Gravetye Manor Hotel

“Dynamic modern cooking in a brand new dining room” - AA Inspector

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WEST HOATHLY, WEST SUSSEX

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The Elizabethan mansion was built by one Richard Infield as a little something for his new bride. Their initials appear above the garden entrance, and the place still works its soft-focus romantic magic 400 years later, delivering the upscale country house experience in spades with its interiors of lavish panelling and intricate plasterwork mouldings brought into the 21st century alongside elegant modern comforts. A century ago, the place was owned by the great Victorian landscaper William Robinson, who laid out its acres of grounds in the style still seen today. Gravetye closed for several months in order to build the stylish new dining room for George Blogg to showcase his dynamic contemporary British cooking, and the results have brought wow factor in spades. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls open up views of those glorious gardens, whose walled sections provide a plentiful seasonal bounty that inspires what turns up on your plate. Expect a modernist style that explores creative combinations of flavour and textural contrasts, starting with roasted Norfolk quail, the breast and leg perfectly timed and delivered in an innovative presentation involving fresh diced pear, quince purée, a rich and elegant liver parfait, and seeded granola for textural interest. Flavours are sharply defined and true in a fish course starring splendid loin of south coast haddock with parsnip purée, crisp chicken skin and Savoy cabbage, all made glamorous by the addition of black truffle and a glossy roasted chicken sauce of mesmerising fragrance, while meat might be represented by a tomahawk cut of local venison given smoky barbecued depth by wood grilling, and served with butternut squash, ceps and chestnuts. Desserts aim for deep satisfaction in the form of a masterclass forced rhubarb soufflé with stem ginger ice cream. A compendious, globe-spanning wine list delivers plenty to please, ranging from the local Sussex terroir to pedigree vintages that will catch the eye of the big spenders.

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4 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
Gravetye Manor Hotel
Vowels Lane, WEST HOATHLY, East Grinstead, RH19 4LJ
Phone : 01342 810567

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 5
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 20
  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu

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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