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Landgate Bistro, Rye, East Sussex
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Landgate Bistro

4.7
4.7
1502 reviews
£26 to £40
British
We make British food with a classic or modern slant. We source our ingredients from the local fields, woodlands and waters. Everything is cooked on the premises, including the sourdough bread and the icecreams.
The Good Food Guide (2023) says: "A fittingly quaint old building, complete with original features, given a suave modern twist via grey panelling and contemporary furniture. Chef-proprietor Martin Peacock has built his menu on classical French traditions and impeccable sourcing and there’s real creativity and originality on show here. The international wine list offers a decent but not overlong selection, with accessible pricing.

Vegetarian: we will always offer at least one starter and one main vegetarian choice. However, we cannot cater for vegans.

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Please note, due to customer allergies, we cannot allow dogs on the premises.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British, Seafood, Wild Game
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Wed–Sat 7:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    01797 222829
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Martin Peacock
  • Private party facilities
    Due to current government Covid-19 rules, we cannot welcome a party larger than 6p. We welcome parties 8-12p on a general basis. However, for Saturday nights we are only able to accommodate a maximum of 8p. For larger parties (13–32), we are happy to create special menus which you and your guest preorder from. The latter would be available Wednesday to Friday, Saturday lunch, and Sunday lunch.You can only book a maximum of 6 people via Open Table. Please call us if your party is larger than that and we are happy to assist to find a suitable time for you.
  • Area
    Rye
  • Parking Details
    Parking opposite the restaurant is possible, but spaces are limited. A large car park is situated around the corner (on Fishmarket Road), a few minutes walk away.
  • Public Transit
    Landgate bistro is a 5 min walk from Rye train station.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Wine

What 1,502 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • East Sussex

    Best Overall

  • East Sussex

    Best Food

  • East Sussex

    Best Service

  • East Sussex

    Best Ambience

  • East Sussex

    Best Value

  • East Sussex

    Great for fine wines

  • East Sussex

    Romantic

  • East Sussex

    Good for special occasions

1,502 Reviews
  1. JohnG

    East Sussex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely meal there last night and the food was excellent, would throughly recommend it! The service was first class 😁

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  2. JellyBean22

    East Sussex

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A favourite restaurant during our annual visits to stay in Rye. The setting is relatively intimate, the food is of excellent quality and service is very friendly. It's a popular restaurant, rightly so, therefore booking is required.

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  3. JBurton

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely Scallop Bash which included 6 courses, all Scollop related (it was Scollop festival after all!). Lovely ambience, nearly all tables taken, but noise quiet & relaxing. Courses served at a nice pace and service very professional. All in all a lovely experience.

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  4. RichardP

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Astoundingly good value, I had the Scallop Bash 5 course taster menu with wine pairing. Delightful dishes. Attentive staff.

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  5. NiBea

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Superb scallop week fine dining taster menu and wine flight and such good value for money

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  6. SteveR

    Kent

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a lovely restaurant, service was good and the food is excellent quality, however, we spent £75 a head on 2 courses including wine. My Starter was the scallop ravioli which was tasty comprising 3 ravioli covered in parmesan. for Main I opted for the scallops and pork belly, the dish comprised 5 scallops and a 2 inch x 2 inch piece of pork belly, there were no vegetables and no carbs on the plate. My wife had the scallops with vegetable puree, this comprised 6 scallops with some coloured splashes of vegetable puree on the plate again there were no vegetables and no carbs on the plate. So lovely as the food was, we decided to skip desert and headed for the chippy! All in all as nice as the place is I would not rush back, if you decide to go out for a meal you need to feel you have eaten something, haute cuisine is all very nice but in terms of VFM I would not rate the restaurant highly, starters £15 and mains £25 my entire meal consisted of 8 scallops and a diminutive piece of pork for the £40.
    Landgate BistroResponded on 20 February 2024
    Sorry about the response but we are proud of our reputation for providing good value food. Your bill came to £136.40 and you seem to have forgotten about all those cocktails Plus I’d like to mention the amuse and two breads. For just over £70 a head you could also have had a five course scallop menu (plus dessert) with accompanying wine flight. I remember when I moved to Rye I was recommended this pub. After visiting I asked why it had been recommended and was told because it provided the biggest pile of chips. I guess different places work for different folk.

