Steak served on a 'hot rock'
I used to go to Porters Wine bar quite a bit but after a couple of bad meals I started to steer clear. This was a good few years ago and I've been back twice recently and have been really impressed with the food.
I've tried their mussels - delicious, the plaice - scrummy, and the Moroccan tagine dish - super flavoursome. Another of the menu highlights is the fillet steak which comes out on a 'hot rock' so you can finish it off exactly the way you like it and choose your own seasoning too. The fish is local and freshly caught just minutes away in the fishing area of Hastings Old Town.
In the summer it's lovely to sit out in the garden and during weekends the bar area quite often has live music too. The only downside is that the service definitely slides with very large parties as they have a habit of serving smaller tables first.
I popped back for lunch on another occasion and had the jerk chicken salad. It took a while to arrive (they were pretty busy) but when it did it was delicious and only cost about a fiver. A much better meal than you could get from most other local restaurants at the price.
So if you're in Hastings any time soon, check out Porters.
Chicken and chips