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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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Dynamic modern cooking in spanking new dining room

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At a glance

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

Although it has been a smugglers' bolt-hole and a foundry supplying 12-pound cannon to the Woolwich arsenal in its time, Gravetye faces the present day as a perfect blend of late Elizabethan architectural style, Victorian gardens by one of its former owners, the celebrated William Robinson, and elegant modern comforts. Its closure in the first few months of 2018 was in aid of building the stylish new dining room for George Blogg to showcase his dynamic modern British cooking, plentifully supplied by Gravetye's own kitchen garden. A crisped quail egg and caramelised onion might adorn a successful starter of roast quail in verjus, before rose veal and tongue turn up with charred leeks and truffled sweetbread purée. Flavours are sharply defined and true in fish dishes such as the beautifully balanced halibut and lobster pairing that comes with coral ravioli and pak choi in a basil-scented sauce, while desserts aim for innovation in the form of roasted acorn soufflé and matching ice cream, or parsnip and walnut cake with coffee custard, coffee jelly and parsnip crisps.

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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


  • Chef(s): George Blogg

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 5
  • Wines over £30: 400
  • Wines by the glass: 20

Price guide

  • 2-course lunch from: £35
  • 3-course lunch from: £40
  • 3-course dinner from: £50
  • Tasting menu from: £90
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 30
  • On-site parking available

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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East Grinstead
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