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Criterion, Western Road

posted by daniel bryant on 30 Jul 2007 at 1:04 pm

Does anyone have any photos/info on the cafe that was replaced by the Wimpy burger bar in Western road?

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posted by Sheila Varian on 05 Aug 2007 at 10:28 pm

I thought the Criterion was on the sea front. I spent one night washing up there when the usual person didn't turn up. There was no hot water and it was disgusting.

Two of my brothers worked in Len's on the corner of Sea Road and the sea front. This would be in the 1960s.

I was born in 14 Cornwall Road in 1951 and left when I married (as most people die) in 1972.


posted by Carol Naughton on 18 Jun 2009 at 2:37 pm

Sheila Varian . The Criterion WAS on the sea front it was run by the Cappoldi family , they had two daughters. I to lived in Cornwall Road no 50,do you remember the Bartram family?

Critterion Western Road

posted by gwyneth bishop on 19 Jun 2009 at 8:04 pm

I was born in Bexhill, and worked for four years in Goffin's in western rd from 1956 to 1960 when I moved to west sussex to get married.
I have remember the critterion cafe well as I used to spend my lunch break there with my then boy friend Bob Eley who worked in the butchers shop in western rd.The Critterion was run by the cappoldi family who also run the one on the sea front where they had a juke box,and I spent many happy evenings with friends listening to music.
I am trying to trace an old friend whose maiden name was Mavis Scotcher and would love to hear any news of her

Di Paulos - Seafront

posted by Karin Malley on 04 Jul 2009 at 10:13 am

The Criterion is now run as Di Paulos by the family of that name, a nephew of Cappoldi, and was taken over in the mid-1980's by them. Come and try their fantastic home-made ice creams! I also remember the Criterion in Western Road, not the Wimpy Bar now but a cafe called Bristows.

Criterion - Western Road

posted by Ian Love on 11 Nov 2009 at 8:33 pm

I remember the Criterion in western road, i was a very good friend of the son John Cappoldi but have long since lost touch. He had two sisters Anna and Laura i think.
I remember the cafe before it was modernised with the extension on the rear and all the cooking was done upstairs! It would be nice to know what happened to the cappoldi family especially john as i have many great memories of the cappoldi's, the criterion and Bexhill, as that was where i was born and lived for 19-20 years
Bexhill was a great place to grow up and I do miss living there from time to time.
I look forward to hearing from anyone who remembers me
Kind regards

Ian Love


posted by Michael W Cook on 25 Aug 2015 at 3:01 pm

I'm going back to the 60's early 70's and I well remember both the Criterion on the sea front and the one in Western Road.

The sea front one was mainly ices, teas and coffee with light snacks. The Western Road one was similar front of house, but they had a large seating area towards the back which mainly did set meals at lunchtime, and it was always packed out.

Your orders all arrived from the kitchen on one of those pull lift systems then delivered to your table by a waitress.

There was a proper restaurant in Devonshire Road, can't remember it's name now but it was where a small pub now stands called The Sportsman ?? Spike Milligan always used to eat in there when he was in Bexhill in the 70's visiting his daughter, who was at Ancaster or Charters. Spike also used to regularly terrorise all the patrons at the Granville Hotel when he stayed, until they barred him.

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posted by Sally-jane drew on 24 Aug 2016 at 8:18 am

My grandparents lived in Cambridge road and we used to visit them and stay with them through the mid 60's to late 70's I remember going to the criterion in western road and having knickerbocker glories there. They were amazing in what seemed like very tall glasses with very long spoons, my parents never had much money so this was a really special treat every time we came to bexhill. I remember my younger brother having to stand on a chair to be even able to spoon ice cream out of the tall glass....oh heaven and such a lovely memory.


posted by karen riggs on 02 Jan 2017 at 8:52 pm

I. Remember. Going. To. The criterion. In. 1970s. . lovely. Roast. Dinners. And. Sultana. Pudding. And. Custard.

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