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AA Notable Wine List 2016-17
AA rating
Rosette award to be confirmed

Refined, contemporary cooking in a historical setting

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Private dining

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. 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. 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

  • 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 from25
  • 3-course lunch from34.50
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

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

Additional information

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

Getting here

Off B2139 between Storrington and Houghton

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Amberley
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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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