Wish Tower eatery is due to open its doors

The new temporary cafe at The Wish Tower Eastbourne, called 'The Western View' approaches completion. July 3rd 2013 E27197P
The new temporary cafe at The Wish Tower Eastbourne, called 'The Western View' approaches completion. July 3rd 2013 E27197P

The new temporary Wish Tower Cafe is due to open its doors in two weeks’ time.

Workmen are putting the finishing touches to the eatery which will be known as the Western View in time for the opening on Monday July 22.

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

Since the originally building was demolished, a state of the art Airstream style vehicle has been providing refreshments at the seafront location but the new temporary building will replace that and it will be used elsewhere across the town at future events.

Annie Wills from the council’s tourism and leisure department said work was progressing well on Western View, which will have 26 inside seats and more than 100 seats outside. It will open between 10am and 6pm, offer hot and cold light bites and will be licensed.

“It really is very exciting,” said Annie. “Work is progressing well and on target and we are schedule to open on July 22.

“We will be offering an exciting menu with home made cakes and will be licensed. The Western View will be open later depending on the weather and also if there are events going on at the Western Lawns.

“It will be a family friendly venue with fantastic views out to sea, along the promenade and of course up to Beachy Head. We want people to come down and enjoy their experience here.”

There was outrage last year when the original Wish Tower Cafe and Sun Lounge was handed back to the council by the lessee and found to be in such a bad state, it had to be demolished as did the sun lounge, which was built to honour those injured or killed in Eastbourne in World War Two. The council says the final permanent building will include a memorial to those people.