Gravetye Manor Hotel

“Historic setting for a dazzling modern dining room and cooking to match” - AA Inspector

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WEST HOATHLY, WEST SUSSEX

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If you want the full-on Tudor mansion experience, you could do worse than spend a day or so at this sumptuous country house hotel with its acres of panelling, intricate plasterwork ceilings, stone mullioned windows and delightful gardens. From the mellow stone walls to the complicated chimneys, it’s everything an Elizabethan bride could have desired – which is lucky, since it was built for one. You can see her initials, and those of her husband, above the garden entrance. In the kitchens, however, things have come on a bit since the 16th century. There are no scullions to turn the spit now, instead head chef George Blogg has all the shiny stainless steel he could desire from which to work his magic. The stylish dining room – an effortlessly stunning space with jaw-dropping floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the gardens and beautiful grassy-green banquettes to add to the sensation that room and garden are one – is the perfect backdrop for the dynamic, contemporary British cooking. Light and airy during the day and subtly lit at night it must surely be one of the most atmospheric places to eat in the country. The daily-changing set menus (three course lunch, four course dinner) are seasonal, and dishes are pretty as a picture. Midsummer might see you start things off with cured Dorset char, or perhaps Shropshire rose veal tartare with lovage, caper and smoked potato. An intermediate course of native lobster with scallop, chamomile and carrot will lead nicely into a main of Cumbrian lamb; loin and belly, with spinach, mint and baby turnip, or the freshest turbot, with fresh peas, wilted lettuce and black truffle. Then a choice – cheese or dessert? There are six Sussex artisan cheeses, so that’s tempting, but who wants to miss out on the blackcurrant soufflé and cassis ice cream or strawberries, meringue, yogurt and verbena? Luckily you can pay a supplement and have both.

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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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