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Gravetye Manor Hotel

Vowels Lane, West Hoathly, EAST GRINSTEAD, RH19 4LJ

The Rosette award for this establishment has been suspended due to a change of chef. Reassessment will take place in due course under the new chef. A stunning mellow-stone Elizabethan manor, Gravetye is surrounded by acres of parkland and beautiful gardens perfect for an appetite stimulating stroll. Within are comfortable lounges furnished in-keeping with the style of the property, and an oak-panelled dining room hung with oils, with plenty of well-trained and attentive staff on hand to add to the pleasure of a visit. Canapés - perhaps arancini with pea and herbs, and anchovy sticks with houmous - get things off to a flying start, and a glimpse at the menu shows a highly motivated kitchen with serious culinary ambition, clearly met by what appears on the plate. Some dishes get lavish country-house treatments, with luxuries appearing as a ballotine of foiegras with sherry jelly, salted grapes, caramelised hazelnuts and brioche, followed by juniper-marinated local venison loin with salsify, romanesco, red wine-poached pear and venison jus. Dishes are intelligently composed, the results always impressive: for instance, a starter of pancetta-wrapped quail with smoked potato purée, pickled shimeji mushrooms and light quail sauce, all beautifully presented and a good balance of flavours and textures, or a main course of tender beef fillet with beer-braised ox cheek, pearl barley, garlic purée and malt foam. Fish is timed to the second, perhaps seared John Dory fillets with baby squid and cauliflower risotto with squid ink purée and ginger beurreblanc. 'All of our desserts are prepared to order' warns the menu, but that's okay because a first-class pre-dessert arrives to fill the gap - perhaps peach granita with marinated blackberries - and when the main event does arrive it's well worth the wait: a dark chocolate pavé, say, with crisp plum cannelloni, coffee ice cream and honeycomb. Excellent bread rolls with superb butter and all the extras contribute to a truly memorable dining experience.

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

Restaurant information

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


Restaurant price guide

A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £29.00
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Gravetye Manor Hotel, East grinstead
  • Gravetye Manor Hotel, East grinstead
  • Gravetye Manor Hotel, East grinstead


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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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