Find this comfortable restaurant in Pelham House Hotel – originally built as a private house for the Pelham family during the 16th century. The elegant dining room has splendid views towards the Downs plus a pleasant terrace, where you can enjoy a pre-prandial drink in fine weather.
There has been a change of style here, as the kitchen has been taken under in-house management - whereas it had previously been farmed out to a team producing rather radical dishes, and flavour combinations, that often failed to make their culinary mark.
We feel that this is a change for the better, the kitchen now being in the capable hands of Glenn Lester.
A short menu is offered, with perhaps half a dozen choices at each stage - combining local with ingredients from further afield.
Expect to find the likes of 'Plate of Serrano Ham, Manchego Cheese and Roasted Pear with Dressed Wild Rocket'; 'Mussels with Cider, Cream, Garlic & Parsley' and 'Chicken Liver Parfait with Toasted Brioche & Red Onion Marmalade' and 'Pan-Fried Gnocchi with Butter Sauce, Beetroot & Spinach' amongst the starters.
Perhaps to be followed by 'Roast Pork Belly & Loin with Crispy Ham Hock, Creamed Potato, Apple & Anise Chutney & Red Wine Jus'; 'Poached Lemon Sole with Blini, Soused Shallots & Braised Baby Gem' and 'Arancini with Blue Cheese, Fried Sage, Cauliflower Purée & Tomato'. Vegetarians have delicious options – such as 'Kirkham's Lancashire Soufflé with Cheese Fondant & Niçoise Salad.
If you have room, you might be tempted by 'Sticky Toffee Pudding with Caramel Sauce & Clotted Cream Ice Cream' or 'Chocolate Delice with Cocoa Liquor Truffle, Salted Nut Crumble & Honeycomb'. While the more savoury-toothed might be tempted by their selection of Sussex farmhouse cheeses.
Service is both friendly and professional.
Booking is strongly advised, especially when the law courts are sitting.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.30 (offering ranging from excellent sandwiches to items from the carte); Sun 12.00-14.00; Sun Roasts from about £12.50; a special children's menu is offered at lunchtime on Sunday
- Dinner: all week Mon-Sat 18.30-21.30 , Sun 18.30-21.00; set D Mon-Fri £19.50 (2 courses), £25 (3 courses) mains £11.00 to £16.00
- Seats: 36
- Wine: a concise list covers the globe and kicks off at around the £18 mark
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible. Children's-sized Sunday Lunch is also offered,
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Lewes Rail
- Directions: just of the High Street, opposite the Law Courts. See the map on this page.
- Parking: Yes, but limited
- Closed: check Christmas openings
- Outside eating
- Rooms available