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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Refined, contemporary cooking in a historical setting

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Private dining

There are quite a few hotels in the UK with 'castle' in their names, but few can compete with Amberley when it comes to living up to expectations - it's a 900-year-old Norman fortress with twin-towered gatehouse and portcullis, and battlements built to rebuff invaders sweeping over the South Downs. Goodness, it's impressive. Within its hefty stone walls, the public rooms have kept to the spirit of the antiquity of the place, while adding a sense of contemporary luxury. Its main dining room, the Queen's Room, has a 12th-century barrel-vaulted ceiling, open fireplace, murals, muskets and tapestries, and tables laid for the business of fine dining. The kitchen meets 21st-century expectations, blending modern techniques and European tradition to produce striking, harmonious dishes. First up could be clam and poached loin of rabbit with langoustine, Alsace bacon and violet artichoke and then comes either another fish in the shape of pave of halibut, fennel, clams with garganelli pasta, or the more outré Himalayan-style salt-aged lamb with a parcel of the neck meat in wild garlic and anchovy dressing. To finish, a banana parfait, chocolate namelaka and popcorn. The wine list lives up to the setting, with a knowledgeable sommelier on hand to advise.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef: Conor Tomey

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern European
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 11
  • Wines over £30: 171
  • Wines by the glass: 15

Price guide

  • 2-course lunch from: 25
  • 3-course lunch from: 34.50
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 56
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 12
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 56
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 12

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Off B2139 between Storrington and Houghton

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Three-course lunch from£34.50**Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch *Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch
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