Harden's survey result
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“New venues are opening up on the seafront, but St Clements continues to be the top venue in St Leonards”. It’s an “unexpected neighbourhood bistro” in a backstreet, serving “high-quality cuisine” in a “cosy dining room”.
Nick Hales’s “fantastic neighbourhood restaurant”, hidden in the backstreets of this seaside town, serves “predominantly local fish and shellfish, but meat and veggie options also aren’t ignored”.
A “lovely” – and perhaps rather surprising – find in the backstreets of this faded seaside town; the dining room itself may be “unremarkable”, but Nick Hales’s venture is a “welcoming” one, where the menu headlines some “superb locally-caught fish”.
“As Jay Rayner said, everyone deserves a local like this”; a “long-term favourite” (and not just of celebrity scribes), Nick Hales’s “lovely little” place has an accent on “interesting seafood and fish”.
With that original idea still at its heart, St Clement's seasonal menus are crafted to showcase the area’s best produce with fish from Hastings’ beach launched fleet at its heart. Produce is sourced from traditional butchers, rare-breed farms and non-intensive dairies, local farms, fishermen & grocers to name but a few. Nothing is over embellished, including the minimal restaurant interior, with the intention of maintaining a relaxed, informal atmosphere in which the standard of food can take center stage.
Formal recognition of the hard work it takes to maintain such a venture has come in the form of accolades from The Michelin Guide & Hardens Guide, along with fantastic reviews in The Guardian and The Telegraph, and a feature in the book 52 weekends By The Sea, a publication championed by Rick Stein. Last summer we were fortunate enough to be visited again by The Telegraph, this time by Matthew Norman, who wrote a lovely piece about the restaurant, despite having made some controversial observations of the local area.
3 Mercatoria, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN38 0EB
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Lunch Tues-Sun, Dinner Tues-Sat, Brunch Fri-Sun. Closed Mondays.
Last orders: 9 pm, Sat 10 pm