Gardeners Arms
Gardeners Arms

Gardeners Arms

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gardenersarmsardingly.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01444892328
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Sunday:12pm - 5pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5pm - 9:30pm
    Sunday: 5pm - 9pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: British
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Bus Stop siutated outside house with a regular service
  • Parking: Private Car Park
A word from Gardeners Arms
Why not treat the real ale lover in your life with our Countryside Sett Gift Box, 12 Bottles of Badger Ale in a beautiful display box. Available to order now in house.

An ancient and truly beautiful pub-restaurant the Gardeners Arms is situated on the edge of rolling Sussex countryside, across the road from both the South of England Showground and Wakehurst Place (Kew's 180 acre country garden in West Sussex). Truly worth seeking out.

Unfortunately we are unable to accept online table bookings for our outdoor tables.
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Gardeners Arms reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since 21 October 2013
Average Rating4.1
  • Food3.9
    Service4.3
  • Ambience4.2
    Value3.6
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
sunday lunch (37)outdoor eating (31)special occasions (30)fit for foodies (20)group bookings (18)business meals (15)romance (12)child friendly (10)good vegetarian options (9)disabled access (8)brunch (7)outstanding value (3)afternoon tea (2)pre/post theatre (1)Show More
  • A favourite place
    JudiA
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Thank you again to the management and staff of the Gardeners' Arms. We always enjoy visiting as we have never been let down in any way. The staff are superb, we love the atmosphere of the place, the food is delicious and it is a lovely place to sit outside when the weather is fine. As long as you continue in the way you do, we will be coming as often as we can! Thank you!
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Lunch
    guide
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The duck was overcooked and inedible, but the waitress was very apologetic and it was eventually exchanged for some that was satisfactory.
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  • Great pub food
    Muzz
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My wife and I were meeting very good friends from Guernsey, an island that is blessed with great restaurants. This was a special occasion as our friends were starting their world tour later in the week. The food was great, very varied menu with lots of choice. We live 30 miles away but will certainly be back.
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    outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fussyfoodie
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    The food we had was excellent but I did find the menu a little limited. Too many gourmet options and not enough more "simple fare"
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    brunch, fit for foodies
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  • Robert
    Robert
    Dined on 25/8/2014
    Staff all keen to help. Service and food excellent in all respects, although some items rather 'pricey' compared with other food pubs in the area. However, they do provide full food service on a Bank Holiday evening, which many other establishments in the area do not. Would certainly go again. They can get very busy at popular times so it is advisable to book a table unless just popping in for a quick drink.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings
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  • Birthday Meal
    goodlookingseagull
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    We took our daughter for her 30th birthday and thoroughly enjoyed our meal the food was good, the restaurant was very busy so the service a little slow but that did not impact on the overall evening which was very good
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    outdoor eating, special occasions
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  • I would not recommened this place!
    Stanley92
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    We thought the cooking left a great deal to be desired, the chunky chips were soggy & unappertising, the batter on the fish was soggy, the mushy peas balls desgusting! The creme brulee was unedable & was sent back!!! We will not be visiting again...We were meeting relatives at the Gardebers Arms which made double enbarrassing!
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  • Dave14
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    This was our 4th visit this year (to celebrate a 91st birthday) and as usual we enjoyed the experience. Because we feel the prices are slightly higher than other pub/restaurants in the area we keep this for special events or occasions. That aside the staff make a great effort to give good service and make you feel welcome. So for us this remains as one of our top three places to eat.
