May 11, 2018
The big sister to the more casual Mange Tout, Plateau is handsome – and popular – bar and restaurant with a distinctly French feel. The attractive room is white and light and welcoming and there’s a charming bar area with a tiled bar and distinctive stained glass windows where you can partake of a pre-dinner cocktail, like the Chrysanthemum – a superb aperitif, blending dry vermouth with Bénédictine and a dash of absinthe – a Sloe Gin Fizz or a classic Mary Pickford. It’s also well worth investigating the wine list. They stock a range of Sussex sparkling wines sourced locally from places like the Davenport Vineyard as well as a very good selection of natural wines. They also stock a decent range of local beers and ciders. Sharing boards make up the bulk of the menu in the main restaurant. For committed carnivores, the Plateau de Viandes should be your first port of call, loaded with steak sausages, and excellent pork belly. The Plateau de Poissons Fumés is another good bet, piled high with quality smoked fish along with lots of lovely bread. Round of your meal with the Plateau Gourmand, an array of desserts and sweet treats including Pumpkin and Cinnamon Beignets and a deliciously boozy rum and raisin ice cream. Yum.