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The Garden Restaurant

4.4
4.4
71 Reviews
£26 to £40
English

Situated within Eastbourne’s landmark Grand Hotel, The Garden Restaurant is a graceful space serving outstanding food on the seafront. High ceilings and oodles of space belie The Garden Restaurant’s sense of intimacy and cosiness, the classically decorated surroundings proving endlessly popular for relaxed romance, family treats and business dinners too. Not only here in the restaurant, but throughout the hotel you’ll experience service of the very highest order, the staff well versed in the ‘customer as king’ theory. But while the seafront setting and extra special service are especially superb, it’s the food served here that visitors really ought to be writing home about. The Garden Restaurant’s chefs focus on the best of British in their menus, sourcing much produce – including fresh fish - in the local rural area and giving old favourites a modern twist throughout breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    English

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Thu–Sun 12:30–14:00
    Daily 18:30–21:00

  • Phone number

    01323 412345

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Hrvoje Loncarevic

  • Catering

    In our restaurants whilst we do not operate a dress code, most of our guests choose smart casual or formal wear

Menu

Sample Menu - I

Non - Residents £20

    Traditional English Breakfast

    From the Buffet or, if you prefer, prepared to order:

      First Course

      • Oatmeal Porridge

        Second Course

        • Your choice of Eggs

          Boiled (please inform us of preference on timing), Fried, Poached or Scrambled and your selection:- Spiced Pork Sausage, Smoked Back Bacon, Un-smoked Streaky Bacon, Grilled Tomato, Grilled Mushrooms, Kidneys, Black Pudding, Baked Beans and Fried Bread

          Third Course

          • Grilled Kippers

            • Oak Smoked Natural Haddock Fillet

              please allow up to 15 minutes

              A La Carte Selection

              • 'Buccleuch' 21 day aged Scottish Sirloin 4oz Steak

                served with 2 Fried Eggs and Sauté Potatoes (£8 supplement)

                • Hot Smoked Salmon Fillet

                  served on Toasted Muffin and Softly Scrambled Eggs. (£6 supplement)

                  • Breakfast 'Mediteria'

                    Your choice of Eggs served with Iberian Chorizo Sausage, Paprika Pancetta and warm Sun-blushed Tomatoes (£7 supplement)

                    Sample Menu - II

                    £20 per person for non residential guests

                      Vegetarian Menu

                      • Homemade Vegetarian Sausage

                        • Your choice of Eggs

                          Boiled (please inform us of preference on timing), Fried, Poached or Scambled and your selection: Baked Beans, fried Bread, grilled Tomatos and grilled Mushrooms

                          For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at 00 1 866 237-4564.

                          What 71 people are saying

                          Overall ratings and reviews

                          4.4
                          4.4 based on all time ratings
                          • 4.2Food
                          • 4.5Service
                          • 4.4Ambience
                          • 4.1Value

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                          1. T

                            Tessie1

                            County Durham

                            27 reviews

                            3.0

                            27 reviews

                            Dined on 14 March 2020

                            overall3food3service5ambience5

                            Please see my Trip Advisor review under the name tessie1

                          2. JP

                            JacobP

                            London

                            15 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            15 reviews

                            Dined on 22 September 2019

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Outstanding Highly professional and welcoming team working in classic grandeur. Faultless

                          3. PD

                            PaulineD

                            East Sussex

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 3 March 2019

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Excellent food, with a wide choice of dishes. Excellent service, waiters plentiful, and very professional and attentive, also very smartly dressed. Dining room very attractive, lovely atmosphere. Head waiter very professional, and everything very organised, and quietly under control. It was relaxing and quiet and calming.

                          4. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Las Vegas

                            2 reviews

                            5.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on 3 March 2019

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            My partner and I treated my mother to Sunday lunch on her birthday. We had a lovely time. My mother’s dietary request was delicious. The ambiance and service both top notch. The Rolls Royce of Traditional Sunday Lunches!

                          5. K

                            Karen

                            London

                            11 reviews

                            1.0

                            11 reviews

                            Dined on 17 November 2018

                            overall1food1service4ambience4

                            The setting is traditionally beautiful, the service was good, but the food... it really was terrible. Menu seemed to be 20 years out of date, boasting local produce (fresh asparagus in November?!). The main course was horrendous, cold vegetables (on cold plates), a fillet steak that could not be cut even with a steak knife (I had to leave 3/4 of it as it was inedible) and a lasting taste of weird truffle pate that lingered for the rest of the evening. Not wanting to make a fuss in front of a room full of diners, I discreetly asked one of the waiting staff to advise the chef that the steak was too chewy to eat. I don’t think she let the chef know as my comment was not followed up. We paid our bill and left without daring to sample dessert! Such a massive disappointment (and a pricey one for inedible food).

