I was looking for a convenient place to meet up with a dear friend I hadn't seen in waaaay too long. She was headed to Shoreham, and I was in Winchelsea - so Lewes seems like a good place to meet. Other than reading that Anne of Cleves lived there, I knew nothing about Lewes or what to expect. So - I turned here for reviews and suggestions and found Limetree Kitchen. From their online menu it was clear it was in budget, and fairly easy to find. My friend agreed -- and we were on.
From the white wood tables to the Toulouse Lautrec prints and tiles, this is a lovely lovely place to meet a friend for lunch or coffee. I would imagine dinner to be the same high standard. My friend is a vegetarian, and we were assured that they could make many things work for her - the Croque Monsieur without ham for example - but we settled on soup and a bucket of fries both of which were delicious.
The soup was mushroom and roasted garlic and it was clearly fresh and original. What came was a deep bowl of thick dark brown soup which was - on tasting - a mixture of mushrooms, cooked and pureed with the roasted garlic, served with a few small slices of french bread and butter. It was all beautifully presented - the fries arrived in a little pail and were served with a sweet/spicy chilli sauce.
We were superbly taken care of, the food was marvelous and when we came to pay, we were surprised with two chocolate truffles on a stone tray decorated with rose petals. It was a super touch. The bill for two including the soups, a large bottle of San Pellegrino, and the pail of fries, and tip was really reasonable.
And if a restaurant is judged by its returnability (my word!) well - I already told my mom about it, and we plan to go there when I'm next back in the UK. It was simply super (bad pun intended!).
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