Dimarco Bros cafe Hastings – for sale 1984

photo © Anthony ‘Nan’ Morland

Paul Cullen… Best steak and kidney pie, chips and beans ever

Edward Adams… the good old days

Mark Harris… Proper choice of hot drinks, tea, tea or tea!!

Angela Frances Gardner… Knickerbocker glories

Julie Findlay-jones… Angela, ditto, that’s immediately what came to mind when I saw that photo.

Angela Frances Gardner… I can see them on the shelf behind the counter.

Jacky Mattelaer… oh yes, such a special treat

Angela Frances Gardner… Jacky, I spent many an afternoon sat in there eating beans on toast and drinking many cups of tea!!

Alan Wood… A great day out with my Gran, all the way from the country on the no 5 bus, knickerbockers mmmmm

Patricia Burgess… Loved that place in the 60’s great owner, food really good

Clive Garrard… I loved it, very nice people running it

Melissa Homewood… Best milkshakes ever xx

Tracy Howell… Melissa, next to the shop that did the best pick and mix ever was huge xx

Melissa Homewood… Tracy, I used too work in woolies….Christmas isn’t the same without it xxx

Roger Collier… It’s McDonald’s now. So much classier!

Roland Clarke… Now a Mickey “D’s”

John Maplesden… Best Welsh rabbit

Pauline Richards… The ice cream! I remember they did a 99 in a wafer. Lovely!

Stuart Moir… Macdonalds bought that

Graham Matthews… Far, far superior to what’s there now

Trevor Jones… Welsh rarebit and Knickerbocker glory, staid away from the stewed tea. Lol

Dennis Torrance… Brilliant staff lovely food ice cream loved it egg and chips lime and ice cream milkshake my Friday treat as a lad after shopping with my mum

Kevin Carlyon…In 1984 I was walking to the Carlisle when I saw a man throw a paving slab through Dimarco’s rear window. I rushed to the town centre phone box to call the police. They sent a car down. My new girlfriend, Anne, and I were bundled into the back of a police car. Quickly spotted him in Queens Road and the police arrested him. Anne and I were left in Queens Road for another police car to pick us up to formerly ID the man and make a statement. We were dropped back in the town for our Friday evening. It went to court and I had to go. The man was fined £250. Dimarco gave me £50 and the court awarded me £25. Some months later I was in the town centre when I saw the same man throw a brick through an empty shop window. He wasn’t so lucky this time as there were police on a stake out in the shop. This time the man was jailed!

Nick Bearkeeper Rowland… That brings some good memories. Pie, chips ans beans were ace. So much has changed beyond recognition.

Sue Beaney… Worked there as a waitress. Great family, great cellar made sherry trifle and ice cream.

Mike Rawlinson… Used to meet my dad there for lunch. Chop chips and peas we had all the time.

Roger Simmonds… My dear wife worked there as a waitress , happy days !

Helena Kingshott… My friend Vera was the daughter the owners lovely girl xx

Ralph Town… My Dad would take us there every month for a slap up meal, when he got paid lol. MyMum loved there Welsh rarebit.

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