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Gardner Street, Herstmonceux, Hailsham BN27 4LA, England
+44 1323 832217
12:00 - 15:30
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Tue - Sun 12:00 - 15:30
Tue - Sat 19:00 - 23:30
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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent attention to detail and superb quality. Beautifully presented. Hardest bit was choosing what to eat. Cannot fault this lovely chef patron restaurant. We shall most certainly be back.

2 Thank Mary W
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was taken to The Sundial Restaurant for a Birthday treat and what an excellent experience it was. We were met by a very attentive Mary who took our coats and sat us down in the pre-dinner lounge and given entrees and orders taken for cocktails. We opted for the 5 course chef taster menu. The Chef Vincent came out... More 

2 Thank NeoBean
Heathfield, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We went at lunch time and had the tasting menu. Five courses, French cookery with some great twists, of a very high standard. An absolute gem of a place. It's expensive for the area but is worth every penny. The service was excellent and the chef very friendly. Good wines and a great range, mainly French of course. Usefully some... More 

1 Thank Mike R
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71 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

Wonderful from the moment we arrived welcome could not have been better. Comfortable settees while we waited for our party to arrive delicious nibbles with pre dinner drinks. Food and service was superb every dish was cooked to perfection and presented to impress. The menu is typically high end French cuisine with a huge emphasis on quality and flavour. We... More 

2 Thank lawhouse
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017

This is a lovely restaurant in a small village street run by a husband and wife team. Attention to detail combined with high quality produce and execution by the Chef/Patron and attentive, friendly service by his wife, make this place something special. From the canapes on arrival to the amuse bouche and pre dessert, everything is carefully prepared and presented.... More 

2 Thank Mandie86
Level Contributor
38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

Amazing meal, fantastic staff, fine dining and great wines, a homely feel to the place. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a very special place to dine. I am excited at the thought of returning!

2 Thank Richard D
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Great atmosphere, great food and great house wine. Loved it from when we walked in and were offerd a drink and canapes while we broused over the menu. We went for 4 courses which added a cheese course. There where proper table clothes and napkins which i love. Each course was made well. then pallett cleansers between courses. Everything seemed... More 

2 Thank Andrea C
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017

My sister and I brought our mother here for a Mother's Day lunch, we were really impressed with the delicious food, good variety available on the menu, friendly service and pleasant ambience. Particularly liked the divine 'raspberry mousse lollipop' pre-dessert. Will return, perhaps to sample the asparagus festival menu! My only issue with the visit was that the car park... More 

2 Thank Esther S
Maracay, Venezuela
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

I have been to several fine dining restaurants, but this one beats them all. Really a hidden gem, this fine french restaurant The service was exceptional and the meals prepared by owner/chef, Vincent, were just tantalising. I was visiting my sister and husband in Eastbourne, and it was well worth the drive to get there.

2 Thank Kenny J
Hastings, United Kingdom
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253 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

From the start of the evening the staff were very professional and attentive. wonderful menu with plenty of interesting choices, flavours and combinations of ingredients unlike any other local restaurant in the area. good quality house wine, fresh ingredients, added extras between courses 'amuse bouche' which were very welcomed and made the meal even more special. would highly recommend this... More 

2 Thank ozzie504

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$41 - US$164
French, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:30
12:00 - 15:30
19:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:30
19:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:30
19:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:30
19:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:30
19:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Gardner Street, Herstmonceux, Hailsham BN27 4LA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Hailsham  >  Herstmonceux
  • Phone Number: +44 1323 832217
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?