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PRICE RANGE
£4 - £22
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
European, British, Wine Bar
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Severely underwhelming, starters were average, under seasoned but ok. Steak was awful, I ordered the fillet rare, it came out blue with the sides unseared, I asked for it to be cooked more and it was better but only half was edible the rest was...overcooked. Some of the bigger onion rings had raw batter in the middle. Salad had an overly sweet, yellow, apple dressing which was just not nice. Chips were good, service was good but for the price it’s just not worth it.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having heard the hype we finally opted for a meal at Cru to celebrate my Wife’s birthday. First impressions are a bit misleading, housed in a basement in Hyde Gardens, slightly wonky narrow steps do nothing to prepare you for what lies behind the door....This is a truly intimate venue, with a wonderful welcome, and while space is limited, the layout of the tables doesn’t feel overcrowded. A small menu, but with a great selection, and an extensive wine list, we both chose scallops as a starter, my wife having the sea bass as her main, and I took the fillet steak. Everything was simply delicious, wonderfully prepared and presented, with the steak having no trace of fat, my only comment would be a failing on my part, should have had it rare instead of medium rare. We washed it down with a delightful bottle of Ribera del Duero, which was also really good for the price. If you are on a tight budget this may not be the place for you, but as a treat it is well worth the money. The last word has to go to the staff. Absolutely brilliant, attentive but not obtrusive, even down to getting us a cab within 5 minutes of asking. Believe the 5* reviews, they are well deserved.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 10 May 2024

Just had the best meal we have had in Eastbourne. Jordan and Hardy made us very welcome and Nick the chef really is at the top of his game. We could not fault our meal, the food delicious, the service impeccable and friendly and the...ambiance ideal. We do hope that we can return soon.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 17 March 2024 via mobile

Real food, good food, amazing steaks, great menu, wines and service- will be returning have been a few times now, never disappoints

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 15 March 2024

Having been coming here for the last 7 years and it is still the go to place for a class evening meal out. Went on a packed Saturday night and everything was as faultless as always. 2 Succulent mouth watering steaks along with Scallops and...superb Wine/Fizz options. Will be visiting for many years to comeMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 25 February 2024

Enjoyed a fabulous dinner here - the best food I’ve had in a long time. I ordered Stonebass and it was beautifully fresh and cooked to perfection - the best piece of fish I’ve ever tasted in fact. Wine menu caters for everyone, great selection...from around the world - there’s something for every taste and budget. Staff friendly and informal, great atmosphere - a small venue with a great buzz about it. Highly recommend, if you’re looking for quality food and wine it’s a terrific option.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 24 February 2024 via mobile

We received a very warm welcome on arrival followed by fantastic food (we had the steak special) & wine! We will return soon!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 27 January 2024

I booked a table at the very last minute and was not disappointed. I'd definitely book in advance during the summer.. Fabulous fillet steak, the chargrilled tender stem broccoli was memorably tasty. For dessert, I had the delectable Gingerbread sticky toffee cake. As a wine...bar, I can confirm that they serve delicious wine (I had a couple of Merlot by the glass). Despite dining solo, I was made to feel welcome and was given a lovely private table. They were a little slow on delivering my wine, apparently due to a large cocktail order before mine so the waitress went behind the bar and got it herself. I'd love to visit again and highly recommend Cru to anyone looking for a gorgeous bar/dinner in Eastbourne.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 18 December 2023 via mobile

Cru never disappoints. We just love it here. The service is always outstanding and the food is unique and incredible. There is nothing else like it in Eastbourne. We also loved the renovations in the dining area and restrooms! I don’t think my husband will...ever come here and not order the onion rings. He is slightly obsessed. Thanks Cru.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 9 December 2023 via mobile

This is our new favourite reataurant Eastbourne and by far the best! So grateful to have a classy, independent gem, that serves excellent wine and delicious food on our door step. We have visited both Cru and Levels (a wine bar also owned by Cru)...we are never disappointed. Beautiful wine, fresh and exceptionally well cooked food, and not to mention fabulously personal service! The vibe is bustling, the decor is inviting - the roast dinners are out of this world. Such a creative menu to suit every taste. The couple that own the place are friendly, welcome and always wear a smile. Thank you so much - don't change. We will continue to return.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 6 November 2023

First visit on 5 November for my friends birthday and what amazing service. They couldn't do enough for you and the chef even got someone to nip out and get me peas! The meal was delicious, best roast I've had for a long time and...the beef was cooked to my preference. Lovely vibe I will definitely returnMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 23 October 2023 via mobile

Fantastic Sunday lunch at Cru. Food was excellent, piping hot and delicious. Service from Jordan, Hardy and their crew was spot on. So lovely to see a full bustling restaurant with a chilled atmosphere. They really do care about the dining experience they deliver. Best...place to eat in Eastbourne without a doubtMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 22 October 2023

Wonderful wines (especially the Albarino) and delicious food. Beef both sirloin and rib were excellent. The lamb too and a very nice selection of vegetables served as well. Service was efficient and friendly. A lovely atmosphere in the restaurant.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 14 October 2023 via mobile

Dinner Cru Eastbourne A true hidden gem. We struck gold when we found this outstanding wine bar restaurant. It is the total definition of a hidden gem. On a side street in the centre of Eastbourne in a basement. Their menu is like a dream....On offer are small plates which you can order like tapas style. Also, large plates,fish,burgers, and incredible steaks. We had a couple of small plates. SEARED & ROASTED DIVER CAUGHT SCALLOPS, coral & chive,butter, English herb crumb. ROASTED CHORIZO, red wine & local honey glaze. Large plates LOCAL PLAICE PAUPIETTE, nori & wasabi mousseline, shiitake mushrooms, green tea & sesame beurre vert. TEMPURA LOCAL LINE CAUGHT COD LOIN BURGER, lemon, tartare, baby gem lettuce, chip shop curry sauce,brioche bun, hand cut triple cooked chips. This is our go-to restaurant / wine bar whenever we visit Eastbourne. As well as great food, they have an extensive wine list and amazing cocktails. It's owned by a lovely couple Hardy & Jordan. They have very professional staff who are all lovely too. Booking is essential. Oh, did we say? This is a true Hidden Gem.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 28 September 2023 via mobile

Beautiful evening in a great location,the perfect place for steak and wine. Starter :scallops,beautiful. Maincourse:rib eye,cooked medium,tender,melting in the mouth. Wine:started with Albarino,for my starter,followed by nice Italian Valpolicella . Everything was so good. And…yes…service …very friendly Timi ,thank you. Very good knowledge of wine...and advice from Hardy. All in one,outside very nice area where you can smoke,if you wish. Everyone very nice and kind. Thank you and see you again. AdiMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5