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Bar, British, Cafe
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
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1. Enchanting Shopping & Gifts
"met with a large Indian taxi that had been turned into a bar! Very very cool."
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2. Award-Winning Live Music!
2. Award-Winning Live Music!
" one of the finest concerts I have ever seen in 50 years"
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3. Live Jazz & Roasts on Sundays
3. Live Jazz & Roasts on Sundays
"Lovely atmosphere, live jazz and the buzz of happy diners all around you."
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Reviewed 15 October 2023

Delicious roast dinner - first time having that - have enjoyed everything I’ve eaten here. Lovely atmosphere, live jazz and the buzz of happy diners all around you. We’re fortunate to have places like this I’m our area .. let’s appreciate them!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 20 July 2023 via mobile

3rd time visiting Trading Boundaries for dinner/concert/stay over. I cannot fault this place. At a function with with over 100 people the food is quite simply outstanding. Music is always superb. The rooms are beautiful. Tastefully furnished, light and airy. We have at least 2...more bookings this year. Mike and his team have created a Jewel in the countryside. You must give it a try. ❤️More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Jen Ross, Marketing at Trading Boundaries Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2023

Thank you so much for your amazing comments, it means a lot … and I’ll definitely pass on to the team. We are so pleased you have discovered us and look forward to your next visit.

Reviewed 24 September 2023 via mobile

Just came for their jazz lunch. Was clearly very busy, all tables inside were full but the two blonde ladies behind the bar were very friendly and welcoming. Was nice to see two specials on as the menu has been the same for a while...now. Food was good and atmosphere is always amazing. Thank you Trading Boundaries!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Jen Ross, Marketing at Trading Boundaries Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2023

Thank you for your lovely comments that I will pass on to the team. As an independent, family run business it means a lot to receive such a glowing review. We are so pleased you enjoyed our Sunday Jazz Lunch, including our specials and look...More

Reviewed 6 July 2023 via mobile

We stayed in a Family room for 2 nights and it was huge. It was really quiet, completely spotless and had some nice luxury touches too. The breakfast was continental so we didn’t expect much but were served up an absolute feast of pastries, toast...(homemade bread), yoghurt parfait and barista coffee. All the staff were so friendly and welcoming. For what we paid, I think it was well beyond what I expected. My only complaint is that the blind cord in the loft room was quite dangerous for kids (hanging down, not secured to the wall) but that’s an easy fix.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Jen Ross, Marketing at Trading Boundaries Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2023

Thank you for your lovely feedback. We are so pleased you discovered us and enjoyed your stay. I’ve passed your comments on to the team and we hope to see you again. Noted re cord… as you say, a quick fix that’s been done. Best...More

Reviewed 19 June 2023 via mobile

Trading Boundaries for Fathers Day. Fabulous!! Great food & drink, superb ambience and serenaded by some tremendous Jazz. They go out of their way to make you feel very welcome. They’ve just opened a new hotel on site and the rooms look amazing although we...haven’t stayed yet. All worth checking out in the lovely Sussex countryside 👍More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Jen Ross, Marketing at Trading Boundaries Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2023

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback Clive. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit on Father’s Day and always really appreciate your support. You’ll have to stay over to try the rooms! See you again soon. Sending best wishes from us all.

Reviewed 15 May 2023 via mobile

Brilliant music venue, food & place to stay! We came here to see Imagination & its was amazing! Venue size & layout means you have a fab view wherever you sit and are never far away, also has space to dance. Dinner was fab &...easy to order drinks at ye table. Staff were lovely & great service. We stayed in 1 of the new oak framed rooms, which had an amazing bathroom & power shower, fluffy towels, kettle, tea, coffee & water. Pretty sunny terrace to sit out & parking by room. Breakfast was great too, big croissants & artisan bread toast with jams & marmalade, juice & coffee, all served by very friendly staff. 100% recommend this place +I'll def visit again.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Jen Ross, Marketing at Trading Boundaries Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2023

Hi Emma, thanks so much for your wonderful feedback, it really means a lot. We are so pleased you enjoyed the concert and your room. I have passed your comments on to the team and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 8 May 2023

Trading Boundaries is an absolute gem of a place. We held our wedding here and from the first visit we fell in love with it. The staff are amazing, friendly and so welcoming and really helped us to achieve the crazy vision we had for...our special day. The venue itself is stunning, fairy lights everywhere, beautifully decorated in their signature Indian style, a lovely outside area with firepits and wonderful terrace area. The new hotel rooms were comfortable and beautifully decorated and it was perfect to stumble back to after the wedding. After months of effort, the day itself and breakfast the next morning were perfect and we couldn’t have asked for anything better! The bar team offered some creative cocktails and there’s always a great selection of local food and drink. We were so pleased to be able to include our dog and her friends in our day as the venue is very dog friendly, it is one of our puppy’s favourite places to visit! In particular Jenny and Oli were amazing and they helped us make the weekend our own as we wanted a non-traditional event. The music nights were also amazing and a lot of fun! We will definitely be back again in the future for more shopping and music.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Jen Ross, Marketing at Trading Boundaries Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2023

Hi Chris & Heather, thank you so much for your wonderful feedback. It was an absolute pleasure to host your special day and we were so pleased that we could realise your vision. I have passed on your comments to the team and on a...More

