The Cuckmere Inn, alias The Golden Galleon, used to be a very pleasant restaurant with daily specials and friendly staff. In fact, I wrote this in 2012: “When you're near Seaford, step into The Golden Galleon perched right by the Cuckmere River and looking towards the iconic Seven Sisters cliffs. The Golden Galleon has special menus several days a week, i.e. fish on Friday, and the food's fresh, cooked well and attractively presented. The house wine is also good value.” Unfortunately, however, it has gone off. A 250ml glass of wine starts at £5.35. On my last two visits, it was necessary to queue for 20 minutes to get a meal and a drink (some areas are self-service). The only possible justification for visiting again will be to go swiftly up the steps and down again --- just for the view over the Seven Sisters, the Cuckmere River Estuary and The Downs. If both recent visits were disappointing, the last was akin to a macabre episode of Fawlty Towers. The person who delivered the food, when I pointed to the orange spawn surrounding my shell-on prawns, swore there was nothing wrong with them (including legality?). He was scornful when I asked for water, a lemon, and napkin in order to tackle them. My companion choked on his drink. In circumstances like this, it is best to walk. Out. Forever.
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