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Cafe By The Lake

Chapel Road | Sumners Ponds, Horsham RH13 0PR, England
+44 1403 732734
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good25%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“cake” (11 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Chapel Road | Sumners Ponds, Horsham RH13 0PR, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Amazing restaurant range and quality food in a beautiful location. Excellent and friendly service as well.

Thank antjrice
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A group of 10 booked the restaurant, but we were down to 7 by the day, due to winter flu bugs, etc. The restaurant were very sanguine about this and totally understanding, even though the last cancellation was on the morning of the booking. The...More

Thank secretsquirrel22
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We regularly visit Sumners Ponds for breakfast, lunch or dinner, because we love it there. My Fiancee's friend came to visit for the weekend, so we thought dinner at SP would be a great idea. The whole place was decorated beautifully for Christmas, as expected,...More

Thank graeme1882
Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

Visited with my family and thought it was absolutely adorable, all log burners and bunting in a quirky setting. But throughout our visit, not one of us felt warm enough to remove our coat - it was very chilly inside. Good menu, lovely food in...More

Thank 639AnnaP
Matthew M, Business Manager (Back Office) at Cafe By The Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Can you please make contact with me on my email address below, as I would like to call you to discuss your visit. Many thanks. office@sumnersponds.co.uk

Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Was not sure what to expect but very pleasantly surprised as the quality of the food and excellent service. Lovely setting good beers on tap and the burgers were simply fantastic. Thank you for a lovely evening and we will be back

Thank Matthew P
Reviewed 16 October 2017

We visited on Sunday for lunch and tea, very disappointed as they seem to have stopped catering for people who need Gluten free food, the specials menu only had 3 meat dishes as a main course, no vegetarian and also the lovely cheese board they...More

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Matthew M, Business Manager (Back Office) at Cafe By The Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review our Café by the Lake at Sumners Ponds. I eat a gluten-free diet myself and I have found the kitchen staff very accommodating. Our Head Chef advises that the Sunday roasts menu can be made Gluten free...More

Reviewed 13 October 2017

Dropped in here for a quick lunch - soup and a rump steak baguette with onions and salad. Highly recommended.

Thank macrandolph
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Entertaining friends from South Wales and showing them the beauty of the Surrey Hills and South Downs, I needed a place for afternoon tea or whatever my friends fancied. Fortunately and quite by chance I came upon the Cafe by the Lake. Knowing we would...More

Thank TheMorganeers
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

When you arrive at the car park the first impressions are not that great, but the cafe itself is very pretty and deceptively large with plenty of seating. Even though it was a Monday, we still booked a table and it was pretty busy. Plenty...More

Thank CustardV
Reviewed 1 October 2017

Another lovely lunch at cafe by the lake, great food fab service as always. If you haven't been you are missing out.

Thank debbie p
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Questions & Answers
Christine S
11 January 2018|
Response from Matthew M | Property representative |
In respect of The Café by the Lake bar & restaurant, we have blue badge disabled parking adjacent to the restaurant, level ground to the restaurant (albeit with loose shingle surface) then a small ramp. There is a door frame... More
18 November 2015|
Response from Matthew M | Property representative |
Hi! Thank you for your question. Yes we do have highchairs. We do accept well-behaved dogs :O) We hope that you enjoy your visit.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$21
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Chapel Road | Sumners Ponds, Horsham RH13 0PR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  West Sussex  >  Horsham District  >  Horsham
  • Phone Number: +44 1403 732734
  • E-mail
The Cafe by the Lake is family run restaurant, bar and cafe at Sumners Ponds in the quaint picturesque village of Barns Green. We are open to all, including day visitor from 8:00am each day. We serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, snacks and ice cream. Sunday to Thursday our bar and restaurant is open 8am until 5pm. Friday and Saturday the bar and restaurant is open 8am to 10:30pm (Last orders for food 9pm). Enjoy a full English breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea on the decking overlooking the lake, or something a bit more warming during the winter, inside the cosy restaurant. Home cooked meals are also available in the evenings on Friday and Saturday nights as well as drinks from the bar. Our licensed bar has Peroni and Kozel on draught with a wide selection of other bottled lagers and ciders, an extensive wine and spirit selection and local ales both on draught and bottled. Live music and quiz nights as well as other larger events are planned throughout the year. We Hope to see you soon.
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