Harden's survey result
In beautiful Sussex countryside, this “superb” Elizabethan country house hotel makes a “romantic” retreat from ‘the smoke’, “with a wonderful dining room and rooms that are to die for”. One former fan had a poor visit here this year, but the majority of feedback lauds Steve Crane’s accomplished cuisine (there’s an à la carte, or choice of six- and seven-course tasting menus).
There’s still the odd sceptic, for whom the cooking is “competent” rather than outstanding, but this Elizabethan country house hotel continues to please most of those who comment on it thanks to its “brilliant and original food, served in comfort and style”.
The odd long-term fan of this Elizabethan country house hotel feels it “has not sustained its high standards” of late, but it nevertheless remains consistently well-rated, and at its best offers “superb classic cooking”.
No one doubts this is a “pleasant” country house hotel, and it is consistently decently rated; prices aren’t cheap however and the food is “good… but no more” – “how they got a Michelin star I don’t know!”
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, mid-morning coffee or a full afternoon tea. Led by award-winning Head Chef, Stephen Crane, the Restaurant serves some of the finest food in Sussex, and is a beautiful space with far-reaching views over Cuckfield Park. You may like to sit by the fire in our elegant drawing room and when the sun shines head outside to our terrace.
Weekday & Weekend Serving Times:
Breakfast: 7am to 10am / 8am to 10am
Lunch: 12pm to 2pm
Afternoon Tea: 3pm to 5pm (Monday to Friday) & 3.30pm to 5pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Dinner: 7pm to 9pm / 6.30pm to 9pm
Please let us know if you would like to dine outside these hours and we will do our best to make arrangements for you.
With unique settings, delicious food, the private dining room at Ockenden Manor is unique and full of character - we can hold stunning receptions for up to 150 guests, cosy lunches for 8 or elegant dinners for 20. Under the expert guidance of Head Chef Stephen Crane, the award-winning Restaurant serves some of the finest food in southern England, incorporating the freshest ingredients, sourced locally in Sussex whenever possible and we can tailor the menu to suit your preferences.
Ockenden Ln, Cuckfield, RH17 5LD
|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|