Chapter 12 Wine Bar & Kitchen
Boasting exposed wooden beams, 18th-century brickwork and elegant modern artwork, this sophisticated venue combines the best of old and new. We began our evening with a refreshing glass of English wine, and took a few moments to appreciate the comfortable elegance of the room.
The menu offers four to six options for each course, and there’s a pleasing abundance of dishes for vegan and gluten-intolerant guests. We plumped for delicious chicken croquettes and a plate of crispy Korean barbecued tofu with mustardy mizuna leaves and sesame. To follow, I was tempted by the Hailsham Herd beefburger which, along with many of the vegetables, comes from a farm belonging to the chef’s uncle and grandfather. The burger came with rich truffle mayonnaise and Sussex Farmhouse cheese and it certainly didn’t disappoint. My companion selected the griddled lamb cutlets, which were incredibly juicy and cooked to perfection. We rounded off our meal with a rum-roasted pineapple dessert with creamy coconut mousse and passion fruit sorbet, and a delectably smooth chocolate delice with hazelnut praline and white chocolate granita.
For those seeking an enjoyable evening out, this chic venue features a wine bar lounge with an extensive cocktail menu where live music is performed twice a week. For private parties there is also a stunning self-contained function room upstairs.