The Garden Restaurant

4.4
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74 Reviews
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£26 to £40
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English
Situated within Eastbourne’s landmark Grand Hotel, The Garden Restaurant is a graceful space serving outstanding food on the seafront. High ceilings and oodles of space belie The Garden Restaurant’s sense of intimacy and cosiness, the classically decorated surroundings proving endlessly popular for relaxed romance, family treats and business dinners too. Not only here in the restaurant, but throughout the hotel you’ll experience service of the very highest order, the staff well versed in the ‘customer as king’ theory. But while the seafront setting and extra special service are especially superb, it’s the food served here that visitors really ought to be writing home about. The Garden Restaurant’s chefs focus on the best of British in their menus, sourcing much produce – including fresh fish - in the local rural area and giving old favourites a modern twist throughout breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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JP
London
14 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

Highly professional and welcoming team working in classic grandeur.
Faultless

PD
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, with a wide choice of dishes.
Excellent service, waiters plentiful, and very professional and attentive, also very smartly dressed.
Dining room very attractive, lovely atmosphere.
Head waiter very professional, and everything very organised, and quietly under control.
It was relaxing and quiet and calming.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I treated my mother to Sunday lunch on her birthday. We had a lovely time. My mother’s dietary request was delicious. The ambiance and service both top notch. The Rolls Royce of Traditional Sunday Lunches!

K
London
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall1food1service4ambience4

The setting is traditionally beautiful, the service was good, but the food... it really was terrible. Menu seemed to be 20 years out of date, boasting local produce (fresh asparagus in November?!). The main course was horrendous, cold vegetables (on cold plates), a fillet steak that could not be cut even with a steak knife (I had to leave 3/4 of it as it was inedible) and a lasting taste of weird truffle pate that lingered for the rest of the evening. Not wanting to make a fuss in front of a room full of diners, I discreetly asked one of the waiting staff to advise the chef that the steak was too chewy to eat. I don’t think she let the chef know as my comment was not followed up. We paid our bill and left without daring to sample dessert! Such a massive disappointment (and a pricey one for inedible food).

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food very plain but nice 70’s style. Waiters great . Traditional decor nice but all needs redecoration particularly in bar where sofas have more than seen there day there all worn out and similar to a nursing home . Drinks good but £17 just to high a price for surroundings an eastbourne. We used to visit regularly we’ve now stopped due to escalate prices an worsening decor that never appears to have work done to keep it tidy

JP
London
27 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We visit the Garden Restaurant quite regularly, but have recently been very disappointed by the lunch menu. It used to be great; what has happened?

OT
Kent
11 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, great atmosphere, lovely food mainly the pancakes:).

DY
Hong Kong
34 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Isn’t that incredible at all.

JG
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent food very attentive staff helped To make our short stay at hotel very pleasant

LS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having lived locally for almost 20 years, strangely we have never been to the Grand or the Garden Restaurant. It was my Mother In Law's 83 birthday and the meal was everything we had expected. A traditional hotel and traditional Sunday lunch. Service was impeccable and we were never hurried or rushed. Simple enough menu we all went for beef and it was carved at the table. We all enjoyed it and the portions were perfect. The wine list cater for all tastes and budgets. The Grand is busy for afternoon tea and our only gripe was sitting in the lounge after lunch was all but impossible, as there were no free tables. If you want a traditional Sunday Lunch you cannot beat this and at £31/person wasn't astronomically expensive, We will go back.

R
London
25 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great staff, although the Maitre d’hotel was rather perturbed that we didn’t want to sit where he wanted us to, right next to the three other occupied tables in a very large and almost empty dinning room. Food was good, but for the money I’d expected great.

LR
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. From the minute we arrived we were well looked after. We were not rushed from our cocktail before dinner, browsed the menu and ordered in the bar, went through to the dining room at our leisure. Every member of staff was just perfect.

OT
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Garden Restaraunt was excellent the meal was perfect,the staff were attentive at all times.We could not fault anything ,it was my wife’s birthday and everything was lovely.

i
London
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and wine even for a Sunday lunch with nice atmosphere. Waiters were professional which is unusual for female only table. We arrived at 13:30 last available time slot and by the time we came to dessert they forgot which slightly spoilt an otherwise perfect meal. The comprehensive wine list provided ample opportunity to indulge a lot of money. Did not have much of a selection of digestives. Would recommend.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious and considerate restaurant. Very decent environment and tranquil atmosphere. It was my fiancée's birthday and I booked the restaurant, leaving a message, telling them that if it was possible to give her a piece of cake with a candle on it. I did not hear from the restaurant and thought maybe I asked too much from them and that's alright. We just headed to the restaurant . Everything was delicious. Customers looked all very decent, shirts, jackets and evening dresses etc. When we reached the dessert phase, to our surprise, the waitress came to us with a piece of chocolate fudge with a light candle, and my fiancée's dessert is written with Happy Birthday in chocolate. It just made our day. A really great trip in Eastbourne. We will definitely visit the restaurant again next summer.

G
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A family lunch for 6 people, wonderful experience from pre lunch drinks in the lounge right the way through to the sweet trolley. The lunch was to celebrate a Golden Wedding Anniversary and everything was perfect, the staff were all very professional and did a wonderful job. The food was all delicious and there were clean plates all round. A very nice touch was writing in chocolate on the two main dessert plates were the words "happy" and "anniversary", such a lovely thoughtful thing to do.

OT
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely perfect from start to finish, food was to die for and staff were amazing in making our lunch a memorable experience 😀😀

GB
London
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2017
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Service was appalling. I didn't like my chips. Forgot my partners starter. Brought out a second one for me which I didn't want.