                          6. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            London

                            4 reviews

                            3.0

                            4 reviews

                            Dined on 14 October 2018

                            overall3food3service4ambience4

                            Food very plain but nice 70’s style. Waiters great . Traditional decor nice but all needs redecoration particularly in bar where sofas have more than seen there day there all worn out and similar to a nursing home . Drinks good but £17 just to high a price for surroundings an eastbourne. We used to visit regularly we’ve now stopped due to escalate prices an worsening decor that never appears to have work done to keep it tidy

                          7. JP

                            JenPeta

                            London

                            28 reviews

                            3.0

                            28 reviews

                            Dined on 12 October 2018

                            overall3food2service3ambience3

                            We visit the Garden Restaurant quite regularly, but have recently been very disappointed by the lunch menu. It used to be great; what has happened?

                          8. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Kent

                            12 reviews

                            5.0

                            12 reviews

                            Dined on 28 July 2018

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Outstanding service, great atmosphere, lovely food mainly the pancakes:).

                          9. DY

                            DeliaY

                            Hong Kong

                            34 reviews

                            vip
                            3.0

                            34 reviews

                            Dined on 1 June 2018

                            overall3food2service3ambience4

                            Isn’t that incredible at all.

                          10. JG

                            JoyG

                            1 review

                            4.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 25 April 2018

                            overall4food4service5ambience5

                            Excellent food very attentive staff helped To make our short stay at hotel very pleasant

                          11. LS

                            LawrenceS

                            New York Area

                            22 reviews

                            5.0

                            22 reviews

                            Dined on 4 February 2018

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Having lived locally for almost 20 years, strangely we have never been to the Grand or the Garden Restaurant. It was my Mother In Law's 83 birthday and the meal was everything we had expected. A traditional hotel and traditional Sunday lunch. Service was impeccable and we were never hurried or rushed. Simple enough menu we all went for beef and it was carved at the table. We all enjoyed it and the portions were perfect. The wine list cater for all tastes and budgets. The Grand is busy for afternoon tea and our only gripe was sitting in the lounge after lunch was all but impossible, as there were no free tables. If you want a traditional Sunday Lunch you cannot beat this and at £31/person wasn't astronomically expensive, We will go back.

                          12. R

                            Rickola

                            London

                            26 reviews

                            vip
                            4.0

                            26 reviews

                            Dined on 24 November 2017

                            overall4food3service5ambience4

                            Great staff, although the Maitre d’hotel was rather perturbed that we didn’t want to sit where he wanted us to, right next to the three other occupied tables in a very large and almost empty dinning room. Food was good, but for the money I’d expected great.

                          13. LR

                            LyndaR

                            Kent

                            9 reviews

                            5.0

                            9 reviews

                            Dined on 27 October 2017

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Wonderful experience. From the minute we arrived we were well looked after. We were not rushed from our cocktail before dinner, browsed the menu and ordered in the bar, went through to the dining room at our leisure. Every member of staff was just perfect.

                          14. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            East Sussex

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 3 October 2017

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            The Garden Restaraunt was excellent the meal was perfect,the staff were attentive at all times.We could not fault anything ,it was my wife’s birthday and everything was lovely.

                          15. i

                            iantha

                            London

                            13 reviews

                            vip
                            4.0

                            13 reviews

                            Dined on 24 September 2017

                            overall4food5service4ambience4

                            Excellent food and wine even for a Sunday lunch with nice atmosphere. Waiters were professional which is unusual for female only table. We arrived at 13:30 last available time slot and by the time we came to dessert they forgot which slightly spoilt an otherwise perfect meal. The comprehensive wine list provided ample opportunity to indulge a lot of money. Did not have much of a selection of digestives. Would recommend.

                          16. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            London

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 18 September 2017

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Very delicious and considerate restaurant. Very decent environment and tranquil atmosphere. It was my fiancée's birthday and I booked the restaurant, leaving a message, telling them that if it was possible to give her a piece of cake with a candle on it. I did not hear from the restaurant and thought maybe I asked too much from them and that's alright. We just headed to the restaurant . Everything was delicious. Customers looked all very decent, shirts, jackets and evening dresses etc. When we reached the dessert phase, to our surprise, the waitress came to us with a piece of chocolate fudge with a light candle, and my fiancée's dessert is written with Happy Birthday in chocolate. It just made our day. A really great trip in Eastbourne. We will definitely visit the restaurant again next summer.

                          17. G

                            Grandma27

                            Gloucestershire

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 10 September 2017

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            A family lunch for 6 people, wonderful experience from pre lunch drinks in the lounge right the way through to the sweet trolley. The lunch was to celebrate a Golden Wedding Anniversary and everything was perfect, the staff were all very professional and did a wonderful job. The food was all delicious and there were clean plates all round. A very nice touch was writing in chocolate on the two main dessert plates were the words "happy" and "anniversary", such a lovely thoughtful thing to do.