Reviewed 7 May 2023 via mobile

Fantastic night out at the fabulous Trading Boundries, watching the legendary Imagination perform, dinner and a wonderful nights stay! This whole evening was actually a prize that I was lucky enough to win, but what an absolute treat! We received a warm welcome, shown to...our lovely room which was beautifully furnished and very clean, gorgeous linen and a very comfy bed. Dinner was delicious and the entertainment fantastic! The owners and staff are so friendly, helpful and incredibly attentive, we could not fault the service in any way. This isn’t our first visit to a music night at TB and will definitely not be our last, it’s a wonderful unique and intimate venue for seeing live music with the most amazing staff and exceptional service. Thank you Michael, Jenny & Tracy and all your lovely staff. Karen & Edward xMore

Date of visit: May 2023
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Jen Ross, Marketing at Trading Boundaries Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2023

Dear Karen & Edward, we can’t thank you enough for your kind words. We are so pleased you enjoyed your room and the show. I have passed your comments on to the team who I know will really appreciate your feedback. We look forward to...More

Reviewed 22 April 2023

Only popped in for a coffee and a nibble late morning. Very well presented and a fair price for what was offered, flapjack was good as was coffee. Nice outside tables and chairs too. All in a quiet country spot. I know this place has...a lot more to offer, but sadly I can't comment on any of that.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Jen Ross, Marketing at Trading Boundaries Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2023

Thank you for your lovely feedback…. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to our cafe. Hopefully we’ll see you again soon.

Reviewed 21 April 2023

Wonderful overnight stay, beautiful building, clean and new rooms, friendly people. Absolutely loved it here and will definitely return

Date of visit: April 2023
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Jen Ross, Marketing at Trading Boundaries Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2023

Thank you for your lovely feedback Claire. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes from the TB team

Reviewed 9 April 2023

As regular visitors to Trading Boundaries, both in the day for purchasing boutique Indian Furniture and in the evenings for their gigs in the Elephant Cafe, we had high expectations to try one of their new hotel rooms - they didn’t disappoint. In fact, they...were more than exceeded. We chose our opportunity to coincide with the Zombies gig last Friday night. We booked a dinner-included ticket (which was sumptuous) and had excellent attention from the staff on what was clearly a very busy evening. The gig itself was what we’d come to expect - a very high level of performance in a beautiful, laid back setting. As we were staying in the same location, there was no need for a late Taxi which was so convenient! As for the room itself, it was immaculately presented and the bathroom facilities were excellent (especially the water pressure in the shower!). We can’t wait to come back!More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Jen R, Marketing at Trading Boundaries Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2023

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback, your support means a lot. So pleased you enjoyed the show and guest room. I’ll certainly pass your comments on to the team and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 8 April 2023

Dinner and The Zombies was worth the 3 year wait after twice being re-scheduled. Fabulous evening, lovely staff, nice food, great band, stayed in one of their on-site rooms, nothing not to like.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Jen R, Marketing at Trading Boundaries Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2023

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. We are so pleased you enjoyed the evening and your stay and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 5 April 2023

Superb evening watching The Doors in Concert. The whole evening was great from start to finish, food, ambience, staff all on point. The entry was a welcome one, our host showed us to our seats and we had pre-ordered our drinks in advance so wine...was ready and waiting! We had some nice fresh bread and olives and enjoyed our wine before our main course was served I had chicken and my wife had salmon both pleasant. The compare (one of the owners I think) gave a nice introduction and explained in detail about the other acts they had coming up. Then the band played and we were instantly transported back to the 1960s. We had a great time and hats off to the bar staff and waiting staff they looked like they were working very hard whilst maintaining a sense of composure in a very very busy room. There was a card on each table of which you could scan a code and order a drink, so simple and so effective surprised more people were not using it. Well done all involved, we can't wait to attend another event.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Jen R, Marketing at Trading Boundaries Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2023

Thank you for your lovely feedback. We are so pleased you enjoyed the evening. I’ll pass on your comments to the team and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 28 February 2023 via mobile

My partner and I went to Trading Boundaries for Sunday brunch. It was a truly wonderful experience. There was live jazz playing and we had the best Eggs Benedict that I've ever tasted. Michael, the owner was welcoming and friendly, as were all the young...staff. And it was surprisingly romantic, but then I'm a sucker for romance - we even had a covert dance in one of the alcoves. A really lovely venue.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Jen R, Marketing at Trading Boundaries Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2023

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. We are so pleased you enjoyed your food with our Sunday Jazz. As an independent family run business it means so much and I’ll definitely pass your comments on to the team. We look forward to seeing...More

Reviewed 4 February 2023 via mobile

I was dragged to this gig by a friend who has a penchant for Mr Young! I’ve been to trading boundaries many times and always leave after having the best night….this gig was no exception the band were on form, the crac was great from...the band and the all round atmosphere was truly electric.Due to late booking we were standing only but as always the food looked and smelt amazing and I overheard some customers commenting as to how wonderful the food was.The staff are an absolute credit to Michael & Tracy who obviously run a very happy ship. I would like to end this review by saying a massive thank you to Michael as he made an older lady very happy 🥰More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Jen R, Marketing at Trading Boundaries Cafe Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2023

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback... we are so pleased you had a great time at our venue. Los Pacaminos were great fun and the atmosphere was electric. Our chef is amazing as is the rest of the team so thank you for...More

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Dont quote me but personally i would sell them on? but i would check first with TB but tbh if you go or someone else does what does it matter? What i wouldn't expect and this is just my own personal viewpoint is for TB to... More
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  • Food: 4.5
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  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5