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The Gallivant
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Camber
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kent
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“What a find!”
Reviewed 11 December 2013

We stayed here with a travel zoo voucher for my birthday and what a joy. Everything from the staff, the room, the restaurant, the food was faultless. We had afternoon tea with delicious homemade cakes and lovely tea. We had a fabulous evening meal and upgraded from the beachcomber menu for another £15.00 each (well worth it!) We will definitely be going back - maybe in the summer when we can take advantage of the lovely beach.

Just one small comment - whilst most of the ingredients are locally sourced, why have bottled water from Harrogate?

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Woking
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

Wonderful beach walks with little dog.

Thank you Gallivant for being a perfect little weekend away destination, with warmth, comfort, large room, comfy bed, friendly staff and superb food (the goats cheese soufflé was simply divine). Our room was No 17 which was one of the larger outside ones perfect as we had our little Jack Russell with us and literally about 20 steps away across the quiet road we were in the dunes area and after a sandy up and over, miles of wide beach walks awaited.

After a lovely evening meal and a good nights sleep we enjoyed a fabulous walk at 8 o'clock Saturday morning, not many on the beach, then a trickle of people and by the end of our 90 min walk, back in time for breakfast, horses, running clubs and all sorts were enjoying the lovely Camber Sands on a sunny brisk November morning. Breakfast was lovely although the scrambled egg was of an odd consistency but the homemade bread for toasting was absolutely delicious.

We had a wonderful weekend enjoying the sights of Rye and the beautiful bleakness of Dungeness - a must and staying at the Gallivant was the icing on the cake.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Benfleet, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

We arrived shortly before 4 pm, just in time for the complimentary tea and cakes served in the Bistro, wonderful start to our stay. The staff were welcoming, we were shown to our room (no.9). The rooms was warm and extremely clean and comfortable. The bathrobes were a nice touch. The evening meal was wonderful. The package included the Beachcomber menu but for £15 you can upgrade to the Al a Carte. The food and service were faultless, an extensive wine list and a nice relaxed atmosphere. After a lovely breakfast, great choice, we had a wander over to the beach, which is directly across from the hotel. In summer I can imagine this being a very popular location, you can;t get much closer to the wonderful beach.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

I have to say I was rather disappointed when we drove up to the Gallivant. It's not a particularly attractive building, is on a busy main road and does not have sea views, BUT it is literally opposite the beach and so is in a great location. The reception area is warm and inviting and the seaside shabby chic theme is executed well. We stayed in one of the rooms that aren't in the main building - hence why to us this was definitely a motel - and it was clean, nicely decorated and reasonably spacious. There was no wardrobe which I could imagine would be rather irritating if you were staying for more than a couple of nights. The view from our window was of an overgrown garden which was not great. We wanted a drink before we ate, but there is only a very small lounge area and not much room at the bar and so we had to go straight to our table. It was great to see local produce on the menu and, despite the menu being small, the food was good. Unfortunately one of the oysters I ate gave me a bit of sickness (NOT the chef's fault) and I pitied the couple in the next room as they could definitely hear my night time manoeuvres as the walls are very thin! The Secret Escapes deal we had meant the room was reasonably priced and included breakfast, but to be honest I don't think I would pay that much more. I can imagine in summer it's a great place to stay as you're so close to the beach.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 November 2013

Somewhere, out on the far edge of the haunted Romney Marsh, where the tide and the sky collide, framed by the waving Marram Grass, and the eerie sand dunes, and surrounded by hidden creeks and waterways, redolent of ancient folk memories of smugglers and highwaymen, stands the Gallivant Hotel and Bistro. You have got to want to find this little gem, because your journey would not naturally bring you here to pass its door. It sits quietly and unobtrusively, almost squatting against the low skyline, and unless this was your destination, you would pass it unnoticed. This is as it is intended to be because the Gallivant keeps its surprises inside the hotel. It is an old Motel, which has been taken by its owners and given a very clever facelift. Adopting the New England Beachfront motif, it sports a wide variety of sun and wind-bleached wood, white scrubbed furniture, and wood floors. Its 20 comfortable rooms reflect this theme, and unashamedly use the beachcomber motif to the full in the furnishings. But you don't come here for the rooms alone. They are fine and need no more said.

You come here for the food. And what food. A full menu offering only the freshest local produce locally sourced. Wonderful fish dishes, brilliant meat, simply cooked and presented in elegant but non-fussy ways. The breakfast menu is sublime, offering just about every possible option of breakfast dishes.

We spent 2 nights here, using the days to explore the surrounding countryside (which is spooky and full of memories of our dark past), but we spent the evenings, cosily ensconced in the bar having a quiet drink before being shown to our table. The staff are quietly efficient (from Poland, Romania, Hungary and Ireland) and they know their business well. They are around when you want them, but leave you alone to enjoy yourselves and your incredible food.

This is really a fantastic restaurant, with 20 rooms attached to the side, and really, not a hotel in the true sense of the word at all. Go there and enjoy a unique experience.

But beware, I went out for a breath of air before turning in, and I am convinced I heard the sound of muffled hooves and creaking harness of smugglers' ponies carrying barrels of brandy up from the beach. There are old ghosts in these deserted flatlands, so '...watch the wall my darling as the gentlemen go by..."

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Benfleet, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

This was a travel zoo deal and it was a pre-christmas break with my husband, brother and sister-in law. The hotel was previously a motel but has been renovated to a very high standard and is now very modern and comfortable. The staff were so pleasant and helpful. The food was out of this world and the hospitality second to none. Complimentary afternoon tea was on offer, comfy sofas to chill and relax in. Our evening meal was to die for and I continue to salivate just thinking of it and the breakfast was delicious, the home made bread and jams were such a lovely touch. Our room was very comfortable, lovely linens and snuggly duvet. Complimentary toiletries, tea and coffee and little home made biscuits. This was such a wonderful experience and we shall certainly be coming back again.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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longsdon
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

Worth the 250 mile journey. Food excellent delightful staff. Bed really comfortable and good heating slept well no disturbances. Thought management very good can't be this good with no management ? More than makes up for the "motel look" of the hotel at first site

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Gallivant
Address: New Lydd Road | Rye, Camber, Rye TN31 7RB, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Rye > Camber
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Camber
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Gallivant 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to our coastal restaurant with rooms, across the road from the dunes of Camber Sands and beautiful sandy beach beyond. Inspired by the coastal motels you might find in California, we're a calm and relaxing hideaway from the stresses and strains of modern life. We have 20 amazing bedrooms all decorated with an eye to the Hamptons and serve great food using almost exclusively locally sourced fresh ingredients. In 2016 we were included in The Times 'Coolest Beach Hotels - No. 4', The Mirror's 'Top 10 Seaside Hotels in the UK' and Squaremeal's 'UK's Best 100 Restaurants'. The private coastal garden incorporates mini secluded decks behind all the Garden and Luxury Garden rooms and is also home to The Beach Hut, where guests can enjoy relaxing massages and lovely facials after a day on the beach using ethical and natural health and beauty products that are exclusively blended in the UK. ... more   less 
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The Gallivant Camber, East Sussex

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