“Assertive modern dishes in a real castle” - AA Inspector
AMBERLEY, WEST SUSSEX
- Social distancing and safety measures in place
- Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
- Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Our Group's Operating Policy is being regularly benchmarked against our own risk assessments, best practice from various hospitality organisations & the CIEH and all gov.uk COVID-19 secure workplace guidelines. We've developed our own suite of e-learning for all employees and are crafting a discreet silver 'checkmark' pinbadge, worn by all staff as a symbol of them having been trained in our RA controls, cleaning, handwashing and symptom exclusion. https://www.amberleycastle.co.uk/coronavirus-update#reassurance
Our Inspector's view
Looking like the kind of place you'd happily pay the National Trust for the chance to look around, the Castle is a nearly millennium-old fortification at the foot of the South Downs that did time as a Royalist stronghold in the Civil War. Anywhere that is entered via a portcullis has more than a touch of class, an impression reinforced by the dining rooms with their armoury, tapestries, barrel-vault ceilings and lancet windows. Paul Peters produces assertive modern dishes with plenty to say for themselves, from an amuse-bouche of mushroom arancini and cheese gougère onwards. You might begin with a nicely-constructed scallop dish with caramelised cauliflower, hazelnut, golden raisin, caper, apple and Amberley ver jus. Main courses of wild sea bass, or veal (loin, cheek and sweetbread) are thoughtfully conceived and full of flavour. Bring things to a close with a beautiful pistachio bavarois with grapefruit and banana.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 56
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Wines under £30: 11
- Wines over £30: 171
- Wines by the glass: 15
- Cuisine style: Classic European
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
Discover West Sussex
Divided from East Sussex back in 1888, West Sussex is so typically English that to walk through its landscape will feel like a walk through the whole country. Within its boundaries lies a wide variety of landscape and coastal scenery, but it is the spacious and open South Downs with which the county is most closely associated.
In terms of walking, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Studying the map reveals a multitude of routes – many of them to be found within the boundaries of the South Downs National Park – and an assortment of scenic long-distance trails leading towards distant horizons; all of them offer a perfect way to get to the heart of ‘Sussex by the sea,’ as it has long been known. If you enjoy cycling with the salty tang of the sea for company, try the ride between Chichester and West Wittering. You can vary the return journey by taking the Itchenor ferry to Bosham.
West Sussex is renowned for its many pretty towns, of course. Notably, there is Arundel, littered with period buildings and dominated by the castle, the family home of the Duke of Norfolk, that dates back nearly 1,000 years.
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