5 stars for Rye's White Vine House
The White Vine House in Rye, East Sussex, has been credited with a prestigious 5-star 2012 Certificate of Excellence 2012 award from the TripAdvisor.co.uk travel website.
The ranking is based on 145 candid reviews placed on the TripAdvisor by its registered users, of which 117 scored it “excellent” and 15 merely “very good”.
“Our travellers consistently commend your property with the highest praise, and we recognise your 5-star rating as an exceptional achievement, ” said a spokesman for TripAdvisor, adding, “Only the very best in the business are awarded a Certificate of Excellence.
The TripAdvisor award adds the 5 AA stars given to the White Vine House in 2005, and every year since, in the “Restaurant with Rooms” category
“The ancient Cinque Port town of Rye is a fantastic place for mini-breaks and to achieve this award based on the votes from people who have stayed is a great honour,” said White Vine House owner Javed Khan.
In December last year White Vine House Khan joined forces with the highly acclaimed Michelin-rated chef Dev Biswal who has taken over running of the restaurant. The Ambrette Restaurant at Rye which is proving so popular with locals and gastro-tourists, that booking is now essential most days for lunch and dinner.
Dev Biswal has built a reputation for culinary genius based on unique deftly spiced Indian dishes as Delicate fillet of Claresse, Fresh fillet of English Channel Sardine, Tender breasts of wood pigeon and Breast of Gressingham duck. Menus encompass the best of locally available produce such as Rye Bay Scallops and Wild Boar. Biswal eschews the “fast food mentality” offered by many high street curry houses stuck in a “1940’s time bubble.” There are no poppadums, curries or Chicken Tikka Masala on Biswal’s menus.
The approach has seen the original Ambrette restaurant, round the coast in Margate, secure listings in the major restaurant guides including, Michelin, Good Food Guide, AA Restaurant Guide and received numerous awards from TopTable, TripAdvisor, Visit Thanet and the Restaurant Show.
The venue offers a choice of dining areas: The Georgian Room can accommodate up to 26 people, The Elizabethan Room 16 diners and the Magnolia Garden terrace which seats 20 and serves ‘sagri’ Indian barbecues during fine weather
“The ancient Cinque Port town of Rye is a fantastic place for mini-breaks and to achieve this award based on the votes from people who have stayed is a great honour,” said Javed Khan.
The White Vine House can accommodate 14 guests in 5 double rooms (one a four poster) and a family room (sleeping four).
White Vine House
It is believed the original building was burned 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.
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 its 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 7 guest rooms includes period furniture, contemporary en-suites stocked with locally made organic toiletries and the latest in-room entertainment technology.
Visit whitevinehouse.co.uk for further information.