Find this excellent restaurant, converted from a former stable block, in the grounds of Borde Hill Gardens, a few miles out of town. Chef/proprietor Jeremy Ashpool has had many successful local ventures, as well as a period as an inspector for one of the leading guides - and has a well-deserved following.
Local, seasonal food is much to the fore; and a good network of suppliers established. So expect the likes of 'Grilled Fillet of Gurnard with Young Vegetables and a Prawn Bisque Sauce'; 'Loin and Ballontine of Rabbit with Stir-Fried Vegetables and a Dijon Mustard Dressing' and 'Pickled Aubergine Stack with Tahini Dressing' among the starters.
Perhaps 'Loin of Local Venison with Red Wine Risotto, Spring Greens and a Juniper Jus'; 'Sautéed Potato Gnocchi with Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Griddled Courgette, Peppers and a Red Pepper Sauce' and 'Pan-Fried Monkfish, Crushed New Potatoes and Asparagus with a Sorrel Sauce' to follow.
If you have room, finish with 'Sticky Toffee Pudding with Toffee Sauce'; 'Quince with Dolce de Leche Ice Cream and Hazelnut Tuile' or their selection of farmhouse cheeses.
In fine weather the terrace, overlooking the walled garden makes a pleasant setting.
Service is friendly, slick & professional.
- Lunch: Tues-Sun 12.30-14.30; set L Tues-Thurs £16 (2 courses) to £19; Sun £25 (2 courses) to £29.50; mains £15 to £23
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 19.30-22.00; set D Tues-Thurs £16 (2 courses) to £19 (3 courses); mains £15 to £23
- Seats: 55, plus 35 outside
- Wine: a concise list is well-thought-out and kicks off at £18
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Haywards Heath
- Directions: 2 mile/3 km north of Haywards Heath, in the Grounds of Borde Hill Gardens, which are well-signposted. See the map at the top of this page.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: D Sun; all Mon; some Bank Holidays
- Outside eating