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A community café 

The Drift café is situated on the first floor of Hastings Contemporary at the heart of the Hastings fishing community. It prides itself on friendly service, fresh produce, great coffee, and a spectacular view.

The Drift is a community café with EFT values at its core, it provides a safe working environment for adults and young people who, with the support of EFT staff, will learn new skills, gain valuable experience, and unlock their potential.

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Cafe opening times:
Wednesday to Sunday
11.30am - 4.30pm
(last food orders 4pm)

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What's on at The Drift 

SIP & DRAW: Join us for a relaxing evening of life drawing at The Drift cafe on the first floor of Hastings Contemporary - Wednesday 8th March, 7.30pm - 9.30pm.


These artist-led sessions with nude and semi-nude models are suitable for all abilities but are strictly for over 18s only. Basic materials will be supplied, and you are welcome to bring your own. Soft and alcoholic drinks can be purchased from the bar.


£12 per session. To book and pay, please go to or email

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Proudly working with 

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Hastings Contemporary champions modern and contemporary art. An ambitious programme of temporary exhibitions includes work by important Modern British artists, internationally celebrated artists, and emerging practitioners. Hastings Contemporary has developed a reputation for its focus on painting and on Modern British art. The gallery sits among Hastings’s famous net huts, overlooking the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe.


Rye Bay Coffee Company was founded in 2000 by Keith and Sue, following Keith's trip to Venezuela.  They have been in the coffee industry for over 20 years. In this time Keith and Sue have developed an understanding and knowledge for high-quality coffee and service. As owners of two coffee shops, they are able to use our experience to advise our customers on many different matters - especially when it comes to coffee!

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