I’ve not been to Lewes since I went to college there three years ago, and when I stepped off the bus this afternoon I scolded myself for leaving it so long to return. The air is cleaner and the people are fewer. I was there for a celebratory lunch at Pelham House, recommended to me by my good foodie friend over at Blackman Bee Farm.
After one or two wrong turns, we tottered down St. Andrews Lane and turned the corner to find a promising view. The quaint exterior of Pelham House is a mere hint at the secret garden-esque world we were about to find inside.
We were greeted warmly (and sympathetically, I had to double check that I’d come through the right door) by a very helpful gentleman who confirmed our booking and led us to our table. I’m not ashamed to say that I gasped, I don’t get out to beautiful places much and I’m easily pleased, but the terrace at Pelham House is breathtaking – my lazy photography does it no justice.
It being a Sunday, the menu was predominantly gravy based but had a couple of options for those not inclined to a traditional roast. It didn’t take us long to make our decisions, I’m a traditional girl when it comes to Sundays, roast beef thank you very much.
I’ve been telling the world ’til I’m blue in the face that The Earth and Stars serve the best Sunday roast I’ve ever had, this afternoon they were bested. Everything was wonderful, beef cooked to perfection, roast potatoes of a standard I’ll probably never manage to achieve myself and just the right amount of that gorgeous gravy. My companion and I were both very impressed with the cheesy cauliflower, I’d love to know how the chef achieves that ultimate cauli-cheese flavour without producing something that runs into the gravy! I prefer my yorkshire puddings a little softer than this, but that’s the only room for improvement I could find and it’s a personal taste thing. Top marks.
I was beaten by the roast and couldn’t manage one of the wonderful ‘proper’ desserts on the menu so I went for some sorbet. However I did sample what my parter in crime ordered and it was of course out of this world. The double chocolate cherry chip cookie is definitely recommended. It was served with a cold mocha “milkshake”, we thought this would have been better sipped while eating the cookie as the menu would suggest as opposed to poured over, but it tasted fantastic just the same.
As you’ll already know if you’re a regular, my cause for celebration was the news of Cate in the Kitchen being shortlisted under Best Food Blog at the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2014, so it would have been simply inappropriate not to sip a Cosmo in the sun.
My afternoon at Pelham House was absolutely perfect, and I will most certainly be returning – perhaps for afternoon tea next time. If you want to find out a bit more, their website is here and you can follow them on Twitter here.
Have you had a lovely Sunday lunch recently? I’d love to hear about it, I’m always looking for my next gravy fix, leave your links or recommendations in the comments section or drop me an email!
Thanks for reading x