Callenders

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60 Reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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  • Lunch
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Local Ingredients
Callenders is a modern , casual style dining bistro. From a romantic meal for two, to a celebration dinner for forty. The best of local produce cooked to order for you.
The surroundings are relaxed and easy going. Large potted plants occupy the free spaces and original water-colours by local artists hang on the walls. Table tops are bare and minimalist set with condiments, cutlery and fresh cut flower stems.
Old dishes make a fresh return, and modern classics like Thai-Style Chicken sit comfortably along-side Braised Beef Cheeks with roast potatoes and gravy.
Steaks are good too and a full Char-grill section on the menu features locally shot Venison and a selection of beef cuts; T bone, Fillet and Sirloin.
As you would expect all desserts and pastries are made in house, with a definite focus on classic British desserts, steamed Treacle Sponge, Crème Brule, Apple Tart, Queen of Puddings and a really beautiful creamed rice dessert served with a mango sorbet are often on the menu.
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GM
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the 2 course lunch special, great value and good selection to suit all pallettes. Would definitely go again.

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LT
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our favourite Restaurants
The food is always good
Value for money and present service

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MB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy eating here. Good food, good value and local produce.

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JS
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a good experience but I haven't visited for Sunday lunch before - usually weekday lunchtime specials which at just £9.95 for two courses, are always excellent value.
Local glass crafts were on display and it was nice to see a local business supporting another from the local community.
I brought relatives with me on this occasion who were very impressed with everything from the ambience to the meal itself and have insisted we visit again. I was able to use my Hailsham Card for 10% discount which made it good VFM.

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SC
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Although we live in Hailsham this is the first time we have eaten at Callenders but will definitely visit more often as the food & service were excellent - all four of us were very impressed & enjoyed a lovely sunday lunch here - 5 star quality & service. Thank you.

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LT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable lunch for 20, staff attentive and service was great

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HH
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was fantastic and value for money. Presented well and a generous portion. The waiter was outstanding. Overall a very good experience.

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CM
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An enjoyable evening & especially delicious lemon drizzle birthday cake for dessert.

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LP
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really wonderful, great quality food. Will definitely be returning.

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SK
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic dinner especially as himself is gluten intolerant and the menu catered for this. If we are ever in the area again will definitely eat there again.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service. Busy for Valentine's which was good to see. Food was ok.

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AB
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not been before will certainly go again lovely food and superb service

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SR
East Sussex
8 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Restaurant very cold when entering although heater was on full blast apparently. Toilets were freezing which made the evening uncomfortable, food was good apart from the sweet which we had Cheese but was straight out of the fridge therefore too cold to enjoy. However the staff were very good.

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TF
East Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visited on Saturday for belated New Year celebrations with our family. The food was homely, comforting and delicious. The chef/owner made a big effort to accommodate us with a special dietary request and prepared a homemade one off option - we were very grateful for his care and attention. The waiter is exceptional - his knowledge of the food on offer is superb and his level of customer care is outstanding - it’s rare to come across such a well mannered young man. We will be back soon - thank you!

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F
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We like this restaurant, it’s local, comfortable, has a good menu choice and food is well presented and tasty. The young man serving is exceptionally customer focussed and quite charming.

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CH
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Second visit, great food good choice, and excellent friendly service from Jack our waiter, highly recommended.

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VP
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for dinner with my husband for our anniversary and I must say the food was amazing, it came piping hot and well presented and most importantly tasted delicious, there was a good selection of food choices across the board for very reasonable prices and the staff were very friendly. The banoffee pie was out of this world so definitely recommend that as a dessert. Will be going back for sure!

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KJ
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food and service, took pot luck in booking a table for the 1st night of our visit to the area and very pleased we did !

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B
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

As always a very enjoyable family meal for Sunday lunch.

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JN
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food with a good choice off local produce use would highly recommend

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AJ
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We popped in for an end of holiday treat and as usual were very impressed by the menu choice and quality of the food. We chose from the main menu and the specials and all hit the spot! Service was particularly good, attentive but not intrusive. We’ll be back!

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DN
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, as always, and helpful, welcoming staff. Highly recommended.

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B
Brighton
5 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had the Sunday Roast and all opted for the beef which was tender and tasty. The Yorkshire puddings were crispy and very moreish. Three of our party had the treacle sponge and custard and I had the Raspberry Creme Brulee - all delicious.

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RK
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food great service a real little gem , nothing was to much trouble fantastic evening

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s
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

excellent value, food, and service, just review the music which is very bland and not great

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SL
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Attentive service and relaxing ambiance. Dining chairs very comfortable. Sumptuous food, friendly staff and good value made the lunch very enjoyable! Thankyou Callenders, I hope to return with my family next time!

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MC
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A very enjoyable evening. Excellent variety and choice on the evening menu and the specials board. Desserts excellent too.
Very attentive waiter.
Good to find an independent restaurant in Hailsham.
Will visit again, need to work through the dessert menu at least, husband recommends the Whisky and marmalade bread and butter pudding!

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DW
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely family breakfast, the food is excellent and service was very good. The only thing I would mention is that they would benefit from a better selection of breads for toast etc.

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B
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Warm welcome, delicious food and superb service.
We recommend Callenders.

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DC
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good all round. Would go again. Parking could be a problem but we were lucky.

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TF
East Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another excellent meal at Callendars. The chef cooks food to a very high quality - so flavoursome and tasty. The vegetables are seasonal, cooked fresh and served hot to the table - not warmed up like in some pubs and restaurants. Good homely menu with a changeable specials menu. Service is always very good. We will be back soon. Thank you.

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M
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent service and food, very friendly atmosphere, steak and Venison was cooked to perfection. Good value for money, would recommend to friends and family.

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LM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New to the area and callenders came highly recommended. Visited for a birthday and it didn’t disappoint! Service was attentive and quick, food flavoursome and good size portions and good value for money, will definitely be visiting again!

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C
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Relaxed atmosphere. Good food , great value and friendly staff made this a great experience. I relied on information and reviews from the website and it lived up to expectations.

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B
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have had two excellent meals with large-ish groups in the past week, the first with our WI Supper Group and the second with the family for Sunday lunch. On both occasions the food was excellent and the service very friendly and efficient and nothing seemed to be too much trouble for them. We will certainly be returning to Callenders in the future....both the WI and the family!

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OT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Lovely food at reasonable prices very good service

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TF
East Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We dine here quite often because the food is wholesome and the chef excellent. Very accommodating on our recent visit when the chef prepared a raw vegan salad on special request - it was creative and well considered, unlike some experiences we’ve had at other restaurants. The service is exceptional - courteous, polite, knowledgeable about the food on offer and extremely professional - the young man I’m referring to will go far!

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SG
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 2

we had a lovely meal but have decided not to come again in the winter, one of our party was very cold, rather than stay and have another drink coffee etc we went home to warm up

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OT
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service, but I tried at least half a dozen chairs and they were all uncomfortable,that will stop me going back. Get decent chairs and will eat there many times

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OT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My Wife and I treated ourselves to a special, date night, whilst away for the weekend and Callenders was a wonderful discovery. The food was excellent and there was a great variety of choice on offer.

The young gentleman that served us was attentive and nothing was too much trouble for him. He made us feel very special.

Great place, great food and would recommend to anyone.

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