Lunch by the Sea

29 Dec

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.

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.

Poached Oysters

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

Baked Hake

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 behindĀ The Hand and Flowers in Marlow – and winner of BBC TV’s The Great British Menu) dining here with his family, as he seems to be on this day every year when we have a family birthday lunch here.

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One Response to “Lunch by the Sea”

  1. Tim Wilson 19/01/2012 at 23:52 #

    Looks really delicious! Plus it doesn’t seem like the kind of lunch that leaves you feeling like you have a bunch of sugar on your teeth once you’re done.

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