Lunch by The Sea

Between the home cooked feasts of Christmas and New Year, we headed down to the wintry Kent coast for a walk along the pebble beach followed by lunch at The Sportsman pub.

The Sportsman

From the outside it looks like a simple place, but inside the food has earned one Michelin star and is perfectly cooked from local ingredients. They even pan their own seasalt from the water a few metres away - that’s how seriously they take the idea of local sourcing. But what’s great about their cooking is that they don’t get too fancy. It’s just good food, with a little creativity, and expert cooking.

For starter I had lightly poached rock oysters with pickled cucumber and Avruga caviar.

Oysters

Main course was baked Hake fillet with chestnuts, bacon and parsley sauce.

Hake with chestnuts

And for dessert, the whole table shared a Tarte Tatin, which was served with ice cream.

Tarte Tatin

We were in good company, with Tom Kerridge (the acclaimed chef behind The Hand and Flowers in Marlow - and winner of BBC TV’s The Great British Menu) dining here with his family.

Written on December 29, 2011