Beach loving foodie? We’ve got just the place for you. Travel to Sussex and discover this understated beach chic ‘Restaurant with Rooms’. Emily Eaves enjoys the delights of The Gallivant.
Even before you’ve arrived at The Gallivant, the fabulous staff are offering to help you. I got an email a few days before we were due to visit asking whether I’d like any bookings made and giving me all sorts of local information. It set the tone for the crew of beautifully dressed staff (stripes and denim) who we then met upon arrival and who bent over backwards to make us, and the dog, as comfortable and content as could be.
Comfortable and content are actually understatements. Think more luxurious, indulgent, delirious and euphoric. Almost on Camber Sands, you approach The Gallivant from a long winding road leading down to the coast. The picturesque town of Rye is on its doorstep but to be honest, you won’t want to stray far from this haven.
Check into one of the Luxury Garden Rooms. They’re beyond blissful – think Farrow and Ball colours, marble worktops, Nespresso machines, roll top baths, white fluffy towels and the very best bed linen…… we even had our own little terrace and a whole bookshelf full of delights. Oh, and your beach bag will be waiting for you, complete with striped towels to take down to the dunes – before or after you’ve taken afternoon tea (and cake) in the restaurant around 4pm.
The Gallivant is dog friendly which was incredibly impressive when the rooms and spaces are of such high quality design. Our pooch was pampered with a giant dog basket in the room, and there are thoughtfully placed water bowls and dog biscuits scattered about. The outdoor area of the restaurant is theirs to be enjoyed too and there are two tables inside where you can dine avec dog.
Indulging is definitely the name of the game here and the stunningly decorated Beach Hut is at your beck and call for the best of massages. Highly recommended for anyone with shoulders and backs tied up in knots is the Bamboo Massage which not only feels incredible but gives almost instant results which you’ll enjoy for weeks to come. Book your treatments in advance to ensure you get to enjoy them – and ask for Aimee, she’s got magic hands.
Thoroughly relaxed and possibly high on sea air (beach walks are a must and are the perfect way to exhaust the dog) you absolutely must experience dinner here. The restaurant buzzes with happy diners, swift and smooth service, incredible local produce making up delicious dishes and a fabulous wine list. If you’re still feeling summery, get a bottle of the Chapel Down (local Sussex) Rose and settle in. Real highlights included the Crab with Heritage Tomatoes and Gazpacho to start, Grey Mullet (Catch of the Day) with scallops, mussels and green beans for main, and Rum and Raisin ice cream with a shot of rum for dessert. The cheese plate features English and Irish cheeses – all of which are excellent.
Amazingly, you WILL be able to find space for breakfast too. There’s a vast array of fruits, granola, yoghurt from a local dairy, freshly baked breads and local apple juices all available for you to help yourself to. Hot options are done perfectly – and egg yolks are Instagrammably dreamy, being Burford Browns no less. Coffee is served in copper Bodum cafetieres whilst the teas are Teapigs finest. It really is heavenly.
The Gallivant is a foodie beach-lover’s dream. It’s absolutely worth a visit and when you emerge from the heavenly bubble, the surroundings – Camber Sands included – are equally beautiful.
Exclusive deal: TWOP readers will receive a glass of Chapel Down Flint Dry when quoting “TWOP” on booking. You are welcome!
For more information and booking visit The Gallivant website here.
The Gallivant, New Lydd Road, Camber, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7RB
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