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    group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meeting with friends
    MajPayne
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    Had eaten a couple of times before and being pleased with the service and the food booked again for a get together with a couple of friends. We all had a great meal with again good service which is very important to me. Only disappointment was they no longer are operating Loyalty Cards which I find odd. They will still honour existing cards but if they are not full I fail to understand how useful this is.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, special occasions
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  • Good food / eally nice country pub
    Suzie
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The atmosphere of the Gardners Arms is typically English country. Warm and friendly staff even though the trainee we had needs work, she made a very determined effort to get it right. I had the Falafel an Haloumi burger and it was delicious. Another guest had the Organic Salmon, she didn't speak until all her food was gone. That's a sign of good food. The Veal was slightly thick and so hard to cut but tasted delicious, so could of done with bashing a bit thinner. We all had desserts Creme Brûlée, Eton Mess, Mixed Berry Panacotta, Chicolate Fondant. All to die for and heavenly! Overall a great experience and I would go back - soon!
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    business meals, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • ijBN1
    Dined on 23/7/2014
    Food, service and atmosphere all great, especially on a sunny day, but the prices are creeping up - £100 for lunch for three of us (3 courses, including service but no alcohol)
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating
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  • Always a pleasure
    JudiA
    Dined on 18/7/2014
    I have been to the Gardener's Arms a number of times now and it is a favourite of mine and several of my friends. The staff are brilliant, the food is beautifully cooked and presented and there is a pleasant atmosphere. The only thing I would mention is that, along with the vast majority of places these days, the price of wine has become quite stupid. My friend and I had a bottle which isn't too bad but wine by the glass is now fast becoming far too pricey to contemplate. Why should we pay for a glass of wine which is roughly 50% of the cost of the main meal - crazy. I digress. I thoroughly recommend this establishment to anyone.
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    business meals, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Nearly four star
    4star
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    Food was very good, although decision to skip starter in favour of aperitif seemed to 'throw' staff and resulted in glass of wine ordered with meal being delivered well into our dining, despite three gentle reminders to waiter/s. Pricing means cannot upgrade to excellent value for money - by paying more the quality matches the price. Nevertheless, this is good. Initial greeter, waitress and waiter who delivered meal all good; main waiter supercilious, which was disappointing and rather insulting. As local residents we have watched, enthusiastically, as the management have worked hard to improve all aspects of this place and have patronised it well, however care should be taken to maintain their quality of service and not to overprice.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good weekday lunch out
    RJandAJ
    Dined on 19/6/2014
    The food was excellent. The service was good. The choice was good too. A most enjoyable lunch in very pleasant surroundings. Found we had been put on a table with a notice that said that as part of a staff initiative to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care all cash tips for this table would go towards their target for that charity. I had not come across this before and was told that they had set three tables aside for this purpose. I congratulated them on the idea and on their generosity in carrying it out. A most enjoyable lunch and I would certainly recommend.
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  • Excellent
    bobccat
    Dined on 31/5/2014
    Recommended to us so this was our first visit - food good, table we booked inside was in a good location, ambience - comfortable, relaxing and warm, staff very cordial and helpful. Will be recommending and coming back.
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    outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • A lovely venue
    JudiA
    Dined on 12/5/2014
    Once again, I found this pub/restaurant to be of a very high standard overall. The food is delicious and well-presented. The staff are always fantastic and cannot do enough to help. It is also nice to have a loyalty card - I was able to achieve a substantial discount as I visited with my friend on a Monday when the full cards can be redeemed. It's a really nice environment to relax and have a chat with a lovely outside area if you wish to go al fresco. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Gardeners Arms, Ardingly
    Gardners
    Dined on 29/4/2014
    Nice relaxed pub, good service and interesting menu. Very dog friendly. Excellent online booking facility. Handy position right opposite South Of England Showground.
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    group bookings, outdoor eating, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal
    Dave14
    Dined on 30/3/2014
    This is the second time we have been to the Gardeners Arms. Previously it had just been my wife and I but as we enjoyed it so much we took our to adult children with us to celebrate mothers day. We had a lovely meal and the service was excellent. I think the prices on both visits has averaged £28 per person. This is at the higher end of what I generally pay when I visit a pub restaurant so personally I would only use it for special occasions/romantic visits. Nevertheless its a lovely drive out and an excellent venue.
