This style restaurant, converted from an old coaching inn, draws discerning diners in from many miles around.
Expect a bare tables with crisp napery, and a modern – slightly stark feel – needing to be quite busy before any jolliness creeps in. What they call city style meeting country stile doesn't seem to work for many!
However, if you are in good company, and the food is your sole raison d'etre – standards are high, although here again helpings might not satisfy someone with a healthy appetite, being more starter than main course helpings.
The menu, offers around five choices at each stage (plus a couple extras on a Vegetarian menu). It follows the seasons, in the modern norm, an early summer snapshoot bringing 'Quail with Mushrooms, Hazelnuts & Shallot'; 'Double-Baked Sussex Cheese Soufflé'; 'Heritage Tomat with Marjoram, Goats Curd & Tomato Essence and 'Squid with Beetroot & Vanilla' and 'Tuna with Chorizo, Watermelon & Ponzu' among the starters.
'Halibut with Cucumber, Elderflower & White Asparagus'; 'Pig Cheeks with Langoustine, Radish, Lemongrass & Ginger' and 'Wild Garlic Risotto with Spring Vegetables & Lemon' listed amongst the mains.
Desserts, like everything else, are beautifully presented – with perhaps 'Chocolate Cake with Orange & Cocoa Sorbet'; 'Kentish Strawberry Parfait with Basil & Almond' and 'Peaches with Honey & Hazelnuts ' there to tempt you.
Excellent homemade bread, coming with both butter and thyme-flavoured lard – and efficient service completes the picture.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.30; set L from £20 (2 courses)
- Dinner: Weds-Sun 18.00-21.30 (Sun 21.00); mains from about £18 to £22
- Seats: 60, plus 25 outside
- Wine: a well-chosen list has modest mark-ups kicking off at around the £18 mark
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Robertsbridge Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: 2 weeks Jan, 1 week June, one week Nov, a few days at Christmas
- Outside eating