Gravetye Manor Hotel

“Wonderful historic setting for equally wonderful modern food” - AA Inspector

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WEST HOATHLY, WEST SUSSEX

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Built in the 1590s, Gravetye Manor set in acres of grounds, with some of England’s most important historic gardens surrounding the sumptuous Tudor country house hotel with all the period details you could wish for, from the mullioned windows to the plasterwork ceilings and panelled walls. The stunning dining room is rather more modern, with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the beautiful gardens and create a wonderful setting for the dynamic, contemporary British cooking that makes the most of the produce from the huge kitchen gardens. The daily-changing set menus (three course lunch, four course dinner) are seasonal, and dishes are pretty as a picture, as well as offering exceptional levels of skill and depths of flavour. Dishes are complex without being fussy or convoluted, be assured this is some of the best food in the country. Begin with a luscious mousse of Dorset crab with apple and coriander, or an immaculately seared hand-dived scallop with delicate, crisp-skinned chicken wing and an intense cauliflower purée. Ryeland hogget with spring greens, onion and wild leek is a fabulous main, the loin pink and tender, the shoulder rich and gamey, the whole dish offering clear, deep flavours and great balance. Pre-dessert might be sesame crisp with intensely lemony sorbet, light and cleansing, with a great nutty crunch in cracker and little bits of brittle. A top class forced rhubarb soufflé, risen to perfection, is light as air and beautifully pink, and comes with deeply flavoured stem ginger ice cream. As you might expect, everything from bread – maybe black malted barley or seeded onion – to deliciously flavoured butters – chive and lemon, or tomato and paprika – and canapés like a melt-in-the-mouth truffle and Sussex Charmer cheese gougère or a beetroot and citrus gel tart – is exceptional, demonstrating the same high levels of skill and creativity.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

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4 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
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AA Notable Wine List
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
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 5
  • Wines over £30: 400
  • 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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