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Duke of Cumberland

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  • Socially distanced dining tables
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MICHELIN Guide's Point of View

A hidden gem, nestled in pretty tiered gardens with trickling streams, trout ponds and splendid South Downs views. Sit in the cosy bar or the more mode...
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The MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking
Simple restaurant
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Bar, British, Pub, Contemporary
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Just come back from a amazing lunch .Food was well cooked, beautifully presented A menu that you could take your friend or a business partner as it did highend market food but also Pub classics ,which gave Avery good varied menu, portion size was good...Service was very attentive without being over the top and the ladies that served us were informative and delightful .Will definitely return and recommend Thank youMore

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great service and another memorable and generous Sunday lunch. Thanks. Beef served very rare (as described) veg and accompaniments were great. Seasonal pud a must even though I was hard to make room! Would have liked to have left a tip, no cash and apparently...not possible with Apple Pay. Will be back 😜More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I cannot conceive of a more appealing aspect, setting, ambiance, menu, wine-list, proprietorship or patronage than that of the Duke of Cumberland. Under the stewardship of Award Winning Chef, Simon Goodman, the pub perfectly marries fine dining sensibility with true character and genuine charm. It’s...regulars are among the finest of any drinking establishment on the planet and over multiple meals I have never failed to be astonished at the level of food and service. Emphatically this is the finest pub in England and therefore the world.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 11 December 2021 via mobile

This was a return visit, much looked forward to, to celebrate a family special birthday. Booked several weeks in advance, specifically requesting a table in the bar dining room for 1pm, Sunday lunch and would order the roasts 2 days before. Knew something was wrong...when they rang asking us to confirm table was booked for 1.45 and they said we had booked duck. Said no that is not us, but it was clear from their confusion that they had not made a note of our booking, but said ‘no problem, we would have a table. I would add here that a deposit had been paid at the time of booking. So we arrived on time as booked, and instead of being seated where we had booked, our party of six were shoved into a tiny corner in the main very crowded bar - clearly not a dining table - more a wide plank of wood. None of the other tables in this bar were used for eating. The bar was crowded with drinkers standing up, (no social distancing whatsoever) and when we sat down were literally squashed together, our seated backs were being jostled and shoved by drinkers, our heads knocked and and drinks spilt onto us. The noise of shouting behind us was deafening. The table was not suitable at all to eat at - it was only large enough for drink glasses. When the food arrived, the veg and meat dishes and wine bottle had to be placed on the windowsill. We had no veg until we asked if there should be some and the girl said she didn’t know but would check. When the veg arrived the meat was nearly cold. We asked for more gravy hoping to disguise the cold meat, but that never appeared. We asked to be moved to a proper table but were told that they were all taken, no doubt due to our original booking having been lost. The food was very poor - two tiny joints of meat between six - the pork was cold and the beef was cold and raw in the centre. They had clearly been sitting in the kitchen for a very long time. Those tiny ‘joints’ cost £150!, a total rip off disgrace - from a quality butcher, they would not have cost more than £20 total. - We had not been asked how we wanted the beef cooked. When the bill came, we found that the prices of the roasts were significantly more than menu on website and on checking were told that it costs money to change the website! The woman at the bar rudely grabbed the bill and said I’ll change it, and then slammed it down on the bar top. To make matters even worse, on arrival home, found that the deposit paid had not been taken off the bill, although this was rectified. We will never return to this place despite it always having been our favourite - and cannot recommend it whatsoever.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 27 November 2021 via mobile

What a wonderful country pub, great atmosphere, fabulous food, spot on service, friendly, attentive and all round one of the best pub experiences ever, we will be back very soon

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 14 November 2021

charming pub and we were lucky to have a great view from our table in the restaurant. Food was excellent, the crab pasta for my main was amazing, perfect pasta/heat. I felt the wine list a little 'French' light, if you are not a new...world lover. We felt the only let down was the pumpkin bread & butter pudding, which was a bit lack lustre and too stodgy without fruit in itMore

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 15 October 2021

Ho hum. The food is still good but the menu is smaller, the portions seemed smaller and the prices are much higher. It no longer seems good value for money (nearly £80 for a modest 2-course lunch for two) so our visits will be less...frequent.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 3 October 2021

We had the best roast at the Duke recently, I cannot rate it here enough. We preordered the rib of beef for three and it was cooked to perfection. The portion size was v generous and we even left with a doggy bag because we...couldn’t finish it all. The staff were so friendly and went above and beyond to make sure we had a fab meal. Can’t wait to go back!More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 3 October 2021

I treated four people to a Sunday lunch here on 26/9/21. We pre-ordered beef and lamb joints. We were seated in an outside conservatory-type area where the floor and windows were dirty with flies on the inside of the window panes. The beef was for...my two guests. When it came one of them couldn't stop them selves saying, "Is that for two?". It was a sad looking piece of beef rib and certainly did not justify the £50 price tag. YES. £50 for some average beef and roast potatoes etc. We had the lamb which looked ok when it came but after cutting two thin slices it was clear that the meat underneath was raw. Not pink. RAW! We sent it back but by the time it returned our friends had finished eating and we'd lost our appetite. When we came to pay the total bill was c£264.....for four people, two courses and a couple of modest drinks drinks. I don't usually look at a bill closely but this time I saw that we'd been overcharged £60 as they'd charged for six people not four. We took the under-cooked lamb joint home and had to cook it twice to get in to a point where all the meat was nicely pink. I sent a complaint to the owner / head chef last Monday and received no response. Clearly they do not care. I can't comment on the a la carte menu during the week but I'd avoid here on a Sunday as their over-priced roast lunches which you have to carve yourself are not worth the money.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 1 October 2021 via mobile

Second visit to this lovely pub restaurant and brought some friends who were paying in recompense for a favour. Service is very good but the roast beef was awful. Our friends had the lamb and it had to be sent back as it was red...not pink. Our dog struggled to eat the grisly piece of meat we took away with us. Didn’t want to complain at the time as our friends were meeting the bill. It was galling as my partner saw the cuts of beef on other tables that were so much better. Embarrassing as we had told our friends how good this venue was going to be.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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21 February 2020|
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Response from janicebird28 | Reviewed this property |
Yes we took our 4 grandchildren aged 3, 5, 6, and 7 enjoy 😊
29 April 2019|
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Response from russellbG7753QN | Reviewed this property |
No, but there is at another local pub called The Kings Arms. Also does good food (but not on a level with The Duke of Cumberland).
Frederic F
17 January 2018|
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Response from janicebird28 | Reviewed this property |
Not in the general pub area and doubt there is in the main restaurant but maybe ring if going in that part
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Duke of Cumberland is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5