Callenders

4.7
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£25 and under
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Sunday Lunch
Casual
Callenders is a modern , casual style dining bistro. From a romantic meal for two, to a celebration dinner for forty. The best of local produce cooked to order for you.
The surroundings are relaxed and easy going. Large potted plants occupy the free spaces and original water-colours by local artists hang on the walls. Table tops are bare and minimalist set with condiments, cutlery and fresh cut flower stems.
Old dishes make a fresh return, and modern classics like Thai-Style Chicken sit comfortably along-side Braised Beef Cheeks with roast potatoes and gravy.
Steaks are good too and a full Char-grill section on the menu features locally shot Venison and a selection of beef cuts; T bone, Fillet and Sirloin.
As you would expect all desserts and pastries are made in house, with a definite focus on classic British desserts, steamed Treacle Sponge, Crème Brule, Apple Tart, Queen of Puddings and a really beautiful creamed rice dessert served with a mango sorbet are often on the menu.
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PM
East Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely restaurant with excellent food. They were very very busy the night that we went but the service was still good and the food fresh and good

JS
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Frist time we had been to this restaurant found the service very good the food we ordered was excellent and we really enjoyed the experience

CB
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and very good waiter service food came out lovely and hot drinks refilled very quickly

GF
East Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Food was very hot but not much flavour, needed seasoning. Strange choice of vegetables. It is very basic cooking.

TF
East Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another great meal at Callenders. Food is homely and cooked to perfection. Service is outstanding. All the staff go out of their way to ensure an enjoyable visit. Chef is flexible and caters for our dietary needs. We will be back soon.

k
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

we had a lovely meal. there i had the steak. and my wife had chicken . cook how we like it . will be going back again.

ZP
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can honestly say had one of the best meals here that I’ve ever had!
I took my mother and cousin for a late birthday present for my mum, the staff were amazing and made us feel so welcome.
The staff were amazing and let me keep extra deserts that I had ordered over night and pick them up the next morning!
I would recommend this restaurant to everyone and anyone.
It’s classy, but doesn’t make you feel out of place!

GM
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for the 2 course lunch special, great value and good selection to suit all pallettes. Would definitely go again.

LT
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favourite Restaurants
The food is always good
Value for money and present service

MB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy eating here. Good food, good value and local produce.

JS
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always a good experience but I haven't visited for Sunday lunch before - usually weekday lunchtime specials which at just £9.95 for two courses, are always excellent value.
Local glass crafts were on display and it was nice to see a local business supporting another from the local community.
I brought relatives with me on this occasion who were very impressed with everything from the ambience to the meal itself and have insisted we visit again. I was able to use my Hailsham Card for 10% discount which made it good VFM.

SC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Although we live in Hailsham this is the first time we have eaten at Callenders but will definitely visit more often as the food & service were excellent - all four of us were very impressed & enjoyed a lovely sunday lunch here - 5 star quality & service. Thank you.

LT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very enjoyable lunch for 20, staff attentive and service was great

HH
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was fantastic and value for money. Presented well and a generous portion. The waiter was outstanding. Overall a very good experience.

CM
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An enjoyable evening & especially delicious lemon drizzle birthday cake for dessert.

LP
London
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really wonderful, great quality food. Will definitely be returning.

SK
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic dinner especially as himself is gluten intolerant and the menu catered for this. If we are ever in the area again will definitely eat there again.

MM
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great service. Busy for Valentine's which was good to see. Food was ok.

AB
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not been before will certainly go again lovely food and superb service

SR
East Sussex
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Restaurant very cold when entering although heater was on full blast apparently. Toilets were freezing which made the evening uncomfortable, food was good apart from the sweet which we had Cheese but was straight out of the fridge therefore too cold to enjoy. However the staff were very good.

TF
East Sussex
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We visited on Saturday for belated New Year celebrations with our family. The food was homely, comforting and delicious. The chef/owner made a big effort to accommodate us with a special dietary request and prepared a homemade one off option - we were very grateful for his care and attention. The waiter is exceptional - his knowledge of the food on offer is superb and his level of customer care is outstanding - it’s rare to come across such a well mannered young man. We will be back soon - thank you!

F
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We like this restaurant, it’s local, comfortable, has a good menu choice and food is well presented and tasty. The young man serving is exceptionally customer focussed and quite charming.

CH
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Second visit, great food good choice, and excellent friendly service from Jack our waiter, highly recommended.

VP
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for dinner with my husband for our anniversary and I must say the food was amazing, it came piping hot and well presented and most importantly tasted delicious, there was a good selection of food choices across the board for very reasonable prices and the staff were very friendly. The banoffee pie was out of this world so definitely recommend that as a dessert. Will be going back for sure!

KJ
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent food and service, took pot luck in booking a table for the 1st night of our visit to the area and very pleased we did !

B
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

As always a very enjoyable family meal for Sunday lunch.

JN
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food with a good choice off local produce use would highly recommend

AJ
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We popped in for an end of holiday treat and as usual were very impressed by the menu choice and quality of the food. We chose from the main menu and the specials and all hit the spot! Service was particularly good, attentive but not intrusive. We’ll be back!

DN
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, as always, and helpful, welcoming staff. Highly recommended.

B
Brighton
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had the Sunday Roast and all opted for the beef which was tender and tasty. The Yorkshire puddings were crispy and very moreish. Three of our party had the treacle sponge and custard and I had the Raspberry Creme Brulee - all delicious.

RK
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food great service a real little gem , nothing was to much trouble fantastic evening

s
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience3

excellent value, food, and service, just review the music which is very bland and not great

SL
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Attentive service and relaxing ambiance. Dining chairs very comfortable. Sumptuous food, friendly staff and good value made the lunch very enjoyable! Thankyou Callenders, I hope to return with my family next time!

MC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very enjoyable evening. Excellent variety and choice on the evening menu and the specials board. Desserts excellent too.
Very attentive waiter.
Good to find an independent restaurant in Hailsham.
Will visit again, need to work through the dessert menu at least, husband recommends the Whisky and marmalade bread and butter pudding!

DW
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a lovely family breakfast, the food is excellent and service was very good. The only thing I would mention is that they would benefit from a better selection of breads for toast etc.

B
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Warm welcome, delicious food and superb service.
We recommend Callenders.

DC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good all round. Would go again. Parking could be a problem but we were lucky.

TF
East Sussex
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another excellent meal at Callendars. The chef cooks food to a very high quality - so flavoursome and tasty. The vegetables are seasonal, cooked fresh and served hot to the table - not warmed up like in some pubs and restaurants. Good homely menu with a changeable specials menu. Service is always very good. We will be back soon. Thank you.

M
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Excellent service and food, very friendly atmosphere, steak and Venison was cooked to perfection. Good value for money, would recommend to friends and family.

LM
Surrey
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New to the area and callenders came highly recommended. Visited for a birthday and it didn’t disappoint! Service was attentive and quick, food flavoursome and good size portions and good value for money, will definitely be visiting again!