E
London
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Tried to take my boyfriend here for his birthday present but despite booking we weren't allowed to take our table because my boyfriend didn't have a collar. The dress code on open table just says 'jacket preferred' - not mandatory and nothing about a collar. When a dress code is this strict it should be highlighted when you make the booking. Very disappointed.

OT
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Grand is for that special occasion . Beautiful decor, outstanding service. Lovely experience .

OT
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our recent visit to this venue took us by surprise did not expect to see a hotel with that quality a lovely experience to go with the lovely decor and the service excellent enjoyed the meal very much and would recommend this hotel to anyone who appreciates quality dining with quality sevice

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice experience to step back in time in a classic environment.

m
London
17 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat, wonderful service, subtle lighting from glowing candles, and excellent food. We've eaten here many times, and our last couple of visits for lunch were fine but not 100%. This evening represented a return to top form. Particularly good was the mixed grill, well worth the extra supplement, and the bananas flambeed in brandy at the table was a theatrical and tasty experience!

JC
Brighton
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious lunch, as always. Smoked Salmon fishcake, Confit Lamb with potatoes & seasonal vegetables followed by poached pear with salted caramel & oat crisp. Service, ambiance and food exceptional. Restaurant was tastefully decorated for Christmas.

l
Brighton
13 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2014
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We booked the Garden Restaurant at The Grand Hotel on Friday and found it excellent. The attentive staff, who seemed to visit our table in time to the music, came back and forth, with the water, the wine, the warm bread rolls, the complimentary appetiser from the chef followed by our 3 courses. All the food was delicious though my husband wondered if a fish knife was not the best thing to cut up his broccoli (which was al dente). We took our coffee in the lounge and this was served with chocolatey sweetmeats We watched as the staff rolled up the carpet in syncopation. Maybe we could have stayed for a dance if we did not have a long drive home? Because we had to drive home we had ordered one glass of wine each, but i noticed after we had paid that we had been charged for 3 glasses.

N
London
24 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grand cuisine and good value

We once again enjoyed an excellent meal here. My wife had smoked duck breast with blood orange jelly, suprême of guinea fowl and coconut panna cotta with pomegranate; I had celeriac and apple soup, grilled bacon chop, and burnt honey parfait with mango (the menu changes weekly). Each dish was expertly prepared and presented and they complemented one another very well. The service was friendly, attentive and respectful and the ambience is spacious and elegant but not stiffly formal. Given the high quality of the cuisine, the bill was remarkably good value - £23 per person for three courses and £17.80 for two large glasses of wine, totalling £63.80 (plus a well-deserved tip). A wholly agreeable experience.

JC
Brighton
11 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten in The Garden & Mirabelle restaurants before and The Grand Hotel never fails to deliver quality food at a good price, even if I did not have an Elite card, which entitles you to buy one meal get one free, I would eat there.The food is always fresh & there's a good selection on the menu to satisfy anyone's taste. Looking forward to dining there for my Mum's 70th Birthday, when there will be 9 of us.

BF
London
56 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is not the first time I have dined at The Garden Restaurant. This time it was for my birthday and three of us were eating. Menu was to the usual high standard and the service and food were typically of the quality we've come to expect of The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne.

J
London
28 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Grand Hotel is a harkback to another era. The place is beautiful and the service and food were lovely. Retiring to the fireplace for coffee followed by dancing in the lounge, even better!

m
London
17 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne is one of the finest dining venues in the South East, end of story. I've tried so many restaurants but keep coming back here. The Garden Restaurant is so elegant, and the service is exceptional. Plus, there is a separate vegetarian menu with about five choices of starter and main course. The only restaurants I can think of that better this are vegetarian restaurants. And of course my carniverous companion was delighted with his chicken starter and guinea fowl main. If I could, I would eat here once a week, it's just superb.

A
Oxford
35 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2012
Overall3food4service3ambience3

and old-fashioned, but charming in its way. Unfortunately the head wiater at first denied having our booking, and then kept us waiting for ages in the bar. The wine list is amazing, though they seemed to have little idea which of their bin ends had ended...

OT
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brilliant service and the food was exquisite. The restaurant is quite formal but still relaxing enough that we could enjoy ourselves and have a romantic evening.

BF
London
56 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent luncheon. Staff were superb. Food was lovely.

z
London
43 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2011
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Garden Restaurant, Eastbourne. As always, a very nice meal.
Service exceptional, very helpful and attentive.
Will be returning again on our next visit to Eastbourne.

D
London
15 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was at the highest level!

D
London
15 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2011
Overall5foodservice5ambience5

There should be more warning about dress code!!!

m
London
17 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Garden Restaurant at The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne is such a lovely venue for lunch or dinner. Last night we enjoyed a three course meal for £38 each, including appetisers and sorbets. The service is always perfect, and the food was delicious. There could have been a little more choice, especially for the main courses ( there were four options) but whatever you choose you are guaranteed a beautiful meal. With wine the bill came to £95 for two, which is good value for food of this quality.

m
London
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff in the Garden Restaurant in the Grand Hotel, Eastbourne are very welcoming. The food was delicious as always. The Air Show was in town but the Grand Hotel was an oasis of calm. Thanks once again for a great lunch; try the beef it is delicious! Thank you.

z
London
43 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2011
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Another return visit to the Garden Restaurant at the Grand Hotel Eastbourne.
All courses very tasty, however, was somewhat disappointed on this occasion with the vegetables. Roasted new potatoes were hard, chewy baked parsnip and the mangetout were tasteless, the only nice thing was the cauliflower cheese.
Service impeccable as usual.

m
London
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2011
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne is a fabulous hotel. The staff are all very helpful and the quality of the food in the Garden Restaurant is exemplary. Sunday lunch for a party of 10 was a wonderful experience. The sommelier is extremely knowledgeable.