Brilliant Service !
Saturday night - table for four. Brilliant service. Good food. Great wine. It gets better and better here ! many thanks for the best table in the house too. £600 for four incl wine and service - excellent value - great !
Gravetye Manor, West Hoathly
Gravetye Manor, West Hoathly
A beautiful place, restaurant is lovely. But the price you pay for this is far too much. The food was exceptional, but to pay £20 for a starter!!! A very tiny starter as well. The staff are very attentive. But the menus are too expensive, more than London prices.
Michelin Star on it's way ....
Friday evening meal for two, £330. Excellent Food & Service. This place gets better and better ....
This beatiful country house, with estate and superb gardens is a real treat for lunch or weekend stay. Food with flair.
I visited Gravetye Manor with a connoisseur foodie friend this weekend and had a lovely time. Stunning food. Every dish was fantastic with plenty of innovation. Well balanced and not overwhelming and beautifully presented. The staff were attentive and very well explained, even the Sussex cheeses! Excellent, well chosen wine list with prices at all levels. Superb and highly recommended!
Gravetye has the Country House Hotel concept to perfection. Superb food served in wonderfully characterful surroundings.
Still a class act
Our first visit back to Gravetye since its makeover and, thankfully, it still delivers. The new lighter furnishings and vibrant paintings have helped to brighten the heavily oak-pannelled dining room. Service is, as ever, very attentive although sometimes a little too eager. The restaurant uses a lot of ingredients from its own gardens and most of the meat is locally sourced. The venison was beautifully cooked and not overly-fussy or over-sauced; why overcomplicate when the ingredients are so inherently tasty? The £40 fixed menu is a bargain and the tasting menu is also reasonably priced, although one or two dishes on the a la carte seemed a bit pricey. The wine list is extensive but could do with a few more half-bottles.
A gem in Sussex
We went midweek for lunch. The dining room was rather quiet, but seems we hit a quiet day according to the staff, whom we found polite and very attentive. Food was truly excellent, on a par with good London restaurants. Fixed price menu was good value, the a la carte pretty expensive. We enjoyed ourselves, and will definitely be back.
As usual - all as it should be!
A reliably enjoyable experience as we have come to expect. Relaxed, good service, beautifully served dishes.a great pace to take valued friends.
Gravetye Manor revisited
Went to Gravetye manor for my 50th birthday and it was the perfect choice - something memorable and very special. The place still has the feel of a country home (as it once was) and the garden and views are simply stunning. The service is first class and though expensive, the food was top quality. If I have one criticism it would be that the starters were perhaps a little on the meagre side but after the other courses, that was probably just as well!
We had an excellent, if expensive meal for my birthday. The a la carte menu was interesting, the lobster starter was very tender. The pear and Stilton salad was disappointing as the amount of salad was so small. The venison main was interesting, but don't forget to order some vegetable sides. The souflee and cheese desserts were memorable. Overall an excellent experience.
Lunch at Gravetye
What an amazing place, stunning surroundings and gardens with beautiful house in all it's glory with log fires and sparkling Christmas trees, the service was exemplary and food not bad either! Definitely recommended. We had Sunday lunch on way home from Gatwick - a lovely treat.
Gravetye Manor lunch
We had a delightful New Year's Day lunch. Relaxing per lunch drinks and a lovely 3 course lunch served by attentive friendly staff. We did not want to leave after coffe in the comfortable lounge of this lovely historic hotel set in beautiful countryside.
Wonderful food in a beautiful setti
This was our third occasion visiting Gravetye Manor and the food is always exceptionally good. The service and setting are also exemplary. So nice to be able to hear ourselves speak - too many places are literally caverns and noisy.
We were celebrating a birthday. We had a superb meal and excellent service in a very relaxad but atmospheric setting. The staff were welcoming and friendly and very knowledgeable about the food and wine. The food was excellent and chef adapted one course to fit in with a food allergy of mine. We have never been disappointed when dining here. The dining room and sitting rooms have a lovely olde worlde charm and in the summer it is lovely having coffee sitting in the garden - weather permitting.
Great food and a very nice atmosphere. Will definitely recommend it to my friends.
The Gravetye Manor offers sumptuous food in outstanding surroundings. The feel of the hotel makes the whole dining experience seem rather exclusive and the service, from the moment you walk through the door until the time you unhurriedly leave, is second to none. You certainly get what you pay for and I would highly recommend this hotel and dining experience to anyone looking to seriously impress.
From arrival greeting to departure we couldnt have asked for more. The food was superb and beautifully presented and all the staff could not have been more welcoming. This is a very special place and certainly worth a visit for a celebratory occasion.
Wonderful experience - lovely open fires - lovely ambience - gate opening for you, lovely rooms - peaceful
We went here on a special
We went here on a special occasion and the experience made it even more special
Another lovely Sunday lunch at the Gravetye. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Worth it for the gardens!
Nice staff, good food, amazing gardens. Beautiful spring flowers, sunshine, champagne while we pondered the menu - and coffee, petit four and champagne in the garden after too!
We had logistical difficulties so were unavoidably rather late and the staff were very relaxed and accommodating. And when the two separate taxis back to our car failed to turn up the manager drove us herself in the Gravetye Manor 4x4.
