Landgate Bistro

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£25 and under
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British
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  • Local Ingredients
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
We make British food with a classic or modern slant. We source our ingredients from the local fields, woodlands and waters. Everything is cooked on the premises, including the sourdough bread and the icecreams.
The Good Food Guide (2015) says: "Martin Peacock [...] still doing what he does best: familiar combinations of quality ingredients, conscientiously sourced and cooked with care. A test meal found perfect fresh-from-the-oven bread; a precise, balanced starter of venison carpaccio [...] then the main course of Romney Marsh Lamb [...] that was a triumph of flavour and accuracy of cooking. [...) and the English cheese selection is superb."

Vegetarian: we will always offer at least one starter and one main vegetarian choice.
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G
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, beautifully presented - a lovely place for lunch in Rye

KR
London
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and great service.
Best restaurant in Rye.
Also amazing value for the quality

PH
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food and service in a lovely small restaurant. 100% recommended.

CS
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was incredible about the evening. Fantastic food and fantastic staff!

JS
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Very up market and worth the price.

JB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food, well presented, just the right amount. Would have liked bread to be warm.
Both had guinea fowl, delicious
Child in restaurant after its bedtime!
Would love to return some day.

JS
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the second of two visits to the Landgate Bistro during our holiday in Rye. The food was outstanding served by dedicated and attentive staff in a quite calm atmosphere.

SW
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food as always. The lamb is so delicious. The restaurant is cosy and the dining experience excellent.
I am very deaf so it is very noisy for me but the restaurant is small and I am not sure much could be done to quieten it other than curtains and carpet which are not fashionable.

A
London
15 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food in Rye - very civilised and untimate setting

VR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The Landgate Bistro is the right place to go if you are looking for well executed dishes, excellent service and a relaxed ambiance. It is ideal for a couple's night out.
The room is small, which means the tables are rather closer than some might wish, but given that the general ambience is quiet - no loud music here, thank heavens - most diners respect that and avoid intruding on their neighbours.
The menu offers interesting dishes, for example scallops with pork belly. which was a new one to me, proved to be excellent. We both chose steamed sole fillets as a main course and they were cooked to perfection, however, neither of us felt the braised little gem was entirely successful. We did not choose a dessert because we wanted an early night.
The wine list is extensive and interesting. Half bottles are available, which we regard as a joy, prefering to take an aperitif before the meal - in this case a shared picolo of prosecco - and then a large glass of wine with our food. Glasses of some wines are offered, but there are not enough, which is also true of the half bottles, but we felt that the bistro was taking a step in the right direction.
The bill came to nearly £80, which felt a shade too much, but, at the same time, we did not feel that we had been taken advantage of and left in a cheerful and satisfied frame of mind.
The service was charming, efficient and engaging: this they are getting just right.
We booked here on the advice of friends and were happy that we had followed their advice; we would certainly visit again.

JF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Local produce cooked to perfection and marmite butter too = very satisfied customers.

BS
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Lighting was quite bright by our table, candlelight would be more romantic.
Not enough choice on menus.

B
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening and would thoroughly recommend to our friends.

DS
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love coming here, especially the cauliflower with the scallops.

KS
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

JH
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had a really nice anniversary meal. The portions were not large, but just right for us . Well balanced dishes, beautifully presented. Delicious complementary focaccia bread when we arrived and the valhrona chocolate mousse we had for dessert was outstanding.
We had been to this restaurant before and will definitely be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service- definitely recommend.

LW
London
9 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly competent operation all round. All of the food was beautifully prepared and presented. Portions just the right size and flavours superb. A cod croquette amuse bouche was delightful. Thoughtful wine list at very reasonable prices. Will return frequently.

AP
London
14 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second visit to Rye after a year’s absence and enjoyed the pleasure of eating again at Landgate Bistro. Lunch was delicious - excellent food, a great selection of wines and deft touches (especially the yummy Focaccia bread to start and the tiny oven-fresh Madelaines with the bill)! Service was outstanding and it was a pleasure to be hosted by exactly the same team from 12 months ago - pleasant, professional and unobtrusive. Truly a great meal - thank you!

