IT’S been a good debate – how good are our restaurants locally?

Simon Leslie, the newish owner of Eastbourne Borough FC, said in an interview this week that ‘Eastbourne doesn’t have very many good restaurants.’

I think he meant the top end restaurants you get in London – or even places such as The Ivy and better in Brighton. Perhaps ETCH as well.

Well, opinion was split.

Mandy runs Sheppards in East Dean: “You need to get out more, you’re missing out on some great food!”

But Nick Law supports Simon: “I agree we don’t have many good or high end restaurants in the town, I can think of two reasonable ones. To have somewhere good and different would be a real draw. Just look at Tunbridge Wells where you are spoilt for choice.”