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  7. PatrickB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Without a doubt the best food I’ve eaten in a very long time. Really is incredible. Lovely restaurant, fantastic staff and simply incredible food

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  8. Jenni

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely outstanding. I had scallops followed by the sole. My husband had mushroom tortellini followed by local lamb cooked 3 ways. Absolutely exquisite. Each mouthful was a delight for the senses. Fabulous breads (even the butter was home made). I managed to squeeze in a baked cheesecake (with cherries in kirsch-yum) and my husband sampled the chef's cosmopolitan. Staff were extremely pleasant, attentive and knowledgeable and the surroundings were relaxed and interesting (great artwork, lighting etc). Fabulous evening. Fabulous food and great value for money.

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  9. MRST

    London

    21 reviews

    1.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Unsure what happened tonight was very exited to dine here after reading the reviews. The scollops were dry, my husbands cod was served cold and not cooked the second time. My lamb was tough, second piece fatty and the pie also needed more cooking. No ambiance at all with IMO under qualified staff. Where does your food come before you’ve finished your cocktail 😟😟😟the manager refunded all of our food and we paid for our drinks with no argument but it was a wasted evening and we struggled to find another restaurant open where we could eat
    Landgate BistroResponded on 17 February 2024
    We are always open for customer feedback but in this case we are equally unsure what actually went so wrong that they earned us our only 1 star review over the last 365 days compared to 201 of 5-stars, 40 of 4-stars. We get that our food wasn’t to their taste, nor our service. However, rating every single aspect of the restaurant no more than a 1, makes you think the answer so often can be found in the way you look at the world. It reminds us of that old story, where a couple is driving on the motorway, while listening to the radio. The broadcast is interrupted by a emergency message from traffic police, warning people on the M25, that there is one car driving in the wrong direction. “One?”, exclaimed the couple to each other, baffled, “There’s hundreds of them!”.

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  10. CharlotteK

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always such amazing service and the food is always delicious. Lots of seasonal and local produce which is ways preferable. Will be coming back here as much as I can!

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  11. MarkW

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's been too long since we last visited the Landgate Bistro, but we will definitely not leave it so long until the next time. The food was simply delicious and I felt amazing value given the quality. The service was equally excellent; discreet, unhurried and efficient. A wonderful dining experience all round.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience. One of the best meals we have had for a while. Immaculate service too. 10/10 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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  13. RolandD

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Table for two for our 20th anniversary, which also happens to be valentines day. The food was amazing. One of if not the best restaurant we have dined in. The staff are friendly and helpful and know how to treat their customers adding to the warm ambience of the place. The chef is very talented, and from taste to presentation, every dish we had was superb. Thank you for making our anniversary an unforgettable day

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  14. paulw

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    perfect food perfect service....cant wait to visit again

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  15. RosieB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Meat eaters were extremely happy. Pescatarian more than happy. Vegetarian was very happy with starter but main was a bit spicy. But it was all lovely and a special night. The amuse bouche and petit fours were fabulous and a great treat. Thank you. Would highly recommend.

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  16. RogerP

    East Sussex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We booked the Landgate upon recommendation from local friends (and we took them along too!). The menu choice was excellent - we could happily have eaten it all but were able to choose a good mix of dishes. The beetroot starter was fresh and delicious and both the guys chose seafood starters which they waxed lyrical about. We all chose different mains which were exceptional - just enough on the plate, so we didn't leave feeling absolutely stuffed. The final bill was expensive but we did have two bottles of wine for the table and two of the party had a dessert/cheese board, so all in all it was good value. We'll definitely return if we had the chance.

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  17. CatherineB

    Kent

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a very quiet night in the Bistro last night which was a shame. But Keavy was as lovely and helpful as always and the food was delicious. We will be back!

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  18. JoyF

    East Sussex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a delightful evening, our meals were beautifully presented and delicious. The staff were professional, friendly and attentive. The food was reasonably priced for the standard of cuisine. We will definitely be returning.

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  19. Tris

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely brilliant dining experience - from the food to the service to the atmosphere.

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  20. RachelW

    Buckinghamshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very high-quality meal in relaxed surroundings.

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  21. DerekS

    East Sussex

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    On a very cold January evening Superb food again Service excellent Brilliant

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  22. TerryJ

    East Sussex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best restaurant I’ve been to in a long time! Great value for delicious food. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable.

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  23. DawnK

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the lobster starter but the mushroom choice was very good too. My husband really enjoyed the venison 2 ways and I loved the lemon sole. The combination of flavours and presentation were excellent. We didn’t choose any dessert but I’m sure they would not disappoint had we done so. We enjoyed it so much that we are planning to return next week and take additional guests.

