Very good food, much of it locally sourced. Good bread came with an oil and balsamic vinegar dip. Ridgeview 'Fitzrovia' Rose was £8.00 a glass, a dozen Carlingford Irish rock oysters were served with chopped shallots in red wine vinegar and were £9.50 a half dozen. A bottle of Chilean Pedro Ximenez Elki Vina Falernia (£18.50) did not sit well with the shallot vinegar in the oysters but thereafter revealed a delicate and interesting wine. The excellent main courses were Sussex slow roast belly of pork with sautéed gnocchi, crispy bacon, peas and girolle mushrooms at £14.50 and good quality roast rump of South Down's lamb, cooked slightly pink, and served with a delicious spiced aubergine, tomato & mint salad with Greek yoghurt at £16.50. The selection of well-kept local cheeses (Sussex Charmer, Charlton, Norbury Blue, Brighton Blue, Molecomb Blue, Burwash Rose, Farm Abbey Sheep’s Milk Brie and Golden Cross) was also excellent and accompanied by a delicious truffle honey and by quince jam, priced at £13 for all 8 (enough for two). Clos Dady Sauternes was £6.25 a glass. Pleasant, friendly staff and an informal atmosphere make for a relaxing meal.
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