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#FoodieFriday - Fine dining and afternoon tea in Rye

Not every meal is amazing, so I quietly don't mention the ones that are just ok. There is also, I have found out no guarantee that a cute looking tea room or a swanky fine dining restaurant will deliver on the essentials.

1) friendly and helpful service
2) tremendous taste
3) ethical, local and small business champion
4) superb presentation

With such a demanding list of requirements, it's not surprising I don't go shouting about every meal I eat.

Perhaps the day we went to Rye we were lucky. Perhaps magically the universe realigned itself so I could have two great experiences on the same day, my birthday. Or perhaps Rye is just packed with great places to eat. I can't say for sure.

What I can tell you, however, is that I've found two great places to eat in Rye. Whether you're looking for a cream tea or a substantial munch, here are a couple of options that come highly recommended. 

Edith's House, Rye, Sussex
~ afternoon tea at Edith's House ~

Edith's House, Rye, Sussex
~ Edith's House ~

Afternoon tea at Edith's House

Pretty on the outside and located in the old part of Rye, Edith's House delivers quaint and cosy in this petite tea room. Lamps hang at jaunty heights, the walls are covered in pictures and plates and the cream tea is served on mis-matching crockery. It's spot-on-trend with its vintage-whimsy theme. 
Added to this they have a separate menu dedicated to interesting flavoured scones and jams. Choose from coconut, almond, cinnamon, honey and white chocolate scones accompanied by such options as ginger preserve, lemon curd, dark cherry or raspberry jam with clotted cream. What a delight.

Edith's House, 105a High Street, TN31 7JE Rye, East Sussex

The George Grill
~ Wine at The George Grill ~

The George Grill, Rye, East Sussex
~ Steak and Lobster at The George Grill ~

The George Grill, Rye, East Sussex
~ The George Grill ~

Lemon soufflé, dark chocolate sauce, Tonka bean ice cream, The George Grill, Rye, East Sussex
 ~ Lemon soufflé and Tonka bean ice cream ~

Fine dining at The George Grill

When it came to our dinner after circling around a great number of options, the Welsh One and I eventually decided to head into the very appealing looking The George Grill. Connected to Rye's only five star hotel, they consider themselves "temples of all day dining, serving a modern European menu with a sunny, Mediterranean slant." We didn't know this when we rocked up at reception.

Nor did we know that they have a wood-charcoal grill, or that the seafood is caught from Rye Bay and that they use local meats and vegetables. What I did know was I fancied the look of the lobster.

I chose half a native lobster served cold with lemon mayonnaise for £15, and my cariad went for a 10oz Rib-eye steak for £22. Described as the finest steak from Royal warrant holder Donald Russell it came with hand-cut chips, roast tomato, onion rings, roast mushroom  and a peppercorn sauce. The food was delicious.

To accompany our mains, we chose wine from a local a vineyard, which had a lovely flavour to it.

Despite not needing any more food, we decided to share dessert and were served a plate of lemon soufflé, dark chocolate sauce, Tonka bean ice cream and tuile. Again, amazing. Neither of us had come across tonka bean before and it makes for exceedingly good and slightly unusual tasting ice-cream.

To find out more about the food click on The George Grill and click on the bar to find out more about their wines.
The George Grill

The George in Rye, 98 High Street Rye East Sussex TN31 7JT

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