Harden's survey result
“A romantic and beautiful ruined medieval castle” – dating from the era when bishops required a fortified residence – makes a “stunning location” for a Brownsword hotel. The food served in the first-floor dining room, under a 12th-century barrel-vaulted ceiling, is generally felt to be “pretty good”, although it (and the service) is “not quite up to a level that matches the setting”. “Afternoon tea served on tiered cake stands in the gardens (complete with a noisy white peacock named Bob)” is a very safe bet.
“How wonderful to dine in the medieval hall of a castle” (nowadays a Brownsword hotel) – complete with a 12th-century barrel-vaulted ceiling (and working portcullis). It almost seems churlish to point out that the restaurant is “expensive and a bit average”, but most reporters feel that it’s “worth it” for the “fantastic setting”.
“It’s so romantic” eating in this historic venue, complete with peacocks, ruined ramparts and working portcullis! Inevitably it’s not the best option for a cheap date and opinions are mixed as to the value it delivers – for critics the cuisine is “not special enough” and the dining room “lacks ambience despite its evident history”, but more typical is a reviewer who feels “it’s a bit overpriced” but still finds it “a lovely experience”.
“Dine in a real castle” – that’s the promise at this “historic” venue (complete with peacocks and working portcullis!). Following a change of chef in early 2016, its food ratings slipped this year, but there were no grievous complaints, and most reports remain of somewhere that’s “a little pricey, perhaps”, but “a magical romantic destination for a special occasion, with excellent food”.
Amberley Castle has a long held reputation for delivering outstanding cuisine.
Enjoyed in either the magnificent Queen's Room, with its barrel-vaulted ceiling dating back to the 12th century and open fire or The Great Room, built in 1165 by Bishop Luffa of Chichester, a fine example of Norman architecture with its high lancet windows, open fireplace, oak flooring, tapestry and suits of armour.
|Wine per bottle||£36.00|
Amberley Castle Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Another lovely tasting menu lunch here. Never disappointed. "
Amberley, BN18 9LT
|Number of Diners:|
|Monday||12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑2 pm, 7 pm‑9 pm|