A cross between a top-class café and and brasserie; and much more civilised if you want to eat well, but not in the bustling-style of Bill's over the road (q.v.). If you'd just like cake & coffee, both are excellent!
For more serious eating - depending on the season - starters range from 'Omelette Arnold Bennett', through 'Beef Carpaccio, Truffle Dressing and Parmesan' to 'Mussel, Razor Clam and Crayfish Gratin with a Garlic Herb Crust'.
Mains are equally varied, and the variety makes choosing hard. 'Globe Artichoke Heart stuffed with Mushroom Purée and Hollandaise Sauce'; 'Roast Sea Bass with Wilted Baby Gem and Clam Chowder'; 'Newhaven Fish Stew'; 'Moules à la Crème' (also offered as a starter and 'Grilled Rib-Eye Steak with Béarnaise Sauce, Mushrooms and Chips' set the style.
Stocks are homemade - so meat sauces (in particular) are full of character with a hint of natural stickiness; and this attention to detail sets the tone of what the owners are trying to achieve.
Desserts include 'Caramelised Raspberry Crème Brulée'; 'Sticky Toffee Pudding with Toffee Sauce & Vanilla Ice Cream' , Seasonal Fruit Tarts and the like.
Service is both friendly and professional - but arrive early or late for lunch to experience the restaurant at it's best.
- Food Style: Brasserie
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 8.30-21.00 (last orders); Sun 9.30-16.00 set L Sun £16 (2 courses), £19 (3 corses); mains about £10 to £29
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 8.30-21.00 (last orders); mains about £10 to £29
- Seats: 60, plus 30 outside
- Wine: A short, but well-thought-out, list has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible (plus short children's menu)
- Wheelchair access: Yes (one step), but not lavatory.
- Nearest station: Lewes Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Street Parking (largely meters, or NCP)
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
- Outside eating