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Zippers In Bexhill - What's This?

posted by Carol on 18 Feb 2011 at 4:58 pm

i moved to bexhill from london 2 years ago and love the quiet relaxed living that bexhill offers.i was quite excited that the large pub closed on devonshire road as has being a moderate drinker i did not miss it anyway and the thought of a lovely restaurant appealed.THen came ZIPPERS of which i have never seen anyone in there, and think it a total waste of time.I would of loved a lovely seafood restaurant as bexhill gives a calm relaxed scene and would of thought a good quality fish and chips restaurant on a large scale would of definately brought people to the area but not those of the thuggish type and would of boosted trade in the area too.I see Zippers as a waste of space so far what does any one else think.

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Zippers Bexhill On Sea

posted by Brenda Moussa on 13 Mar 2011 at 8:42 pm

Love this newly opened restaurant replacing a rather rundown pub. The ambience is modern and attractive, the staff couldn't be more welcoming and offer a very varied Italian based menu. It really deserves to succeed and, I for one, as a regular patron, am happy to recommend it.

Zippers (and New Businesses In General)

posted by Cary on 20 Mar 2011 at 11:57 pm

Many of us appreciate the relaxed living that Bexhill offers. I am also not here to judge whether "Zippers" is "my thing" or not, although personally I do see it as an improvement to what was previously there.

I am also not clear as to whether Carol has actually tried the place prior to expressing such negative comments.

Nonetheless, as most people will appreciate, in order for Bexhill to prosper, it needs to be able to attract new businesses and retail shops, in order to attract people (and money) to the town. Without this, the town will simply die on its feet (as many maintain has already started).

We should therefore be encouraging and supporting businesses that have invested in Bexhill. Let us also not forget that ultimately people will normally "vote with their feet" as to whether a business is good or bad.

Perhaps, maybe a little more positivity might be in order??


posted by Hollie on 23 Mar 2011 at 9:55 pm

I was recommended this restaurant by friends who are regular customers, so I thought I would take my family along for a spot of lunch.

VERY spacious restaurant with plenty of room for the pushchair and with baby changing facilities! (very impressed) Kitchen is open plan and the children enjoyed watching the chefs. Staff were attentive and the food was fantastic. Zippers restaurant has made this corner of Bexhill a very attractive place to be.

Therefore I totally agree with Cary, we need to attract more businesses to invest in Bexhill, hopefully the restaurant is the start of something positive for Bexhill


posted by Pam on 22 Apr 2011 at 6:04 am

Zippers - Good service, great food. There are plenty of places selling fish in the area. It is not full of yobs. Give it a chance and enjoy. You can even sit outside and watch the world go by! It is not a waste of space.


posted by Sandra on 01 May 2011 at 11:05 pm

I've been in there, it's a very nice restaurant, lovely cutlery and plates, but is a shame because of the food, I've been twice and both occasions I didn't like the food and I also think is not a good value for money, quite expensive if you think that we ask some olives, 2 burgers and soft drinks for two and the bill was around ?35.00!!!! Then I understand why is alzays empty, such a shame!!!!


posted by M Woolf on 07 May 2011 at 6:06 pm

I have visited Zippers twice. The style and decor are rather more upmarket than some eateries in Bexhill; the service was good and the food very acceptable, if not what you could call "fine dining". It is extremely clean and spacious.

Overall it is a massive improvement on the eyesore that was the old Devonshire pub. Walking past there and seeing all the sad old alkies drinking away their benefit money was too depressing for words - not a pleasant experience, and not the image of Bexhill I'd want visitors to take away.

Zippers is a good option for business lunches, family get-togethers, tourists, groups and couples. The prices are fair for the quality: you have to bear in mind that many visitors to the town will have more money to spend than locals and might just want a decent meal rather than the lowest-price belly-filler they can find.


posted by Roy Peters on 24 May 2011 at 10:49 am

I have visited the restaurant three times but hoped for more than this. One house special was called chicken and mushrooms; it was dry and inexplicably served with roast potatoes. There wasn't much else but the cost of drinks is iniquitous, and I never thought I would be paying ?48 total!

Zippers Is Great

posted by Antonia Chitty on 09 Jun 2011 at 8:48 pm

We've really enjoyed going there: they are warm and welcoming and the food is just right for a family lunch out. They are lovely with the kids, and it is of a similar standard to Pizza Express, Ask and similar chains, but with a bigger choice. A great addition to Bexhill.

