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Hidden on the hill


about us

The Beacon is a family home and business on the West Hill, with an eatery and a licensed bar, large, secluded gardens, and a sizeable allotment (fondly known as the Wilderness)… all just a short walk from Hastings Old Town.

During the winter season we are open for Sunday lunches 12-4pm, and at other times for special events (see our events page) and private hire. We are closed in January.

During the summer our lovely gardens and outdoor kitchen will be up and running more often – sign up to our weekly blog post so you’re up to date with our opening times.

Aside from our main dining room and bar we have our Log Cabin in the garden, available for eating parties up to 12 people. Please let us know if you’d like to book in.

Check out our Blog for weekly updates on what’s going on at the Beacon and the menu this week!


upcoming events

Thursday 13th June:  Trash Cans presents JURY SERVICE

Friday 21st June – a midsummer night’s solstice party with The Fabulous Red Diesel! Food from HGK.

Thursday 27th June: Bear and I, last Thursday of the month. Food from the Beacon kitchen.

Saturday 29th June Fungi Festival – its all about the mushrooms!

For tickets and details see our Events page


sunday lunches

Please note, due to circumstances beyond our control, exceptionally, we won’t be opening, on June 23rd. We apologise for any inconvenience. Business as usual otherwise…

On June 16th we’ll be serving roast pork with apple sauce or roast beef with fresh horseradish  (£22) or Cashew nut roast (ve), with a beets, leeks and onion topping (£18).

For more details visit our blog page.

We offer a small menu of  home-cooked, locally sourced food, serving at least one meat each week (beef, pork, chicken, lamb) alongside our vegetarian/vegan nut roast alternative. Our main dishes come with roast potatoes, seasonal veg, a home-brewed gravy, and  Yorkshire puddings, followed by a delicious choice of desserts (£8).

For little ones we offer a child’s portion of any main, or sausages (meat/veg) with peas, carrots, gravy and Yorkshire puddings (£9) or a toddler portion (£6).

Please let us know in advance if you have specific dietary requirements or allergies.

We are small family run business and we cook all your food from scratch.  We source our ingredients locally: our fruit and veg come from our garden or Sussex Fruits in St Leonards, our meat comes from Homestead Farm in Netherfield, chickens from Appleyards in St Leonards, and our fish from Rock-a-Nore. Nutless roasts from Lion’s Den.

Sign up to our blog for weekly updates here

Call us on 01424 431305 or email



Meet the team behind all that’s going on!

Dora Beacon
Dora (Judy’s daughter): Draws, bakes, promotes and takes care of the two little boys, who are sometimes seen tearing about the place dressed as Superheroes.
Sarah Beacon

Sarah (Judy’s sister): illustrates and paints, sous-chef (makes cracking Yorkshire puds!) and is the glue that holds us all together.

Judy Beacon

Judy (lady of the House): paints, sews, gardens, grows, roasts all meats and creates stuffings. A force of energy, hatches most of our maddest plans and is the reason we are all here.

Mae Beacon

Mae (sister-in-law to Dora, daughter-in-law to Judy): resident green fingered wonder, Mae and family live so close that their garden is an extension of the Beacon’s. Mae, manager to our holiday-let chalet the Beech Hut, pops up behind the bar to serve drinks, gets stuck in on the Wilderness veg plots and is a general all round support.



Come and find us in Hastings!

The crumbly track

The key to finding the Beacon is… ditch the Sat Nav! The Beacon is below St Mary’s Terrace (not in it) down a narrow, crumbly track.

Get to the top of the West Hill on Priory Road then turn into Plynlimmon Road, which very soon veers sharply to the right. Don’t turn the corner here – the crumbly track is directly in front of you.

Vehicular access is for turning only – the Beacon has very limited parking. Please don’t park on St Mary’s Terrace; there is plenty of free parking in surrounding streets.

Any mobility issues, let us know in advance so we keep you a parking space. We don’t claim to have easy disabled access – but access is possible via a ramp at the back of the house and through the garden to another ramp leading to the bar door. (Please note, the Beacon does not have wheelchair friendly toilets.)


Hire the Beacon: for larger gatherings like special events and parties of up to 60 guests, talks and workshops, meetings and supper clubs, you can hire whole of the gardens, bar and big room. Email us to find out more.


Stay at the Beacon in our beautiful garden, where an outbuilding has been lovingly converted into a private and self-contained one-bedroomed holiday let chalet, with a log burner to keep you cosy in winter and a sundeck with spectacular views for those summer breakfasts. Stay with us and explore Hastings from your doorstep.


our ethos

We beaver away at the end of our land (the Wilderness) growing our own fruit & veg. Its always been a large part of our ethos to source as many of our ingredients as locally as possible and within reach, from the spinach in your nut roast and the jars of fresh pesto to the odd green bean in your vegetable medley; what we have, we use.
Our meat is ethically sourced from small, traditionally run Homestead Farm, near Battle, where we know good husbandry ensures that the animals are well cared for and range freely (low carbon footprint and high quality).
Our chickens come from Appleyards in St Leonards, and any fruit and veg we can’t grow comes from Hastings market or Sussex Fruits in St Leonards. Our fish comes from Rock-a-Nore, and every dish is made from scratch; nothing is mass produced or processed.


Built in 1895 for Thomas Tassel, an enterprising local fishmonger and outdoor preacher, the Beacon perches on top of the West Hill in Hastings, a spectacular hidden venue for meals, drinks and get-togethers in the sunshine. Judy and her family have been here since 1992. Want to know more? Ask to see a copy of these books when you visit.

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