23 July 2014

The Beach Bistro at the Gallivantone star

New Lydd Road, Camber, Rye, West Sussex TN31 7RB

British West Sussex
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  • Wine: £21.90
  • Champagne: £44.90
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-3pm 6-9.30pm

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Surrounded by the wild expanses of Romney Marsh and the sweeping dunes of Camber Sands, this shabby-chic beachside hideaway is naturally great for a bit of outdoor ‘gallivanting’. It also cuts the mustard as a “blissful” foodie destination dedicated to local and seasonal produce – almost everything is sourced within 30 miles of the hotel. Done out in breezy New England style, the Beach Bistro serves titbits of Sussex charcuterie, “melt in the mouth” salt-marsh lamb and seafood ‘tasting boards’ for sharing, as well as generous plates of pan-fried Dungeness mackerel with fennel and goats’ curd salad or crispy confit beef (from Winchelsea) with asparagus and chervil. To finish, perhaps try the caramelised banana croustade. Next to the hotel is a permanent marquee for private bashes – “I loved it so much I’m getting married there”, commented one bride to be.

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  1. I can’t talk about The Gallivant without mentioning the food, where not only the hotel guests eat, but where people go specifically to dine. The nautical driftwood theme continues into the restaurant. During the day the light and airy décor works well, but could benefit from having some warmer hues dotted about to make evening dining that little bit more comforting. However, the vibe is unpretentious and relaxed. Recently promoted head chef, Ben Fisher, previously of The French Laundry, heads their 2AA Rosettes ‘Beach Bistro’. Most of the produce is locally sourced and the menu reflects this with reasonably priced dishes designed around land and sea...
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