Following a major fire in 2010, the £14.2m Hastings Pier has just opened with Centerplate as its catering and hospitality partner. A local action group raised the funds to rebuild the pier along with a £11.4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
With a focus on championing fresh seasonal ingredients from local Sussex producers and an eclectic collection of homemade traditional and contemporary dishes, Centerplate aims to make food and drink a major attraction on the new Hastings Pier.
Dining facilities include The Pavilion Restaurant & Bar in the original western Pavilion building, which is open now, and a café plus roof terrace called The Deck at Hastings Pier, which is opening soon. Centerplate has plans for mobile food and beverage units too.
Local suppliers include Sussex Ice Cream, Harveys Brewery - a new beer is to be available exclusively at Hastings Pier, and Nyetimber Vineyard, as well as locally-sourced seafood.
Centerplate is also forging strong links with the local community and local college and training establishments, including Sussex Coast College at Hastings. A dedicated apprenticeship scheme offers young people the opportunity to develop a career in the catering industry and Centerplate also provides training and work experience opportunities under the tutelage of its operations team at Hastings Pier.