Editor Alex Fisher eats at The Gallivant, Camber Sands
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Owner Harry Cragoe has transformed this restaurant with rooms since he took it over. A strong advocate of local, seasonal, high quality food, the team works closely with local fishermen and farmers to produce dishes that truly reflect the region. Chef Daniel Perjesi (The Capital, Club Gascon, The Hambrough) has created a menu where 95 per cent of the ingredients come from a 15-mile radius. The restaurant has a programme of special foodie events throughout the year, which includes visiting Michelin-starred chefs and a Rioja evening.
WHAT’S ON THE MENU?
Their tasting menu includes pan-fried Dungeness cod, roasted squash purée, red wine, shallot and ham reduction, and, for dessert, a sweet chestnut cream served with quince and marron glacé. The regular menu offers rabbit terrine, celeriac, local sand carrots as a starter, and catch of the day in a bean cassoulet as a main.
HOW’S THE MOOD?
Chic but relaxed. The restaurant has a coastal-influenced dining room and lounge, with whitewashed boards, a real fire and sheepskin rugs.
CAN I SEE THE SEA?
Not from the restaurant itself, but the sand dunes are just two minutes’ walk away.
WHAT’S THE DAMAGE?
Starters are around £6, mains range from £12 to around £20, and desserts are £6.50.
Supper is served from 6-9.30pm everyday. Lunch is 12-2.30pm. From October to April, the restaurant does not open for lunch on Monday to Wednesday. To book, visit thegallivant.co.uk.