On a blustery evening on the West Sussex coast, I found myself in the Tamarisk Restaurant at Felpham. It’s part of the Beachcroft Hotel on the Beach and as bad weather had thwarted our attempts to eat outside, it was a welcome culinary haven. We’d just walked along the coastal path watching a storm roll in across the sea so were ready for some hearty cheer.
The Tamarisk has a young chef called Damian Czerny and an A La Carte menu. It also has gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. The menu is modest but enticing and we chose the Bocconcini, melon, and Cointreau salad and the local trout and horseradish paté for starters. Both were beautifully presented and absolutely superb! So far so good.
For our main course, I had pan-fried seabass with tarragon lobster bisque crab beignet and asparagus. My friend chose the vegetable Wellington with roasted pepper, tomato, garlic and almond sauce, herb new potatoes and broccoli. Once again, both were absolutely superb.
On to desserts, because we are not quitters and the lemon posset with lime shortbread and orange purée went down a treat.
Monty’s Bar & Bistro
In the same building, you’ll also find Monty’s Bar and Bistro and we also ate here (not on the same night, I hasten to add). With a different menu (which includes classics like fish and chips and burgers), we opted for the stone-baked pizza of the day which was an absolute feast!
Blake’s Beach Bar & Terrace
If the sun is out, then Blake’s is the hotel’s outside terrace. It is open from 10 am to 5 pm and serves food until 3 pm. It also serves cream teas and has a bar (as the name would suggest). Right on the seafront, it’s a fabulous spot and I can envisage myself having breakfast here before a quick cycle along the promenade. What a wonderful way to start a day.
The Tamarisk Restaurant, Felpham is a great little find. Beautifully presented, really good food with good service and in a lovely setting, just feet from the coastal path. Starters start at £7.50 and main courses at £23. My only request would be for more Sussex wine on the menu but what a wonderful little foodie corner on the Sussex coast!
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