Coffee and Wine at Number 9
By Jenni Meredith
I can’t be the only one that’s noticed that new bars, cafes and restaurants are popping up like daisies at the moment. I for one say ‘Hurrah!’ It’s a joyous thing to see small businesses launching and thriving after such a difficult year. One such newcomer is food/wine/cocktail haunt Babel’s, whose handsome hand-painted signage you may have spotted on a stroll down George Street. For owners Amy and Ben, Babel’s is a dream that has become a reality and an opportunity to bring something new to the Old Town. I caught up with them to find out more…
Who are you both?
Ben: “I have lived in Hastings all my life and I know what a great place it is, having spent many a night out in the Old Town. I am a full-time sales manager outside of Babel’s, but in the evenings and on weekends I help out where I can, especially as I make the best Passionfruit and Espresso Martinis!”
Amy: “I am still fairly new to Hastings. I moved here permanently in early 2020 but I could quickly see what Ben saw in this town. I’ve been in hospitality for 13 years now and I’m running the business day to day with our team of friendly staff.”
What’s the story behind the name ‘Babel’s’?
“It’s not much of a story but the unique name of our café is a mixture of both of our names and our adorable little Frenchie whose name is Mabel!”
What kind of food menu can we expect from you?
“We generally prefer tapas style meals as we are both indecisive and that is where the menu started. We like to think there is something for everyone, whether it be a sandwich or the popular ‘taste of Italy’ sharer. There are already so many great eateries on George Street and we wanted to bring something slightly different and unique to the menu. We don’t wish to compete, rather fit in on the street and fill a ‘foodie’ gap.”
Why is your drinks menu special?
“During lockdown, we spent a lot of time developing cocktails and mocktails and deciding which ones we thought we would have on our drinks list. There were some horrendous attempts, but we also found some gems, like our Salted Caramel Martini. You don’t just get a drink in a glass at Babel’s as we like to make them look like showstoppers and like something you haven’t had anywhere else.”
As a drinks enthusiast myself, I was impressed with the drinks menu of Babel’s as, alongside their impressive range of photo-worthy cocktails, they also stock a great selection of local wines, spirits (such as Chapel Down gin) and beer (from Gun Brewery amongst others). Babel’s is an absolute must visit for your next outing, whether for a casual coffee or as part of a cocktail tour of Hastings.
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