Here are a few of the highlights that people can expect to sample at new vegan restaurant and bar The Hempist when it opens its doors in Hastings Old Town in March.
The Hempist will be opening on the seafront at 3 Marine Parade.
It is being opened by well regarded reggae DJ and One Love Festival promoter Dan Wiltshire, who has been spinning reggae vinyl for over two decades.
The key feature of the new venue is hemp seed, which is not only regarded as a high protein superfood, but is also a sustainable crop which does not harm the environment.
Burgers made from a hemp and seitan patty will come with fresh vegetables and home-made sauces, while the aptly named Belly Buster’ features double-cooked chips loaded with hemp and seitan meat, vegan hotdog and all the trimmings.
As well as the “classic” non-meat hotdogs and burgers, Jamaican cuisine features on the menu, including traditional Jamaican patties with a spicy filling and a Jerk Bean Pattie, with tropical herbs and spices, in a golden, flaky pastry crust.
Hemp seeds are the seeds of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa, the same species as marijuana but a different variety, not containing. THC, the psychoactive compound that gets people “high”.
Hemp seeds are exceptionally nutritious and rich in healthy fats, protein and various minerals, says Wiltshire, including a great source of vitamin E and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc.
The drinks menu includes Jamaican classic lager Red Stripe as well as organic wines, hemp leaf tea, Jamaican cocktails and a hemp and hop mead. The Hempist also offers coffee and a selection of healthy soft drinks.
The Hempist will also be running a meal deal’ where people can buy a pint of Red Stripe and get a Hemp Classic Patty for £6.
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