Posted 15 February 2019 by Andrew Gardner
If you love fine dining Sussex is a great place to try it. What better way to relax with your loved one, enjoy a family gathering or celebrate with a party? Brighton is the obvious place as it's so easy to reach from our holiday cottages on the South Downs, and you'll find just about every cuisine, style and price, from long-established fish restaurants to exciting new startups. But we've looked around the county for you...
Chef Matt Gillan made The Pass, near Horsham, a go-to foodie destination with refreshing style, and although he has moved on The Pass remains a wonderful and original culinary experience in Sussex. The perfect place for a celebration or party. Or try this: Restaurant Tristan in Horsham - Michelin-starred in a historic market town. Stay at: our larger holiday homes in West Sussex.
For Michelin-starred, classical dining in a romantic setting on the Ashdown Forest, try this. Like all the best chefs George Blogg is passionate about what he does and the ingredients are seasonal and locally sourced. With floor-to-ceiling glass walls you can also enjoy views of the magnificent gardens created by one of Gravetye's former owners, the celebrated garden designer William Robinson. Stay at: our romantic retreats near the Ashdown Forest.
A regular in awards and 'top 10' listings, the Mirabelle serves modern European cuisine with creative use of seasonal specialities and a wonderful wine list. The elegant dining room is a haven for romantic couples and gourmet diners. It even has a quiet side entrance so you don't have to go through the hotel. Or try this: The Driftwood – stylish Bexhill bistro. Stay at: our holiday cottages in 1066 Country.
This award-winning contemporary restaurant is a hidden treasure. Tucked away in the lovely grounds of Borde Hill, it's a relaxed and pretty environment where chef Jeremy Ashpool serves creative, modern menus using as much locally-sourced ingredients as possible, including herbs and flowers from the garden – but they also take inspiration from Italy, Spain and France. A Sussex favourite. Or try this: Ockenden Manor, Cuckfield – award-winning chef Stephen Crane. Stay at: our pretty cottages in Mid-Sussex.