[GOOD FOOD GUIDE 2020] “Striding confidently into its 15th year, Martin Peacock and Nilla Westin’s cottage restaurant shows no sign of slowing down – ‘a gem of a find’ is one first-time visitor’s heartfelt comment. The appealing menu will never shock or startle, but the food rings with confident sense of place and season. […] sharp list of global wines.”
[GOOD FOOD GUIDE 2019] “A little plot not far away supplies herbs and soft fruits to Martin Peacock’s kitchen, supplementing the wild and foraged materials that lend distinctiveness to the cooking. Modern European dishes with the emphasis on forthright seasonings.”
[HARDENS 2021] “Chef-proprietor Martin Peacock can be relied upon to provide ‘locally sourced food (including Romney Marsh lamb) cooked with flair’ at his small and stylish modern British bistro. A longstanding Rye favourite, fans sum it up as ‘fine-dining food at mid-dining prices’ ”.
[TRIPADVISOR] by ‘Sarsont, a Londoner’, January 2020: “EVERY TOWN SHOULD HAVE ONE. ‘Towns’ have had a bad press recently, a new political poster child for provincial decline, dead end employment prospects and bleak high streets. Rye is of course one of a small number of rather lovely, self-sufficient small towns and cathedral cities that are the exception to the rule. A busy high street, local businesses with the chains in their rightful place, no multi-storey car park, no bleak end of the street full of pound shops and empty premises. Something it shares with the likes of Totnes, Ludlow, Winchester.
All such places have somewhere like Landgate bistro. A tastefully done up townhouse or series of knocked through shops where staff take your coat on arrival, there’s an amuse bouche, and the main courses always celebrate local produce (in this case fish and marsh lamb). Some do it better than others. The worst can tend to become a bit up themselves and the staff complacent. Landgate is one of the good ones. Just the right size and balance of helpings, a decent enough pudding course had we felt in the mood, and really charming, efficient and smiley waiting staff.”
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