Scallops with lime and dill, and minted potatoes at The Standard Inn
Hey guys, it's Scallop Week this week over in Rye! Mancreature and I made our way down there this past weekend for a short break, and to eat our fill of scallops. Those buggers were HUGE! Our first scallop meal was at The Standard Inn, where we ended up waiting about 45 minutes for a meal that was, unfortunately, alright at best. The scallops weren't exactly bad, but they were just cooked a tad too long and ended up being slightly rubbery. The potatoes, on the other hand, were pretty much perfect.
Tip: If you do find yourself waiting close to an hour for food here, head to the right hand corner by the fireplace, where there's a healthy stock of board games to keep you entertained. That's where I found out that there was a Lord of the Rings boardgame.
Scallops with tangerine (and possibly onions?) and potatoes, and some kind of mash, also at The Standard Inn
We stayed on lovely little Cadborough Farm and walked through countryside while getting chased - albeit very, very slowly - by a couple of cows.
I bought myself a gorgeous old mini-accordion, which we took with us on our walk to Camber Castle. The castle was deserted, so we took turns playing it and pretending to be wandering minstrels of yore.
Before we left, we feasted on another meal of big, fat juicy scallops, this time at The Old Bell. We were starving, so ordered a started and a main each - that's four dishes between the two of us. Which wouldn't normally have been crazy, but we had no idea that the starters would be the size of a main. And the mains? Well, you know how you sometimes get a huge plate, with bits of food scattered around and plenty of empty space, in an attempt at 'presentation'? The chef here had probably never heard of that word, because the plate was FILLED WITH FOOD! And very tasty food at that, although I had to admit defeat halfway through and give up on the lovely, crispy potato chunks.
Starter: Wild boar pate with toasted bread, chutney and butter, and salad. This was mine, The Manbeast had whitebait and salad.
Scallops with pork belly, savoy cabbage and potatoes.
Scallop and chorizo, with vegetable tempura and potatoes.