theedgeTurn away your gaze for a second and another corner of St. Leonards has been transformed.

The corner of Gardener Way with Grand Parade has had a dying fall for years, until now. One look at the vibrant and unusual Mexican inspired décor at The Edge tells you this is a place with a big heart and a very personal spirit. Those who know Ed will know what to expect: it’s welcoming and fun, and the food looks and tastes beautiful. The space is full of light, colour and things to amuse and intrigue. Everything from the alcohol free cocktails to the diamond shaped metal and enamel mirrors has been lovingly and imaginatively put together. There’s a choice of light meals, well priced: nachos, crepes, open sandwiches, platters you can share. You can relax enjoying the light on the sea while taking breakfast or lunch. There’s no need for the words ‘with salad’ to make your heart sink: with a crepe you get radish, watercress, rocket, red peppers and cherry tomatoes elegantly served with a pomegranate, tangerine and soy dressing. Why not give the kids an after school treat of banana split, or knickerbocker glory, or try their Affogato ( ice cream with espresso and liqueur) for a grown-up New Year stress buster? If you’re missing Christmas indulgences, you’ll find quality deli products: balsamic, olive oil, tapenade, capers and paprika sourced from Northern Spain; chilli jam from the South Devon Chilli Farm. If you have that cooked out after Christmas feeling, why not go down for a relaxed, light, affordable supper with friends, perhaps a Mexican platter with delicious homemade guacamole and salsa. This enterprise gives a huge lift to an under-developed area of the sea-front. Look for the ripple effect.