JT
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazingly good lunch here. It was made even better by the amuse bouch and fresh focaccia, plus even the tap water had ice! The food was perfect, excellent quality and just the right portion size. Highly recommended!

LD
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb food, great staff, nice venue. Friendly service with a smile.

We will definitely return.

T
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, service and ambiance. What an amazing experience! Thank you

RB
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our evening at Landgate Bistro. Food was beautifully cooked and presented. Staff were lovely, welcoming and very friendly, but having been in the hotel and restaurant trade, we were aware of a few shortcomings, for example leaving dirty plates on the table even when the next course had been served. Maybe a refresher course on waiting at table might help? Otherwise we would highly recommend this little gem.

HB
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Recommended by a lot of people, so my partner and I booked in on Wednesday evening. It was not too busy and tables were well spaced. Nice touch with homemade bread and dipping balsamic and little fishcake aperitif. Food was nice, perhaps a little bland, but not outstanding. Service was good but too quick - we were in and out in just over an hour. Had a pleasant evening but my expectations had been raised a little higher.

k
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Hats off to the chef who turned out sublime dishes. That this restaurant has been in Rye for 30 years says it all. The current chef is in residence 20 years. So looking forward to going back. The set menu is the best choice and there's enough variety..Fish, Game and Meat to keep everybody happy.

p
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

was looking for a nice quiet romantic meal with good food - was not disappointed. Can thoroughly recommend and would gladly revisit

AW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Imaginative, delicious food, excellent preparation and presentation. Friendly and efficient service. Dining room pleasant but a little hot for comfort.

SD
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service and nice atmosphere. Thank you for a lovely special evening.

n
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant and staff and amazing homemade bread

DH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and servic and great value for money.

T
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I booked Landgate Bistro for my wife's birthday, hoping for a special meal on a special occasion. We weren't disappointed. We are massively in favour of their policy of using local ingredients and cooking that brings out the best in the produce. Landgate delivered delicious food, a small but varied wine list, and polite, friendly and helpful service - and all for a surprisingly reasonable bill.

KD
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

World class food. Every course absolutely exquisite. Main reason for going to Rye is to eat at this spectacular place and it never disappoints. An absolute favourite and would thoroughly recommend. Compliments to the outstanding chef and his team.

W
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience. Pleasant , helpful service. Excellent food, beautifully presented.

SM
London
22 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable meal and good value to have this quality at these prices. Presentation of the food was very good, and it was all cooked well. Fish dish, and salt marsh lamb, both excellent and the cheesecake was a highlight. Nice bottle of Pouilly Fume. Good cheese selection. Only disappointment was a rabbit starter which we genuinely wondered whether it was chicken! (No gamey flavour). Decor elegant, staff willing and charming. Recommended.

WJ
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous time on Saturday at Landgate Bistro. We were visiting Rye for the weekend and looking for somewhere nice to eat as a late birthday celebration. The food was absolutely excellent, and the wine outstanding and very good value for wine of such quality. My partner is a vegetarian and I eat fish but not meat, but the restaurant were very accommodating. There could have been more vegetarian options available, would be my only comment, but it is quite a small menu as you would expect with this kind of restaurant. The selection of English cheeses available was amazing and this was a real highlight and fantastic end to the meal. I would thoroughly recommend the Landgate Bistro, thank you for a lovely evening!

H
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food and good service. As landgate is a reasonably small restaurant and the tables are quite close you can find yourself next to some rather noisy neighbours. Unfortunately this was the case. Would still not turn me off of returning.

VB
London
11 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined there for our first wedding anniversary. The food was divine and the service too. On arrival, they offered us some Prosecco to toast to our special occasion. I will come back again!

a
East Sussex
12 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Probably my favourite in Rye. Great food in nice surroundings at reasonable prices.

DM
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal. Great service.
Innovative food. Lamb was amazing with shepherds pie to die for

c
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous 3 courses, the Rabbit Tortilla starter was stunning the steamed Lemon Sole mains was fabulous and the Lost Brioche dessert rounded off a truly wonderful food experience

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