Western View Cafe opens on the seafront

The Western View Cafe opened its doors last Friday (July 19) fora special preview before it welcomed the public on Monday.

The cafe is the temporary replacement for the Wish Tower venue, which was demolished last year. The launch was attended by local dignitaries including Eastbourne Borough Council’s tourism spokesperson Carolyn Heaps, who gave a speech, and special guest John Foyle, whose family donated money for the original Wish Tower Cafe and Sun Lounge to be built as a memorial to those who lost their lives in the Second World War.

The Western View Cafe at Eastbourne Wish Tower was officially opened  on Friday July 19th 2013. E30093P

The Western View Cafe at Eastbourne Wish Tower was officially opened on Friday July 19th 2013. E30093P

The cafe is expected to remain in place for at least two years while Eastbourne Borough Council continues its search for a permanent building to replace the old Wish Tower Cafe, which had to be demolished after falling into a state of disrepair.

After the original building was knocked down, an Airstream trailer had been providing refreshments which will now be used at future events across Eastbourne.

The Western View has 26 inside seats and more than 100 outside on a terrace, with stunning sea views.

It will be open from 10am-6pm (with provision to open later in good weather), offering hot and cold food and alcoholic drinks.