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Cafe By The Lake

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Sumners Ponds Chapel Road | Sumners Ponds, Horsham RH13 0PR, England
+44 1403 732734
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good25%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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Cafe, British, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Sumners Ponds Chapel Road | Sumners Ponds, Horsham RH13 0PR, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here with family. Service was decent and friendly, they were able to seat us before our booking time although I found it slightly odd that when you book a table it appears no one else can be seated there beforehand regardless of how long...More

Thank Alex D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We pre-booked a table for 13 people in the Sumners Room for a special lunch and had very good service and delicious food with generous portions, particularly the pie of the day. Everyone commented on the how much they'd enjoyed the meal. We'll be back.

1  Thank SeerBright
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this place last night with friends. It is an amazing location with a beautiful outlook. We had food from the special menu and off the main menu. I skipped the starter, for main I had sesame salmon with vegetables and noddles, it was divine...More

1  Thank Lubbioo
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Had a evening meal with family and friends first class great service and great meal nice sized positions

Thank H5761KEchrism
Reviewed 10 August 2017

great place for a meal or snack, prices are on the higher side but food is excellent quality, only irritation would be poor serving staff having to find a numbered spoon, all tables have numbers so better to use this!

Thank madosani
Reviewed 2 August 2017

The staff were so friendly and accommodating, one of our party is a vegan and the staff embraced this and provided excellent service and suggestions. The food was good and we felt very well looked after. The choice of cakes is amazing, some very different...More

1  Thank Jo M
Reviewed 17 July 2017

visited several times, nice atmosphere, good service. pleasant in all seasons but especially nice on a summer evening.

1  Thank Kat T
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Had a lovely lunch here. Tables outside on the lakeside. Meal arrived very quickly, well cooked. The chips were a little over cooked and but everything else was good. Had the fool and a coffee both tasty for desert. It's busy but there are plenty...More

1  Thank lanze
Reviewed 11 July 2017

If you are prepared to ask the staff 3 times to clear your table, twice for cutlery after they have served your food, and just get told we are too busy – then you’ll love it. The scenery is beautiful and the food is good....More

5  Thank MinxeyMoo
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Sunny day by the lake eating cake Tranquil setting. Lovely cafe with free fruit water in kilner jars. Had a crayfish prawn cocktail..nice but needed more sauce. There are about 5 lakes here.More

Thank Briony G
Matthew M, Business Manager (Back Office) at Cafe By The Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review our Café by the Lake at Sumners Ponds. Next time you are in, if you have the same dish, please do ask the waiting staff for more sauce, which the kitchen can happily supply. Matthew M. Business...More

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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$ 20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available
Good for
View, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
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: Sumners Ponds Chapel Road | Sumners Ponds, Horsham RH13 0PR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  West Sussex  >  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.

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