Genuine beauty and luxury
My husband and I had dinner with another couple on Sunday evening. We started with drinks in the drawing room, then a stroll in the garden which even in miserable weather looked and felt absolutely lovely. The ambiance in the dining room was very relaxing and the food was fantastic, especially the bread and the meat dishes. Also a big compliment to the staff all round. It was perfect and we will certainly be back.
Special Lunch at Gravetye
Celebrated a friend's 80th with lunch at Gravetye. For both of us it was a truly memorable experience. A "Red Letter Day" on all counts. Superb food, beautifully presented by professional yet friendly staff. The ambience at Gravetye is remarkable. Cannot recommend this place too highly.
A great meal
We had the 8 course tasting menu with matching wines at £130 per head. The food was really nicely presented, well cooked and complimented at every turn by the wines. I'd say the food was of michelin star quality. For me a couple of courses were really outstanding - the foie gras was excellent, and the fish course, served with a poached egg and granola was a real delight. My wife though the lamb dish was superb and said that the white chocolate, green olive and lemon curd was the best desert she has ever had.
Only slight shame was the heat - the small room we were in got very warm indeed - and it could perhaps have done with some very gentle background music to soften the occasional silences.
An evening fit for a special lady
For my wife's 60th birthday this was the place she had decided I should treat her to. We'd previously had afternoon tea at Gravetye and enjoyed it so much that we now had to try dinner there . The staff were superb, they just want you to enjoy the occasion, and the meal itself was outstanding. I don't know whether to highlight the 'Glenarm' salmon or the Irish Beef but have to say for me the Gravetye Lemon Meringue pie takes the prize as best course of the evening.
Fabulous food in a special location
Tucked away behind monogrammed gates at the end of a private road is a unique house and gardens of significant interest. Every member of staff was welcoming, accommodating, informative and helpful as required in response to any request.
The food was fabulous.
The whole experience exceeded my wife's expectations for a special anniversary meal.
Must go back on a dry day to have a good look around the grounds
We first ate at Gravetye Manor in April - we were back less than a month later! From beginning to end, the food was very well prepared, well presented and tasted fabulous. To top it all off, the cheeseboard was a revelation, with the majority of cheeses ones that I hadn't seen before (and all from the UK).
It was a great evening and one that we will be repeating soon.
Adequate food but excellent
Adequate food but excellent service and outstanding ambiance. Prices quite fair.
Gravetye continues to improve
Gravetye continues to improve and now impress with the new ownership. The service is very friendly and attentive and the place is a wonderful haven. And then there is the garden now looking full and generous with the stunning kitchen garden which they are proud to tell you about. We go for the fixed price lunch time menu and find it good value.
The kitchen is highly skilled and uses vegetables from the extraordinary walled vegetable garden here - worth looking at on its own account. The price of the set meal is attractive and the choice of three options reasonable. However, the wine-list is designed only for the mega-rich - which is a shame. Even modest examples from Chile and the French regions seem to be heading in a totally different direction from the pricing of the set lunch. This seems perverse and self-defeating.
A location to die for
Glorious setting - wonderful country drive once London is behind you (allow a good 90 mins from central London). There are no words to describe the beauty of the setting - in the words of Dad's Army "This is what we are fighting for". And the food is outstanding and good value for the exceptional ambience of the hotel and its grounds
Great restaurant and beautiful mano
I had not been here for a very long time and I always remembered it as something special and it certainly did not disappoint this time round. The lunch was superb and the staff exceedingly helpful and friendly. As I was driving I had one glass of the white house wine a Sauvignon Blanc and it was wonderful - in fact I was sorry I couldn't indulge in another glass! We had coffee outside on the terrace and the gardens are truly magical. All in all a great experience and a highly recommended visit.
Worth Travelling For
We arrived to a warm welcome and went straight into William Robinson's beautiful garden. The meal was excellent with no detail falling to chance. Staff were friendly and knowledgable both in the restaurant and the gardens. Pleased about the no-phone calls policy and also the unhurried pace of the meal. Will definitely go back despite the journey- probably to stay over.
Birthday lunch at Gravetye Manor
This is a fine dining experience in beautiful surroundings whilst at the same time leaving diners with the feeling that they have just had lunch/dinner in a good friend's home.
We had scallops which were cooked to perfection, followed by halibut so delicate that it melted in the mouth. The apricot soufflé was fluffy and light - everything a soufflé should be. Coffee in the beautiful gardens completed a wonderful meal.
The service was excellent; the staff charming and polite. From the moment of arrival and being met by having the car doors opened to the time we left was a relaxing, delightful experience.
This was an exceptional experience for a special dinner celebration and would highly recommend Gravetye, with first class 5* menu our food was of the highest quality, the scallops were cooked to perfection and our steaks although each person ordered between medium rare to well done all were perfec. The wine waiters knowledge was first rate but delivered with class. My only slight criticism would be to have soft music playing as others diners voices would be obscured.
All round would not hesitate to recommend Gravetye will return soon.
Divine location, wonderful
Divine location, wonderful garden, and very helpful staff. A great dining experience.
