Looking like a motel, but actually a boutique hotel with an excellent brasserie.
The autumn of 2010 brought a change of name from The Place At The Beach, and the restaurant and hotel given a modernising make-over.
The cooking is straightforward, with much use of the grill, but the offerings closely follow the seasons and many local free-range and organic ingredients are used, plus fish and shellfish from the local Rye boats.
Their first autumn menu brought 'Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Chili-Toasted Pumpkin Seeds'; 'Wealden Smoked Eel with Soused Cabbage' and 'Berkshire Pork Rillettes with Pickled Radishes' among the starters.
'Baked Rye Bay Cod with Mountain Lentils & Vegetable Vinaigrette'; 'Old Hall Farm Rose Veal with Rosti Pots & Caper Butter'; 'Provencal Fish Stew with Char-Grilled Bread & Rouille' and 'Red, Golden & Cheltenham Beetroot with Candied Pine Nuts & Goats Curd' listed among the mains.
Maybe finish with 'Bitter Chocolate Sorbet with Pistachio Biscotti'; 'Windsor Apple Tart Tatin'; 'Greengage Fool with Vanilla Shortbread' or British Farmhouse Cheeses.
There are also dishes to keep children happy.
- Food Style: Brasserie
- Lunch: all week May to Sept (then Thurs-Sun only); mains about £10 to £24; set weekday L £14 (2 courses), £18 (3 courses); set L Sun £23 (2 courses), £27 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week 18.00-21.00; mains about £16 to £24
- Wine: an interesting International wine list has modest mark-ups, and includes some good British options
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible, but also a short Children's Menu
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Rye Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: check on Christmas and New Year openings
- Outside eating
- Rooms available