Gravetye Manor Hotel

“Top-flight cooking in wonderful historic setting.” - AA Inspector



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Set in over 1,000-acres of tranquil Sussex countryside, just 30 minutes from London, Gravetye Manor was built in the 1590s and retains much of its original splendour. With some of England’s most important historic gardens surrounding the sumptuous Tudor country house hotel, the property boasts 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 courses at lunch and 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 Cornish crab, kohlrabi and perilla, or perhaps a precisely timed scallop with rhubarb, green strawberry and alliums. Lamb, sweetbread, turnip and leek is a fabulous main offering clear, deep flavours and great balance. For fish lovers, an immaculate piece of super fresh turbot is paired with sprouting brassicas and almond. An optional board of local artisan cheeses with all the right accompaniments is the bridge between savoury dishes and desserts. A top class gooseberry crumble soufflé, risen to perfection, is light as air and comes with deeply flavoured tonka bean ice cream. Or maybe finish with a dish of strawberries, wood sorrel and Nyetimber rosé. As you might expect, everything from the home-made bread to exquisite canapés is exceptional, demonstrating the same high levels of creativity in a highly talented kitchen. The award-winning wine list is noteworthy.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

4 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
AA Notable Wine List
Gravetye Manor Hotel
Vowels Lane, WEST HOATHLY, East Grinstead, RH19 4LJ


  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
  • 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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