This hotel won our 'Best Hotel in Britain' award for 2009, and the excellent quality of the restaurant made a serious contribution.
It's to be found, beautifully-set, in what was built as a Georgian country house, tucked away down a country lane just south of the village. The general feel is that of a private house, set in a more romantic time, and the dining room continues the image. Fair weather brings the opportunity of dining on the terrace, offering splendid views of the South Downs.
The kitchen, under the leadership of Chris Moore, has built up a solid source of local suppliers - some produce coming from their kitchen garden.
While the menu closely follows the seasons, early summer brought 'Breast of Wood Pigeon with Baby Gem Lettuce, Carrot Vinaigrette & Shallot Purée'; 'Newick Park Asparagus, pan-fried Egg & Chestnut Mushrooms' and 'South Coast Mackerel with Jersey Royal Potatoes with Pickled Cucumber Dressing & Horseradish Cream' among the starters.
'South Downs Lamb Shoulder with Sweetbreads, Chick Pea Purée, Spiced Aubergine Salad & Onion Bhaji'; 'Artichoke, Mozzarella and Olive Tart with Courgette Purée with Wild Rocket & Basil' and 'Fillet of Sea Trout with Parsley Mash, Spring Vegetable Salad & Beurre Blanc' among the mains.
Game, some from the estate, figures prominently during darker months.
If you still have room, you might be tempted by 'Crème Brulée'; 'Valrhona Chocolate Tart, Tonka Bean Ice Cream & Salted Caramel Sauce'; 'Pineapple, Basil and Chili Soup with Coconut Sorbet' or their selection of Farmhouse Cheeses.
No children under three in the dining room for dinner.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.00-13.30, Sun 12.00-14.00; Mon-Sat set L £17.50 (2 courses), £21.50 (3 courses); Sun £29.50
- Dinner: all week, 19.00-21.00; set D £42.50 (3 courses)
- Seats: 60, plus terrace
- Wine: an impressive list covers the world, kicking off at £15.50, has a good selection of halves and dessert wines.
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Haywards Heath or Cooksbridge (15 minutes)
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes, adequate
- Outside eating
- Rooms available