During 2010 The Chilli Pickle Bistro moved from its picturesque location in the Lanes to this boutique hotel - and the move seems to have been of benefit to all, with extended opening times, more space and no drop in the standard of their excellent and interesting food - so offering Indian dishes with a real difference, is still the name of the game. In fact, the dishes on offer are so interesting, it might be difficult to choose.
At lunch time you'll find Anglo-Indian dishes such as Kedgeree, fusion Bacon & Egg Dosa (lunchtime brunch); Kebabs and various Dosa's and Thali's (perhaps including the seasonal Romney Marsh Mutton Thali).
While during the evening the menu expands with more elaborate dishes on offer.
Perhaps 'Goan Sea Bass'; 'Duck Istew' (Gressingham duck legs with coconut, ginger, curry leaves and black pepper) - while Black Leg Chicken, Duck Egg Masala, Oxtail Madras, Pumpkin Dansak, South Indian Fish Pie, Aubergine Stew might also be listed. Seafood is a particular speciality.
A few desserts such as 'Chocolate Orange Pot'; 'A Selection of Indian Sweets' and 'Shrikhand& Gingercake' (whipped sweetened yoghurt with saffron, cardamom & nutmeg with ginger cake & griottine cherries) might be there to tempt you at the end.
If you want Indian food with a difference - this might be the place for you.
Friendly and professional service.
- Food Style: Modern Indian
- Lunch: Mon 12.00-14.30, Weds-Sun 12.00-14.30 mains from about £10 to £19
- Dinner: Mon 18.00-22.30, Weds-Sun 18.00-22.30; mains about £10 to £19; set D £23.50 (2 courses), £26.50 (3 courses)
- Seats: 115, plus about 20 outside
- Wine: a concise, but well-chosen, list kicks off at about the £16 mark and is backed up by lager-style beers
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Brighton Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Closed: all Tuesday, 25th & 26th Dec.
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating
- Rooms available