The Land of Green Ginger Licensed Cafe-Bistro, rated in the top 10% of restaurants in Hastings, East Sussex, serves an eclectic range of food all which is prepared, from locally sourced produce wherever possible, in its own kitchen.
Serving traditional English breakfasts every morning of the week, the Land of Green Ginger provides an interesting selection of freshly made food on its lunch menu which also includes extra daily specials. The delicious home-made cakes and scones, including cream scones in the summer, are available all day long.
The Land of Green Ginger is described as welcoming by customers during the day and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights the restaurant is transformed without losing any of its daytime charm. At night out comes the linen tablecloths and napkins and the candles plus an expanded menu offering traditional fare alongside some of the favourites from the afternoon menu.
The menu has something for everyone. There is plenty to chose from with much to please the carnivore but there is also a welcoming selection for vegans, vegetarians and celiacs. The Land of Green Ginger team will also prepare other specialist food if given prior advice of specialist needs.
The Land of Green Ginger is fully licensed offering red, white rose and sparkling wines and a choice from three lagers.
As well as the main dining area the Land of Green Ginger has its own garden, described as the most peaceful part of Old Town. The garden comes into its own in the summer months where the recently redeveloped and replanted space comes alive.
A brief history
Prior to the Second World War the site on which the Land of Green Ginger now stands was occupied by an old Tudor mansion. Unfortunately it was one of the many buildings in the High Street that received a direct hit. Later the block was rebuilt and a women’s dress shop was opened on the site.
In the 1970s the dress shop closed and reopened as a vegetarian café called Brant’s; Don Brant, its creator and long time owner is still a regular customer to the Land of Green Ginger. Many remember its later incarnation as a café known Gannets, but since then it has changed its name and its menu style on several occasions.
The café was redesigned and re-launched as the Land of Green Ginger in 2008. It quirky name came from a street in Hull, hometown of its then owners.
Many others remember the name as the title of a children’s book: The Land of Green Ginger by Noel Langly, published in 1937; Mr Langly’s son has been a recent visitor to the Hastings Cafe. Strangely the book title was also the name of a 1927 adult book by Winifred Holtby which in the 1970′s was broadcast as a BBC drama and also as a radio play.
In October 2010 two escapees from London, Keith and Gene, arrived in the Old Town having purchased the Land of Green Ginger from its developers. Keith and Gene’s mission with the Land of Green Ginger is to provide good, freshly prepared food in a friendly, welcoming and relaxing atmosphere at a reasonable price.. That is for our customers to judge and we welcome your feedback.