Good Hotel Guide Review
David Stott and Clive James ‘nurture an atmosphere of repose and tranquillity, along with informality, laughter and the friendliest of welcomes’ at their restaurant-with-rooms beneath the South Downs. So writes a trusted reader this year who has often stayed when attending Glyndebourne opera. Within the whitewashed house, once home to Elizabeth David’s parents, there is no residents’ lounge, but ‘two gazebos in the garden are a haven for reading or enjoying drinks’. ‘The personal service from the proprietors is admirable.’ A ‘home from home’ atmosphere includes a ‘china teapot collection in the dining room, wooden ducks, floral wallpapers’ (a slight ‘time warp’, said one visitor). Individually styled bedrooms have a fridge, fresh milk, earplugs to cut road noise, a recently updated bathroom. At dinner, David’s ‘impressive, richly varied’ menu uses locally sourced and home-grown ingredients in such dishes as roast rack of lamb, shallot soubise sauce, ‘always plenty of vegetables’, ‘wonderful damson sorbet’. Breakfast is ‘as much a joy as dinner’, with ‘uniquely wonderful bacon’, perfect scrambled eggs, ‘home-made marmalade, slabs of butter’. (Ann Lawson Lucas, Carol Jackson, RP)
Crossways Hotel Lewes Road
7. Plus self-catering cottage and apartment.
all year except 21 Dec–late Jan, restaurant closed Sun/Mon.
breakfast room, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 2-acre grounds (duck pond).
occasionally, in dining areas.
not under 12.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B single £85, double £150–£175, D,B&B £220–£250. Set dinner £43.