Food & Drink
by Aspect County

Great Food, Great Views

The St Leonards on Sea restaurant, La Bella Vista, specialises in creative, contemporary Italian dishes and offers fantastic views over the English Channel. The family run establishment, owned by Aldo Esposito, his wife Deborah, and brother Franco since 2015, won two prestigious awards this year: the Italian Restaurant of the Year award and Travellers Choice award. 

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The recently redecorated restaurant has a modern and classy atmosphere and includes a semi-enclosed heated outside terrace to provide shelter from the sea breeze, allowing customers to enjoy outside dining even during the colder months. 

Choose from an extensive Italian à la carte menu, with dishes created using fresh, local, seasonal ingredients, including fish landed by Hastings’ beach-launched fishing fleet and they have a set lunch menu on weekdays from noon to 4pm (£12.95 for one course, or £16.95 for two courses).

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For Christmas 2021, you can expect a warm, Italian welcome as you dine with family and friends and toast the festive season. The two or three course set menu for the Christmas Party season is available from the 1st December to the 14th January (inclusive). The menu includes Italian favourites and traditional Christmas dishes with an Italian twist.

Along with wonderful food and drinks and good cheer you can expect great entertainment as they play host to two Christmas Choir Evenings on the 5th and 19th December – the Jingle Belles choir will entertain you but be prepared to sing along to all your festive favourites! There is also a special three-course meal and entertainment from award-winning Blair MacKichan on the 12th December, the acclaimed local artist is known for working with Sia, Olly Murs, Paloma Faith, Will Young and Lily Allen. More events will also be scheduled throughout early 2022 likely to feature regular performers including award-winning local Jazz singer Liane Carroll, Opera Evening’s with Thomasin Trezise of Glyndebourne and evenings of Italian ratpack with Signor Salvatore. 

See their website for more details and for reservations. 


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