The Sundial

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264 reviews
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£26 to £40
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French
The Sundial is a privately owned, relaxed and chic French restaurant with spectacular views of the South Downs in East Sussex. The Sundial’s à-la-carte and seasonal menus as well as its cuisine and ambience are typically French. Our restaurant in East Sussex is perfect for a meal with family and friends or an intimate dinner for two, the Sundial’s lounge bar, French restaurant and private dining room provide a flexible combination for parties, business meetings, seminars, wedding venues and group events for up to 60 people. Our restaurant can cater for upto 150 people as a wedding venue. If you´re looking for a Fine Dining French restaurant in East Sussex, or anywhere in Sussex, you won´t find a finer French restaurant!. Our French restaurant has a Civil wedding License offering you the perfect wedding venue in East Sussex. Restaurant also has a large car park with 16 parking spaces.
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East Sussex
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Would have been 5 stars all round but for the overly salted food and lack of anything special despite letting them know it was for a special birthday. Excellent menu choices and lovely venue

LR
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely experience at the Sundial, it was a surprise birthday dinner and we’ll all loved the food. Service was outstanding, and all the staff were very polite. We have been here before, but that was over a year ago, and still just has good then. Thank you for a lovely evening, and will be back soon.

SL
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A 72nd Birthday treat with a very close friend. For this you want a relaxed atmosphere, excellent food, excellent service, and to feel a little bit spoilt. Mary & Vincent at The Sundial, Herstmonceux fulfilled this 100%.
Mary ensured that the service was of the very highest quality, that you enjoyed the whole experience in very homely surroundings, without being overattended to by waiters and waitresses.
Vincent, a genius of a Chef produced well proportioned, high class food, from a varied menu, that just overwhelmed (my) taste buds. Mine I am a bit of a 'foodie' and delight in having lobster, partridge, venison, and fillet steak to choose from.
Pre-drinks and coffee and canopes can be taken in a relaxing bar and lounge area, which rounds off a very unforgettable evening.
Highly recommended.

B
Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful lunch again. This restaurant never fails to deliver on quality and superb service.

C
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here a few times, for special occasions and the service and food has always been excellent. Delicious food, a lot of variety and prompt, friendly service. I recommend this restaurant for a special meal 100%

RU
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent meal for Sunday lunch. Beautifully cooked and presented. Service was friendly and efficient. Lovely ambience. Mary could not have been more pleasant. We look forward to returning.

MH
East Sussex
6 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

When we arrived, slightly ahead of the schedule time and awaiting the arrival of our fellow diners, we were totally ignored by the staff. No one welcomed us on arrival and the were only 2 other diners, seated at their table. We waited 15 minutes before we could order our preprandial drinks, by which time our fellow diners arrived. The attendance at table was perfectly adequate but the overall standard of the food was disappointing. Throughout the evening there were 3 other tables with maybe 8 covers and this was a Friday evening in early September, which must reflect something.

PB
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

There are not many fine dining establishments in our area so having the Sundial on our doorstep is a bonus. I found the service excellent and understated. The food was superb served in a restaurant with the perfect ambience. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that wanted to make an evening out special.

JC
Brighton
9 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent evening as always - great meal and great atmosphere

PC
Brighton
5 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting the Sundial is always a treat. The welcome is warm and the food is delicious. If you enjoy good food, then you will enjoy the Sundial.

PM
London
15 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You will not find a better restaurant in the south-east of England. PerM

G
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everyone was very welcoming and the restaurant was relaxed, with great service.
The menu(s) were a little confusing, but the food itself was fantastic and presented very nicely, with an amuse bouche and gin granita as well as the dishes we ordered.
Overall a great dining experience - we’ll be back!

BB
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, very attentive service without being fussy & very relaxing experience

JB
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends were most impressed, it being their first times at the Sundial. The day was beautiful which helps enormously, and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. As per some of your earlier reports, I would also say 'Pricey, but worth it.' I would not make too regular a habit though of eating there!!

L
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relaxed from beginning to end.Lovely varied menu, nicely cooked and presented,not to forget the wine cellar.Its how it should be.

NM
East Sussex
4 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For our sons 50th birthday.

H
London
35 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Why haven’t I been here before? Wonderful staff, terrific food and great wine list all served in a restaurant you could spend the day in, looking over the Sussex countryside.
We will be back.

PB
London
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Having been to this restaurant on 3 or 4 times in the past we were not surprised to see that the excellent standards of food and service that we had experienced in the past were still in operation, even on at 7:00 pm on a Thursday evening.

C
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I'm afraid 2 of our party did not have a good experience food-wise in that they found the food lacked any flavour. More liberal seasoning required. We therefore found the food overpriced. The restaurant itself is beautiful, and the service excellent, but the main attraction must always be the food.

