, white and rosado as the House offerings – plenty of guts and glory apparently.  And there is a smattering of other wine to cater for the range of tastes, and a very palatable Prosecco, so he tells me.

The restaurant is actually a fantastic space for tasting wine more formally.  Glass walls both sides, so lots of light to be able to inspect colour and clarity properly!  I hope that Ian will be showing there some of the 1,000 wines he has in the distribution hub up at The Ridge, St Leonard’s.  [Wonder if he needs any little helpers?!  Ian, if you’re reading – I’m game!]

With the net huts in the background, and the largest, beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe bringing in high quality, sustainably caught fish and seafood every day (quotas allowing – see here for a report from my alter ego), this is without doubt a food and wine destination to watch.

So, get on down and explore for yourselves.  And have a glass from Ian, while you’re there!


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