St Clement’s is situated on Mercatoria in one of the oldest developed areas of St Leonards, which was built by James Burton between 1827 and 1837. The area is host to some beautiful architecture, including The Mount and The Uplands which were constructed by James Burton's son, Decimus, after his father's death. The restaurant is just around the corner from the wonderfully maintained St Leonards Gardens and its surrounding Victorian villas, and is a stone's throw from the art deco Marine Court and the unusual elevated promenade.
Mercatoria was originally the tradesmen's quarters (Mercatoria being the Latin word for Merchant) with the adjacent Norman Road (previously named Lavatoria) playing host to the area's laundry district. Mercatoria is currently home to St. Clement's and The Horse & Groom (the oldest, and best known pub in St Leonards). We're not affiliated to The Horse & Groom as such, but like all organised and sensible folk who live next door to a good pub, we do have a secret passageway into their bar. Directly opposite us, a number of local artist's galleries, vintage shops and antique dealers sprawl down the hill on Norman Road towards Warrior Square and the ever improving central St Leonards area.
St Leonards Warrior Square rail station is a mere 5 minute walk away for those coming in from out of town. Parking can be tricky, but there is free roadside parking in all of the side streets around the restaurant (with lots of free two hour parking allowances in permit holder bays for the keen eyed motorist - the signs are tiny, but worth looking out for) and there is a large pay and display car park a two-minute walk down East Ascent on the promenade.
More information about the area and its rich history can be found here