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Kassa Coffee & Tea House (St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex)

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Address: 15 Grand Parade / Town Centre / St. Leonards-On-Sea TN37 6DN / East Sussex

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      01.06.2012 13:16
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      If you like cosy decor, overflowing bookshelves, and v friendly staff members, you'll love Kassa.

      Kassa Cafe is based in Hastings, East Sussex right on the coast near the centre of town. The nearest train station is St Leonards which is a 5 minute walk away, as is the town centre.

      I really like this cafe for a few different reasons. One, it has a view of the sea and enough seats by the front windows to guarantee a sea view whenever you visit. Two, it has a cosy feel to it, with a few large bookcases full of books and plenty of big, squishy sofas. Three, the management and staff are always really friendly- they make an effort to speak to all the customers, they are usually chatting and laughing with each other, and on one occasion they actually went round the cafe giving all the customers sweets! Four, the cafe has a real buzz to it, as it is a hub for many people who know/like the staff, and various large groups seem to congregate there often.

      The menu varies from time to time but staples are middle eastern dishes including hummus wraps and cous cous-based dishes. The cafe is also known for its hot chocolates which are topped with all kinds of delights. The food and drink at Kassa is good value for money, less than you'd pay at any chain cafe but of a more personal and fresh quality, as all the food is made there rather than shipped in in plastic wrappers. I had a hummus wrap with salad in it there once for £2.50 which was more of a snack rather than very filling but then middle eastern food can be like that. The wrap was certainly full of ingredients anyway! Another time I had a mixed platter with pitta bread for about £4, which was much more filling and a nice healthy dish at that.

      I can't give the cafe 5 stars however, because it was tricky change my baby's nappy there- and I had to do it a few times, because I kept going back, because it's such a lovely place! The toilets are very small and they have hard floors. There is also not much for little ones, no toys or books or anything like that, however the manager said he was working on getting some child-friendly stuff for the cafe so it may have changed since I last went there. So if you like cosy decor, overflowing bookshelves, and super-friendly staff members, cushy sofas and a sea view, I highly recommend Kassa cafe. And if you're lucky you may even get a free sweet!

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