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The Hungry Monk R.I.P. :-(

January 20, 2012

Devastated to discover that our favourite restaurant of all time, The Hungry Monk at Jevington near Eastbourne, has closed after 44 years.  The birthplace of Banoffi Pie is no more! 

The restaurant had a unique combination of cosy historic surroundings, wonderful menus with locally sourced ingredients, interesting wines (and an ideal ‘taster’ selction with meals), attentive service and immense atmosphere.   Eating there was always a memorable experience and well worth the prices,  but evidently in these straitened times there just weren’t enough customers to keep it going.  Very sad.

Where can we go for our extra special celebration dinners now??

The building will be turned into holiday cottages.  They’ll be lovely.  Good luck to them!

We salute a great institution with gratitude and many happy memories.  Farewell, Hungry Monk…

Douce France

August 17, 2010

Just back from amazing 3-week holiday in France — mellow, tanned and broke!  Wonderful weather almost all of the time, fabulous scenery, sights and cities, great food (including our own picnics) and wine — even the cheapest at 2 euros for 1.5 litres…

Special thanks to Janie and Mark for the invitation to make music in Le Croisic (in Brittany);  to the prorietors of our magical Chambre d’hote in the tiny village of Aumagne which just about saved our lives and gave us a magical and unexpected weekend;  to John and Ann for generously allowing us to be the first guinea-pigs in their gite in Moux in the Corbieres, and for the wonderful lunch (and new loo seat!);  and to Diggory and Russell for once again allowing us to share their idyllic retreat (with pool) in the Provencal vineyards above Entrechaux.

And to Diana for being there and sharing it all, and for doing most of the 2800 miles of driving!  Love you xxx

And to France for being so big and varied, and true to itself, and unspoiled, and… French.

Nul points to Michelin Green Guides for changing their format so you can’t find anything any more, and for being so badly proofread — which they never used to be.

But hurrah for the Michelin Road Atlas for telling you everything you need to know, especially where the scenic routes are.

We have another 500 photos or so, one of these days…

The Hungry Monk

January 4, 2010

 

Happy to report that The Hungry Monk, at Jevington in Sussex, is STILL my favourite restaurant!

Diana and I ‘road-tested’ it yesterday for Sunday lunch, and it was absolutely wonderful – as wonderful as I remember it from 30 years ago…

Cosy lounge for with log fire for our welcoming glass, lovely starters, tender locally-reared Sussex lamb and seasonal vegetables, pretty ace desserts including of course Banoffi Pie which they invented (accidentally!) in 1972. Back to the lounge for coffee and chocs. Great selection of wines (they offer a package of a glass each of three different ones for three courses, all magnificent; but the wine list has more mouth-watering goodies in it too).

Can’t recommend it too highly – and we will be back here with the family for my ‘special’ birthday dinner in a few weeks’ time!