Hastings Old Town Gardens – and a visit to the Crown

Just a quick post – down to the Old Town to visit a few open gardens, and rectifying an omission – one of the places to be in Hastings is the Crown pub in All Saints Street, and Battleaxe has never been…..

Unusual  roses – I forgot to ask the owner what sort they were?

     The Old Town gardens are quite special – hidden away at the back of the little houses, up Twitterns, down steep steps. Half the fun is looking at the views and the roofscapes.  Today was dull, so pictures a bit less shiny than those from our last visit to the gardens- would you believe in 2013?
     It was good to meet an enthusiastic Battleaxe reader on our way round the gardens. I didn’t catch the lady’s name, but hello, I’m glad you enjoy the blog!

Roofscapes and twitterns

     Some of the gardens did not seem to be particularly advanced, but still plenty of colour to photograph:

     On our way from Tackleway to the High Street we passed the Crown pub – haunt of hipsters, cutting edge locals and DFLs. It’s had excellent reviews. We ‘d never been in, so rectified that, and had a half of some obscure beer and a packet of cheese and onion crisps – scarcely testing the range of hospitality offerings to their maximum, but it’s a start. Wide range of food and drink on offer, and the staff were very pleasant.
   Very attractive interior. Battleaxe liked the fresh flowers on  the tables, and the artwork. It was very quiet, so could take some pictures without imposing on others.
    Nice loos – very dark though, somewhat remisicent of an Amsterdam coffee shop. You may well ask about this one’s familiarity with Amsterdam Coffee Shop loos. Ask away, but I ain’t tellin’….
   Anyway, we will return.

Loved these flowers at the Crown
The Crown

    Next big blog post will be a guide to the best local pub gardens. On our way up the High Street I popped up to the Jenny Lind garden to make sure my pictures were up-to-date. I’m glad I did – the climbing rose was just stunning, and smelt incredible. I’m not waiting until the pub gardens post to put a picture here.

Rose at the Jenny Lind

    Tomorrow we are off on a four-day trip to Bournemouth and Portsmouth – will write about it later.
    Our new bathroom is coming on well…..
     Battleaxe feels compelled to write a post about the EU referendum – I am feeling increasingly uneasy as the date approaches. The campaign for Leave gets more rabid and xenophobic every day, and it looks like a worrying number of people are falling for it….  However, I’m sure blogs like mine should not get into politics. I’ll see how desperate I am in a few days time.

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