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Hidden on the hill

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.

We open regularly throughout the summer months on Friday nights for pizza, cooked in our wood fired garden pizza oven, and for Sunday lunches, and for special events and private hire.


12th November: sorry we are not opening tonight for pizzas! Apologies to anyone who planned on coming… blame the weather!


For the first time EVER, we are opening up limited spaces to come and dine with us on Christmas DAY! With a cocktail and canapes on arrival, a snug mulled cider log cabin, festive music (no Wham! – sorry), plastic-free decorations and a four course lovingly cooked traditional lunch, you’ll be welcomed into our home to celebrate the yuletide with your chosen guests.

Like to register your interest? Please let us know by sending your name and the number of guests no later than November 19th to

Bookings will be confirmed the following week.


Friday 6-10pm (garden kitchen open for pizzas til 9pm)
Saturday: private hire
Sunday 12-6pm (lunch service til 3.30pm)

We open seasonally and change like the wind! Please check our socials and call ahead or email to book a table.

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Garden Kitchen

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



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.

Syd Beacon
Syd (Sarah’s son, cousin to Dora, nephew to Judy): teacher, writer, thinker, and house pyromaniac, Syd has embraced the wood fired oven with enthusiasm, makes a mean pizza and focaccia to die for. Syd lives at the top of the house with his girl, Vero.


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.)

Meet at the Beacon: for smaller gatherings or a meeting place, why not hire out our meeting house? Our own comfortable private outhouse in the garden, it seats up to 12-15 people. We’ll be happy to supply hot drinks and cakes (please pre-order). Email us to find out more.

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.


The Bakehouse: here at the Beacon we can make and deliver (in and around Hastings) home made delicious cakes and treats straight to your door.



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? Two books on the history of the Beacon are available to buy on request.

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We’ve been beavering away at the end of our land (the Wilderness Veg Plot), erected a poly-tunnel, dug patches and planted trees with an aim to grow 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 desserts and cakes are available to purchase for your special occasions – lovingly made and delivered to your door.

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, our eggs from Hook Farm, our bread is baked in house and every dish is made from scratch; nothing is mass produced or processed.


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