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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in East Sussex

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in East Sussex? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of The Sundial restaurant
4.8
4.8 (511)
£26 to £40
French
Herstmonceux
About the restaurant
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.
Top review
StephenRvip
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
Sundial is simply the best restaurant in East Sussex
A photo of Two Sawyers restaurant
4.6
4.6 (707)
£25 and under
Pub
Hastings
About the restaurant
The Two Sawyers is a 16th Century Inn recently refurbished and under family ownership. We pride ourselves on serving excellent beer and food.

We have a large beer garden to the rear of the pub with over 30 tables for our guests to use for both drinking and dining.

A character bar with log fires serving guest ales, beers, and wines. The restaurant serves traditional pub food twice both lunch and evening and all day on both Saturday and Sunday.
Top review
Keith
Dined 3 days ago
Enjoyable meal - excellent and very friendly staff and service.
A photo of The Gallipot Inn restaurant
4.7
4.7 (143)
£25 and under
British
Hartfield
About the restaurant
Set within the historical parish of Hartfield famous for A.A.Milne Winnie-the-Pooh books. The Gallipot Inn lies a stones throw from Ashdown Forest and has a excellent reputation for food & drink throughout the area.

After being the the chef for over seven years Leo has taken over the business with his wife Kerry and warmly welcome you to our establishment.
Top review
IANMCP
Dined 3 days ago
FOOD HAS A GENEROUS SELECTION OF VERY FRESH FISH WHICH MY SON AND I LOVE. A RARE TREASURE THESE DAYS.WE WILL RETURN.
A photo of Colombo 16 restaurant
4.8
4.8 (149)
£26 to £40
Sri Lankan
St Leonards-On-Sea
About the restaurant
Inspired by the diversity of Colombo and England, Colombo 16 brings the essence of modern Sri Lanka to Marine Court, the historic Grade II-listed Art Deco building on the shores of St Leonards-On-Sea. ​By day we offer fusion lunch with some traditional Sri Lankan options, by night contemporary curries, short eats and desserts intended for sharing. Our dishes are based on family recipes, modernised with an ingredient-led approach sourcing locally and importing weekly from Sri Lanka.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
One of my favourite restaurants in Hastings! always consistently good food
A photo of First In Last Out restaurant
4.7
4.7 (145)
£25 and under
Pub
Hastings
About the restaurant
The First In Last Out (FILO), is a family run free-house in the Old Town of Hastings. Alongside our award winning beer, we serve quality food prepared from scratch. We offer lunch and dinner everyday, including our ever popular Tapas night (Monday), Indian Thali (Thursday) and Sunday roasts.

The brewery is located just two minutes away from the pub, where we produce five regular ales using a full mash-tun process. We love live music and host regular Sunday evening gigs, of which details can be found on our website.

The pub is popular with locals and tourists alike, who love to get cosy in our booth seating or warm up on cold winters' days around our unique central fireplace.

Dogs and children are most welcome.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Very friendly and helpful - service was exceptional! Especially the lady from Glasgow who made our evening! She was very warm and friendly and helped ensure we were able to eat when and how we wanted, sharing small plates as we had had a full lunch earlier. It was especially important as we used to come to the FiLo regularly with our mother and the Stables theatre friends and we were having a family reunion in Hastings and scattering her ashes on the Downs so thank you all for making it a special last evening!
A photo of The Blue Anchor restaurant
4.6
4.6 (617)
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
Crowborough
About the restaurant
The Blue Anchor is a super spot to ‘moor up’ for a few hours - with locally sourced ingredients and freshly cooked food, delicious drinks and friendly service on offer.

With the pub close to Ashdown Forest and set within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it’s the perfect place for walkers to find respite and refreshment - and it’s a dining destination in its own right too, thanks to our homemade food.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Amy is always welcoming at the blue anchor with good vibes .. We had an amazing burger there last night I would highly recommend a visit 😎 Jock From crowborough East Sussex
A photo of The Crown Hastings restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1054)
£25 and under
British
Hastings
About the restaurant
The Crown is an independently run award-winning freehouse in the heart of Hastings Old Town at the foot of the country park, and a stone's throw away from the beach.
We serve modern British food in a friendly informal environment using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Our team create delicious dishes from scratch, including homemade bread, fish from the surrounding seas, local free range meat and seasonal vegetables.

We are proud of our curated drinks selection which includes local real ales, craft beers, fine European and English wine and a specialist gin and whisky selection.

Please book your table at www.thecrownhastings.co.uk

High Top Tables means our high bar stool tables.
You're welcome to book a table for drinks only.
Dogs are welcome, 'paws on the floors' please.
Children welcome and we have a kids menu.
For allergies and intolerances please let your server know before ordering.
We do not serve a roast dinner on a Sunday.
Top review
Gigi
Dined 4 days ago
Love The Crown - the food, staff, venue, location
A photo of White Hart Netherfield restaurant
4.6
4.6 (415)
£26 to £40
British
Battle
About the restaurant
We are a country Gastropub owned by farmers. Our farm supplies the beef, lamb and pork and we source other ingredients from local producers where we can. Our small seasonal menu changes regularly reflecting what is available in our area. We pride ourselves on being very much a country pub, offering freshly prepared seasonal food and a warm welcome. We also love offering locally produced drinks, such as gins, rums, ales and wines, giving you the complete taste of Sussex.

Our weekend menu is our delicious Asado Grill. A slightly reduced but very tasty BBQ menu, where everything is cooked on our outdoor grill. We advise to book in as we get very busy!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
We were staying here for the weekend and we had dinner Friday and Saturday night. The food was great and I loved the fact that the pub is owned by farmers. Sunday lunch was delicious. Staff were very friendly and helpful.
A photo of The Hatch Inn Hartfield restaurant
4.7
4.7 (872)
£26 to £40
Gastro Pub
Hartfield
About the restaurant
As a quick note to customers we would like to inform you that all of our reservable outdoor tables are under cover and have heating. Also standard seating is indoor seating.
Proprietor Nicholas Drillsma and partner Sandy Barton have built an enviable reputation over the past 28 years in producing the highest quality, locally sourced food, complimented by an extensive wine list.
The menus reflect our customer profile in delivering quality food and service in a cosy, quintessentially English public house.
We would encourage anyone suffering with food allergens or specific dietary requests to alert us to these within the 'Special Requests' section of your reservation so as we may brief our team accordingly prior to your arrival

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent evening - birthday celebration and perfect food and service. Thankyou.
A photo of The Union restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1083)
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
Rye
About the restaurant
The Union is a modern British restaurant, cocktail and wine bar set in a beautiful 15th century building in the heart of Rye. Our menu is made up of small and large plates which we recommend sharing across the table. Our team will be on hand to guide you through your visit.

Our food is guided by the seasons and our menu is ingredient led so changes based on what we have available to us. We primarily use British produce and work with local suppliers to ensure we always source the very best ingredients we can get our hands on.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Fantastic vegan options - beautifully presented thank you!
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