Note: The Gallivant is a members only restaurant open to overnight guests, club members and their friends.
When you think of exclusive hotels and private members clubs, your mind might wander to bustling cities where men in suits sign up for a membership so they can guarantee a free table in town every night for dinner. The Gallivant, however, is no ordinary members’ club. Firstly, it is found in picturesque Rye, surrounded by the charming wilderness of Romney Marsh and the unspoiled landscape of Camber Sands.
The Gallivant is also a club which takes its food seriously. Open all day, as well as for brunch and Sunday roasts on weekends, The Gallivant’s menu is a celebration of locality, with virtually everything served British in origin and much of it sourced as locally as possible. There is also plenty of flexibility for guests, who are able to enjoy meals in the main dining room, at the bar, on the outdoor terrace or even at the beach.
The menus at The Gallivant change weekly and are dependent on what is in season, but you can always expect to find ingredient-led dishes that sing with freshness, with particular attention paid to fish and seafood. If stopping by for dinner, you might begin your meal with the likes of heritage carrots served alongside labneh, chickpea dukka and carrot top salsa verde. For your main course, choose between dishes such as wood roasted Romney lamb chops in a green sauce or roasted hake with St Austell mussels, sea aster and Sussex verjus. To round things off, take your pick from a tempting selection of puddings - think seasonal ice cream flavours or a strawberry meringue topped with cream and beetroot molasses.
Pair your food with an English wine from The Gallivant’s extensive list, or opt for ales and ciders instead.