Could Eastbourne have its own iconic seafront cafe?

Littlehampton's East Beach Cafe ENGSNL00120111123083106
Littlehampton's East Beach Cafe ENGSNL00120111123083106

Eastbourne council chiefs have been in talks with the developer who transformed Littlehampton’s image with an award-winning beach cafe.

Jane Wood developed the statement cafe – designed by architect Thomas Heatherwick who was responsible for the eye-catching Olympic Cauldron and the new London buses – to help make Littlehampton ‘the best possible version it could be of itself’.

Mrs Wood has been credited with transforming the fortunes of the seaside town after the cafe received nationwide coverage and proved to be the catalyst for other cutting-edge development, including another cafe by prominent architect Asif Khan and a housing development by Riba award-winning architect John Pardey.

The iconic building was started in 2005 and has since won awards including the Exterior Space category in the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards and the Coastal Cafe of the Year by National Magazine Company’s Coast Awards.

Mrs Wood told The Sunday Times, who dubbed her the ‘Mary Portas of the British seaside resort’, that she had been ‘in talks’ with Eastbourne Borough Council.

The council refused to confirm the meeting, but admitted staff were ‘looking at the options for commissioning a permanent restaurant on the Wish Tower site’. “This will build on the success of the existing temporary eatery on this prime seafront location,” the spokesperson added.