Restaurant of the month: The Farm @ Friday Street
The Farm @Friday Street
15 Friday Street
Tel: 01323 766049
In the wake of The Mark Cross’s hugely successful opening, Whiting & Hammond were next approached by Enterprise to take over The Farm, which happened
in December 2007. Located on the outskirts of Eastbourne in Langney, the Farm is a more urban environment than many of Whiting & Hammonds other
Dating back to medieval times, it is the oldest and largest pub acquired by Whiting & Hammond to date, benefiting from a unique open kitchen. As a fully functioning farm up until the early 1980s, many of the pub’s original beams and walls are still in place today and it hasn’t lost any of that charm. Before the early 20th century, Friday Street was also the only access road to and from Eastbourne, making the pub an important local landmark through the centuries.
The events at the Farm are truly something to behold. Not least of these is Burns Night celebration, which boasts a 10-piece Scottish pipe band and full oration and is always a hugely successful crowd-pleaser. Our ‘Mezzanine’, referred to as the Gallery, is the perfect place to hold private functions for up to 50 guests, while also providing an ideal setting for numerous annual celebrations.
Despite its size, however, the place is full of cosy corners and quiet areas that allow for smaller groups or more romantic occasions. The trademark pan seared fillet of sea bass served on a crayfish, rocket and Parmesan risotto heading up the mouth-watering menu, there is always a good excuse to fill both your evening and your stomach with delectable dinners and amazing ale selection.
The senior management team at the Farm have been showered with an assortment of accolades for their efforts. In 2009, the honour of South East Managed Pub of the Year was bestowed upon them at the Morning Advertiser Great British Pub Awards, as well as a finalist position for Managed Pub of the Year at the Great British Pub Awards, which it was also recognised for in 2011.
For lovers of local legend, there is also a number of ghost stories that are sure to give you goosebumps, the most renowned of which is about an old stable girl named Rosie, whose spirit has supposedly been occupying the Farm for over a century. Nothing has been spotted yet, but stranger things have most certainly happened
Love British Food had a chat with Paul Worman, General Manager at The Farm.
Why do you do what you do?
I've been with the group a very long time now, it's a great family run company to work for who let you lead your pub as it were your own business, giving
you pride in its performance.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Definitely meeting the customers. The familiarity of locals coming in for some food or drink and stopping for a chat is always a highlight.
What do you enjoy the least about your job?
The hospitality industry is quite transient so we have to deal with staff coming and going on a regular basis which can be hard.
What achievement for the restaurant are you most proud of?
We received a highly commended in the 2017 beautiful south awards for Tourism Pub of the Year which feels great to be recognised for the work we are doing.
Do you use British produce?
We certainly do!
What do you think is best about using British produce?
We have some great producers around us, especially the fresh fish coming in from Eastbourne beach.
Why should people buy British?
It just makes sense to buy British, especially for environmental reasons.
What is your most popular dish?
Our burgers are our best sellers!