Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in West Sussex
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best West Sussex restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 139 restaurants in West Sussex and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing West Sussex restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured West Sussex Restaurants
. Gravetye Manor
British, Traditional restaurant in East Grinstead
Vowels Lane - RH19
“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!”
. Jeremy’s at Borde Hill
British, Modern restaurant in Haywards Heath
Borde Hill, Borde Hill Gardens - RH16
“Just a delight” – set among 200 acres of landscaped gardens, Jeremy & Vera Ashpool’s “overwhelmingly popular venue” has been a “consistent favourite” for many years in a part of Sussex with “little competition”. The food is “of a high standard, with an occasional nod to grande cuisine”, and “relatively good value”, while “the terraced area is particularly pretty on a summer’s evening”. Be warned, though, it can be “busy with wedding receptions”.
. The Horse Guards Inn
British, Traditional restaurant in Tillington
Upperton Rd - GU28
“Quirky”, “laid back” old country pub (“nicer than most”) just outside Petworth, which continues to win very consistent praise for its “excellent grub” – “every meal is original and exceptionally well-prepared”.
. The Pass Restaurant, South Lodge Hotel
British, Modern restaurant in Lower Beeding
Brighton Road - RH13
Run for just a year by chef Tom Kemble, an alumnus of Sweden’s famous Fäviken who made his name at Bonhams in Mayfair, this funky venue features 28 covers served from an open kitchen, in an apparently staid country-house hotel: “an enjoyable and well-presented concept” whose “interesting tasting menu” inspires very enthusiastic (albeit nowadays rather limited) feedback.
. Bailiffscourt Hotel
British, Modern restaurant in Climping
Climping St - BN17
A plush spa-hotel, medieval in style, but actually built in the 1920s for a Guinness scion, and located a short stroll through woodland to the Climping coastline (Arundel castle is also within easy reach); the dining room, with its tapestry-adorned walls and mullioned windows, was consistently highly rated this year (if on limited feedback).
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