ED
West Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely french restaurant serving immaculately presented dishes. Somewhere to go for a special celebration meal. Not cheap, but not overly expensive either. A memorable evening. Would definitely go back if in the area again.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a delight to eat at the Sundial and it never disappoints. The ambience is lovely, the service friendly and professional. The menu choices are amazing and the food and presentation is stunning. Many thanks for another delightful lunch experience

j
Essex
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you are a serious foodie with a generous budget, the sundial is a place not to be missed. It is a family run restaurant which is passionate about delivering high standards. I was being treated by a friend for a special occasion (they will make an extra fuss of someone for an occasion if you tell them on booking, but I didn't want to have the attention). They are a very serious foodie and were seriously impressed. Everything was delicious. Expect to linger, from having drinks in the bar while you peruse the extensive choices, to taking your time over the meal. But this is not an evening to be rushed. Take a serious appetite as the portions are generous for fine cuisine and much of the food is rich - but that is not a critique. Take a serious appetite anyway as it would be a shame to waste the opportunity of enjoying every mouthful

OT
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there a few times now and never disappointed. Food exceptional and drinks good value too.

Definitely recommend

JC
Brighton
9 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal as always for our daughters 40th birthday. Thank you all so much, Julia and Danny

JH
London
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time I eat here the food and service is memorable. This was the first time with children and they were equally well catered for with a flexible menu and a trip with head chef to the kitchen. I just wish we lived closer and could eat here more often.

SK
East Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy every time we go have booked for Easter Sunday.

PD
Orlando
16 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again the Sundial at Herstmonceux produced superb food with first class service for our valentines celebration. I would strongly recommend the Sundial for any special event

OT
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Valentines meal

M
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I and my friends have visited this restaurant for many years and it is extremely highly viewed by us - however I was disappointed this time as it was major celebration for me and I visited with 3 friends - we were the only people in the restaurant for lunch and whilst my friends all thoroughly enjoyed their lunch I had ordered a rare steak for main course which arrived on the well done side of medium rare. I did not wish to spoil celebrations by complaining and having to wait whilst done again. I believe I ate only 2 mouthfuls if that, which was perfectly obvious when my plate was collected but was entirely ignored. I consider it should have been deducted from the bill without me having to ask or for any fuss to me made but it wasn't. I appreciate in a busy restaurant things can go wrong but there were only us 4 in for lunch. Very disappointed.

LD
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never let us down always thoroughly pleasurable experience

JR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

As a party of four we agreed that the restaurant did not live up to the reviews. There was a lovely start to the evening, pleasant seating in a lounge and bar, quiet conversation, good service as we sat with our aperitifs, the wine list suggest "If you are unsure we will be happy to help you with your selection". We were unsure so we asked to be told "You are your own experts", not the anticipated response. While we all agreed that our starters, plate cleansers & deserts were excellent, we were all a little disappointed with our respective main courses. This took away some pleasure of the evening and none of us would be enthusiastic to return at the price we paid.

MB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best restaurant in East Sussex. Outstanding food wine and service always

JB
London
57 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic evening with friends. Service was great, food was outstanding. Great value with amuses bouches and a fabulous pre dessert. Restaurant was fairly quiet but as it’s just before new year that’s understandable. A lovely old restaurant like you don’t often find any more.

LB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful evening. Ease to park, well lit approach to entrance. Decorated very tastefully, spotlessly clean. Greeted with canapés and the chance to choose our meal in comfortable sitting area. So well presented with surprises appearing between courses by way of cleansing the palate. Such polite and attentive service throughout our meal with discretion on when to top up glasses with very tasteful wines but glasses never empty. Could not fault this restaurant having been several times now with different friends and family and never let down once. Look forward to our next visit.

VA
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience began with a very friendly welcome from the owner and continued in the same vain with amazing service, excellent food and a great choice of wines. It was also a lovely surprise to be offered a small appetiser with our pre-lunch drinks and then a plate of delicious petits fours with coffee at the end. The reception lounge was very cosy and the dining room very tastefully decorated with good spaces between tables allowing us to have a good conversation without being bombarded with background noise.
This was french cuisine at its best and a great place for a special family celebration or just a lovely relaxing meal for two. I highly recommend you try it !

h
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sundial never ceases to impress. A fantastic dining experience as always. This place is definitely somewhere to go for a special occasion. The food and attention to detail is absolutely brilliant.

WH
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've visited a few times now, and the quality has always been excellent - this time being no exception.

In January last year, I took a friend who, as a playwright, has been taken out to some of the top restaurants in the world (he was dined by the Afghan ambassador to the UK later in the summer). He told me at the end of the year that this was probably the best meal he had all year.

Service always good, the welcome always warm - couldn't ask for anything better.

DP
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! The only reason I put noise level up a bit is because the next table was a group Christmas party. I would be happy to eat here again for any occasion. Great pre-drinks, food and wine, and superb service. Thanks, Sundial!

AC
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely welcome. Superb food served beautifully. Service is very good and unobtrusive. You have to be prepared to wait between courses, especially on a busy evening. The flavours and presentation are superb.

LW
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came to the Sundial for lunch with my parents to sample the food as we have booked for Christmas day. We were all so impressed with the fantastic food, excellent personal service and all the little extras that came with the meal such as h'ordervres, amuse bouche and petit fours (with coffee) which made a lunch consisting of a main course, dessert and coffee feel like a five course meal!
The service was impeccable, the food delicious authentic french cuisine, at quite frankly, astonishing value. We cannot wait for Christmas dinner now, highly recommend.

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