The Dining Room at Gravetye Manor

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Modern European

The Dining Room at Gravetye Manor
The Dining Room at Gravetye Manor
The Dining Room at Gravetye Manor
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Although it’s situated close to Gatwick Airport, this grand and enchanting Elizabethan manor feels a world away from the London rat race, surrounded by 1,000 acres of green fields, forests and its own gorgeous gardens (designed by Victorian horticulturist William Robinson).

Inside, it’s a picture of cosseting luxury, with a stunning glass-panelled dining room that overlooks the luscious gardens at the heart of things. A pea green and crisp white colour scheme lends itself to the ‘bringing the outside in’ vibe, while the garden also plays a key role in the kitchen team’s year-round efforts. Throughout the year, produce from the garden is harvested and used to drive and inspire The Dining Room’s seasonally-changing menus.   

When it comes to the food, you can expect stunningly creative and “utterly delicious” Michelin-starred seasonal assemblages ranging from the likes of roasted creedy carver duck with baby beetroots, buckwheat, honey and hen of the woods, to loin of south coast haddock served alongside lettuce, broad beans, peas, pickled elderflower and gin.

Following that, what could be more tempting than a blackcurrant soufflé or strawberries topped with garden herbs and ruby chocolate. If you’d rather a liquid dessert, Gravetye’s wine list is a real aristocrat, with fine pedigree on every page, and the place also earns bonus points for its “impeccable service, warm ambience and very clever cocktails”.

If you’re not stopping by for dinner, there are plenty of other opportunities to visit The Dining Room. Guests can also enjoy a three-course lunch menu, a hearty Sunday roast or even pop by for a resolutely traditional take on that oh-so-British pastime of afternoon tea. Gravetye’s wine list meanwhile is a real aristocrat, with fine pedigree on every page, and the place also earns bonus points for its “impeccable service, warm ambience and very clever cocktails”.

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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Modern European
Ambience
Fine dining, Traditional

Location for The Dining Room at Gravetye Manor

Vowels Lane, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 4LJ

01342 810567

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun 12:00-14:30
Dinner
Mon 18:30-21:00
Tue 18:30-21:00
Wed 18:30-21:00
Thu 18:30-21:00
Fri 18:30-21:00
Sat 18:30-21:00
Sun 18:30-21:00

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Ms/Mrs. robert B

21 October 2009  
A friend of mine comes here regularly for Sunday lunch which he says is excellent and I can believe it, what a great venue for Sunday lunch! the longest drive way I have ever been down leading you to a manor house built, I was told, for the most part at the turn of the last century in fabulous grounds. Inside you get lots of wood panelling, all of which came apparently from the estate, the staff in case you think I conducted some in depth research, are the font of all knowledge. I was there in the evening for a farewell diner for a colleague. The log fires were burning bright and the only thing missing were fellow guests. The sitting room and bar are places you could happily spend hours on your won just soaking up the atmostphere and the heat. The dining room on the other hand is a room that needs people. The menu, both set menu and a la carte, are the kind that get your pulse racing, its fare that you get in only a handful of places, very imaginative with a wonderful local and seasonal feel to it. The food is beautifully presented and is as good as any I have had, wonderful. The wine list is, like many, too French, and its tough to find value under £40 a bottle. Setting aside the misunderstanding on the Rully – I asked for the white not the red which they didn't have – was very good. It's not cheap but you will be hard pressed to eat better food anywhere and I suspect my good friend Mr Jones is right, a very good place to come and have a leisurely Sunday lunch.
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