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“Cafe overpriced but building worth it.”

De La Warr Pavilion
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: We are a Grade One Listed 1930s modernist building on the sea front in Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, recently refurbished as a centre for the arts. When you walk in, you will find Gallery 1, a large gallery, on the ground floor. The current exhibition is Willem Sandberg: from type to image which opened on 30 April and continues until 4 September. On the ground floor you will also find the Box Office and Information Desk where tickets can be booked for any of our live events. There is also a shop where you can buy books, prints, cards and gifts. We have a large, 1930s auditorium where we present contemporary music, comedy, cinema and other live events. We also have a busy programme of courses, workshops and activities for all ages. Upstairs is Gallery 2, which reopens on Saturday 18 June with The People's Pavilion: Our First 80 Years and continues until Sunday 31 June. Our popular Café Bar & Kitchen can also be found on the second floor and serves delicious warming lunches, tasty salads and freshly - prepared soups and sandwiches to enjoy using locally-sourced ingredients. Our generously - sized home-made cakes, scones and cookies are too tempting to resist and are perfect when served with a delicious Illy Coffee and Fair Trade teas -perfect after a walk along the seafront on a cold winter's day. There is a children's lunch menu for those who want to treat the family. We also serve bar food before evening shows and offer a breakfast menu at weekends. There is a changing display of installations in the rooftop foyer. Doing Looking Working Performing (DLWP) opens Saturday 18 June in parallel to exhibition in Gallery 2. Starting with an eight hour improvised installation using sound and objects by two artists. The resulting installation will be open until 31 July. If the weather is good, you can step out on to the roof to enjoy the best views of the English Channel, all the way to Beachy Head. There is a large Rother District car park (free after 8pm) and free parking along the seafront. The Pavilion is less than 10 minutes walk from the station.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were here on a very wet bank holiday and had a light snack and coffee for three so nearly £30 seemed a bit steep.
The exhibitions were, as usual, a bit weird and the black spaces not easy for my partially sighted wife.
High spot was the view from the cafe of a group of extremely wet gardeners laying an area of new lawn, with a similar number of gulls lifting the turfs to get at insects and worms!

Thank christy21040
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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

Come on £8 for a jacket potato or bowl of chips and a pot of mayo! It's only a cafe with a nice view!! The menu needs to have some cheaper options!

Thank Derek N
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

We booked on to a behind the scenes tour around the grade 1 listed De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill on Sea. The pavilion was one of the first major modernist buildings in Britain and this Art Deco and International Style architectural masterpiece was designed by Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff and constructed in 1935. The pavilion was restored in 2005 and reopened as a contemporary arts centre. The building tour, guided by the very knowledgeable and passionate James Cosens, was excellent and extremely good value at only £3 per person. If anything the pavilion should increase the price by a couple of quid to bring in more funds to preserve this fabulous building and local facility

Thank Nick and Angel S
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Very well restored art-deco pavilion with glorious views out to sea. The art spaces, cinema and restaurant all make this a place to visit. The architecture alone is simply stunning and the modern garden area and beautiful fasade make this a stunning place. With the sun shinning on the many windows the pavilion gleamed. The restaurant sells excellent food, but take care if you seat outside on the balcony - the seagulls do make an appearance and will always finish off any leftovers.
The pavilion is free to enter although there is a collection box for donations, and even if you just stop for refreshments the views are marvellous.

Thank TannedLeicester
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Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

My partner and I visited last Saturday evening to see a gig. The drink prices were reasonable, the auditorium was intimate and leg room plentiful.

It was very different to those places I'd recently been to but none the less I was very impressed. The security on the door were polite, friendly and very smiley.

I'll definitely be looking out for any new artists performing there.

Thank Jon C
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