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    romance, special occasions, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    SharonOC
    Dined on 30/3/2014
    I have been to the Gardner's Arms before and I have to say that on this occasion the food was a little bland. The service (as always) is really excellent and the staff really know how to treat customers properly (so rare these days). We have a little dog and she is welcome too which is great. Shame about the food - perhaps we chose a bad day (evening of Mothering Sunday) and the chef had had enough!! Will go again though because its a nice place and maybe choose something else on the menu. BTW I had veal - another of our party had burger (was pronounced as OK) and two others had the Sunday lunch (sweet cabbage far too sweet - although lots of meat).
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    disabled access, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chewy but flavousome
    Jackie
    Dined on 29/3/2014
    Meat on all 3 dishes ordered was chewy, ie duck venison veal, but apart from that ok. also overpriced by about 205. Service was good and when we complained they paid for a round of drinks
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  • Busy mid-week lunch
    Smith
    Dined on 25/3/2014
    A bit disappointed with the food on this occasion, one meal was served on a cold plate, the chicken and frites also got cold as served on a board/in a tin cup and the only vegetable was a whole garlic which was a bit overpowering. We also had the venison pie (not much filling, more air than meat) and there were chewy chunks which tasted more like rabbit. On the plus side, the service was excellent, the staff were friendly and helpful even though it was a busy lunchtime.
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  • 69th birthday treat
    Reginald
    Dined on 23/3/2014
    Sunday roast was poor , `plastic` lamb and pork slices & tough even the waiter mistook the pork for chicken ! But worst of all was my wife was refused a half pint of Guiness on the basis they only sell pints ! We will ensure that all our friends go elsewhere , there are plenty of better options in the area.
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  • Great pub food, brasserie menu….
    BandE
    Dined on 20/3/2014
    Have eaten at the Gardeners Arms a few times now and never disappointed. For good pub food you will not go wrong. One request….. New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, not Australian!
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  • Great for dog lovers
    doggiecouple
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Perfectly placed opposite Ardingly showground where you can walk your dogs, the Gardeners Arms are v.welcoming to both people and dogs. The staff are lovely - really friendly and welcoming. The food is great - just a wide enough choice for there to be "something for everyone" without feeling that it is pre-packaged or bought in. There are always daily specials and the puddings are highly recommended. Good value - not cheap, but not v expensive either
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    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely cosy atmosphere
    Evelyn1
    Dined on 15/2/2014
    We were seated by a log fire which was regularly stoked. Staff very friendly and efficient. Food was good, although we found the choice of mains rather limited. Desserts were lovely, portions rather large though! Not a cheap place to eat, but worth the money. We went on a Saturday night and the clientele were 50+, as are we! Recommend and we will go again.
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    business meals, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very disappointing
    yumyum
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Looked forward to meeting up with an old friend here but it was so disappointing. The food was very poor. Not much of it, low quality, stale rolls, expensive for what it was. The staff are charming though.
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  • Lovely pub/food but slow service
    Anna
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    We love this pub and great place at the end of a long country walk. The ambience is lovely and nice seating outside. Food is usually very good and was pretty good on this occasion but service was slow and frustrating when they try to remember your order by heart instead of writing it down, then get part of it wrong! Overall I'd definitely recommend a visit- not cheap but not extortionate and some cheaper lunch options.
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT VENUE IN EVERY RESPECT!
    SussexDi
    Dined on 26/1/2014
    Our favourite venue as the food is always excellent, whatever the occasion. The whole team are exceptional - paying attention to detail at all times - you are made to feel very special! Alfresco or indoor dining - the ambience is always very comfortable, relaxing & enjoyable. Can't wait to go back!
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    business meals, special occasions, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great staff, good food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 25/1/2014
    We eat here quite often because the food is good and the staff are always welcoming and very helpful. This is especially important to me as I am Celiac and lactose intolerant and often have to ask for variations to the set menu.
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    business meals, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Five star dining!
