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“Many positives, but food slightly lacks in flavour at times”

Gravetye Manor Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$41 - US$41
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Description: From unhurried classical dining in our atmospheric wood panelled restaurant to leisurely lunches in the garden, from traditional Afternoon Teas to our very reasonable Table d’Hote menu – we hope to delight and enchant with our food regardless of the occasion. We are incredibly fortunate to have a one acre walled kitchen garden, which during the summer months provides 95% of all fruit and vegetables we use in the kitchen, assuring you of the very freshest ingredients. "We have an exceptionally talented team in the kitchen who are very keen to keep ingredients as fresh and local as possible. Dishes will change as often as is practical and will offer something new to try regardless of how often our guests dine with us. I look forward to inviting you into our restaurant at an exciting time to try, what I firmly believe to be, some of the most honest and delicious food in food in the area." Executive Chef – Rupert Gleadow
Reviewed 17 July 2017

The manor is very much out of the way and when you leave the M11 it's still a fair way. The grounds of the manor are beautiful, a mix of manicured and wild, the building is very old and needs a bit of TLC but the internal decoration is impeccable, if you like the old manor type as in Agatha Christie's novels.

The staff was very welcoming and immediately put us at ease by directing us to a lounge for drinks whilst we waited for our allotted time. Amuse bouche and menus were provided so that we could choose the food before going into the restaurant. Nice selection of cocktails.

The restaurant itself is well appointed and well kept and we were pleased to see that there was actually a good atmosphere in that people were very convivial and you didn't feel that you could hear everyone else's conversation or cutlery banging on plates in absolute silence. So that contributed greatly to the experience. I reckon though we must have been the only ones under the age of 395. People in there looked so old ...you can see it's a manor in the country. We're not used to that in London.

Bread and butter were swiftly brought to the table. Nice selection and, even more marvellous, they replenish your stock ad infinitam. You won't see that anywhere else. In other Michelin restaurants, they replenish once then the plate gets whisked away.

Starters were nice. I have the crab, great. However the disappointment was the main dish. This was rabbit, which normally has a very distinct flavour. This one however was cooked sous-vide first and (1) I didn't actually recognise it was rabbit with this slightly gelatinous texture and (2) it had absolutely no taste. The gels and various mousses made up for it but it was all a bit strange. Turbot and lobster was great however with a lovely bisque and great pasta.

The desserts (soufflé with gooseberry compote and clotted cream ice cream) was divine and the Coriander and Coconut Parfait bergamot sorbet, coconut macaroon and coriander cress was unusual but great and interesting to eat.

So all in all a very positive experience if it wasn't for that weird rabbit. A great experience if you choose your dishes well.

Raspberries and English Sparkling Wine lemon verbena posset, Ridgeview jelly and fresh raspberries

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Reviewed 14 July 2017

We were given "luncheon vouchers" to Gravetye Manor last christmas and decide to use them to celebrate both our birthdays. This is undoubtedly the most civilised, highest maintained standards and almost overwhelming levels of service restaurant I have ever visited. Everyone should visit Gravetye at least once to see how things really should be done in a perfect world. The "cut above" food is complemented by an outstanding wine list(& a highly competent lady sommelier when we visited).
A summertime lunch meant we could have coffee and petit fours outdoors and then have an explore of the huge flower garden plus walled kitchen garden.

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Thank Cretan_Blue
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

We stayed for one night's B&B with evening dinner also booked and included. It was a "dream" experience from check-in to check-out - and we are very critical people! The room was beautifully set-up, free water and juice plus a Nespresso etc. if required. The manor and its setting (gardens) are superb and every member of staff (including the gardeners) seemed to "be on a mission" to make your time there really special. The dinner was quite superb and the breakfast would need a whole review to itself to do it full justice. Just to say, you can basically have anything that you can imagine. We will save up and go again!

Thank martinu
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Reviewed 8 July 2017

The afternoon tea at Gravetye Manor is amongst the best I have ever had. Twelve of us had tea in the gazebo to celebrate a friend's 70th Birthday. The selection of sandwiches were fresh and tasty and accompanied by warm home made sausage rolls which were scrummy. The sweet treats included mini lemon macaroons, rhubarb and vanilla battenburg, mini egg custards and miniature plant pots filled with chocolate mousse and mint cream. All were very delicate, fresh and extremely tasty. There was also warm melt in the mouth mini fruit scones and plain scones with a very generous portion of clotted cream and jam. There was a selection of teas to accompany the food and everything was served on beautiful Villroy and Bosch china. The staff were very efficient and friendly and brought jugs of iced water as it was such a warm day. I could not fault the afternoon at all and such good value for money.

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Reviewed 2 July 2017

A delightful experience from the moment we entered the grounds and drove through the beautiful estate. We ordered from the Daily Menu ( three course set menu at £35 per head) and considered all our dishes to be excellent, offering a superb 'summer' meal which was attractively presented and tasted delicious. The bonus amuse bouche was a very good introduction to the meal. All the staff ( and there were plenty of them!) were very pleasant and suitably attentive. There was no pressure to buy wine or bottled water - iced water was willingly served at our table. Our waiter gave us a brief explanation of each dish, with an appropriate amount of detail and enthusiasm. After our meal, we toured the gardens which were looking beautiful - the best kitchen garden I have ever seen!
Excellent value for money - we have already booked to return!

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Thank Ruby067
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