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Gravetye Manor Hotel

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

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The gardens alone make this premier-league Elizabethan mansion worth a visit. The great Victorian landscaper William Robinson set up home here in 1884 and laid out its acres of grounds in the style we still see today, including a one-acre kitchen garden to supply the chefs with a cornucopia of freshly plucked, seasonal fruit and veg. As for the hotel, Gravetye delivers the upscale country house experience in spades, and as you'd hope in an operation of this standing, the restaurant keeps in step with the times, with the exceptionally talented George Blogg leading the kitchen team. A modernist style rules the roost, exploring novel combinations and textural contrasts, delivered via the seasonally changing carte, a seven-course tasting option and, at the entry level, an accessibly priced daily lunch menu. Proceedings kick off with a pressing of Rougié foie gras with Madeira jelly and almond brioche, with further flavour hits from dried capers and caramelised orange. Or there might be further luxury on offer in the shape of Sussex wagyu beef tartare with cow's curd, parsley yogurt and English wasabi. Mains show a sound grasp of how flavours work together, witness a precise and inspired dish of poached brill fillet with cuttlefish, its ink used in dramatic black macaroni, along with earthy celery hearts and charred lettuce. Local South Downs hogget could star in a three-way presentation, the loin, shoulder and sweetbread served with cabbage, lamb jus and mint jellies. To finish, hardened chocoholics will get their fix from a Guanaja chocolate pavé paired enterprisingly with roasted chicory root ice cream and cocoa nib crisps, or you might end on a savoury note by exploring a trolley laden with expertly ripened British artisan cheeses.

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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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