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£32 - £130
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European, French
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Completely exceeded our expectations. Service was outstanding. Food delicious and the little extras amazing. This will be our go to for any special occasion in future. Great wine list. Couldn't have asked for a better way to spend a Saturday lunchtime

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Service was friendly and great, food was exquisite.. They catered for all our needs… We were a large group and each dish was phenomenal… Whether, starter, main or dessert.. Really enjoyed it and looking forward to going back..

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sundial had been recommended to us for a special wedding anniversary and it didn't disappoint on any level. The most amazing food we've had out in years comparable to Michelin Star restaurants. I had Lobster, Mango and Avocado Salad, my husband an incredibly generous started...of Carpaccio and Parmesan, followed by Turbot with truffle sauce, asparagus tips and celeriac mousselline all of which was sensational. The deserts were extensive and my husband had a Tangerine Tart with ice cream and a citrus sauce and I a Catalan Creme Brûlée. And in between each course Amuse bouche appeared. The portions were the perfect size, the food faultless and service excellent. We couldn't recommend Sundial highly enough. We have now found our celebratory restaurant in Sussex and will definitely be back,. Thank you M Vincent the Chef and Mary managing Front of House - neither of you could be bettered.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 21 January 2024 via mobile

Very disappointing to find out that most of the previous reviews were either made up or by folk with no taste buds. Food was so average from start to finish. Service was mostly friendly but somewhat awkward.. Pre drinks were mostly undrinkable, bread was was...hard as golf balls, good jaw exercises. Halloumi was really average, monk fish was terrible, not fresh and poorly cooked, beef Wellington was passable but it helps if you are starving. Pastry was half cooked, dessert was ok. What a shame, was looking forward to a lovely meal in a quiet Kent village restaurant and ended up at modern day fawlty towers minus the comedyMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 2 October 2023

What a treat. Traditional French cuisine with a lovely menu in an hotel that values and presents excellent service. We loved it and will return when we can next afford it!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 12 July 2023

A delightful, generous restaurant with a large car park and friendly, helpful staff. Three of as enjoyed dinner here and had a most enjoyable evening. £45 for three delicious courses is very reasonable and includes nibbles with pre-dinner drinks, an amuse bouche, and petit fours...with coffee. The guinea fowl is especially recommended. Lounge with comfortable sofas for pre-dinner drinks and coffee. Dining room spacious with well spaced tables furnished with beautiful linen, cutlery and crockery. WonderfulMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 2 June 2023

We had lunch here today and we’re astonished that there was only one other table occupied. This is French cuisine of the highest quality. We chose from the a la carte menu and would have been delighted with anything on the menu. The food is...expertly cooked and beautifully presented and the service was charming. At £55 for three courses (plus canapés, an amuse bouche, a sorbet and a pre dessert, it is amazingly good value for food of such quality.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 25 May 2023 via mobile

A wonderful evening at this excellent, traditional fine dining restaurant. This was a return visit after several years, as we were visiting on holiday. To us it was a delight to find the quality of the food, the lovely, gentle welcome and service, and all...the little 'treats' between courses remained in place. This is one of the few restaurants we have been to recently where everything is about the food. Excellent ingredients, beautifully prepared and cooked. An amuse boucle with drinks beforehand, another delicious Crayfish mousse taster before the meal. Complimentary bread... something we see less and less. The £55 3 course menu had an excellent range of options, including fillet steak, which my husband chose, and it was delicious and so tender. A calvados granite palate cleanser before the main course, and a pre-dessert are all included in the £55, which we felt was excellent value for a meal of this quality. The decor is comfortable and traditional, but it is the food that counts! Perfect for a special celebration, or just a relaxed meal with friends. We just wish we lived nearer. Thank you so muchMore

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 20 May 2023

Turned up out of the blue for lunch today (Saturday) and received a warm and gentle welcome. Sundial is a delight, in a classic way; we sat in a sofa with a drink while pouring over a wide range of menu items, we're supplied with...canapés before being shown to our table. Food and wine were delicious. Atmosphere very comfortable. A gem of a restaurant and we hope to go back when next in the area. So please everyone pay a visit, well worth it.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 17 May 2023

The Sundial never disappoints when it comes to real fine dining, exquisite food, and charming ambience. We have visited on many occasions, and each visit is as wonderful as the rest. Food is first class, beautifully presented and tastes delicious. Service is outstanding, attentive whilst...subtle. Cannot recommend highly enough!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 15 May 2023

We had not visited the Sundial for a while, but it was just lovely to revisit. What I like is that you sit in the lounge area while having an aperitif, and looking at the menus and wine list. The table is beautifully laid out,...and the service is attentive but unobtrusive. The food is excellent and beautifully presented, and is described when delivered to the table. It is how fine dining should be, great food, great drink, and well paced so that you have time to chat with friends during the meal. Allow plenty of time so that you can savour every moment. A meal at the Sundial is a real treat. Looking forward to our next visit already!More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 12 May 2023

This was my second visit to Sundial and it was another visit which will be remembered for all the right reasons!! The welcome was warm, petite fours and drinks relaxing before we were shown to our table. We had the taster menu and what a...treat that was!! Each course was delicious and savoured. The service was excellent yet not intrusive. My second visit will most definitely not be my last!! Really can't understand the poor reviews! Was the evening cheap? no. Was it more than fitting for a celebration with great food? Most definitely yes! The only sadness is I live far too far away from Sundial for it to become a regular haunt.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 5 May 2023

I have been going to the Sundial for nearly 50 years with different chefs, nationalities and twice with the current owners. I went with someone who works in hospitality and is lucky enough to visit world class places so we are likely to be picky.....Neither of us were bowled over this time and you should be at this end of the market. It was pleasant but everyone and everything seemed just a tad wilted. Not sure if that will be my last visit - sadly it might beMore

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 26 April 2023 via mobile

This restaurant may be dated, but this only adds to its charm. From start to finish this was a unique dining experience. The decor is out dated, but classy. A chance to truly exit the rat race. Once I'd gotten over the formalities and the...way in which this place runs, I had a beautiful time with my parter. Its unusually quiet as you walk in, you're seated in reception, with not much explanation and then you're immediately handed some 80's themed entrees - for me this was an addition to the character of the place. Varied menus and wine list. The house red was superb alone. The food was tasty, interesting and extremely well executed by the head chef and staff. Before long, myself and my partner were relaxed and thoroughly enjoying the whole experience. The Sundial runs a tight ship. It is genuinely old school, you feel looked after with an air of significant professionalism all about you. There are no places like this now, sometimes stepping back in time isn't such a bad thing. We will most certainly be returning.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 7 April 2023 via mobile

We had a lovely meal tonight. Food was delicious and service was really good. Not sure why people are giving it a bad review. Everything we had was Amazing. I think this restaurant is a real little gem and we will definitely be back

Date of visit: April 2023
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5