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“Fine dining and gracious living in rural East Sussex”

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Deans Place, Country Hotel and Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Alfriston
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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“Fine dining and gracious living in rural East Sussex”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013

It was one of those spur of the moment, “let’s get away this weekend”, decisions. The 50 miles or so through autumnal East Sussex seemed about right, and Deans Place in Alfriston seemed to be well favoured by other Trip Advisor members. We were looking for good food, a country setting and comfortable accommodation. We were not disappointed.

We were greeted by a helpful and friendly receptionist (who seemed to be on duty all weekend), and we quickly made our way upstairs (no lift – but just 14 steps) to Room 44 – which we discovered also incorporated Room 45. Were we going to be joined by someone else during our stay? No. We were assured that 44 & 45 was all one room. The double (45) was a very pleasant room, with deep armchairs. My wife deemed the bed very comfortable (an accolade rarely bestowed!) The twin (44) was a bit small, with just one upright chair, a sink and peeling wallpaper. The view from both rooms was picturesque: over the fields and woods to the south of the hotel. The bathroom was not large, but it was sparkling and entirely adequate. However, I was a bit nervous of the red-hot towel rail, which was just inches away from the toilet. The towels (“The Supreme Towel”) were gorgeous.

The hotel promotes itself as “the perfect rural setting”. The only thing that detracted from this was that our room was just above the restaurant – and I suspect the restaurant’s air conditioning unit. This whirred away for most of the evening until about 10:00 PM, just after the restaurant closed. Not a deafening sound, but it did distract from the peace of an evening.

Our lasting memory of Deans Place will undoubtedly be the food. I shall long recall the joy I witnessed spreading over the countenance of a fellow diner (almost certainly on the same dinner, bed & breakfast deal that we were on) when the waiter told him that he could choose three courses from anywhere on the menu. And what a menu. Firstly the day’s specials, then a separate vegetarian menu, then a standard menu (apparently changed monthly) and finally a dessert menu. Over the two meals, we enjoyed calves liver, rump of lamb, leg of duck and bream – all cooked to perfection and excellently presented “nouvelle cuisine”. An unusual starter was cuttle fish on pearl barley. Amongst the desserts, there was only one word to describe the chocolate marquise – “wicked”! It was pleasing that the waiting staff were happy to serve tap water – and even suggested this – rather than assume we wanted an expensive designer water. The meal was unhurried, but with attentive, convivial, service throughout. Try to choose from the specials if possible.

After dinner, we were invited to take coffee in the bar lounge: comfortable sofas surrounding a roaring fire, and deep coffee (and tea) pots. Returning to our room, how pleasant it was to find that our beds had been turned down.

For some odd reason, the breakfasts did not quite match the magnificence of the previous evenings’ dinners - the staff seemingly not adapting to the brisker tempo needed at breakfast. On our first morning, we were seated and left a menu. Nobody explained it was a buffet. OK, we were intelligent enough to work this out for ourselves eventually. After the initial orders were taken for beverages and toast, there was no subsequent offer to take orders for cooked-to-order items or enquire whether we needed more toast. This was all the more unsettling when we later overheard the otherwise charming waitress explain all this in great detail to a larger party on the other side of the restaurant. On the second morning, I decided that I wanted just toast and bacon. Surprisingly for a buffet, there was no guest-operated toast machine. Obviously my request for six pieces of white toast (for me) and for two pieces of brown toast (for my wife) completely fazed the staff - I had to ask for these three times, and even then, only one brown piece arrived. In mitigation, the weather was dreadful on the second (Sunday) morning, and I think all the hotel’s guests copied our bright idea of descending for breakfast at 9:00 AM.

Deans Close does not offer five star luxury (with lots of services that I would never use), but virtually everything it does, it does exceedingly well (with a slight lapse at breakfast!). I’m told it’s a great area for walkers, with the South Downs Way passing through the village. Deans Close is more than a country hotel and restaurant. It offers that old fashioned commodity, hospitality, and in buckets.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

Welcoming, helpful staff; a pleasant atmosphere; a clean, comfortable room - especially the bed - with everything you need; tasty bar meals with a personal touch; good quality breakfast, with plenty to go back for! All this on the edge of a beautiful village with fascinating old inns and interesting one-off shops. You could easily spend two or three days strolling and relaxing here. The whole package is highly recommended! (Just watch for the hotel signs as you drive south through the village - we almost missed it in the dark. And look for the extension to the car park - on the right - if the one at the front of the main building is full.)