                          18. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            East Sussex

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 21 August 2017

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Everything was absolutely perfect from start to finish, food was to die for and staff were amazing in making our lunch a memorable experience 😀😀

                          19. GB

                            GemmaB

                            London

                            10 reviews

                            vip
                            3.0

                            10 reviews

                            Dined on 13 August 2017

                            overall3food3service1ambience2

                            Service was appalling. I didn't like my chips. Forgot my partners starter. Brought out a second one for me which I didn't want.

                          20. E

                            Elizabeth

                            London

                            1 review

                            1.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 21 July 2017

                            overall1food1service1ambience1

                            Tried to take my boyfriend here for his birthday present but despite booking we weren't allowed to take our table because my boyfriend didn't have a collar. The dress code on open table just says 'jacket preferred' - not mandatory and nothing about a collar. When a dress code is this strict it should be highlighted when you make the booking. Very disappointed.

                          21. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            East Sussex

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 23 December 2016

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            The Grand is for that special occasion . Beautiful decor, outstanding service. Lovely experience .

                          22. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            East Sussex

                            1 review

                            5.0

                            1 review

                            Dined on 24 October 2016

                            overall5food5service5ambience3

                            Our recent visit to this venue took us by surprise did not expect to see a hotel with that quality a lovely experience to go with the lovely decor and the service excellent enjoyed the meal very much and would recommend this hotel to anyone who appreciates quality dining with quality sevice

                          23. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            London

                            3 reviews

                            vip
                            5.0

                            3 reviews

                            Dined on 16 July 2016

                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                            Nice experience to step back in time in a classic environment.

                          24. m

                            maggon

                            London

                            17 reviews

                            5.0

                            17 reviews

                            Dined on 31 May 2016

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            What a treat, wonderful service, subtle lighting from glowing candles, and excellent food. We've eaten here many times, and our last couple of visits for lunch were fine but not 100%. This evening represented a return to top form. Particularly good was the mixed grill, well worth the extra supplement, and the bananas flambeed in brandy at the table was a theatrical and tasty experience!

                          25. JC

                            JCM17

                            Brighton

                            11 reviews

                            5.0

                            11 reviews

                            Dined on 8 December 2014

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            A delicious lunch, as always. Smoked Salmon fishcake, Confit Lamb with potatoes & seasonal vegetables followed by poached pear with salted caramel & oat crisp. Service, ambiance and food exceptional. Restaurant was tastefully decorated for Christmas.

                          26. l

                            luvmyveg

                            Brighton

                            13 reviews

                            5.0

                            13 reviews

                            Dined on 31 October 2014

                            overall5food4service4ambience5

                            We booked the Garden Restaurant at The Grand Hotel on Friday and found it excellent. The attentive staff, who seemed to visit our table in time to the music, came back and forth, with the water, the wine, the warm bread rolls, the complimentary appetiser from the chef followed by our 3 courses. All the food was delicious though my husband wondered if a fish knife was not the best thing to cut up his broccoli (which was al dente). We took our coffee in the lounge and this was served with chocolatey sweetmeats We watched as the staff rolled up the carpet in syncopation. Maybe we could have stayed for a dance if we did not have a long drive home? Because we had to drive home we had ordered one glass of wine each, but i noticed after we had paid that we had been charged for 3 glasses.

                          27. N

                            Niktreat

                            London

                            25 reviews

                            5.0

                            25 reviews

                            Dined on 31 May 2014

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Grand cuisine and good value We once again enjoyed an excellent meal here. My wife had smoked duck breast with blood orange jelly, suprême of guinea fowl and coconut panna cotta with pomegranate; I had celeriac and apple soup, grilled bacon chop, and burnt honey parfait with mango (the menu changes weekly). Each dish was expertly prepared and presented and they complemented one another very well. The service was friendly, attentive and respectful and the ambience is spacious and elegant but not stiffly formal. Given the high quality of the cuisine, the bill was remarkably good value - £23 per person for three courses and £17.80 for two large glasses of wine, totalling £63.80 (plus a well-deserved tip). A wholly agreeable experience.

                          28. JC

                            JCM17

                            Brighton

                            11 reviews

                            5.0

                            11 reviews

                            Dined on 31 January 2014

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            I have eaten in The Garden & Mirabelle restaurants before and The Grand Hotel never fails to deliver quality food at a good price, even if I did not have an Elite card, which entitles you to buy one meal get one free, I would eat there.The food is always fresh & there's a good selection on the menu to satisfy anyone's taste. Looking forward to dining there for my Mum's 70th Birthday, when there will be 9 of us.

