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When Stefan Sykes stopped at a beachside kiosk for a cold drink, he had no idea what he was letting himself in for!

It was a pretty sad part of Worthing, with no road in front of it and a row of mostly abandoned beach huts on each side of the kiosk.

Stefan fell in love with it and then the owner told him that the lease was up for sale.

So Stefan bought the lease from the Council, then it took him three years to get permission to alter the inside as it’s a Conservation building.

The first thing he did was to improve the outside.Coast & Cosmo 097 (Small)

On the beach opposite the restaurant, he set out some wooden benches and tables.

His next plan was to do something about the sad-looking beach huts. Some of the people who rented them only used them for a week or two every year.

Finally, he managed to persuade the Council not to renew the annual rental contracts, or to move the people to the left-hand side.

Now the right-hand side units are brightly painted and all in use with a waiting list of about 60. It’s known as the Coast Café Des Artistes. The last three units are used as a gallery to show everyone’s work.Coast & Cosmo 100 (Small)

This was a clever move because Coast is a very popular eating place for the artistes!

Next, Stefan started to look at the area around Coast.

Behind it was a park with an old tennis court.

He got £60,000 from Volleyball England to convert it, and involved Freda Bussey, MBE and Sussex Volleyball.

It’s now floodlit and three clubs play there.

(I was told during the Olympics that it’s a very popular sport to watch – especially when the ladies are playing!)

Most people would be satisfied with their success, but oh no, not Stefan!Coast & Cosmo 101 (Small)

I must give Worthing Council credit. They’re the most forward-thinking Council that I know. They actually took over the private car parks, and lowered the parking charges!

Two years ago, they built a big swimming-pool and leisure centre a bit further along the seafront from Coast. Now they’ve added a new kids’ playpark and fountains.

So that whole area of Worthing has come alive again, mostly thanks to Stefan and his cold drink!

My friend Pat and I met in Worthing and decided to try Coast. Everyone who we asked for directions raved about it.

We met Stefan there and sat outside as it was a lovely warm day.Coast & Cosmo 102 (Small)

Stefan described the menu as Modern European. It’s not extensive as they only have a small kitchen. It leans quite heavily to vegetarian, and the only meat on the menu is their home-made burgers,

But they do have barbecues and cook paella outside the restaurant sometimes, plus a Full Breakfast which finishes at noon..

It’s very popular with the Artistes and their visitors.

I started with a roasted tomato and red pepper soup.

Pat had veg and red lentil soup.Coast & Cosmo 104 (Small)

Both were home-made, served with bread, and my idea of perfect soups.

Stefan had Welsh Rarebit with Guinness.

Next, I had a selection of Mezzes; olives, frittata of butternut squash, feta & chilli, hummus, dolmades (stuffed vine leaves) Greek flatbread and some home-made chips – a joy for me as I hate frozen chips!

Pat had the salmon fishcakes. She said they were lovely and fishy, and not tasting of lots of potato.

It was served with a salad and chips, and Pat said it was colourful.

We had a bowl of aubergine chips in thee middle which I’d never heard of before. But I’ll definitely be making them!

There’s a small choice of puddings. Stefan had work to do, so he left us with a smile.Coast & Cosmo 107 (Small)

‘Try our home-made chocolate brownies,’ he said.

At the first taste, we both cried out. They were the best brownies we’d ever tried, by far – and I’ve tried a lot!

My verdict? I live a long way from Worthing, but the next time I go there, I’ll definitely visit Coast Café Des Artistes again.

Sadly, we can’t afford to spend the day at a lot of Southern seaside towns as the parking is so expensive, but Worthing costs £1 per hour or £10 per day. And they’ve got an excellent shopping centre!

Worthing’s sea goes out a long way and it’s sometimes shallow for about ½ mile, so Coast is a lovely venue to just sit and relax over a cold drink for a while. And of course, it’s a good place to buy some unusual hand-crafted items.Coast & Cosmo 109 (Small)

Coast

Café des Artistes,Coast & Cosmo 111 (Small)

Seafront,

Beach Parade,

Worthing.

01903 216937.

stefsykes@gmail.com

www.coastworthing.co.uk

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.