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Gardner Street | Herstmonceux, Herstmonceux, Hailsham BN27 4LA, England
+44 1323 832217
12:00 - 15:30
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Tue - Sun 12:00 - 15:30
Tue - Sat 19:00 - 23:30
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Herstmonceux, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The meal is always excellent and a different menu. The attention to detail is great with homemade nibbles with our aperitif and sweets with our coffee. It is always feels such a special occasion having dinner in this restaurant, definitely fine dining.

1 Thank Triciaemily1956
East Sussex, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unlike other recent reviewers, I had a bad experience at this restaurant. A friend and I went to the restaurant for what we hoped would be a great Christmas meal: we were both celebrating special birthdays. For a restaurant claiming to provide fine dining, I didn't expect to have to endure crass Christmas musak. My friend chose the Festive Fine... More 

Thank JamieBrand
Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have just visited this restaurant for my fathers birthday in between Christmas and New Year. The food was absolutely excellent and so was the service. I can highly recommend the food the views and the ambience.

3 Thank SCE1960
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89 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

This is a delightful restaurant with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. It was nice to experience fine dining with attentive and friendly service. Perfect for a quiet, romantic lunch. We were greeted at the door and shown to the bar area where we drank an aperitif and given a small selection of small hot and cold canapés on the... More 

3 Thank Fcroton
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

This was the 3rd time we have been to this lovely restaurant for it's Christmas buffet and it never disappoints the vast array of starters and deserts are absolutely wonderful and so well presented the main corse of turkey and gammon was beautifully cooked as were the the delicious vegetables and a selection of cheese to die for and to... More 

3 Thank John S
Hailsham, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

This really is a fab place to eat. Run by a wonderful couple Vincent is chef and Mary a very attentive front of house cannot find fault food and service great

2 Thank Charlene N
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

We booked this restaurant as part of a family celebration not knowing the area. The meal was delicious, service unobtrusive and friendly. The chef was knowledgeable about GF and the complications associated with cross contamination. The restaurant is pleasantly quirky, and there were clearly people who visit regularly.

3 Thank L8349PSsuzannem
Brighton, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

We have celebrated many special family occasions at this restaurant and are also looking forward to enjoying Christmas lunch here for the second year running. The food is outstanding, and the service is excellent. The warm welcome, pre-dinner drinks and hors d'oeuvres before going through to your table helps to make this a fabulous dining experience. It's not cheap, but... More 

3 Thank JozzP
Dormansland, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

When you arrive the restaurant looks a bit like a quirky house and when you go in it's very relaxing. We were lucky as only group at lunch so very well looked after but I'm sure it would be the same if full. The lunch menu had a good range of choices and food beautifully presented and cooked, very good... More 

2 Thank Fiona & John F
St Albans, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Not cheap but certainly a culinary experience in superb surroundings. Much choice and the attentive waiting that you would expect from such an establishment in this price range. Pre-choice nibbles, amuse bouche and petit four as you would expect.

3 Thank MandMStAlbans

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 41 - US$ 164
French, European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:30
12:00 - 15:30
19:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:30
19:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:30
19:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:30
19:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:30
19:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Gardner Street | Herstmonceux, Herstmonceux, Hailsham BN27 4LA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Hailsham  >  Herstmonceux
  • Phone Number: +44 1323 832217
The Sundial is a privately owned, relaxed and chic French restaurant with spectacular views of the South Downs in East Sussex. The Sundial’s à-la-carte and seasonal menus as well as its cuisine and ambience are typically French. Our restaurant in East Sussex is perfect for a meal with family and friends or an intimate dinner for two, the Sundial’s lounge bar, French restaurant and private dining room provide a flexible combination for parties, business meetings, seminars, wedding venues and group events for up to 60 people. Our restaurant can cater for upto 150 people as a wedding venue.
If you´re looking for a Fine Dining French restaurant in East Sussex, or anywhere in Sussex, you won´t find a finer French restaurant!. Our French restaurant has a Civil wedding License offering you the perfect wedding venue in East Sussex.
Restaurant also has a large car park with 16 parking spaces.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?