Austrian food is a relatively new one on me as I imagine for most outside London, who have some decent looking options. "Fancy going out for an Austrian?" Said no one, ever. But here we are in Bexhill at the newly opened Driftwood restaurant and hotel. Taking the helm in the kitchen is the talented (and remarkably young) chef Michael Roessl who brings with him some traditional cooking from his home in Styria.
But before you call your financial advisor about that investment property to add to your portfolio (you're welcome), let's dive into the food.
The Driftwood's six rooms are really rather gorgeous too and a stone's throw from the beach. I absolutely love a boutique hotel and this has been finished to a really good standard with a great eye for design. The marble touches in the bathroom, the quirky retro radios and coffee machines - even the mini fridge isn't the typical white cube you'd expect.
The weather was atrocious on the day we visited but we still popped into the magnificent De La Warr Pavilion that is round the corner from the Driftwood and on a nicer day a post meal stroll along the promenade would have been lovely too. Even if you aren't staying at the hotel, a day trip is well worth it for a bit of old school seaside action, a culture fill and a darn good feed.
40 Sackville Road