As part of our recent explorations, we landed at The Grumpy Chef in Seaford, East Sussex. It is owned and run by a local family with “mum at the helm” (is she the grumpy one?). They also own The Grumpy Fish across the road (both in Broad Street).
I was immediately attracted to their menu board on the wall, showcasing the local produce they use. These include Seaford butchers and greengrocers, beer from Litlington, cheese from Portslade, coffee from Brighton, wine from Blackboys and Ditchling, gin from Seaford, seafood from Newhaven, and bread from Hove. Fabulous.
We were late for breakfast and brunch but early for lunch so we opted to have starters for mains. Not a problem and there was ample choice. They also had gluten-free and vegetarian dishes. I went for black pudding and chorizo salad, poached egg, and dukkah (£7.50). Nope, I didn’t know what dukkah was either but apparently, it is an Egyptian blend of coarsely ground spices, nuts, and seeds used as a dip. My colleague chose goat cheese puff tart, tomato, onion marmalade, and pesto (£7.50).
Worried we might still be hungry (we shouldn’t have worried) we also ordered halloumi fries (£6.50). The portions were more than ample enough, and all three dishes were very nicely presented and super tasty. The service was great too and the atmosphere was bistro chic. The main courses expanded on the starters and included the delights of large baked Camembert with apple chutney, mussels, fishcakes and seafood linguine. Mains start at £13.50.
Ours was only a flying Pitts-Stop, but The Grumpy Chef had a great bistro feel, top-notch grub, and was good value for money.
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