This good seafood venue contains two eateries. A ground floor café, with bare wooden tables and red brick walls, and a more formal restaurant (see photograph) upstairs. While both base their menus firmly on produce from the sea, both vegetarians and confirmed carnivores have various options.
There is little difference in aims of the two menus, price-wise they overlap, but those of the restaurant are slightly more ambitious.
But even the café offered the likes of Seafood Linguini with Garlic & Herbs with Parmesan' and 'Steamed Fillets of Plaice with Samphire and Crayfish Sauce' during a summer visit.
While upstairs 'Pan-Fried Red Mullet with Nicoise Vegetable Salad and Saffron Dressing'; 'Steamed Lemon Sole Mousse with Lobster & Bisque' and 'Chicken & Black Pudding Sausage with Crackling and Apple Salad with Cider Dressing' appeared among the starters.
'Seafood Platter of Oysters, Whelks, Winkles, King Prawns and Crab Claws'; 'Roast Loin of Monkfish wrapped in Prosciutto with Black Noodles, Leek Asparagus and Basil Velouté'; 'Butternut Squash, Asparagus and Wild Mushroom Risotto' and 'Roast Breast of Gressingham Duck with Caramelised Plum and Chinese Five Spice Powdered' among the mains.
Desserts are not forgotten, perhaps with temptations such as 'Summer Pudding with Devonshire Clotted Cream'; 'Vanilla Pannacotta with Strawberry & Mint Compote and Shortbread' and 'Dark Chocolate Mousse with Chocolate and Pistachio Tuile, with Vanilla Sauce and Cherry Compote.
While cheese lovers can choose from a selection of British farm-house cheeses.
- Food Style: Seafood
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.30; mains about £11 to £25
- Dinner: all week, 18.00-21.30; mains about £11 to £25
- Seats: 54
- Wine: a well-thought-out list, kicks off at around the £16 mark
- Children's portions: Children's menu
- Nearest station: Rye
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Parking: Street parking
- Closed: L all week; some Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned