This is only a review of the restaurant, not of the hotel itself. We went to Horsted Place for a full English tea.
It is easy to get to, being just off the A26 a couple of hundred yards from the junction with the A22 and much closer to Uckfield than Lewes The building is set some way back from the road in large grounds and is reached by more a lane than a drive. It has been restored to something like its original Victorian splendour.
The food was all fresh and delicious - and very generous. We each had three sandwiches, two scones (still warm) with huge amounts of cream and jam, a small cake, a small sandwich of short pastry with strawberries and cream inside, a tall glass containing a sort of custard creme with another strawberry on top and a a chocolate mousse confection inside a chocolate basket . It was more than we could manage. But it seemed that this was a common problem as two cardboard boxes were readily supplied as 'doggy bags'
The staff were friendly and efficient - although they had little to do once the tea was served. The only slight niggle was that I think an establishment as upmarket as this should have been able to produce Redbush tea on request.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Horsted Place is situated on the A26 just south of Uckfield. Originally a private family house, it is now a luxury country house hotel set in landscaped gardens with extensive views towards the South Downs. A grade II listed Victorian gothic mansion, it has original architectural features designed by Pugin and historical links to the British Royal Family. The fine dining, AA 2-rosetted restaurant offers modern English cuisine with freshly prepared seasonal local ingredients whenever possible. Afternoon teas (served on the Terrace in summer or in front of the Drawing Room fires in winter)are extremely popular. There is a croquet lawn and hard tennis court and guests also have use of the spa and leisure facilities at the East Sussex National, 2 minutes away by car. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Horsted Place Lewes
- Horsted Place Hotel Lewes