                          29. BF

                            BtonFoodie

                            London

                            57 reviews

                            4.0

                            57 reviews

                            Dined on 16 February 2013

                            overall4food4service4ambience3

                            This is not the first time I have dined at The Garden Restaurant. This time it was for my birthday and three of us were eating. Menu was to the usual high standard and the service and food were typically of the quality we've come to expect of The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne.

                          30. J

                            Jonny

                            London

                            33 reviews

                            5.0

                            33 reviews

                            Dined on 27 October 2012

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            The Grand Hotel is a harkback to another era. The place is beautiful and the service and food were lovely. Retiring to the fireplace for coffee followed by dancing in the lounge, even better!

                          31. m

                            maggon

                            London

                            17 reviews

                            5.0

                            17 reviews

                            Dined on 21 September 2012

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne is one of the finest dining venues in the South East, end of story. I've tried so many restaurants but keep coming back here. The Garden Restaurant is so elegant, and the service is exceptional. Plus, there is a separate vegetarian menu with about five choices of starter and main course. The only restaurants I can think of that better this are vegetarian restaurants. And of course my carniverous companion was delighted with his chicken starter and guinea fowl main. If I could, I would eat here once a week, it's just superb.

                          32. A

                            Anon

                            Oxford

                            35 reviews

                            3.0

                            35 reviews

                            Dined on 18 June 2012

                            overall3food4service3ambience3

                            and old-fashioned, but charming in its way. Unfortunately the head wiater at first denied having our booking, and then kept us waiting for ages in the bar. The wine list is amazing, though they seemed to have little idea which of their bin ends had ended...

                          33. OT

                            OpenTable Diner

                            Cheshire

                            2 reviews

                            5.0

                            2 reviews

                            Dined on 13 April 2012

                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                            Brilliant service and the food was exquisite. The restaurant is quite formal but still relaxing enough that we could enjoy ourselves and have a romantic evening.

                          34. BF

                            BtonFoodie

                            London

                            57 reviews

                            5.0

                            57 reviews

                            Dined on 7 November 2011

                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                            Excellent luncheon. Staff were superb. Food was lovely.

                          35. Z

                            Zavvy

                            London

                            44 reviews

                            4.0

                            44 reviews

                            Dined on 20 October 2011

                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                            The Garden Restaurant, Eastbourne. As always, a very nice meal. Service exceptional, very helpful and attentive. Will be returning again on our next visit to Eastbourne.

                          36. D

                            Diner007

                            London

                            15 reviews

                            5.0

                            15 reviews

                            Dined on 30 September 2011

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            Everything was at the highest level!

                          37. D

                            Diner007

                            London

                            15 reviews

                            5.0

                            15 reviews

                            Dined on 24 September 2011

                            overall5foodservice5ambience5

                            There should be more warning about dress code!!!

                          38. m

                            maggon

                            London

                            17 reviews

                            5.0

                            17 reviews

                            Dined on 23 September 2011

                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                            The Garden Restaurant at The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne is such a lovely venue for lunch or dinner. Last night we enjoyed a three course meal for £38 each, including appetisers and sorbets. The service is always perfect, and the food was delicious. There could have been a little more choice, especially for the main courses ( there were four options) but whatever you choose you are guaranteed a beautiful meal. With wine the bill came to £95 for two, which is good value for food of this quality.

                          39. Z

                            Zavvy

                            London

                            44 reviews

                            4.0

                            44 reviews

                            Dined on 1 July 2011

                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                            Another return visit to the Garden Restaurant at the Grand Hotel Eastbourne. All courses very tasty, however, was somewhat disappointed on this occasion with the vegetables. Roasted new potatoes were hard, chewy baked parsnip and the mangetout were tasteless, the only nice thing was the cauliflower cheese. Service impeccable as usual.

                          40. r

                            rufus

                            Brighton

                            10 reviews

                            4.0

                            10 reviews

                            Dined on 30 May 2011

                            overall4food4service4ambience5

                            This restaurant has a good ambience and the food and service are good but the tables are very rickety and unsteady, so much so that we had to be moved to another table. Even that wasn't very good. They had better do something about their tables.

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                          The Garden Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 71 OpenTable diners.

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                          • Area

                            Eastbourne

                          • Hours of Operation

                            Mon, Thu–Sun 12:30–14:00
                            Daily 18:30–21:00

                          • Cuisines

                            English

                          • Dining style

                            Casual Elegant

                          • Dress Code

                            Smart Casual

                          • Parking Details

                            None

                          • Payment Options

                            AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                          • Executive Chef

                            Hrvoje Loncarevic

                          • Additional

                            Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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