A restaurant/hotel in an outstandin
A restaurant/hotel in an outstanding location with excellent food. A real treat for garden lovers, an ideal location for a special occasion.
Wonderful place to have a
Wonderful place to have a Sunday Lunch with my English Aunt! Beautiful location with a wonderful English gardin.
Fabulous ambience and excellent se
What a wonderful experience. To celebrate an 18th and 21st Gravetye Manor is certainly the place to go. The service was outstanding, I dislike ostentation and grandeur for grandeur sake; this was certainly none of that. It was excellent food which complimented the walled gardens so well. The staff could not have been more accommodating and made it a superb memory.
The head waiter has a gift of making one feel very at ease and welcome. For someone so young, this is certainly a talent that is exceptional (keep him!) Thank you all.
Thank you to you all at GM (magic gardens!)
A special occasion place,
A special occasion place, wonderful for celebrating a birthday or anniversary (as we were). I would only go to for a special treat because it is expensive. Staff were friendly. Sommelier suggested English sparkling wine 'Bluebell' pre-dinner (no prosecco by the glass) and it was excellent.
Three course a la carte dinner, beautifully presented, few carbs (good) and tasted sublime. A formal dining experience; wine poured for us, taken away from the table between replenishment of glasses. We were convinced that there was some wine left and asked 'have we finished it?' and were told that we had... hmmmm not so sure about that. Next time we'll ask for the wine bottle to be left on the table so that we can pour it ourselves.
For garden lovers and those who enjoy great food in a country house setting a day trip to Gravetye is an experience to be savored. We had stayed overnight many years ago and always wanted to return. This time as we had rented a flat in London we took the Gatwick Express and rented a car and drove to Gravetye. After touring the gardens which are even more spectacular than we remembered we enjoyed a glass of wine while ordering lunch. Lunch was superb-both food and service. Then we settled down to coffee in one of the elegant drawing rooms. Don't plan on doing much else on a day trip to Gravetye as touring the gardens, lunch and post lunch relaxation will fill your day.
Last minute slip up
The Gravetye was always my favourite restaurant, which is why we go often and why we even buy vouchers as presents for our family, but on our last meal, despite the expert attendance of the head waiter Gavin, there was a problem. The ambiance was the usual comfortable welcoming lounge with a crackling log fire, the service was its usual perfect attention without being fawning, the food was well presented and perfectly cooked, but my a la carte starter of king scallops struggled to puff themselves up to be anything better than queens and therefore disappointing, especially as the price suggested something more majestic
Sunshine in Sussex
Another lovely afternoon at the Gravetye. The set lunch was excellent and reasonable value. Beetroot definitely Flavour of the Month ! Friendly, attentive service, as always. A little quiet in the restaurant, but probably not surprising on a Monday afternoon. And the sun came out as well - beautiful location.
Lunch at our favorite place
We spent our honeymoon at Gravetye 30 years ago. We have been coming back over the years to soak up it's splendor. Our last visit for lunch did not disappoint. It is important to go an hour early to walk in the magnificent gardens and take an aperitif in the garden or in front of the fire before your meal.
There is really know place like Gravetye,
I was looking for something special for our silver anniversary. Gravetye Manor ticked all the boxes. We started with drinks in the sitting room, then the main dining room for dinner. The food was fantastic. We both had the tasting menu. 7 delightful courses, with wine to accompany the food. We finished the evening with coffee in the sitting room. Sometimes the simple things get your attention, like the olives with our drinks which were fantastic. The staff were very knowledgeable with the food, and the service was excellent. We've already recommended Gravetye to our friends, and are planning a Christmas dinner
This a lovely restaurant...set
This a lovely restaurant...set in a beautiful house with beautiful gardens.
The staff were cheerful and very helpful and courteous.
The food was delicious and the menu different.
Unfortunately it was raining the day we were there..so we couldn't look around the gardens...eventhough the restaurant provided Umbrellas and Wellies..!!
Expensive but worth it if you are..
I booked my business partner and I in for an extra special Friday night of extravagance which consisted of the tasting menu, champagne (I wouldn't recommend the house champagne), cocktails, wine flights and brandies. We were met in the car park by a friendly face who was only too happy to help direct and assist in any matter. The cocktails in the drawing room were an unneccesary extra which allowed my business partner to talk turkey as I enjoyed lounging around with lavish cocktails.
The pairing of wine with the tasting dishes was quite superb. Like all tasting menus, some courses exceeded others but overall it was a majestic night of sky-high servitude and sensory scrumminess.
Beautiful setting and a very cosy location. The roaring fire as you come in was very welcoming against the cold outdoors. A lovely 16th C British home with character and friendly staff. I would go again
Teenage dream revisited.
I was last at romantic Gravetye as a wide-eyed 16 year old, several decades ago: it was the first place I'd been where the orange juice for my Campari was squeezed on the spot. Standards of attention today are as high: an attentive and charming brigade was at pains to see that everyone's experience was flawless. The tasting menu was extremely well balanced and the sommelier's wine flight gave outstanding choices. The bill hurt - but then I wasn't expecting otherwise and could have chosen the bon marche lunch menu.