The Camellia Restaurant at South Lodge

“Fine dining in a small West Sussex village location” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

LOWER BEEDING, WEST SUSSEX

Official Rating
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Awards
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  •   Social distancing and safety measures in place
  •   Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
  •   Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Opening status: Open
Our COVID-19 measures:
All guests and staff members are temperature checked on arrival with a machine that provides an accurate reading to 0.3 degrees. Anyone that registers a high temperature (above 38degrees) will be denied access to the premises. Whilst gloves and masks are not mandatory we have issued staff with face masks and filters to wear if they wish to. Measures are in place to meet 1m + guidelines and we have a large amount of outdoor dining space which will be encouraged for guests.

Our Inspector's view

The Camellia is part of a handsome Victorian mansion hotel, its walls covered with wallpaper depicting red and pink camellias. There are lovely views of the garden as well. The cooking is modern British but with a sound foundation in the classics. Try a starter like hand-dived seared scallop with brawn, ‘deconstructed piccalilli', scallop roe powder and smooth burnt leek purée. Follow up with roasted cod loin, confit chicken thigh, rose hip, wild cranberry and a vermicelli topping infused with hen of the woods mushroom powder. If there’s room, try yoghurt pannacotta with ‘candy drop grapes’ and a lavender goats’ curd topping.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

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3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
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AA Notable Wine List
The Camellia Restaurant at South Lodge
Brighton Road,LOWER BEEDING,Horsham,RH13 6PS
Phone : 01403 891711

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 100
  • 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: 17
  • Wines over £30: 203
  • Wines by the glass: 12
  • Cuisine style: British

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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