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Gravetye Manor Hotel

Vowels Lane, WEST HOATHLY, East Grinstead, RH19 4LJ

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The Elizabethan mansion was built by one Richard Infield as a little something for his new bride. Their initials appear above the garden entrance, and if you're lucky, you may find yourself staying in the bedroom that boasts a wood carving of the pair, still united in connubial bliss after 400 years. A century ago, the place was owned by the great Victorian landscaper William Robinson, who laid out its acres of grounds in the style we still see today. Gravetye played an integral part in the country-hotel movement of the 1980s, and has moved with the times, for example now offering a vegan menu option, centred perhaps on open kohlrabi lasagne with forest mushrooms and chard in tarragon oil and Madeira jus. George Blogg oversees the kitchen plus a one-acre produce garden too, supplying very nearly all the fruit and veg menu requirements in summer. A modernist style rules the roost, exploring novel combinations and textural contrasts. So the menu opens with treacle-cured sea trout and beetroot remoulade, with further flavour hits from oyster mayonnaise, fried capers and salmon caviar. Mains pull out the stops for too-rarely seen seared loin of hare with a faggot of the leg-meat, a tartlet of braised chicory and blackberries. Fish cooking is precise and inspired, as in butter-seared brill fillet with hand-rolled malted macaroni in dramatic black, confit chicken wings and an emulsion sauce of leeks. An almond study to finish comes in the form of buttery frangipane tart topped with plums poached in mulled port, alongside almond ice cream, or there may be passionfruit souffl? with Thai basil-scented matching coulis and coconut ice cream.

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Tel: 01342 810567
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: George Blogg
Number of seats: 40
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children's portions.
No children under 7 yrs.
Parking available.


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Gravetye Manor Hotel, West hoathly
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From M23 junct 10 take A264 towards East Grinstead. After 2m take B2028 to Haywards Heath. 1m after Turners Hill fork left towards Sharpthorne, immediate 1st left into Vowels Lane
Nearest station: East Grinstead

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