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From left: the spread eagle’s cosy bar; the hotel’s beautiful exterior; the private dining rooms offer modern dining in a historical setting

with doors opening onto an interior courtyard in summer. It’s the perfect spot for a drink and a bowl of crispy fried whitebait before dinner in the adjoining restaurant, where the menu offers modern classic British cuisine. I am tempted by the grilled scallops with chorizo, apple, hazelnuts and spinach but, having already nibbled on whitebait and with an eye to the sea bass for my main course, I plump for the asparagus soup for starters and lean upon my dining companion to have scallops, so I can try one – with success! They are every bit as good as I thought they would be, as is my sea bass, with

potatoes and marsh samphire. Again, I force my second choice upon my guest and, while I am clearly being annoying, I nab a bit of mouth-watering, cooked to perfection, lamb rump with mashed potatoes and tomato salsa. My friend’s patience has worn thin by the time the dessert menu arrives so I am on my own, wondering whether to opt for lemon posset with rhubarb and crumble, passion fruit pavlova, Baileys crème brulee or the ubiquitous chocolate mousse. The latter feels like a dull choice but I find it hard to resist chocolate and I’m rewarded with a version so light it almost floats alongside an arrangement

of caramel bananas and coconut sorbet. Breakfast the following morning is classic British and Continental; a buffet of fresh fruit salads, stewed fruits, homemade muesli and local hams and cheeses. It’s enough to set me up for the day but there is also a range of cooked breakfasts, from the traditional full English, grilled kippers and scrambled eggs with smoked salmon to waffles with maple syrup. The Spread Eagle takes its name from a heraldic depiction of an eagle and various representations are to be found around the building. A tiled version spreads its wings across the ›› August 2014 | sussexstyle .c o m | 8 1

Sussex Style August 2014  

Lifestyle Magazine for Sussex

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