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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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Clever, creative cooking in historic surrounds

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

The 16th-century building in the heart of old Horsham looks pretty historic, but chef-patron Tristan Mason's food is bang up-to-date stuff. The first-floor dining room blends ancient and modern with panache, its striking beamed vaulted ceiling, wall timbers and oak floorboards sitting alongside sleek contemporary décor. As is often the way with this kind of innovative, creative, technically skilful cooking, menus make a virtue of conciseness, listing the components of each composition, but whether you go for three, four, six or eight courses, you can be sure that the full gamut of taste categories, textural contrasts and temperatures will be deployed. Clever stuff, then, but this isn't just about techno flim-flam; having trained with Marco Pierre White, Mason's ideas are solidly grounded in classic French technique. Foie gras with mango, hazelnut and honeycomb is an impressive, highly-detailed starter that wows with its contrasting textures and richness offset with fruity tartness. Fish and meat combinations are favoured, as in the crisp chicken wings and turbot that arrive beautifully cooked alongside trompette mushroom foam and jelly, and parsley root purée and crisps. Elsewhere, an idea might explore the textures and flavours of lamb, kid and goat. Things end with a thought-provoking dessert of white chocolate mousse with dill sorbet and black olive.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December, 1 January
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef(s): Tristan Mason

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British, French
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 15
  • Wines over £30: 143
  • Wines by the glass: 27

Price guide

  • 3-course lunch from: £30
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 34
  • Off-site parking available: Piries Place car park

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