11 brilliant places for Sunday lunch in Sussex

Sunday lunch at The Glass House at Wickwoods

Sunday lunch at The Glass House at Wickwoods - Credit: Archant

The best Sundays revolve around a hearty lunch with friends and family. We suggest some of the best places to enjoy a Sunday roast around Sussex



The Glass House Restaurant at Wickwoods, Albourne

Set in a beautiful orangery overlooking the gardens, enjoy a Sunday lunch at The Glass House. The restaurant is AA rosette awarded and offers both traditional roasts as well as other main courses.



Gravetye Manor, East Grinstead

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This Elizabethan manor house, north of West Hoathly, is a fabulous hotel with a traditional, luxurious feel. Enjoy Sunday lunch in the wood-panelled restaurant, and afterwards explore the 35-acre garden, which was developed by the late horticulture writer William Robinson. Part of the garden supplies the kitchen with its fresh fruit and vegetables.



The Duke of Cumberland Arms, near Midhurst

The food is always good at this lovely 16th century country pub, which sits on a hillside in Henley, near Haslemere, on the Sussex-Surrey border, providing wonderful views to Leith Hill. The menu boasts unfussy, hearty dishes done well, such as sausage, mash and onion gravy, and venison with seasoned vegetables.



The Mermaid Inn, Rye

This delightful old pub is situated on the lovely cobbled Mermaid Street in the medieval citadel of Rye. With its beamed sloping ceilings, huge inglenook fireplace, and creaky floorboards, the inn is steeped in history - smugglers gathered in the cellar which dates back to the 12th century. The Sunday roasts are excellent, and vegetarians are well catered for.



Ashdown Park, Wych Cross

Situated in the gorgeous heathland of Ashdown Forest, this luxury spa hotel offers tasty Sunday lunches (including poached rump of lamb) in its Anderida restaurant. To work up an appetite, enjoy a game of golf on the hotel course, a workout in the gym and pool, or a dog walk on the estate.



Busby & Wilds, Brighton

Located in the residential area of Kemp Town village, tucked behind elegant Sussex Square in Rock Street, this stylish restaurant is popular with locals and has a laid-back atmosphere. The Sunday lunches are delicious, and include traditional meat roasts, as well as alternatives. Desserts, such as sticky toffee pudding, are hearty.



The Cat Inn, West Hoathly

The food is always good at this cosy 16th century pub, which welcomes dogs. The Sunday lunch menu alters according to the season, but usually includes traditional meat roasts and hearty pub fare (such as pie and mash). Enjoy a stroll over nearby Ashdown Forest if you want to work up an appetite.



Ockenden Manor, Cuckfield

Ockenden Manor hotel is an elegant Elizabethan manor house set within lovely grounds and boasting a spa and an award-winning restaurant. The Sunday lunch menu includes a vegetarian option and scrumptious puddings, such as apple and blackberry crumble.



The Better Half, Hove

This stylish old pub in Hove Place has a wonderfully dark interior, and a friendly, laid back atmosphere. They offer a top notch Sunday roast menu, with two vegetarian options, and wintry puds such as apple and plum crumble. To work up an appetite, stroll along the seafront promenade before lunch.



Amberley Castle, Amberley

Perhaps best known as a hotel, this sophisticated, dreamy castle also boasts a fantastic restaurant. Enjoy a wonderful Sunday roast within the historic Queen's Room, which has a roaring fire, and a 12th century barrel-vaulted ceiling. Afterwards enjoy a stroll around the gardens, or splash out and stay the night in one of the romantic rooms. If you fancy a walk before lunch, saunter along the banks of the River Arun or head up onto the Downs.



Corner House, Worthing

This Worthing pub won Newcomer of the Year at our 2016 Celebration of Sussex Life Awards and serve up delightful Sunday roasts. Enjoy rare topside of beef, slow roasted leg of lamb and more. Desserts include sticky toffee pudding and apple crumble.




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