Carys Message

posted by caz white on 10 Jun 2011 at 12:33 pm

just for carys earlier message i have been to zippers once where i spent ?63.98 for a meal for 2,and if i would of found it inviting i would of gone back i found the staff ok and i agree decor is nice but the atmosphere is DEAD and yes it is roomy but only because no one else is in there I agree that bexhill needs to bring more businesses and for pams reference if the other fish places are "Full of yobs" then dont both WE(residents of bexhill) and tourists deserve a better fish restaurant and apart from banks and charity shops in the area what is the first thing you think of to eat at the seaside,(FISH AND CHIPS)i love minnie berthas on the seafront but if you want to eat at a table on a sunny day well we may as well forget it ITS TOO CROWDED but we could always go to zippers which sounds like a strip club! order a over priced pizza and watch the world go by.Im not trying to run down the place but i really do not see the point.

Effects On Bexhill...

posted by Will Fulton on 24 Aug 2011 at 10:05 am

I'll be honest, I haven't been to Zippers, but not because I haven't wanted to. It does look a lovely place, if a little overpriced, but I must agree, its almost always empty.

I hold hope that this restaurant will continue and help bring people to Bexhill. So many other places have closed over the last few years that, I feel, Bexhill is in danger of becoming a ghost town of sorts unless new business steps in to take the place.

Whilst every new business may not be to everybody's taste, that doesn't make it a bad place. When I first heard about Zippers and saw the work they were doing to the building, I wasn't sure it would fit in with the rest of the area. But then I looked at Walkers across the road; modern, but still seems to fit into Bexhill as well as any other business on the road.

Personally, I think a fish & chip restaurant would have endangered the (I believe) already struggling fish & chip shops across town, leading to even more shops closing down, which, lets be honest, is usually what 'Bexhillians' such as myself like to complain about ;)

I will try Zippers, as I try to visit new shops when they open. I believe that new business is good for this town, even if a select few dislike it. I also believe that things we are powerless to stop, such as the very-protested-against De La Warr Heights should have more of a priority in Bexhill.

After all, has anybody else noticed how many of those rooms are still empty? How about the shop space that is STILL to let at the bottom of the East tower? Maybe, rather than venting angry opinions about places we haven't been, we should be asking "Why are we struggling to get MORE business into Bexhill?".

Wheres Our Pub Gone?

posted by steve holt on 28 Aug 2011 at 3:14 am

i find it hard to swallow some peoples ignorance !they move to bexhill because of the nice appeal of the place .then think its an improvement to see the back of the devonshire pub which has been the local for over a century .which has been host to the locals of the place u love now. its because of these people bexhill is what it is. good riddance to zippers bring back the pub . it was the place i could meet me friends. go with my wife .and could go for a pint with my grandad

Another Empty Unit

posted by Cary on 30 Aug 2011 at 1:55 pm

So "Zippers" now appears to have shut-up and gone.

The result...another prominant empty Unit in Bexhill!

Zippers Shut Now Back To A Pub ???

posted by Andy on 01 Sept 2011 at 10:50 am

Zippers closed due to there own damn greed but wait theres talk that Gino wants it to be a pub WHY ?? turnm it into a Weatherspoons the food is great and at a very good price too

Zippers Closed

posted by Peter Katin on 06 Sept 2011 at 3:08 pm

I'm not surprised that Zippers has closed. It looked like a first class restaurant but it served fifth class food - consistently, in my experience; in fact I struck it off my list some time ago.

Zippers Flop

posted by Aiden on 06 Sept 2011 at 5:19 pm

Zippers has closed.Good job too. What research had the Zippers team done to bring them to Bexhill? I used it twice.Great decor, average but overpriced snack. The service was unwelcoming.Took the wife on a second occasion and both of us had salads that to be quite honest were appalling and expensive.I said to my wife then that this place was doomed.
A badly thought out business concept in a competitive area for the product offered.

Bring Back Our Pub

posted by James on 07 Sept 2011 at 3:16 pm

I think it was very sad that The Devonshire closed and was replaced by Zippers.

I visited the pub on a few occasions and found it to be a very pleasant place.

It also had a very good mix a clientele. My heart broke when I saw them pulling the pub to pieces. The pub had character unlike some cheaply decorated pubs in the centre of town.

Zippers To Be Replaced?

posted by Roy Peters on 06 Oct 2011 at 11:44 am

I hear that Zippers is to be replaced by the Trattoria from the other end of Devonshire Road. Well, I never thought much of that either but maybe it will at least bring a reputation with it.

Bring Back The Pub

posted by paul on 30 Nov 2011 at 11:01 pm

I saddened to see The Devonshire pub turned into a resturant.In my opinion it was the only decent pub left in Bexhill.I never dined at Zippers,as one look at the menu prices by the door put me right off.

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