5–6 LANDGATE, RYE TN31 7LH, +44 (0)1797 222829
The Good Food Guide 2016
We are now the only restaurant in Rye listed in the guide: "Readers have applauded a 'standout' soup of pea and mint that was 'fresh and wonderful to taste', as well as spiced pigeon breast with a port reduction, breast and confit leg of Gressingham duck with Puy lentils, spinach and gratin potato, and the 'cooked to perfection' rib, cheek and belly of pork [...]. Desserts are a particular highlight, and prune in Armagnac creme brulée garners as much praise as the British artisan cheeses".
The Good Food Guide 2015
lists us as the best restaurant in Rye for 5 consecutive years, and says: "high-quality service and excellent value." [...] A test meal found perfect fresh-from-the-oven bread; a precise, balanced starter of venison carpaccio [...] a main course of Romney Marsh Lamb [...] that was a triumph of flavour and accuracy of cooking. [...] The English cheese selection is superb".
“Every bit as good as it was 25 years ago”; this “always-reliable” bistro continues to offer “wonderful” British food (“a short menu of local fish, game at meat”) at “unbelievably low prices”.
The Good Food Guide 2014
"...carefully sourced local produce is precisely cooked and thoughtfully presented. One reporter has commended the home made bread and 'helpful service', while another has praised the 'excellent food'. --- A 'heavenly' chocolate brownie with cherries in Kirsch and home made pistacchio icecream is among the impressive desserts."
The Good Food Guide 2013
"...Current chef/proprietor Martin Peacock is something of a hero when it comes to supporting local food, and he makes fine use of the region's ample harvest: potted Camber Rabbit is served with home-made piccalilli, and rump of Romney Marsh lamb might be given an aromatic Moroccan lift with baba ganoush, harissa and couscous. 'Wonderfully tender' Winchelsea pork also puts in an occasional appearance, while desserts could feature iced nut parfait with Amaretto ice cream and Frangelico liqueur jellies. Front-of-house has been deemed 'outstanding' in every department."
Where Chefs Eat 2013
We are proud to be listed in this new guide, among the favourite eating places of prominent, Michelin-starred chefs. Only 40 restaurants outside London are included, and we are the only one in East Sussex.
"“Creative cuisine of a consistently high standard” makes this small and “friendly” coastal bistro popular with all who comment on it – “great flavours, beautiful presentation, and excellent value for money too”."
Eyewitness Travel Great Britain (current edition)
"The Landgate bistro is famed for its agreeably uncomplicated modern British fare that has a growing army of fans. Its fishcakes and other clever tricks with seafood are much celebrated. Also on offer are local meats and game. Among the menu highlights are the delicious leek and Roquefort tart."
The Good Food Guide 2012
"Martin Peacock has some fine local produce to call on, not least the famous Rye Bay scallops, which may appear wrapped in bacon and sauced with sherry and shallots. Meats from the vicinity may appear as a main course of local boar spiked with chilli and cumin, served with lemon couscous and greek yoghurt, although lamb shank in red wine and balsamic with creamy mash may prove equally hard to resist. Zingy lemon tart with matching sorbet ends things well."
The Good Food Guide 2011
"Excellent local fish and game. A mood of bonhomie prevails at Martin Peacock and Nilla Westin's homely restaurant in a pair of of interconnecting Georgian cottages. He cooks while she takes care of business out front. Local produce is used to good effect on their short menus. Fish and game, in particular, are excellent, showing up in decent, robust versions of well-tried dishes---."
"A joy to find such accomplished food and helpful service on a day-trip to the coast!” – so say all reports on this “tiny” venture, where the menu is “simple”, “honest” and locally-sourced."