On 18 May 2016 at 2:38pm Jeff wrote:
I've just noticed we're getting a new Thai restaurant on School Hill unsder Sea Salt called Lemongrass. Thank God it's not another Pizza place.
On 18 May 2016 at 3:02pm Koh Samui wrote:
Yeah because the two Thai restaurants don't satiate the demand for Thai food already...
On 18 May 2016 at 3:05pm Ali wrote:
I think we are getting another Pizza restaurant on the ground floor of the Premier Inn.
On 18 May 2016 at 3:06pm Koi Samurai wrote:
Confuscious he say Small town cannot have too many restaurants
On 18 May 2016 at 4:12pm stevet wrote:
We could do with a Mexican place or tapas bar instead of more pizza and Thai
On 18 May 2016 at 4:18pm Timothy wrote:
That reminds me, does anyone ever eat in the Panda Garden? It seems to be one of those places that never gets mentioned on this forum.
On 18 May 2016 at 4:18pm Koh Samui wrote:
We could do with a decent restaurant without a gimmick...We've got amazing produce on our doorstep and it's mad how hard it is to find someone cooking it with skill and care in the area...
On 18 May 2016 at 6:08pm Resilewes wrote:
A mexican restaurant sounds more appealing, given that we already have Thai and oriental restaurants in abundance.
On 18 May 2016 at 7:42pm Mavis wrote:
Re-fried beans !! Yuk
On 18 May 2016 at 8:36pm Koch Samui wrote:
What possible relevance does a Mexican restaurant have in Lewes. Just another dining option for the capricious clientele of this town.
On 19 May 2016 at 2:28am Horseman7 wrote:
Bring back Thackery's.
On 19 May 2016 at 9:06am Resilewes wrote:
What relevance does any restaurant have? If its good food, then its relevant, and I happen to like mexican food, including re-fried beans. Surely its better to have variety than 3 lots of just indian restaurants, thai and chinese.
On 19 May 2016 at 1:45pm Koh Samui wrote:
I actually like refried beans and Mexican food (when it's done well) too. Restaurants absolutely can and should be relevant to a place. Food can help people to feel more connected to the place in which they live, taste the seasons as they change and the different aspects of the local landscape. I hate to employ the cliché but the French concept of 'terroir' is great at describing this ideal relationship between people, place and food.
If there was a Mexican family who started a nice authentic restaurant in town I would be the first to go and patronise it. The relevancy would come from the fact that there is a Mexican population (however small) that make up the community as a whole. The relevancy of Indian and Chinese restaurants throughout the UK is that we have a colonial and historical connection with those parts of the world. One of the key things holding back British cuisine is the lack of appreciation for a sense of 'place'.
On 19 May 2016 at 4:40pm Resilewes wrote:
I'm not sure we specifically need a local mexican population to have a restaurant offering mexican cuisine, anymore or less than we need Italian born lewesians and Pizza parlours. The Hearth is run by brits, with staff (that I've met) from eastern europe and the UK and probably elsewhere - and the experience is great, as is the pizza. The same could occur with a restaurant offering mexican food - it just needs the talent (irrespective of where they are from).
On 19 May 2016 at 5:50pm Another B and B lady wrote:
Aqua Italian coming to Friar's walk (below Premier Inn). A smallish chain, started in Bristol. Checked it out when in Bath - not really very different from Prezzo, Ask, Pizza Express - just how many chain Italian restaurants do we need? A shame it's a Thai chain - there's a Lemongrass in Hayward's Heath for god's sake! What a pity Cote didn't come into that space as originally promised. Presumably Cote pulled out as the space has no street frontage and I think Cote's in the same stable now as Bill's.
On 19 May 2016 at 7:24pm A Person wrote:
Stand-alone restaurants do really struggle in Lewes, sadly, which is probably why we seem only to get chains now. I'm lucky: my local is the Swan and I really don't need to go anywhere else.
On 19 May 2016 at 8:26pm American diner wrote:
Get McDonalds in! Let the plebians have something
On 19 May 2016 at 9:21pm Koh Samui wrote:
I can't really comment on the Hearth. I went once a couple of years ago and it was very average. I haven't heard anything to make me think it's anything other than average pizza served in an environment that DFLs deem suitable for themselves and their precious little offspring. I'd rather go to La Famiglia.
