From Hackney to White Waltham

Saturday, November 20th , 2021

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The Beehive in White Waltham is the kind of local pub we would all like to have: overlooking a cricket pitch serving appealing dishes cooked by a chef who previously won a Michelin star. My latest visit here was most enjoyable, from lasagna of wild rabbit through to excellent venison with pepper sauce. There is even a quite good and fairly priced wine list.

The Sea The Sea was originally in Chelsea but now has a sister in Hackney, the latter serving a tasting menu in a smartly decorated venue (pictured), where tables are arranged in a horseshoe shape around an open kitchen. There is an emphasis on aged fish, which is a tricky thing to pull off at the best of times, and unfortunately there were as many misses as hits in the menu that we tried, along with a few technical glitches. This inconsistency does not sit well with a £150 price tag for the food, plus wine.