The Gallivant

(173 Reviews)
New Lydd Rd, Camber, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7RB
British, Gourmet, Seafood
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Main course: £8
Food spend: £35

Opening hours

Monday: 07:00 - 10:00, 12:00 - 14:15 & 18:00 - 21:30
Tuesday to Friday: 07:00 - 10:00, 12:00 - 14:30 & 18:00 - 21:30
Saturday & Sunday: 08:00 - 10:00, 12:00 - 14:30 & 18:00 - 21:30.

Restaurant description

Inspired by the coastal eateries of California, The Gallivant is perched right beside the Camber Sands dunes. This laid-back, relaxing setting has al fresco seating to enjoy the sea air look and out across the beach, and showcases a great variety of modern British dishes.

Set in an area rich in local produce, The Gallivant menu tries to source every ingredient from within a 10 mile radius. There are tastes of the seafront with dishes like smoked haddock with Rye bay cockles, spring onion and cured mayo, and classic favourites such as saddleback pork chop with creamed Morghew potato and smashed swede. On Sundays, there are generous roasts with fresh Bloody Marys.

Delectable desserts at The Gallivant in Rye come beautifully presented, with treats like buttermilk panna cotta with rhubarb sorbet and granola. The wine list features over 130 bottles, including carefully selected English vintages.

A beautiful coastal treat that holds a charming holiday feel, The Gallivant is just an 8-minute drive from Rye Rail Station.

Dishes displayed on a la carte menus are representative of the type of food available at the restaurant.

Customer reviews for The Gallivant
(based on 173 reviews)

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Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (24)
  • al fresco (38)
  • breakfast (24)
  • business (7)
  • child friendly (28)
  • dinner (105)
  • entertainment (6)
  • large parties (26)
  • lunch (108)
  • luxury (35)
  • private dining (26)
  • romantic (59)
  • trendy (46)
  • value (16)
  • views (9)
  • By Matt W from London
    22 February 2020

    Had lunch there. Style is laid back luxury, featuring a short but excellent menu of simple, seasonal and mostly locally sourced fare. It's simple, unpretentious food, prepared with real care. I had Dungeness Crab and followed by locally caught charcoal grilled Mackerel and then a chocolate mousse - all the dishes were fantastic. There's plenty of walking nearby - Dungeness is very atmospheric.

  • By Stephen A from Rye
    22 February 2020

    Charming staff, not too intrusive but helpful when necessary. Food very good - who knew cuttlefish could be so delicious and just melted in the mouth. Lamb neck equally tender & flavoursome but personally I think it needs a sweetish accompaniment to compliment the meat rather than that on offer. Excellent desserts. Only downside was a lamb chop ordered by other diner which was tough - but there was a spare!

  • By Michelle H. H from Surrey
    20 February 2020

    The restaurant was recommended by friends. The lunch was super, the broccoli tempura starter followed by wild mushroom pearl barley risotto was delicious and the chocolate tart was just brilliant to finish. My husband chose the salt marsh lamb for his main course and was equally impressed. The staff were friendly and courteous. We will definitely be returning. The dining area is tasteful decorated with a relaxed ambience - I can highly recommend it.

  • By Rachel G from Camber
    16 February 2020

    Hotel is a great find and to have such an excellent restaurant, which also sources local products, is fabulous. We’ll be back to eat and stay!

  • By Sher M from Woldingham, Caterham
    16 February 2020

    Loved that the side dishes were to share and we have a selection. I think you should offer a two course option. I don't eat puddings (although I did have a tiny spoonful of my husbands chocolate tart which was yummy!)

  • By Jeremy F from Surrey
    14 February 2020

    Attentive service. The lamb dishes were well seasoned, as was the veg. We ate 2 consecutive nights, the squash was missing on both and the green veg was kale; agreed well seasoned. How difficult is it to have a different veg each evening and at least what’s on the menu? Would not want to eat a third night.

  • By Julie T from Hastings
    12 February 2020

    I have been to Gallivant many times but this was one of the best.. my friends dog was well received by the team. It was her first visit and she enjoyed both the venue and the fabulous new lunchtime menu choices .. thanks for being awesome again

  • By David M from London
    1 February 2020

    Our third/fourth visit in as many years. Nice new makeover with more greenery and even more welcoming feeling of space. But the restaurant seems to have moved away from the family-feel it used to have - we were there as a couple only but always like to see family tables. The starter/main combinations were beautifully judged. Lots of freshness in the ingredients. Attentive and helpful staff advised us well on food and wines.

  • By Angie P from London
    26 January 2020

    Overall excellent food and service. Heading up service was a Frenchman who had great attention to detail

  • By Janice H from Camber
    24 January 2020

    Lovely restaurant and lovely helpful staff Found the menu hard to choose from as quite unusual

Restaurant Location Map
The Gallivant
New Lydd Rd, Camber, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7RB

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