Harden's survey result
“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!”
“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”.
“George Blogg’s culinary touch is light, subtle and glorious” at this “beautiful old Elizabethan manor house hotel with lovely old furniture”. Without downplaying his contribution however, for many reporters “the highlight of a visit here remains the wonderful and extensive grounds” (which also contribute produce for the kitchen) – a “perfect setting” (which in the early 20th century was one of the most famous gardens in England). Stop Press: In November 2017, the hotel announced a four-month closure in early 2018 for the construction of a new restaurant, featuring a glass wall with views onto the gardens.
This “lovely country manor house with beautiful gardens” has been on an upward curve in recent years, winning ever-stronger ratings for “improved” cuisine under head chef George Blogg – “a wonderful surprise”.
Gravetye Manor Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Love the glass dining room, looking out over the gardens, just need to be careful if the sun is setting directly in your eyes. The food is wonderful, fresh from the garden in many cases and inventive with a great wine list. Did have an issue with the decanting of a bottle of wine - for some reason the "sommelier" seemed to think that the sediment was meant to be in the decanter as well as the wine!"
|Wine per bottle||£30.00|
Vowels Lane, East Grinstead, RH19 4LJ
|Monday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|