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Ockenden Manor

Ockenden Lane, Cuckfield RH17 5LD, England
(01444) 416111
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Ranked #1 of 9 Restaurants in Cuckfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $91 - $122
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Ockenden Manor offers a superb fine dining experience in our beautiful dining room overlooking the gardens with stunning views of the South Downs National Park. Head Chef, Stephen Crane,serves some of the finest food in southern England incorporating the freshest ingredients, sourced locally in Sussex whenever possible. Guests have a choice of fixed price menus including Stephen's selected Sussex Menu or the gastronomic seven course Tasting Menu
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  • English first
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English first
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We went here for my girlfriends birthday, wanting to say we had tried a Michelin star restaurant! On arrival we were asked if we wanted a drink at the bar or go straight to the table. We said the table bit were shown and left in the bar anyway! But the waiter came and took our drink order and gave... More

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east grinstead
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I took my husband here for his birthday and took advantage of the Design Restaurants Club card (buy one get one free on the meals). We opted for the taster menu and a half bottle of wine as I was driving. We had a pre-dinner drink in the bar and my husband had a cocktail and I had a alcohol... More

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Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Came here for lunch as a family - service was excellent. We were are larger group with some younger children and we were all looked after exceptionally well. A trade mark of the restaurant in ockenden really is the fabulous service. We had lunch in one of the wood panelled rooms which I adore and find much more cosy than... More

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Lindfield, United Kingdom
2 reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We had a celebratory lunch at the restaurant last week and it was decidedly disappointing. So disappointing that when we got home we wrote to Ockenden Manor of our experience. Needless to say we have not had a response. Both the food and service were poor - and as far as a dining experience goes was totally lacking. We dined... More

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OckendenManor, Manager at Ockenden Manor, responded to this review

We are sorry for the delay in responding to your letter as Head Chef Stephen Crane was on holiday and has since spoken to you. More

Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We were able to enjoy a drink in the garden before going to the dining room for our lunch chosen from the set lunch menu of the day. As to be expected from a first class chef the lunch was very imaginatively presented. We especially liked the Huss and being served our coffee with delicious petit fours in the garden.... More

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Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Eat in lovely surroundings, attentive staff, nothing on the lunch menu that appealed, so forced onto a la carte menu, far better choice, however a glass of champagne each, and a glass of wine each (driving), three courses with various additional charges, no coffee, almost £200, so not your average lunch, and my scallops were almost cold. Have had better... More

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West Sussex
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Our first visit to Ockenden and we shall definitely return. The food was excellent, with a good selection of canapes and a good choice of options on the a la carte menu. The mackerel starter was perfectly matched with soft horseradish cream and the pork main was divine. A broad selection of French and British cheeses was on offer with... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Having had lunch here a few times I was expecting the usual high standard. Eating as part of large group, the starters were very good all round. As always the surroundings were excellent and service attentive. However, the main courses were something of a mixed bag. The chicken was be all accounts very agreeable but those of us that had... More

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I booked a table for myself and my girlfriend for our anniversary and I was very glad that I did! There are some reviews on this site that indicate that the service is sub-par or the atmosphere is overbearing. I certainly did not find that to be the case. The waiters where very attentive and not averse to showing a... More

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Manama, Bahrain
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

Although the spa may be good, the restaurant is well below par for a Michelin one-star location. Four old friends met for a reunion dinner at the restaurant and were surprised by the poor service. The waiters had to be reminded to pour more wine and to clear our main course dishes and when going to the bathroom, it surely... More

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