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Cafe By The Lake

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Sumners Ponds Chapel Road | Barns Green, Horsham RH13 0PR, England
+44 1403 732734
08:00 - 17:00
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Mon 08:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sun 08:00 - 22:30
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We came here for breakfast. We were looking for something that was different. The setting of this venue is lovely. There is an outside seating area which would be lovely in the summer although there is a lot of patio heaters so I'm guessing you could sit outside in the winter also. The food is lovely and staff are very... More 

Thank Jennifer H
Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had pre ordered for four and our waitress was very welcoming and helpful. Inside table with view of the lake. Quite busy. Food OK but not special. We stayed over in motorhome and had an all day breakfast (pre-booked) 1 January - full English - excellent! All prices a bit high but you're paying for the convenience and the... More 

Thank Sheila L
Billingshurst, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

What a fantastic evening, the food was amazing, and staff were very attentive, and very helpful, on last minute changes! We love the rustic ambience, and with the woodburning stoves, it makes a lovely cosy atmosphere. We will certainly be back next year!

Thank boris152
Horsham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

With storm Angus closing in, my husband's idea of taking me for dinner was not looking too inviting. We don't have to go far he says..Sumners is close and I know their log fires would have cranked up by now. Now that did sound inviting. Off we went into the wind and the rain. Upon arrival, it was quiet, but... More 

Thank PussofSouthwater
Dorking, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Lovely view, but please bring your own food and drinks! This place looks over the lakes and is quite nice in the summer when the sun is shining - but - make sure you bring your own food and drinks because the service you get here is very very bad. Drinks and ordering food takes too long and they didn't... More 

5 Thank TwentyFoodSeven
Matthew M, Business Manager (Back Office) at Cafe By The Lake, responded to this review

Thank you for writing a review for our Café by the Lake at Sumners Ponds. I'm not aware of the time and date of your visit from the review, so feel unable to make a specific comment. If you would like to discuss this further, kindly email your telephone contact details. Many thanks. Matthew M Business Manager (Back Office). office@sumnersponds.co.uk More 

2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Quaint and delightful place. We stayed and chatted since the atmosphere was cozy. I fear we ate too many sweets, but it was worth it.

Thank Tr M
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Had a lovely lunch here, great food and location, nice staff & WiFi. The lunch rolls are very tasty especially the pulled pork and BBQ sauce.

Thank Denise M
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112 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

We came here for lunch but got so caught up catching up missed it by 7 minutes! So instead had a slice of cake and hot chocolate. We had the cappuccino cake which was wonderful. Beautiful setting and very accommodating staff who were very friendly and polite. I will definitely be coming here again

1 Thank Amy L
Windsor and Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

I went to this gorgeous little cafe in the summer and it was such a breath of fresh air. We sat on the river and had an amazing view of the surrounding estate. The meal was divine and very reasonably priced. As the sun set the heaters where lit and we were able to stay out under the stars. They... More 

1 Thank chelsg13
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

I visited Sumners Pond with a group of close friends in a spur of the moment decision after hearing many good things about it. When we arrived The cafe more than lived up to expectations. The name 'Cafe by the Lake' though self explanatory does not do it justice as once you arrive you are met with stunning views all... More 

2 Thank Jordan B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$18
Cafe, British
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Sumners Ponds Chapel Road | Barns Green, Horsham RH13 0PR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  West Sussex  >  Horsham
  • Phone Number: +44 1403 732734
The Cafe by the Lake is family run restaurant, bar and cafe at Sumners Ponds in the quaint picturesque village of Barns Green. We are open to all, including day visitor from 8:00am each day serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, snacks and ice cream. Tuesday to Sunday our bar and restaurant is open until 10:30pm serving evening meals.
Enjoy a full English breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea on the decking overlooking the lake, or something a bit more warming during the winter, inside the cosy restaurant. Home cooked meals are also available in the evenings on Tuesday - Sunday nights as well as drinks from the bar. Our licensed bar has Peroni and Kozel on draught with a wide selection of other bottled lagers and ciders, an extensive wine and spirit selection and local ales both on draught and bottled. Live music and quiz nights as well as other larger events are planned throughout the year.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?