The Gallivant

The Gallivant

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Down by the dunes of Camber Sands, The Gallivant hotel is a nautically dressed motel conversion, a vision in blues, whites and wave-washed woods. Climb aboard.

Highlights:

  • Breezy boutique restaurant with rooms by Camber Sands' dunes

    A quick spin from Rye

    Fantastic seafood bistro

Smith extra

A jar of home-made preserve and a Gallivant mini recipe book

In the know

Also need to know:

Camber, the owner’s dog, is very friendly – beware, he has a penchant for licking.The hotel's An Evening With dinners are prepared by renowned guest chefs or hosted by local vineyard owners. Tom Aikens and Fleur McCree have taken the reins in the past, so it's a must-try gastronomic fête. Home-made cake and tea are served every day from 4pm to 5pm too.

Packing tips:

Blue, white and beige to blend in with your coastal surrounds; beach-proof shoes suited to a hilly ramble.

Dress code:

Breton stripes beneath your windbreaker.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

Mr & Mrs Smith have just returned from a stay at this East Sussex boutique hotel, and as soon as they've unpacked their wellies and watercolours, a full account of their UK luxury beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick postcard from the Gallivant in Camber Sands…

Ever dreamed of waking up with the beach as your doorstep? At the Gallivant, it practically comes true (if you don’t count the concrete patch of road you’ve got to cross first). And it’s not just any beach, it’s Camber Sands, a glorious golden stretch with knee-high grass and bumpy dun

Accommodation details

Address:

New Lydd Road, Camber, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7RB, United Kingdom
South Coast
United Kingdom

General facilities

  • Internet services
  • Lounges/bars
  • Restaurant

Dining information

Restaurant:

The dune-facing restaurant is cool and coastal, kitted out in reclaimed driftwood, lots of blue and white, and a healthy smattering of shells. Dan Perjesi heads up the kitchen of this renowned beachy outpost, where fresh catches are cooked to perfection. Try the Dover sole or – if you're staying from mid-May onwards – the Romney Salt Marsh lamb. Breakfast is a lavish affair, with home-made granola, banana bread, compotes, and pastries, and Burford Brown eggs cooked to your taste. A 'recovery station' with perennial Bloody Mary trappings is a welcome sight for sore heads.

Top table:

The beach may be obscured by grassy dunes, but by the window is best.

Last orders:

Breakfast is served between 7am and 10am on weekdays (starting at a leisurely 8am on weekends); lunch is on offer from 12 noon to 12.30pm; and dinner starts at 6pm and runs until 9.30pm.

Room service:

No room service, but guests can raid the Larder of Guilty Pleasures – a grown-up tuck shop – if they feel peckish. Cuvée, beer, matcha tea, home-made cookies, Hope & Greenwood sweets, marshmallows, crisps and nuts sit in this Aladdin's cave of snacks.

Hotel bar:

The hotel's wine list is so abundant it has its own legend to help you navigate the selection of English cuvées, international reds and whites, and pudding and cheese pairings. In winter months you can sip your libations by a roaring fire. When the weather's fine, there are a handful of tables on the outdoor decking, or nab a deck chair in the shingle garden.

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