Unless youre a resident, its easier to approach this smart restaurant, in the aptly-named Grand Hotel, via its own entrance on the eastern-side of the building.
The formal dining room, with its crisp white napery, has large windows overlooking the well-maintained front gardens and the sea.
The cooking is ambitious, but largely carried off with aplomb. Expect the likes of Pike Soufflé with a Smoked Salmon and Dill Sauce; Warm Squab with seared Foie Gras and Seared Scallops with Morcilla to be among the starters.
Perhaps Roast black-legged Chicken with Truffle Jus; Honey-glazed Duck Breast with Tart Tatin and Black Bream with Chorizo and Spinach among the mains.
Desserts are excellent and look as good as they taste perhaps Banana and Cardamom Tatin; Valrhona Chocolate Soufflé and Rhubarb Fool with Shortbread among them.
The wine list is truly comprehensive (plus a good selection of halves), with something for all tastes but deep pockets are needed if your fantasies are to be lived out.
Service is both professional and formal beware of your wine being taken out of reach and you being constantly topped up, so you cant measure your consumption and might need a second unnecessary bottle (all in the name of service, of course). Men require a jacket and tie are required for dinner. The evening often brings a resident pianist.
- Food Style: Modern European
- Lunch: Tues-Sat 12.30-14.00; Set L £25 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 19.00-22.00; Set D £42 (3 courses), Tasting Menu £61
- Seats: 48
- Wine: An impressive list, kicks off in the mid £20's, and has a good selection by the glass
- Children's portions: when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Eastbourne Rail
- Directions: at the west end of the seafront. See the map on this page.
- Parking: Yes, plus seafront
- Closed: all Sun & Mon; first 2 weeks in Jan.
- Air conditioned
- Rooms available