Situated on the edge of 'The Lanes' and close to the sea, this branch of this small chain is housed in a collection of eccentric, gothic revival and mock Tudor buildings, erected appropriately enough by a wine merchant.
While a bistro by name, the atmosphere is serious and might be considered too formal by those seeking a more light-hearted style.
The menu changes a little each month, but a summer snapshot brought the likes of 'Black Pudding Mousse with Poached Egg Salad'; 'Chilled Pea Soup'; ' Chicken Liver & Foie Gras Parfait with Red Onion Marmalade & Toasted Brioche' and 'Pan Fried Scallops with Pork Rillette, Beetroot & Pea Jelly' among the starters.
Perhaps, 'Pan-fried Turbot with Ratte Potatoes and Salmon Consommé'; 'Confit of Duck Leg with Pak Choi and Red Wine Jus'; 'Whole Squab Pigeon with Fricassé of Summer Beans' and 'Rump of Lamb with Ratatouille and Olive Mash' among the mains.
Perhaps finish with 'Gooseberry Fool with Lime Sorbet'; 'Honey-roasted Figs with Goats' Cheese Ice Cream; or Farmhouse Cheese, in peak condition.
No mobile phones.
- Food Style: Bistro
- Lunch: all week 12.30-13.45 (Sun 14.30); set L Mon-Fri £17.95 (2 courses) to £20.95, set L Sun £19.95 (2 courses), £24.95 (3 courses); mains from £15 to £25
- Dinner: all week; mains £15 to £25
- Seats: 85
- Wine: A truly impressive wine list (about 700 bottles are listed), the list being based in France but also travelling the world. Prices are firm - and their list of wines by the glass may not tomaticall be produced.
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Brighton Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page.
- Parking: Yes, but limited
- Rooms available