Sunday, 4 December 2011

Ambrette Dreaming Of A White Vine Christmas

The Ambrette Restaurant at Rye announces Christmas menus
The Ambrette Restaurant at Rye recently opened the historic White Vine House, which holds 5 AA stars, has announced three Christmas menus.

Patron chef Dev Biswal, renowned for his deftly spiced fine Indian dining, has created three special Christmas menus for under £20, £30 and £40 per person. The Christmas menus, with vegetarian options, are available throughout December for a minimum of 6 people when ordered by the whole group.

The Christmas Feast menu comprises a 'Champagne Cocktail', Appetiser of the day, Delicate Fillet of Claresse, Soup of the Day, Breast of British Chicken, Grenita, and Exotic Rose Flavoured Vanilla Crème Brule, for just £19.99

The Christmas Party menus also features Breast of Gressingham Duck, with a pudding of Indian-style cardamom and Vanilla rice Dessert with Carpaccio of Gulab Jamun at £29.99.

The Christmas Extravaganza menu also has Crispy Pooris and Tenderloin of Pork, with Hand-Crafted Chocolate Silk with Home-made Ice Cream for £39.99.

Biswal's other restaurant, The Ambrette in the Old Town in Margate Indian Princess) in Margate has received wide national press recognition for his unique style. The approach has seen The Ambrette secure listings in the major restaurant guides including, Michelin and Good Food Guides and received numerous awards from TopTable, TripAdvisor, Visit Thanet and the Restaurant Show.

Double rooms at the White Vine House cost from £130 per person.

The Georgian Room seats 26, the Elizabethan Room 16, the and the Club Room 14 and the outside terrace a further 20 diners. Head chef: Deepak Surman.

Dev Biswal grew up in Calcutta. He trained at the Dubai Sheraton, before moving to London, aged 26 in 2003 for spells at Mangoes and Eriki. He became a partner in The Indian Princess in Margate in December 2006, becoming patron and rebranding it as The Ambrette in 2010

The White Vine Houseaccommodates 14 guests in 5 double rooms (one 4-poster), and a family room (sleeping four). Room rates from £130 to £180 a night including breakfast. Set on Rye's High Street, the Georgian frontage of the White Vine House belies its medieval heritage. Beneath the dining room lies a C13th cellar, complete with stone spiral staircase. Refurbished in 2005, the once grand home is now one of the country's premier bed and breakfast venues.

Each of the 6 guest rooms includes period furniture, contemporary en suites stocked with locally made organic toiletries, the latest in home entertainment technology. The original building was destroyed during one of the many French raids on the town during the 100 Years War. The Elizabethan Dining Room named for its exquisite and unique French oak panelling, which probably cost more than the original building, with each panel individually formed to fit the timber frame. The room is "signed" with a carpenter's mark visible just above the fireplace.

Weddings: Specialising in small intimate weddings the White Vine House is licensed for civil ceremonies.

Rye Bay Scallop Week: 25th February - 4th March 2012. A mainly restaurant-based event when the local delicacy is at its plumpest and most succulent. The festival features cookery schools, cooking and scallop shucking demos. The week culminates on the final day with the hotly contested 'What a Load of Scallops' race with competitors racing barrows of scallops, through the cobbled streets of Rye, to win the coveted wooden scallop plaque.

The Ambrette Restaurant at Rye

T: 01797 222 043 E: W:

The White Vine House

T: 01797 224 748 E: W:

24 High Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7JF

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