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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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Modernist cooking, an Elizabethan mansion and heritage gardens

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

When only the full-dress luxury country house experience will do, look no further than Gravetye Manor. The original Elizabethan mansion was built by one Richard Infield as a little something for his new bride; fast forward 300 years, and the great Victorian landscaper William Robinson laid out its 1,000 acres in the quintessentially English style we still see today (including a one-acre kitchen garden supplying freshly plucked seasonal fruit and veg) and gave the interiors a lavish make-over of dark oak panelling, ornate plasterwork ceilings and grandiose fireplaces. George Blogg helms the kitchen, sending out phenomenally dynamic modernist food exploring novel combinations and textural contrasts, and it’s all built on produce of the highest quality. Things get off the blocks with a pressing of Rougié foie gras counterpointed by braised chicory, candied walnuts and Kingscote grape verjus. Mains display a confident feel for how flavours work together, pointing up well-timed and rested crown and faggot of local wood pigeon with pickled blackberries, English truffles, Morteaux sausage and Swiss chard. Fish cooking, too, is precise and inspired, perhaps locally-landed turbot with confit chicken wings, Jerusalem artichoke, sprouts and gremolata. The thrills continue into a dessert of raspberry crumble soufflé with raspberry and mint sauce and clotted cream ice cream.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): George Blogg

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines over £30: 350
  • Wines by the glass: 18

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 40
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 20
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 40
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 20

Getting here

From M23 junction 10 take A264 towards East Grinstead. After 2 miles take B2028 to Haywards Heath. 1 mile after Turners Hill fork left towards Sharpthorne, immediate 1st left into Vowels Lane

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