Gardens Arm review by Ken ElsonHigh quality food with excellent service. People friendly and accommodating. Prices seem high but the food is very well prepared and of high quality. Recommeded.11/05/2013 00:00:00A favourite venueMy husband and I have been to this restaurant on a number of occasions now and, if we lived nearer, would go even more often. The food is excellent, the staff are delightful and the venue itself is extremely pleasant - inside and outside. I have no hesitation in recommending it. We have taken various friends there too and they have also enjoyed it very much. The restaurant also offers a loyalty card giving quite a discount on future meals so, the more you go, the more you save! As they say these days - what's not to like!05/05/2013 00:00:00Good enjoyable evening, foodGood enjoyable evening, food & atmosphere great and staff friendly.04/05/2013 00:00:00Lunch BreakGood food in a pleasantly relaxing and comfortable location which justifies the slightly above average prices.04/05/2013 00:00:00Gardeners Arms ArdinglyThe Venison Shank Pie was almost the best pie I've eaten in 2013 - can't fault the flavour, just needed the sauce inside to be a bit thicker and they've got a winner - although my waiter was kind enough to bring me a spoon so I could finish off :-) Lovely pub, not the cheapest at £70 for 2, but will definitely be back to try more of their menu.25/04/2013 00:00:00We Will Be back!!Quite simply outstanding food which was exceptionally well cooked and presented. The natural ambience of the Gardeners Arms plus a knowledgable and attentive but not intrusive staff completed an excellent experience.18/04/2013 00:00:00Lovely lunchAfter a long walk we had a delicous sunday roast with all the trimmings, definately worth a visit and it was resonably priced14/04/2013 00:00:00We do not eat out a lot theseWe do not eat out a lot these days when we are meeting friends The Gardeners Arms is high on our list of places to eat. The food is always to a very good standard and it is a pleasure to eat in the surroundings of a truly traditional pub, Thee staff are friendly and efficient11/04/2013 00:00:00OutstandingThis occasion was to celebrate a 48th wedding anniversary and my wife and I found the whole experience very pleasant with nice staff and superb food03/04/2013 00:00:00Wonderful lunch -highly recommendedI had a wonderful lunch with a friend at the Gardener's Arms. I had the ale battered fish and chips which I think I can honestly say was the best fish and chips I have ever had. We both had chocolate brownies for pudding which were just divine. The service was perfect, very friendly and efficient even though they were busy. Dogs are allowed in, which is an added bonus for me, as the pub is just opposite the Ardingly Showground which is good for dog-walking.01/04/2013 00:00:00Sunday lunch.A group of 4 of us went for Sunday lunch. Initially the service was a little slow, but in fairness they were quiet busy, and menus were in short supply.
The service improved from there on in, with courteous and friendly staff. The food was very tasty and portion sizes were very good.24/03/2013 00:00:00Saturday dinnerThis was our second visit - the Gardeners Arms is recommended in the 2013 Good Pub Guide. The decor is plain, clean and 'olde worlde' - log fires and beams. Delightful young people serving and quick service. We both had fish and the dishes were well-presented and tasty. Portions not enormous but we were happy with that and did not waste anything!
We'll go again.23/03/2013 00:00:00Special dayWe had our wedding reception at the Gardeners Arms, Ardingly, 50 years ago, so we decided to celebrate our Golden wedding there on the 16th. March.
We had a lovely evening together. The staff were very attentive and friendly.16/03/2013 00:00:00Wonderful Mother's Day DinnerWonderful Mother's Day Dinner with the family and fantastic food.10/03/2013 00:00:00WONDERFUL EVENING!The Gardeners Arms never fails to succeed! The service is outstanding from all members of staff - very professional, efficient and personal. You are instantly made to feel very special. The ambiance is just right - cosy, attractive, full of character with excellent lighting and the food is always excellent - a good choice, of a high standard and quite individual. A great venue for all occasions! Thanks for another wonderful evening Cami & Neil!09/03/2013 00:00:00Always a winner!The Gardeners Arms is a lovely village pub opposite the South of England show ground. The food and service are fantastic although one person asking if the food was ok would have been enough instead of three! They were very accommodating and couldn't do enough for you. We booked beforehand as we were worried that on Sunday it would be too full. The food was excellent as always, I had the seafood scampi which came with french fries and a lovely garlic/tartar dip. My husband had a burger which was massive! The children's menu is limited but fine for what we wanted. It is more than 'pub grub' and has lovely linen napkins! The venue is rustic with wooden floors and it is dog friendly. It has a cosy feel about it and candles too!03/03/2013 00:00:00Appearances are deceivingIt looks like a run of the mill chain pub/restaurant but the staff and food make this something special. The service is excellent, there are different items on the menu which are very very tasty. One pudding option is to have a small sampler pudding with a coffee, perfect if you are watching your weight but love puddings :)01/03/2013 00:00:00Another lovely meal at theAnother lovely meal at the Gardeners Arms, food and service excellent as always.23/02/2013 00:00:00An outstanding eveningThe venue suited our requirements to celebrate a birthday. The evening meal was superb and we were able to bring a 7 week old baby knowing we could be in a small area where we would not disturb others, if he didn't sleep. In fact he did not murmur. The ambiance was great too.
