Flora and Fauna
Situated close to Gatwick Airport & the M23, Elizabethan mansion Gravetye Manor (circa 1598) feels a world away from the rat race, surrounded by fields, forests & its own stunning gardens. Interiors are cosseting, with giant fireplaces & comfy sofas littering the public areas & well-spaced, linen-clad tables in the wood-panelled dining room. Rupert Gleadow is now the driving force behind the menu, with early summer producing starters of steamed English asparagus with a creamy asparagus soup & hollandaise sauce, or a tasting of Suffolk pork spiced up with piccalilli. Meaty main courses run to herb-crusted rack of new season’s lamb with a warm salad of Jersey Royals, marsh samphire & garden peas, while fish takes in whole grilled Dover sole with herb butter. There’s a weighty wine list too. To get the most out of the experience, stay over & retire to one of the lovely bedrooms.