Shame to hear we are getting another chain under Premier Inn, although probably to be expected. Maybe it will be one chain Italian place too far, maybe it won't. I'll be heading to The Grumpy Chef, Seaford's newest addition.
On 19 May 2016 at 10:22pm Resilewes wrote:
Thats opinions for you. The Hearth does easily the best pizza in town in my opinion, and its quite hard to get a table there, which would suggest I'm not the only one in thinking this. Its #4 on tripadvisor, just ahead of Famiglia and the highest placed restaurant serving pizza in Lewes - so now you've heard ;-)
What does "DFL" mean? You seem to be bitter about things that really don't seem that important (I don't have "offspring" yet). It seems quite apt you are heading to The Grumpy Chef! Maybe afterwards you can swing by "The Cock".
On 20 May 2016 at 9:36am Restaurateur wrote:
Why there isn't more independant restarants in town, is because of high rents/property prices. Before the mass increase in prices, Lewes during the 80's & 90's was awash with good independant restaurants. Also the reason for so many pizza restaurants is the profit margin on pizza is massive.
On 20 May 2016 at 11:50am Koh Samui wrote:
Resilewes: Glad to see your sense of humour is as sophisticated as your taste in pizza. I do love when people trot out the old 'Argumentum ad populum'. Also glad to hear we won't be bumping into one another at either The Grumpy Chef or La Famiglia, no popular enough for you!
On 20 May 2016 at 3:21pm Resilewes wrote:
I've been to La Famiglia. I have no issue with it, and I won't be rubbishing their pizzas based on a couple of experiences years back like you did with The Hearth. I'm sure the owners of the Hearth will be disappointed that such a wannabe hipster, pretentious snob, like yourself will be eating pizza elsewhere. I am too, it would be fun listening to you pretending to be an unlikeable Frasier Crane.
On 20 May 2016 at 8:51pm Koh Samui wrote:
I admitted that I can't really comment on The Hearth now, because I had an average pizza there and people who's opinion I actually trust aren't saying much to encourage me to give it another go. I'm not sure that counts as me "rubbishing" them...
It's a shame you have resulted to banding about labels like "hipster" and "snob", as I haven't actually given you the same treatment. You clearly took my general comment about DFLs personally when it wasn't intended to be.
The general point about the relevancy of restaurants (or any kind of food business) stands. There's lots of great things about the dining culture of Britain, but the overemphasis of choice and disregard for relevancy and consistency is not one of them.
On 20 May 2016 at 9:28pm Resilewes wrote:
I didn't take it personally as I don't know what dfl means. Perhaps I was too hasty in judging you as a bit of joyless adult and pretentious snob, for which I apologise. In terms of your main point, I enjoy choice and variety - as do many others. I think we both agree though that yet another Thai restaurant seems to be overkill (if thats the plan - and i quite like Thai food).
On 21 May 2016 at 1:37pm The Twister wrote:
Resilewes, Koh Samui.
Why don't you take your tedious,
petty little personal arguments elsewhere. This is a grown-up forum ( or is supposed to be)
On 21 May 2016 at 3:45pm Resilewes wrote:
Twister, instead of involving yourself in other peoples disputes on here that you find tedious, why don't you actually contribute properly towards active threads. I can't see anything you have posted on here of any interest, and certainly not recently. Your only recent post is your whining here. What a contribution!
On 21 May 2016 at 4:03pm Dear God… wrote:
For christs sake you're arguing over pizza!!!
It costs less than a pound to make and is the easiest thing to cook if you could call it cooking
On 21 May 2016 at 4:25pm Resilewes wrote:
The argument concluded last night and was just a bit of harmless jousting. You two idiots (unless you are the same bored-with-life person) are merely stirring and trying to extend it. Its counter intuitive.
On 24 Jul 2016 at 2:17pm William Bartoli wrote:
It's all made very interesting reading but I can't believe nobody has mentioned The Limetree Kitchen in Station Street?
The diners of lewes are obviously missing out on some of the most amazing food anywhere in the town. My wife & I, we live in Newhaven, travel all the way to Lewes quite often just to experience the excellent fare superbly cooked by Alex the chef...Delicious!
On 29 Aug 2016 at 11:45am sarah mcgrath wrote:
A sushi place, I reckon :-)