THE owners of an Old Town bed and breakfast are celebrating after picking up two new awards.
Tina and Paul Sargent, who run Lavender and Lace in All Saints Street, were thrilled after inspectors upgraded their B&B to four star gold quality after a recent visit. And to top it all, they have also been given a Quality in Tourism Breakfast Award, an honour which less than one in 10 B&Bs are awarded.
The gold award is particularly special for the couple, who have been in Hastings for six years, because it is the highest assessment they can attain given the limited room sizes in the 500-year-old cottage.
Mrs Sargent told the Observer: “It’s just nice to be recognised – running a bed and breakfast is really hard work and it’s nice to have something back. The breakfast award is for the quality, service and hospitality and we do put a lot of effort in - I make my own homemade yoghurt.”
And Mrs Sargent said Hastings was benefiting from having lots of good places to stay opening up in recent years. “Since we have been here we have noticed a real change, both in the numbers of people coming to stay and their expectations. There are good bed and breakfasts and a lot of good restaurants – Hastings really has got a lot to offer.”