This charming Elizabethan manor house, up a little lane from the bottom of the village, is now a hotel and smart restaurant. The atmosphere of the dining room, with its wood panelling and ornately-painted ceiling, and low lighting make it ideal for that special romantic occasion. As much local produce is used as possible.
Starters are preceded by an amuse-bouche and might include the likes of 'Crab ravioli with crab velouté'; ‘Balcombe Game Terrine with Pear, Endive & Walnuts’; 'Scallops with Smoked Bacon, Mushrooms, Sweet Onions & Garlic' or 'Terrine of Duck with Foie Gras' – on a winters list of options.
With maybe 'Red Mullet with roasted Provencal Vegetables'; 'Saddle of Ditchling Lamb with Wild Garlic Leaves and Parmesan Gnocchi'; ‘Ox Cheek with Parsnip Gratin & Bourguignon Sauce’; ‘Roast Root Vegetables with Onion Tart, Pine Nuts, Halloumi & Rocket’ or 'Honey-roast Quail (served on a galette of crisp potato)' listed amongst the mains. Local Game figures prominently during darker months.
'Hot Chocolate Tart with Orange Ice Cream'; ‘Pecan Crème Brulée with Milk Chocolate & Pear Sorbet’; ‘Caramelised Lemon Tart’ and 'Rhubarb and Almond Tart' are popular desserts.
No mobile phones.
- Food Style: Modern French
- Lunch: all week, 12.00-14.00; set L £17.95 (2 courses), £24.90 (3 courses). A lighter bar menu is also available. Set L Sun £34.50
- Dinner: all week, 19.00-21.30; set D £54 (3 courses)
- Seats: 80, plus 20 outside
- Wine: The wine list is on the pricey side, but kicks off at around the £25 mark.
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes (including lavatory)
- Nearest station: Haywards Heath
- Directions: A272, 2 miles west of Haywards Heath. See the map on this page.
- Parking: Yes
- Outside eating
- Rooms available