This is a jewel of a restaurant in the centre of Alfriston just 6 miles from our home.
Unfortunately, the whole experience did not live up to the experiences of many writers or we just picked the wrong night and then paid heavily for the privilege.
Menu - limited so should have been perfect with only 4 appetizers, 3 entrees
Wine - a mediocre, overpriced Fleuris to accompany the lamb - delivered to the table freezing cold.
Appetizers - overcooked scallops, dry game terrine (no charcuterie available) and mediocre mushroom dish.
Entrees - 3 overcooked lamb with a red wine goo, rather than jus, scant vegetable selection two of which were different anyway. One sea bass fillet (in two pieces) with distinctly un-crisped skin draped over a bed of oversalted wet spinach. Potatoes accompanying were sauteed/crushed and mushy.
Tasted and poured our own wine.......
Dessert - 2 chocolate mousse - superb! one sticky toffee pudding - superb! one slate of mixed miniscule morsels of assorted local'ish cheeses - OK.
The welcome from the proprietor was warm and enthusiastic but this effort is wasted if the food does not live up to expectations. Did we complain - no because the dinner was a Christmas present from our Son and Daughter in Law who we decided to take with us.
I hope the proprietors do respond to this review because I feel that we are owed an apology at the very least.
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