Just got back from a two night stay at this hotel with my partner and dog. We had what the hotel calls a studio room (I think). Very spacious. The beds are extremely comfortable and the quilts very warm. Given one of the boilers broke down during the second night (which was not the fault of the hotel but caused by a larger issue with the main grid) this proved essential. The broken boiler episode was well managed by the staff who kept visitors informed of the situation and provided alternative hot water and showering facilities.
The staff are all helpful, cheerful and professionaly friendly, both on reception and in the restaurant. The food was of a very high quality and, as pescatarians, we were catered for very well, with fabulous alternatives provided when we explained we couldn't have the meat on the set menu (we opted for the fixed taster menu the first night - definitely to be recommended). Do have the stilton and walnut tart if it's on the menu when you go.
We intended to eat out in Rye the second night but booked again at the hotel restaurant as it was too good not to. The house wines was pretty good; I could understand the choices for the prices.
The breakfasts were a little disappointing but only because they ran out of some dishes (the smoked haddock the first morning and the kippers the second), and the bread. But the quality of the food was great. The jams were delicious as was the autumn fruits compote, the mushrooms, the poached eggs (just perfect) and the kippers (first morning). My only suggestion for improvement would be the bread. At dinner the bread was very good but at breakfast it was something like Mothers Pride (a strange thing to provide considering the excellence of everything else).
As for the location: the beach is just a few minutes across the road and over the dunes. And what fabulous dunes!
We will return! Oh, just one more suggestion to the owners/manager - how about stocking some pudding wines? If the restaurant can be improved upon that would do it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to our restaurant with rooms across the road the the beach. Inspired by the coastal motels you might find in California, we're a bit shabby chic, but above all relaxed and welcoming. Almost all of our food is sourced within 15 miles of us, most of it only hours old. Our beds are the most comfortable we could find (we tried a lot). Our beach is extraordinary. In 2014 we were included in The Sunday Times 'Top 100 UK Hotels - for foodies'. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Place At Beach
- Place At The Beach Rye