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

What a wonderful hotel.After a 17 mile wet and windy walk on South Downs , we arrived dripping on Deans Place doorstep. We were greeted with big welcoming smiles.Excellent staff and lovely hot bath in a comfortable, clean warm room. Loved the added touch of fresh flowers everywhere.
Breakfast superb and service too.
Wished we could have stayed longer but had to complete final leg of South Downs Walk to Beachy Head. We will be back.Alfriston beautiful village too.

Room Tip: middle floor.Less noisy.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013

In view of the very enjoyable previous visits, Deans Place has become our preferred choice of hotel when visiting this area of the South Coast. A well established country house hotel, decorated and furnished in nice style in keeping with the character of the hotel. On this occasion we had room 8 a corner room on the first floor at the front of the hotel with windows to the front and side overlooking the grounds and countryside beyond. The room was nicely decorated and furnished in the style of the hotel with a four poster bed as the main feature. The en suite bathroom was well equipped, but on the small side and very narrow. The room and en suite were very clean and had excellent heating with thermostats on the radiators to enable you to adjust the heating to your own requirements. The room had the usual well supplied hospitality tray.

The two rosette restaurant was fully up to expectations with a good choice of menu supported by an excellent reasonably priced wine list. The food was first class, nicely cooked and well presented when we ate here on both evenings. Staff were extremely helpful with more detailed explanations of some of the dishes if required, providing an efficient professional service in all aspects from being shown to the table to ensuring wine glasses were kept topped up throughout the meal. Breakfast again was excellent in all aspects, a wide choice of starters from the cold buffet including freshly squeezed fruit juice, with a hot food buffet to follow on the first morning, and cooked to order on the second morning.
Another excellent stay at Deans Place which is well positioned on the outskirts of the village of Alfriston and has good car parking facilities.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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DOVER
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2013

We stayed here last week and it was a wonderful experience, a lovely hotel in a beautiful setting. Everything was perfect. Cleanliness was secon to none. Staff in all departments were friendly but very efficient. and well trained. Wonderful restaurant food, great bar food - what more can I say. We will re-visit soon. Thank you to everyone at Deans Place.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Dover
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

This hotel was chosen for a short trip away with family, without having to travel too far from home. On arrival it was clear that nothing was too much trouble for any member of staff. The only downside was that the central heating was not working and they were waiting for an engineer to turn it on. There was however an electric fire in the bedroom and a roaring log fire downstairs in the bar. The menu provided a lovely evening meal and breakfast is a cereal with fruit buffet along with a fantastic selection of cooked items varying from a full English with lovely bacon and sausages or specialist cooked items such as kippers or smoked haddock from the menu. Heating was on the next day.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Leatherhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

We have stayed at Deans Place before and were so looking forward to our return visit with a group of 11 walkers. We were not to be disappointed! The staff in the restaurant, bar, hotel are amazing, so friendly and pleasant, where nothing is too much trouble. The food in the evening is unbeleivable, and we were very fortunate to experience the new Autumn menu on our second night. The situation of the hotel is so good as a base for enjoying some of Sussex's best countryside for walkers. Indeed, we have already booked the same weekend for 2014, just to show how truly excellent our stay was!
Thank you all for making us so welcome. David and Jacqueline

Room Tip: Rooms at the back tend to be quieter
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Deans Place, Country Hotel and Restaurant
Address: Seaford Road, Alfriston BN26 5TW, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Alfriston
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Alfriston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Deans Place, Country Hotel and Restaurant 3*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With its origins in the 14th century this hotel is situated in one of England’s prettiest villages, set in extensive gardens with a stunning backdrop of the South Downs. An ideal retreat when visiting Glyndebourne, walking the South Downs, or visiting the attractive towns, villages and stunning coastline of East Sussex. The hotel has a heated swimming pool available from May to September and has direct access to the South Downs way. ... more   less 
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