Frank’s has a lot of front

A NEW cafe bar which aims to bring a bit of Hastings Old Town to the new town is set to open creating eight new jobs.

The old Priory in Station Road has been renamed Frank’s Front Room and is due to open before Christmas.

It is the brainchild of business partners Geraldine Brooks and Rosemary Turner.

The ambitious venture will feature many of the old pub’s features including panelling in the snug and saloon and the original fireplaces.

It will serve early morning breakfast, lunch-time trade and afternoon tea.

There will also be night-time entertainment showcasing local artists, poets and musicians.

Geraldine lives in Hastings and has worked with Richard Branson as former managing director of four companies within the Virgin Group.

She recently worked with Marco Pierre White on his Wheelers eating establishments in Uckfield and Fernhurst in Surrey.

Rosemary, who lives in London, has worked in the fashion and nightclub business for 35 years.

She has worked on ventures such as Ministry of Sound and after-concert parties for clients such as Vivienne Westwood and Janet Jackson.

Rosemary said: “We chose the name Frank’s Front Room to make it sound homely and honest.

“We wanted to bring a little bit of the Old Town of Hastings into the new town.

“We have created a place which should appeal to everyone a bit like home from home.

“The design has incorporated parts of the old pub such as the snug and the saloon and created a warm and welcoming environment.

“We look forward to welcoming the people of Hastings to our special front room.”

Geraldine added: “Our goal was to breathe new life into an old boozer.

“The place will become a neighbourhood hang out, to chill in, sit near a log fire, read and listen to music.

“We hope to create a real neighbourhood hub where everyone is welcome.”