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  24. PortobelloPrincess

    London

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have wanted to go for a long time but struggled to get a reservation- this time I booked 2 months in advance and the wait was worth it. The food was modern English , very fairly priced with an appropriate portion size -Goldilocks like, not too big or too small. The choice of menu was excellent, I could have eaten nearly everything on the menu ( not something I can say in many restaurants). The wine was fairly priced and there was a good selection. My only criticism was that there was no cheese board for desserts which I would have chosen, desserts not being my thing. Overall a really enjoyable experience, the only jarring thing was a couple of braying hoorays in the table in the corner but that wasn’t the restaurant’s fault. We will definitely be going back.

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  25. MatthewC

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food - some really surprising dishes, and every mouthful was a treat. Great service too, and reasonably priced for this level of quality.

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  26. LouiseM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing restaurant, ticks all the boxes. Lovely staff, beautiful setting and amazing food. All this and such good value for the quality of food. Can’t recommend highly enough.

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  27. MarionB

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurant I have been to in the UK. The food was very tasty and of great quality and very well cooked. The staff was lovely. We will come back

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    London

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Really nice restaurant. The food was excellent the only disappointment was there was a lack of soft drinks. No sparkling water or coke? Thought it was a real oversight on the part of the restaurant

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  29. NatashaR

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved friendly atmosphere at the bistro. The staff was attentive but not intrusive. We were impressed by selection of wines. We were treated to a delicious home made bread and fish cake to start our meal. My husband had lemon sole which was cooked to perfection, and I really enjoyed spicy potato roll. The desert was a cherry on the cake - we had panacotta and lemon sorbet. The portions were just the right size for us. We certainly recommend Landgate Bistro and will definitely book again. Thank you team!

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  30. JayneJ

    East Sussex

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful meal and great service. I was very impressed with the gluten free offering

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  31. skopikelly

    London

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal in this cute restaurant. Given the standards of the food the price was very reasonable. It was great to find a restaurant that didn’t charge for bread (home made) or vegetables as ‘extra’. The wine list was also good and reasonably priced. The service was also good. Very nice evening all round!

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  32. GraemeF

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I can't praise this establishment high enough! We run a wine establishment in Rye that makes it difficult to get time to eat out. Fortunately we had an evening free, so booked in, and boy were we blown away. The food was fantastic. The lobster starter was divine as was my partners tortellini. The mains of guinea fowl and potato roll were superb and we shared a wonderful elderflower pannacotta. A decent red wine accompanied, and the service from the two girls Keavy and Honey was exceptional. I had to meet chef Martin at the end of the evening to tell him how damn good the whole experience was. I will make sure that we recommend our wine customers to eat there when staying in Rye. They'd be mad not to!

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  33. BarbsT

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, friendly staff, we had a lovely time there.

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  34. MadeleineS

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a fantastic restaurant. The menu was excellent and the food was very well cooked. A must visit when in Rye!

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  35. JaneA

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always exceptional food of a very high standard. My favourite restaurant.

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  36. Valerie

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Charming small Bistro/restaurant with a nice, intimate ambiance - Good menu and food. Highly recommend it!

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  37. PaulM

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous food and service. Fantastic value in comparison to similar restaurants in London.

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  38. AndreaM

    East Sussex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this restaurant food always great service always great .justice lovely little place offering good quality food. Our favourite place to eat out x

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  39. TopCat

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Standard of food is sublime. To eat in a Restaurant of this standard is a rare thing. Wine list is pretty good too. Prices are reasonable as well.

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  40. StellaD

    East Sussex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    second time there, we enjoyed the food and the kindness of the service

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Landgate Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 1502 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Landgate Bistro

5-6 Landgate, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7LH

Additional information

  • Area
    Rye
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Wed–Sat 7:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British, Seafood, Wild Game
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Parking opposite the restaurant is possible, but spaces are limited. A large car park is situated around the corner (on Fishmarket Road), a few minutes walk away.
  • Public Transit
    Landgate bistro is a 5 min walk from Rye train station.
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Martin Peacock
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Wine
  • Phone number
    01797 222829
  • Private party facilities
    Due to current government Covid-19 rules, we cannot welcome a party larger than 6p. We welcome parties 8-12p on a general basis. However, for Saturday nights we are only able to accommodate a maximum of 8p. For larger parties (13–32), we are happy to create special menus which you and your guest preorder from. The latter would be available Wednesday to Friday, Saturday lunch, and Sunday lunch.You can only book a maximum of 6 people via Open Table. Please call us if your party is larger than that and we are happy to assist to find a suitable time for you.
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