The Sundial

4.9
315 Reviews
£26 to £40
French
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 315 people are saying
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MartinJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An truly excellent lunch for four. We all had different starters and main courses and everyone was very happy with their choice. The amuse bouche was an lovely foretaste of the food to come. Beautiful surroundings as well and the service was attentive and helpful.

Highly recommended and we will return when next in the area.

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foody
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing to fault in this amazing restaurant. Highly recommended!

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PatK
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit to this great restaurant. What a find! Lovely food and staff were lovely too. When this madness is over we will be back. We hope they will be able to continue serving their delicious food and don’t get moved into another tier. X

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Jjay
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Very large quantities, but less would be fine and focus on each element more! Great to see the restaurant open, really good service but tasting menu didn't quite hit the mark expected by the menu

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SebC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and great food. Would definitely go again

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PaulandCheryl
Brighton
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decided to treat ourselves to an early Christmas present and book the Sundial for the Châteaubriand Menu. 'Quelle horreur!! it was fully booked for each of the evenings. So booked for the Friday lunchtime.
Started with the Christmas Champagne Cocktail and it was fabulous, hint of orange and a deeper alcohol hidden within.
The Langoustine Consommé instantly reminded me of the South of France with it's wonderful flavour. King scallops are one of my favourites and these did not disappoint, in fact paired with mushroom it was one of the very best. Mary's suggestion of a wine was just right and we really enjoyed it. And the Châteaubriand (just like beef wellington) was excellent. I was full but when the dessert arrived (Pear & Hazelnut Crumble, Chocolate Sauce, and Tahiti Vanilla Ice Cream ) it would have taken a herd of buffalo to stop me eating it all.
Simply fantastic, no wonder the restaurant was fully booked.
A lovely long lunch, in a lovely unhurried restaurant.

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PhilipE
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fun, great service.

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OpenTable Diner
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went there for a birthday romantic meal for 2. Staff were very friendly and accommodating and the food delicious

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GaryS
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food good service worth the trip from Brighton will defo be back

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JulieM
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favourite restaurant-cannot fault anything. Always looking for another excuse to book! Would highly recommend.

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Adrian
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening, wonderful food, thank you very much.

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PrinceofDarkness
London
18 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service as always

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DavidW
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A very good meal in pleasant surroundings and served with attentive service. I thoroughly recommend the Sundial. In fact we have decided to visit for lunch again later this week.

A perfect place to eat in these depressing times.

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Maggie
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most wonderful 70th. Birthday celebration for my husband.
The small family lunch at the Sundial was an absolutely perfect way for us to share this memorable occasion.

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StephenT
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A brilliant meal. We booked earlier the same day and was sent the menu and asked to let them have our choices, because of Covid measures. That worked really well and heightened the anticipation. The service was attentive but not oppressive and it was all so relaxed in very pleasant surroundings.
The attention to detail in cooking and presenting the food was impressive and it all tasted superb.
I can not recommend it highly enough.

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Oysterman
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As ever a very enjoyable lunch. Vincent’s food is well presented, thoughtful and very tasty. Mary is charming, efficient and measured looking after the diners extremely well. The restaurants consistency is commendable, particularly in these difficult times.

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JosephineO
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the Sundial for the first time on partner’s birthday. Wow, wow, wow! Everything was an astonishing cocktail of flavours, from the Amuse Bouche to the Crepes Suzettes. Thank you so very much for making a most wonderful day! We will be back!

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FrancesC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a delightful restaurant and perfect for special occasions. The little culinary extras are a lovely touch and you leave feeling satisfied.

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paulb
Brighton
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had an very enjoyable lunch, fantastic food and service.

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Nobby
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service both excellent. Submitting menu choices beforehand meant no long waits for food

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TonyL
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you would like to enjoy a complete dining experience with excellent food, service and atmosphere (not forgetting the choice of wines), then you need to visit The Sundial.

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Harryc
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food with great wine to compliment. 2nd time back and I shall be returning again soon

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QandD
London
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Seafood Festival Menu and every course was superbly cooked and nicely presented.
We eat at this restaurant regularly because we always enjoy the food and the service is excellent.

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BarrieJ
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as was the service. Very Covid friendly with tables well separated.
Must rate as one of the best restaurants in East Sussex.
A real credit to owners Mary & Vincent

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RichardP
London
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening, food was as usual fantastic, our favourite restaurant, never fails to deliver on quality.

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Liverbird
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food fine dinning.
Only complaint would be charged us for three bottles of water which we didn’t ask for, also 10% service charge is strong as already paying top end for food.
Overall very good

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PaulO
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice to return for a special occasion. Excellent food, great service and made very welcome

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EileenN
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we stepped through the door we knew we were going to have a fantastic evening. Beautiful building with wonderful ambience and intimate feel. Mary was a wonderful and attentive host. It was such a great idea to have been able to order beforehand. The food was outstanding in both flavour and presentation. Will definitely be returning if we go back to the area.

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BiancaWilso
Kent
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always happy to come to the sundial. Vincent and Mary are superb. We celebrated our wedding day here so this is a very special place for us

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SomersetLad
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sundial at Herstmonceux is a jewel amongst restaurants, providing a venue with a lovely ambience, high quality food, drink, and service. Even in these unprecedented times Mary and Vincent provide a wonderful welcome to their restaurant, and provide their clientele with menus to suit all tastes and pockets both for lunch or dinner. Providing special events through the culunary calendar such as a Glorious 12th (Roast Grouse) menu, a Game menu, and a Lobster menu at the appropriate times of the year. Whether you are a connoisseur of food and drink or you wish to have a venue to celebrate a special occasion, or just a really good meal out, I would highly recommend The Sundial at Herstmonceux.

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MarthaM
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place to eat I can say. The food tastes so good. The environment is warm and welcoming. They deliver excellent service. I wouldn’t compare with any body. Good quality food. The staff are so friendly and welcoming. I would recommend them to all my friends and family to visit and enjoy their delicious meals.

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Gyula
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a typical french restaurant, with the sense of romantic style combined with delicious gastronomy, superb hospitality, excellent place to hide from the noisy word for a lovely and quite dinner.

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fanof1990saubergine
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good professional french cooking and personally selected wine list from the domaine by the owners...great

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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting modern French menu, in a lovely setting, served by friendly attentive staff. Food is a pleasure to experience.

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RichardW
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was superb though the wine more average. To give an idea the cheese course was brought to us by the chef personally who helped us choose the cheese we wanted. Lovely presentation and delicious food that compared well with similar quality restaurants in France.

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LindaB
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relax midweek lunch. A warm welcome and delicious food. Just right for a winters day.

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judithn
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful evening with excellent cuisine. xxxxxxx

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Happyeater
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed another memorable family lunch here. All food excellent, including vegetarian options. Looking forward to next time.

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SueW
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Looked good on arrival whole concept was there but let down by the food. Had to send back the tempera prawns as they were raw! The turkey roast looked like it had been plated a while ago as there was a film over the gravy.....will never return

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BryanW
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food good service, interesting menu with wide selection of vegetables

FAQs

The Sundial is rated 4.9 stars by 315 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.