survey result

Summary

£107
£££££
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“They are on a confident and assured roll since their fabulous new eating space opened” at this Elizabethan country-house hotel. Set in beautiful countryside an hour from London, the property has long been prized for its “stunning gardens”, which were created in the 1880s by one of the UK’s most famous landscape gardeners (who then owned the house). A couple of years ago, as part of a modernisation, a new glass-walled dining room looking onto the greenery was launched to capitalise on its situation, since which it’s emerged as one of the most commented-on destinations in our survey. Diners feel “the whole experience is incredible from the moment you walk through the door, with food to match”. “You are treated especially well” and “chef George Blogg’s food is seasonal, detailed and delicious”.

Summary

£107
£££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“George Blogg’s plot-to-plate food is just superb” at this famous Elizabethan manor, where a major investment in a new “stunning glass-fronted dining room” provides “both warmth and class” and is emblematic of its reemergence as a seriously good dining destination. “Set amidst a stunning, natural garden” – created in the 1880s and of significant importance if you’re into horticultural history – “lovely leafy walks are thrown in”. It’s is very much not a cheap experience, but the equation stacks up for most (if not quite all) reporters: “it broke the bank… but we’ll be back!”

Summary

£107
£££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“George Blogg’s plot-to-plate food is just superb” at this famous Elizabethan manor, where a major investment in a new “stunning glass-fronted dining room” provides “both warmth and class” and is emblematic of its reemergence as a seriously good dining destination. “Set amidst a stunning, natural garden” – created in the 1880s and of significant importance if you’re into horticultural history – “lovely leafy walks are thrown in”. It’s is very much not a cheap experience, but the equation stacks up for most (if not quite all) reporters: “it broke the bank… but we’ll be back!”

Summary

£106
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Perfect for a special occasion”, this Elizabethan manor has a new steel-and-glass dining room overlooking one of the country’s most important historic gardens, created by William Robinson in the 1880s. “The country house surroundings are luxurious, the service attentive, knowledgeable and efficient, and the food excellent from starter to dessert”. Chef George Blogg’s “light and balanced” meals include “delicious vegetables and fruits from arguably the best kitchen garden in England”, just out of view above the famous cottage garden. Price is an issue for one or two reporters, but the majority verdict is clearly that it’s “expensive but worth it”.

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Restaurant details

20, 16
No dress code
60
7+

Gravetye Manor Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Gravetye Manor Restaurant in RH19, East Grinstead by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Gravetye Manor restaurant.
Tim Y
Set lunch on a bright January day in a full...
Reviewed 6 months, 20 days ago

"Set lunch on a bright January day in a full dining room with a picture window showing the garden to full effect. Prune souffle and armagnac ice cream the highlight, with a well-judged partridge dish also excellent. Delightful all round. "

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Carolyn H
Was taken here by my brother and sister in ...
Reviewed 8 months, 11 days ago

"Was taken here by my brother and sister in law as part of a birthday celebration. The restaurant has lovely views out over the garden and beautiful flower panels on the walls. The tasting menu was lovely with amuse bouches to start. They also catered very well for my brother who has to have a gluten free diet."

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Paul F
Stunning building, grounds and food! Arrive...
Reviewed 10 months, 12 days ago

"Stunning building, grounds and food! Arrived early so had a walk round the beautiful grounds, still, at the end of September, full of flowers and colour. Went into the snug for a drink then after a while went into the main restaurant. We were seated next to a glass wall looking out over the beautiful garden. Amuse bouche served after a short wait, contrasting flavours (one a bit too cheesy for me). Starters were stunningly presented, as were all courses. The only mildly disappointing dish was my char dish, a tiny bit short on flavour, textures wonderful though. Intermediate course was lobster and scallops interesting delicious flavours. Made a slight error with the suckling pig as not my favourite meat but my friend had the duck. I can only say the chocolate dessert was beyond words! The “sour” alcohol free cocktail was an all time favourite. Chatted to chef a while after service. What a lovely man a superb venue seriously well worth 100 mile trip Ps toilets perfect too. Very nice efficient skilled staff all round"

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Jacob H
We ate in the restaurant twice & there was ...
Reviewed 11 months, 13 days ago

"We ate in the restaurant twice & there was a real contrast between the two meals. On the first night, one dish was really very disappointing and another was very average, nothing like the world-class cooking a remember from my previous visit. If that had been my only experience, I would never had returned. On the second night, when someone else ordered the disappointing dish, it looked completely different & much, much better. I wonder if there was a staffing issue? The better dishes from both nights were excellent: fresh vegetables from the restaurant’s garden prepared attractively in quite a straight-forward way with care and attention. Some of the pâtisserie was very good, too. The hotel, gardens & service are as wonderful as ever. The staff were helpful and friendly."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £60.00
Dinner   £95.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £0.00
Filter Coffee £0.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
Vowels Lane, East Grinstead, RH19 4LJ
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm

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