Crossways Hotel

Wilmington, Sussex

David Stott and Clive James ‘nurture an atmosphere of repose and tranquillity, along with informality and laughter and the friendliest of warm welcomes’ at their restaurant-with-rooms beneath the South Downs. More

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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)

Hotel details

Address

Crossways Hotel Lewes Road
Wilmington
Sussex
BN26 5SG
England

Telephone

01323 482455

Bedrooms

7. Plus self-catering cottage and apartment.

Open

all year except 21 Dec–late Jan, restaurant closed Sun/Mon.

Facilities

breakfast room, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 2-acre grounds (duck pond).

Background music

occasionally, in dining areas.

Children

not under 12.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £85, double £150–£175, D,B&B £220–£250. Set dinner £43.

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