WILLOWS FISH AND CHIP SHOP
1-2 The Willows, Gardner Street, Herstmonceux, Hailsham BN27 4LE England
+44 1323 833435
In and around Herstmonceux village in East Sussex, there were eight places to whet your whistle, until recently, when the Horseshoe Inn closed, the owners of the site, presumably, suffering from Covid 19, have taken the opportunity to bulldoze this landmark public house and restaurant, and build houses that are not affordable or sustainable, and will inevitably lead to more congestion along the A271. Given the almost total lack of affordable housing in Wealden, it may have been more appropriate to convert the existing buildings to social housing, flats, etc., with a significantly reduced carbon footprint. What a climate and traffic congestion catastrophe Herstmonceux is becoming from over development, the district and parish councils packing us in like sardines in a can - as kleptocratic empire builders - but not providing us with proportionally better services. And as for the potholed roads! Getting to Herstmonceux by road is a nightmare. The 'Woolpack' has also closed, now given over to yet more accommodation, without associated parking.
FOR THE CHOP - Give us a break, why not be a vegetarian. Red meat is not conducive to a long healthy life. If you saw how cattle are slaughtered, you'd probably be scarred for life. So called, humane butchery, is still killing and chopping up animals for food, like burgers and sausages, that could be made from soya and other high protein plants. Pescetarians fare better, in living longer, but with fish now tainted from plastics, we wonder if Japan will still have so many centegenarians in years to come, as cancer rates begin to creep up.
SUSTAINABILITY - FOOD SECURITY
Fish stocks on the south coast of England are seriously depleted. Seaweed, the oxygenator of the ocean, equivalent of the Amazon rainforest, has been trawled up (illegally) by local fishermen, forcing the creation of conservation areas - that are unfortunately - not well policed. Micro plastics and other fibers have entered the seafood chain along the English Channel via river pollution, with Chichester being one of the worst affected areas from the GRP manufacturing and boat building industries. Fish and shellfish, such as crabs, lobsters, mussels, shrimps, oysters and prawns, are shown to have micro plastic in the gut. Plastic is like a sponge to carcinogenic toxins in the ocean.
To add to that we have desertification, where once arable land has been turned into deserts from climate change, from the burning of fossil fuels in cars and trucks, heating of homes with gas and oil, and rearing of animals that produce methane, to feed a growing world population.
Strangely, much of the seafood that you are likely to eat locally, will be imported. Especially white fish from fish and chip shops. But we have to eat, or starve. There is always the Hannibal Lecter cookery book, if all goes pear shaped, with politicians first on the menu. Sustainability and the 'Blue' or Circular Economy, not being high on the agendas of local authorities. Though we now have towns that are certified Plastic Free, such as Eastbourne. Thanks to the sterling efforts of Oliver Sterno and his crew, and many more teams around the country who organise beach cleaning, and certification of local businesses, under the Surfers Against Sewage banner.
So please eat responsibly. If you can't finish your meal, ask for a doggy bag. Don't waste food. Even better, consider going veggie, or vegan. Or at least try to cut down on your meat intake, with no meat Mondays. Having said that, what is life without the occasional celebration. It's just good to be alive, unlike the dinosaurs, mammoths and even rhinos, that once roamed the British Isles. We killed off such mega-fauna, when we hunted them to extinction, and began farming domestic animals. Mooooo, baaaaa.
Pescetarians tend to live longer than meat eaters. Vegans are also healthier as with Vegetarians who are helping to save the planet, while also staying fit and strong. In a village like Herstmonceux, you are not going to get these choices. But there is good food available locally, if you are exploring the Sussex delights.
FOOD LINKS & REFERENCE
Farming in Sussex, growing food for self-sufficiency and to feed livestock, for your local eatery.