We spotted Maggies Cafe in a book, "Go Slow England", written by Alastair Sawday. This book, inspired by the Slow Movement (a renewed regard for the simple pleasures of life), describes "special places to stay, slow travel and slow food". We took a drive to Hastings and had a delicious lunch of fresh fish and chips at this unpretentious quaint cafe. It is opposite the beach and above the fish market. While eating we watched fisherman offloading their catch and others mending their nets.
After lunch we walked along the beachfront - it was a treat to see the displays of seafood at the fish shops. We also visited a fishermen's museum which made us admire the life lead by these men and their families.