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Gardner Street | Herstmonceux, Herstmonceux, Hailsham BN27 4LA, England
+44 1323 832217
Tue - Sun 12:00 - 15:30
Tue - Sat 19:00 - 23:30
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Maracay, Venezuela
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have been to several fine dining restaurants, but this one beats them all. Really a hidden gem, this fine french restaurant The service was exceptional and the meals prepared by owner/chef, Vincent, were just tantalising. I was visiting my sister and husband in Eastbourne, and it was well worth the drive to get there.

1 Thank Kenny J
Hastings, United Kingdom
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228 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

From the start of the evening the staff were very professional and attentive. wonderful menu with plenty of interesting choices, flavours and combinations of ingredients unlike any other local restaurant in the area. good quality house wine, fresh ingredients, added extras between courses 'amuse bouche' which were very welcomed and made the meal even more special. would highly recommend this... More 

1 Thank ozzie504
Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Second visit to this restaurant, and was equally impressed as my first visit. Food is out of this world and service you cannot fault. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

2 Thank Peter S
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've been going to the sundial for the past 2 years - at least 10 times per year! The food is fantastic and the service is second to none. We would highly recommend this resturant.

1 Thank Luke G
Heathfield, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a fabulous restaurant! Can't believe we've never been before. Lovely warm atmosphere, excellent food and service. We opted for the £30 set menu. There was plenty of choice within it and all the courses were truly delicious and beautifully presented. We were given a pre starter followed by 3 courses. I opted for rack of lamb cooked medium. It... More 

1 Thank Liz M
Hailsham, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An exceptional high quality French restaurant with a French chef. It has a good value menu of the day but if you go a la carte expect to pay heavily. It has a great wine list and you never leave here disappointed, though some what poorer. It is without a doubt one of the finest eating establishments in the area.

1 Thank Gareoult
Herstmonceux, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

The meal is always excellent and a different menu. The attention to detail is great with homemade nibbles with our aperitif and sweets with our coffee. It is always feels such a special occasion having dinner in this restaurant, definitely fine dining.

1 Thank Triciaemily1956
East Sussex, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Unlike other recent reviewers, I had a bad experience at this restaurant. A friend and I went to the restaurant for what we hoped would be a great Christmas meal: we were both celebrating special birthdays. For a restaurant claiming to provide fine dining, I didn't expect to have to endure crass Christmas musak. My friend chose the Festive Fine... More 

Thank JamieBrand
Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Have just visited this restaurant for my fathers birthday in between Christmas and New Year. The food was absolutely excellent and so was the service. I can highly recommend the food the views and the ambience.

3 Thank SCE1960
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90 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

This is a delightful restaurant with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. It was nice to experience fine dining with attentive and friendly service. Perfect for a quiet, romantic lunch. We were greeted at the door and shown to the bar area where we drank an aperitif and given a small selection of small hot and cold canapés on the... More 

3 Thank Fcroton

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$41 - US$164
French, European, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:30
12:00 - 15:30
19:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:30
19:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:30
19:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:30
19:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 15:30
19:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Gardner Street | Herstmonceux, Herstmonceux, Hailsham BN27 4LA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Hailsham  >  Herstmonceux
  • Phone Number: +44 1323 832217
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.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?