Coast. Theirs are all handmade by the café's talented staff using repurposed or found materials: bunting made from torn leaves of a tattered novel; a driftwood tree; festive garlands strung with shiny silver kitchen implements (including a cheese grater) and chilies; pebbles and shells painted with goodwill messages; paper stars and oranges studded with cloves.
Coast is the venue for the weekly Meet and Make craft get-together and has been our home since Mooey's Mocha Shop closed in June. Worthing has over 9 sociable stitching groups – there's a creative meet up in this town almost every day of the week and Meet and Make organiser Nicky Fijalkowska (owner/designer at Knit for Victory) has compiled a useful list of them.
Undoubtedly Meet and Make has the finest views of them all and Coast café really comes into its own in wintertime. It's famous in Worthing for being a fair weather eating-outdoors destination, but is a haven at this time of year – the perfect place to sip a hot chocolate while watching stormy seas and changing skies. Or, on a bright winter's morning it's a beautiful spot to knit and natter while looking out across the glistening English Channel.
Meet and Make is held every term-time* Tuesday morning from 10am-12pm at Coast, east of Splash Point, Beach Parade, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 2ES.
*We're taking a break for the school holidays but will be back on 8th January 2013.