An outstanding evening was had by all15/02/2013 00:00:00Valentine's Day - FantasticI took my partner to the Garderners Arms on Valentine's Day evening. It was clean, smart, homely, delicious...the service was fast and friendly. They had only booked one seating per evening so no one was rushed at all and they could get everything perfect (including special requests). I've been here on another occassion which was also fantastic (just stressing that it wasn't just this occassion that they went the extra mile). I cannot recommend highly enough. My new favourite place to go without a shadow of a doubt.14/02/2013 00:00:00We ate here last SaturdayWe ate here last Saturday evening. We had a lovely meal, the service was very good and the food beautifully cooked. My husband and I have been several times before so we knew what to expect but the couple who accompanied us had not been. They were suitably impressed. The only negative thing I have to say is that the menu is rather limited and it could do with changing now and then especially for frequent visitors. Overall, a super pub with a very cosy atmosphere and friendly staff.09/02/2013 00:00:00DinnerFood, service and ambience very good for a gastro pub - probably best I've been to. Will definately go again.09/02/2013 00:00:00Birthday lunchLovely old pub near National Trust property. Good home cooked menu with plenty of choice. Also liked the mini dessert with coffee choice as often full dessert is too much but still like something to end the meal. Good atmosphere and a loyalty card scheme to attract you back.05/02/2013 00:00:00Lovely country resturant & barIt has a cosy friendly atmosphere with attentive service and a personal touch, especially for regulars. Very good food often with a difference. During the summer the outside dinning areas are lovely and it makes a really nice place for lunch. It's not the cheapest but I believe they target the mid to higher end of the market. They're very keen to please. I/we certainly recommend it.26/01/2013 16:00:00Superb Food QualityThis visit was for my Wife's birthday and it was amazing...
The food quality superb and the Hospitality the same..
Spotlessly clean, fantastic inglenook log fire, superb beers and great wine choice..
We will be back!!10/01/2013 16:00:00Gardener's Arms, ArdinglyFour of us had an evening meal mid-week just after the New Year. Restaurant was quiet - hence ambience could have been better. Food good - waitress excellent. Beer good.With 25% off on "loyalty card" good value.01/01/2013 16:00:00Delightful as usual, goodDelightful as usual, good food with efficient and friendly service. Restaurant nicely appointed.31/12/2012 16:00:00Great British PubThis pub fully deserves its great reputation and popularity. The food is great!31/12/2012 16:00:00sunday mealThe service,atmosphere and food were all excellent. Staff were efficient and attentive without being intrusive, and the menu catered for tastes22/12/2012 16:00:00Sunday lunch by the fireFour of us went here for lunch after a winter walk. Welcoming staff and a warm place by the fire for our table. Service was prompt without any sense of being rushed. Food was all very high quality and nicely presented - we particularly enjoyed the roast cod with saffron risotto, and the duck breast. Stargazy pie looked good and the fish inside was tasty, but the pie contents were a bit watery. Desserts well judged on quantity - seasonal and tempting. Thoroughly recommended for an upscale pub lunch.22/12/2012 16:00:00Very flexibleOur original booking was for 7.45. Our daughter decided to join us but couldn't arrive until 8.20. The staff were extremely accommodating, offering us an alternative table if we wanted it and not pestering us for our orders.
The service, after our daughter arrived was excellent, nothing was too much trouble, and the food was terrific as well. It all made for a lovely evening.20/12/2012 16:00:00Good friends meetingMy friend and I meet once a year at the Gardeners Arms for lunch; once again we were met with a warm welcome and good service. The manager moved us from a room with a (cheerfully) noisy group to a quieter part of the restaurant prior to us sitting down so we could chat and catch up.17/12/2012 16:00:00Another lovely meal!Another lovely meal tonight at the Gardeners. Just like to say what lovely staff they have too.16/12/2012 16:00:00Always goodService is excellent without being over the top. Food was great as usual. Our overseas visitors loved it!14/12/2012 16:00:00Sunday lunchHad a great meal and great service on a recent visit. the waiters were really professional and interacted with us in a very pleasant manner. I'd requested a quiet table with good lighting, as my party included a couple of elderly people, and that is exactly what we got. We are all small eaters or on a diet and we were not made to feel awkward for asking for smaller portions, which meant we also had room for dessert!11/11/2012 00:00:00A very enjoyable meal. SomeA very enjoyable meal. Some different choices on all courses encourage you to try something you may not of otherwise. Good sized portions, in fact having had a starter, could only just finish my main. Unfortunately didn't get to try the sweet menu!24/03/2012 00:00:00