OUT IN THE FIELD: Stein serves up disappointing dish

Sadly, it doesn't look like celebrity chef Rick Stein will be cooking up a storm in Eastbourne
Sadly, it doesn't look like celebrity chef Rick Stein will be cooking up a storm in Eastbourne

We all had such high hopes: the secret that it was Rick Stein who was the successful bidder to run the town’s Wish Tower restaurant – when it is built – was hardly out of the bag when the main man himself decided to pull the rug from underneath the council’s feet and out of the deal which would have seen him open a destination eatery on the seafront site. All because, we are told, he didn’t like the result of the EU Referendum last week and possibly fears the economy could be so unstable in the coming months, he didn’t want to take the risk. Disappointing and upsetting news but what is worse is that Rick Stein’s advisers have offered up no comment whatsoever – just a polite thanks but no thanks after months and months of negotiations with the council. There had been lengthy talks between the two camps and it is believed Mr Stein’s team made a “superb” presentation and case as to why he should be handed the keys to the restaurant and he “outshone” other operators’ bids. But when the dust settles, what is the council and the town to do now? Go back to the other two that weren’t successful and choose one of them which would be second best? As far as we are aware Rick Stein’s camp has just said, so long, farewell, we’re off. To walk away with such a curt dismissal is just rude. I only hope the reasoning behind it that Brexit is to blame is not just an excuse.

The sight of all the motorcyclists, fire vehicles and other cars of all shapes and sizes which took part in the funeral procession for young Bobby Michael was absolutely overwhelming. Riders and motorists came from far and wide after an appeal on social media went viral. The fire station’s Blue Watch, Sussex Police riders, Harley Davidson enthusiasts and everyone who took part will probably never realise how much their efforts meant to Bobby’s devastated family but it made their day and they publicly thanked everyone for showing such respect. It shows what a wonderful community we have.

Sad news that the cafe and branch of Cavendish Bakery in Grove Road is closing today (Friday). The bakery was opened as Saffron Patisserie by the wonderful Cliff and Maureen Bennett on July 3 1973 and later re-named Cavendish Bakery when the family acquired a further bakery in Cavendish Place. Their reputation grew and grew but sadly so much has changed in 43 years. More cafes and coffee shops than you can shake a stick at are now dotted around Little Chelsea and the landscape has evolved so much that the family decided reluctantly to close Grove Road. You can however still find them in Cavendish Place and online.

Finally this week, a very happy birthday to Chris Coleman who looks after the Facebook group Memories of East Sussex and is celebrating this weekend. I am off on my holidays to Spain for a few days R and R with my son and heir, the ex-husband’s lovely ex-wife and son number two to celebrate the duo leaving school. See you in two weeks.

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