    MamaM
    Dined on 24/1/2014
    This is not your normal pub grub. The menu has been devised by a chef that is obviously passionate about food and wants happy customers. My husband normally always finds something that isn't to his liking about the meal but couldn't fault his meal here at all. That means we'll definitely be going back - hurrah! The flavours of each dish went really well and presentation was excellent.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this place!
    JudiA
    Dined on 24/1/2014
    I have been to this restaurant a number of times there and love going. The atmosphere is really nice. The staff are really helpful and friendly. The food is terrific and really nicely presented. What's not to like, as they say? An extremely pleasant way to spend your time and I thoroughly recommend it. I have never been disappointed. It does tend to get crowded when there is a fair or event on at the showground so it's always wise to book.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • Fabulous Staff, Great Food!
    Appleaje
    Dined on 18/1/2014
    Choosing the Gardners Arms helped make a good day great. The staff were so friendly, welcoming and attentive (without being in the way as it were). The food was fabulous, really tasty, well prepared and presentation was good. All in all a great meal and a great venue. One small gripe - the 25% off loyalty card that I had was not valid on a Saturday although it does not say this anywhere on the card.
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  • Disappointing Sunday lunch
    missdaisy
    Dined on 12/1/2014
    Although service and ambience good, and it was our second visit, the food was so disappointing. We enjoyed first visit , hence return. Two out of four roast dinners were returned- not only cold, but roast potatoes barely roasted and "honey roasted carrots" were boiled or steamed. We didn't have starters (in anticipation of yummy Roast) What a disappointment. The two plates were replaced- meal at least was then hot, but certainly not what was expected. Desserts were nice. Cannot recommend.
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  • Successful Birthday Lunch
    APerkins
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    I was tasked with finding a good steak for my husbands birthday lunch. This totally delivered on this. Food was plentiful and top notch. Waitress was friendly, service was a little slow but forgivable down to all other plus points. There were a few dogs in the pub and this for us added a rustic charm. When we go next time I may ask not to sit so close to the door as it was a little drafty at times. Great new favourite place to go.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding service
    Canada
    Dined on 21/12/2013
    The service was absolutely faultless, very friendly and exceptionally knowledgable on the food, food was good and was well presented and tasty , we had a great evening. Thank you
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls catch up night
    Pipstum
    Dined on 18/12/2013
    Had a lovely evening at The Gardners Arms. Food was yum from starter to pud. Good menu selection and my chicken salad was great. Two of the girls had cod and loved that too. Very cosy inside, very clean, plenty of space between tables so your conversation isn't over heard!
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    fit for foodies, brunch, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A successful friends' lunch
    ladieswotlunch
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    A few of us had been here before and rated it highly, so we booked our pre-Christmas lunch and were not disappointed! We were greeted immediately, shown to our table and drink orders taken. The ambience was great, as always, in this friendly bar/restaurant, with log fire. The menu was varied enough for us to take a while browsing and chatting.The poussin meal was ordered by three people, and came with chips and salad - all rated it highly. The smoked salmon in beetroot was excellent, very succulent, but the crushed garlic new potatoes were a disappointment as they were swimming in a dish of oil. The duck breast was excellent. The 'mini' puddings were delicious and came with hot drink of choice - very good value. We recommend it.
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    special occasions, group bookings, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening Meal
    MangeTout
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    Our party was very impressed with the lovely menu on offer, the food was quick to arrive and staff very pleasant and attentive. The quirky gardening theme is great and I loved the presence of Alan Titchmarsh, Monty Don and Chris Beardshaw etc in the ladies loo - quite a draw :) As locals we will be back.
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    good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Pub Food
    RobM
    Dined on 8/12/2013
    Lovely pub with good lunch and dinner menu. Very friendly staff.
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    child friendly, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab-u-lous
    Thensum
    Dined on 8/12/2013
    We had a 3 course Sunday lunch here and it was simply amazing, better than some more expensive places, we will most definitely return. Simply wonderful.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.