If you want to unwind at the end of your working day or bridge that gap between work and a cinema visit then the new Chilli Peppers in Uckfield High Street could be the place for you.
By day this new restaurant, set back between the Uckfield Electrics and the Post Office, is a cafe, serving drinks, cakes, sandwiches, paninis, ciabattas, wraps, quiches and jacket potatoes but when evening comes there’s a distinct change in mood, writes Cathy Watson.
Tablecloths, low lighting and candles herald a more relaxed style from 5.30pm to 8.30pm with platters dominating the menu.
You are welcome to call in for a glass of wine or give your tastebuds a treat by ordering either an antipasti, cheese, meat or fish and seafood platter or a mixture of all served with a range of chutneys, pickles and hollandaise and speciality breads.
Uckfield News personal shopper, Julie Brice, and I were invited to sample the fare last night (Monday) and agreed it was a real treat.
The name Chilli Peppers doesn’t relate to the heat of the food – though owner Taurie Imeia Linstead said she might add chilli chocolate to the beverage menu in the future – rather the colour scheme and the warm welcome offered in the cafe bistro.
Both Julie and I decided our first choice would be the cheese platter but then we went for small platters for two, one of cheese and the other antipasti. And Taurie brought us a fish and seafood platter to sample.
Each mouthful was a taste sensation.
Our cheese platter included Applewood smoked, brie, Wensleydale and cranberry, Monterey Jack and Cambozola with a tasty apple and celery salad.
The antipasti included olives, marinated artichokes, aubergines, peppers and courgettes and the most delicious balsamic onions.
On the fish and seafood platter were squid with black pepper, crab claws, prawns, smoked salmon and crayfish.
It was a very pleasant evening and to encourage people to return Taurie says the menu will change regularly.
The price of a platter for one is £8.95, two can eat for £16.50, medium platters for four come to £31.50 and large platters for six people cost £45.50.
Wine, ¼ carafe for two, to ¾ carafe for six people is included in the price.
Make sure you request the Chilli Peppers loyalty card during the day because if you buy three coffees your fourth is free, buy three more coffees and you will receive a free piece of cake and buy three more after that and a free evening Bistro platter for two is on offer.