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The Camellia Restaurant at South Lodge

AA Notable Wine List 2018-19
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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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Vigorously original cooking in South Lodge's traditional dining room

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

A handsome Victorian mansion hotel in the Sussex countryside where a starter of crabmeat comes with roasted beetroot, clementine and watercress, while main courses offer some offbeat accompaniments to their central components. Loin and breast of lamb are partnered by salsify and spiced lentils in a striking passionfruit sauce, while stone bass arrives on a fatty jus gras with celeriac, romanesco and a carrot and coconut purée. Things settle a little for desserts such as plum Bakewell with marzipan ice cream, or classic Tatin for two, but cheese comes as a 'creation', perhaps a portion of Tunworth in a gougère with beetroot, manuka honey and fennel.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Closed for lunch: Monday to Tuesday, Saturday
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 1.45
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Jamie Gibson

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 17
  • Wines over £30: 203
  • Wines by the glass: 12

Price guide

  • Starter from: £9
  • Main course from19.50
  • Dessert from: £8.50
  • 2-course lunch from: £24
  • 3-course lunch from: £28
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 100
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 140
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

On A23 left onto B2110. Turn right through Handcross to A281 junction. Turn left, hotel on right.

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