Tapestry Food Review

Words by Samantha Harman



The Discover team visited Tapestry, Hove’s newest neighbourhood bar to sample the small plates menu, washed down with ice cold pints of Cruzcampo. 

Formally known as Libation, the newly refurbished and renamed Tapestry is a design triumph. The Golden Lion Group have clearly spared no expense on the soft furnishings and immaculate decor. The bar placement has moved over to the far right, giving more space and a focal point when you walk in. The furniture is sumptuous velvets and leather that give high-end Colonial vibes. Glamour personified is one way to describe the bar and we were delighted to be invited along to try the small plates menu. 

Arriving for a late lunch on a sunny day in June meant we could take full advantage of the outside space. The terrace stretches along the full length of the exterior building and features comfortable seating, leafy green plants, small round tables and retractable roofing, making the space weatherproof. This is the ideal place to people watch. 

After ordering the ever popular Cruzcampo, a premium Spanish lager, we perused the menu before deciding on four of the small plates; Manchego Croquettes, with sweet chilli and garlic mayo, Cornflake Chicken with blue cheese, buffalo sauce and celery, the charcuterie board, with home pickles honey mustard and sourdough toast and battered cod cheeks with tartare hollandaise, lemon and dill. 

The croquettes were the perfect combo of crunchy breadcrumb exterior with an oozy cheese centre and perfect for dipping into the sweet chilli sauce. Delicious Spanish cured meats were in plentiful supply on the charcuterie board, with cornichons and sweet honey mustard that paired perfectly with the toast slices. Our favourite was the cornflake chicken, tender chicken breast coated in a crispy cornflake coating. The buffalo sauce is quite spicy and the blue cheese helps cool it down. Finally, the cod cheeks were flaky and coated in light batter. Really easy to eat and complemented perfectly by the homemade tartare sauce. 

Tapestry only uses locally sourced ingredients and ensures the menu is changed up regularly so there’s no fear of becoming bored by their offering. You can also expect to find a traditional roast every Sunday, with the option to upgrade to bottomless. This means you can slurp as much Prosecco, Ridgeview Bloomsbury, Cruzcampo or a range of wines with your meal for 1.5 hours. (See website for price details) 

We loved it here, it’s boujee and the service was efficient and friendly. The venue hosts many community events too so make sure you follow their social feeds for more information. We will definitely be back!

Steven Graham
Author: Steven Graham

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