Weald Smokery – Great Lunch Stop

It’s always good to find somewhere different to eat, especially when it’s not the usual “pub grub” style of food. And so it was at the Weald Smokery near Flimwell in Sussex. We spotted a chalkboard sign advertising the food, on the main road heading towards Hastings, so stopped to check it out for our lunch

Smoked Seafood Lunch

Common to many bistro style cafes Weald Smokery offers a selection of sandwiches along with a few meals. All looked tasty and interesting. Following the “smokery” theme we opted to share a fish pate and a Fish Sharing platter.  Service was quick and very polite, and we didn’t have to wait long for our food, sitting outside in warm sunshine.  We were definitely not disappointed and enjoyed a tasty and ample fish meal.  The pate was served with salad leaves and toast. The sharing platter included salmon, trout, smoked prawns (which I had never tried before) accompanied by taramasalata, a dill sauce, salad leaves and olives, and an assortment of artisan breads.  Sitting in the sun in this countryside spot it is easy to think that you are in the countryside, and forget that it is only 17 miles to Hastings, at the coast, and a good source of fresh fish, as we discovered on our visit to Robertsbridge on a previous trip. 

A Bit More about the Weald Smokery

The Weald Smokery is one of a limited number of smokehouses in the UK producing smoked foods by traditional artisan methods. It has been family owned for 30 years, and has received awards for its products. Do check out the website

Why Visit this Part of Sussex

Flimwell is a village on the A21 route between the M25 London ring road and Hastings and St Leonards-on-Sea, both on the coast and popular in the summer holidays. The village is situated in an Area of Natural Beauty, and is inside “1066 Country”, near the site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Medieval Bodiam Castle is nearby. 

Pay The Area a Visit

Travelling down towards Hastings? Stop in and have a look around.  Or just take a day trip…. 
Rough Seas at St Leonards Beach

Stormy Seas at St Leonards-on-Sea

Stormy Seas at St Leonards-on-Sea

With a few hours of daylight on a winter’s day, after our visit to Robertsbridge in East Sussex we decided to explore a bit. Of course the beach called, so we headed towards Hastings and found the beach at St. Leonards-on-Sea.

St. Leonards-on-Sea

With the name often shortened, St Leonards has been part of Hastings, in East Sussex since the 19th century. It was planned and established as a seaside resort early in the century, and later merged into the town of Hastings.

St. Leonards Pier

St Leonards PierThe St Leonards Pier was completed in 1891 as a local feature and entertainment area. During the second world war it was cut in half to protect against invasion, but was later destroyed by fire, having suffered some bombing damage.

The remains of the pier were removed after the war.











Our Visit

We found ourselves at the location of the old pier, simply because it was a useful place to park, with the winds rocking the car, and the surf looking interesting as the wind drove the breakers on to the beach.

Now anybody who knows the UK, knows that the beach is not a great place to visit in January. To top that off, storm Eleanor had blown across England over the preceeding two days, and the wind was fierce. In fact it was hard work to walk around and take photos. Even the seagulls struggled with the wind. We had a laugh watching take off and go nowhere.

Enjoy the photos. We have added St Leonards to the list of places to visit in summer, as it looked as if it could be quite festive.





The High Street, Robertsbridge Village, East Sussex

Robertsbridge, East Sussex 

Robertsbridge Coat of Arms

Robertsbridge Coat of Arms


As you drive along the road you see their names. Towns you have never heard of, appearing on road signs and gone in a flash. And then, for whatever reason, you stop in one. That is how we came to Robertsbridge. Having been to an appointment nearby, we just decided to stop in. OK, the Inn was recommended as a good place for a meal too.










Where is RobertsbridgeCrossroads to Battle

Robertsbridge is a village just off the A21, about 10 miles (16km) from Hastings, on the English cost.

Close by (5 miles/8 km away) is the town of Battle, on the site of the Battle of Hastings which occurred in 1066. For those who don’t know English history, the Battle of Hastings was the battle in which William the Conqueror, with his Norman forces from Normandy, took the English crown from King Harold.

Indeed, as we approached the area, a road sign proclaimed that we were entering “1066 Country”.

Lunch at the InnThe George Inn, Robertsbridge, East Sussex

The George Inn was recommended to us for lunch. We arrived to a great welcome, entering the pub to see a cosy and warm space by the fire, with a temptation to settle down with a book and a glass of something good. On the opposite side was a light and airy restaurant area.

As always, my first call was to look at the fish and chips. The menu detailed the fact that the fish was locally caught, landed at Rye or Hastings. Haddock was the fish of the moment, cooked in a tempura batter. That was a really enjoyable fish and chips, one of the best I have had.

Two fish and chips cost £32, along with a few soft drinks.


Taking a walk

Despite a cold day, we took a walk along the High Street.

Robertsbridge apparently had wealthy times in the 14th and 15th centuries, resulting in a number of large houses being built. Some of these are still standing.

Judge’s Bakery looked interesting, so we dropped in, taking a sample of their products back home for our dinner. Well worth a future visit!

Next Time

It’s possible that we will be visiting the area again this year. It will be a good opportunity to have a wander and see the sights, particularly at Battle.