The George in Rye, 98 High Street, Rye TN31 7JT
This is billed as one of the South Coast’s most luxurious hotels and the only four-star in 1066 Country.
The advertising blurb places an emphasis “not on glitz but on being a home-away-from-home.”
We didn’t stay but had been recommended to try the food. This place is busy and it is easy to see why.
We entered via the inviting George Tap pub with a selection of local real ales as well as chemical beer.
The adjoining restaurant serves “modern, Mediterranean food” using local produce.
Crustacea (oysters, giant gambas, wood roast lobster and warm lobster salad) features prominently and it popular judging by the clients during out visit.
My 10oz British beef bacon blue burger was one of the best I’ve ever experienced.
It arrived with bacon, caramelised onions, balsamic mayonnaise and salad and the brioche bun was topped by a thin slice of gherkin. The added extra was a Roquefort sheep milk cheese which worked perfectly and the hand-cut chips were spot on.
Pam’s poussin was intriguingly marinaded in pomegranate and was a delight but out big grips was with the bill.
We were charged £11 for wine we did not have and the apology was disingenuous. A really sour note which spoiled a pleasant evening.