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Emma’s guidebook for Horsham & the surrounding area.

Emma

Emma’s guidebook for Horsham & the surrounding area.

Restaurants in & around Horsham!
So much variety in Horsham itself - visit on a Sunday morning & it's cafe culture with the aroma of coffee, fresh bread & pastries spilling onto pavement cafes, and from market stalls. Pop back in the evening, and the bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants will be in full swing. A huge range, to suit every pocket & taste. Travel a little further for gourmet pubs, farm shop cafes with locally produced offerings, and again, a wide range of noteworthy eateries - do pass on recommendations of your favourite finds!
Vibrant a hub as it ever was, Horsham Town Hall has been transformed into the bustling Bill’s restaurant and produce store for the next chapter of it’s life at the centre of the market square. I love Bill Granger’s recipes. Sunny, healthy, relaxed food reflect his Australian roots. Although 10 months after moving into Horsham, this was the first restaurant we visited in the town. Totally taken up with hard labour in the house and garden, we hadn’t realised what a great selection of trendy eateries Horsham has – but the reality is that Bills & Waitrose have graced the cobbled streets, alongside many other great places - say no more… (Except, perhaps, it’s wise to book – our first visit, on a Wednesday night, was less than successful as we hadn’t done so – there’s a recommendation!) Food – Bill’s produce stores & restaurants showcase his sense of effortless style, his passion for simple, clean food & understated retro styling. Philosophy – Bill creates variations on easy themes – healthy and zesty. Relaxed Sunday brunches with the paper and a latte are a fab way to spend a wet morning, any day of the week :-) Decor – Vibrant a hub as it ever was, Horsham Town Hall had stood on the same site in since the C17. The present stocky building, of local Horsham Stone, dates from C19. has been adopted by the Bill’s restaurant and produce group for the next chapter of it’s life at the centre of the market square. Like the food, decor is interesting & honest. Service – Easy going, charming, usually pacy. ‘Open for’ & Price – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Mid range price. Tips – Book. Avoid the house white. 🙂 Interesting to know – Horsham’s Old Town Hall is listed at Grade II because of it’s north facade of c1812, commissioned by the Duke of Norfolk and in an antiquarian neo-Norman style, as the Duke also favoured at Arundel Castle. Later work on the building dates to 1888. Through the barred basement windows a stroll past allows a glimpse into two surviving sets of cells in the basement which are virtually unaltered from former times.
Bill's Horsham Restaurant
Vibrant a hub as it ever was, Horsham Town Hall has been transformed into the bustling Bill’s restaurant and produce store for the next chapter of it’s life at the centre of the market square. I love Bill Granger’s recipes. Sunny, healthy, relaxed food reflect his Australian roots. Although 10 months after moving into Horsham, this was the first restaurant we visited in the town. Totally taken up with hard labour in the house and garden, we hadn’t realised what a great selection of trendy eateries Horsham has – but the reality is that Bills & Waitrose have graced the cobbled streets, alongside many other great places - say no more… (Except, perhaps, it’s wise to book – our first visit, on a Wednesday night, was less than successful as we hadn’t done so – there’s a recommendation!) Food – Bill’s produce stores & restaurants showcase his sense of effortless style, his passion for simple, clean food & understated retro styling. Philosophy – Bill creates variations on easy themes – healthy and zesty. Relaxed Sunday brunches with the paper and a latte are a fab way to spend a wet morning, any day of the week :-) Decor – Vibrant a hub as it ever was, Horsham Town Hall had stood on the same site in since the C17. The present stocky building, of local Horsham Stone, dates from C19. has been adopted by the Bill’s restaurant and produce group for the next chapter of it’s life at the centre of the market square. Like the food, decor is interesting & honest. Service – Easy going, charming, usually pacy. ‘Open for’ & Price – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Mid range price. Tips – Book. Avoid the house white. 🙂 Interesting to know – Horsham’s Old Town Hall is listed at Grade II because of it’s north facade of c1812, commissioned by the Duke of Norfolk and in an antiquarian neo-Norman style, as the Duke also favoured at Arundel Castle. Later work on the building dates to 1888. Through the barred basement windows a stroll past allows a glimpse into two surviving sets of cells in the basement which are virtually unaltered from former times.
Sophisticated, eminently interesting and different. An imaginative twist on classic style, without losing any of the Michelin rating! – Tristans is the top restaurant of the Town, Michelin rated, and often needs to be booked well in advance - worth doing ahead of your arrival, if you're a 'foodie'!
Restaurant Tristan
3 Stans Way
Sophisticated, eminently interesting and different. An imaginative twist on classic style, without losing any of the Michelin rating! – Tristans is the top restaurant of the Town, Michelin rated, and often needs to be booked well in advance - worth doing ahead of your arrival, if you're a 'foodie'!
– A little further afield, Dorking has a good range of eateries. Just outside the town is a lovely 'gasrto' pub, The Wotton Hatch. Easy food for an unchallenging, friendly evening!
Wotton Hatch
– A little further afield, Dorking has a good range of eateries. Just outside the town is a lovely 'gasrto' pub, The Wotton Hatch. Easy food for an unchallenging, friendly evening!
Gomshall is a tiny village of pretty buildings either side of the main road on the way from Wotton (and before that, Dorking) to Guildford. A few interesting shops and the home of an old mill, converted to a welcoming pub with good food and decent sized portions – a little further afield. Good food and warm atmosphere, despite the mill actually running through the building! http://www.homecountiespubs.co.uk/gomshallmill/homepage
Gomshall
Gomshall is a tiny village of pretty buildings either side of the main road on the way from Wotton (and before that, Dorking) to Guildford. A few interesting shops and the home of an old mill, converted to a welcoming pub with good food and decent sized portions – a little further afield. Good food and warm atmosphere, despite the mill actually running through the building! http://www.homecountiespubs.co.uk/gomshallmill/homepage
Undergoing a refurbishment, a lot of effort has been put into getting the menus and food updated. The Abinger is about 15 - 20 minutes drive towards Holmbury St Mary, but is worth a visit, and has some decent walks in the pretty countryside & woods surrounding. Abinger also host regular feature events through the year - see their website for details.
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The Abinger Hatch
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Undergoing a refurbishment, a lot of effort has been put into getting the menus and food updated. The Abinger is about 15 - 20 minutes drive towards Holmbury St Mary, but is worth a visit, and has some decent walks in the pretty countryside & woods surrounding. Abinger also host regular feature events through the year - see their website for details.
Around 20 - 25 minutes drive to the East of Dorking, the Arkle is a large pub with spacious dining areas and usually also a good choice of Vegan food.
The Arkle Manor
Around 20 - 25 minutes drive to the East of Dorking, the Arkle is a large pub with spacious dining areas and usually also a good choice of Vegan food.
A must for foodies, alongside the more local Tristans. Book and go for the nine courses! For those with more modest appetites, there is also a five course menu - each an experience not to be missed. The atmosphere, styling of the decor as well as the food, and imaginative creative are a treat not to be missed, even if it means eating baked beans for the next month!
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Sorrel Restaurant by Steve Drake
77 South St
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A must for foodies, alongside the more local Tristans. Book and go for the nine courses! For those with more modest appetites, there is also a five course menu - each an experience not to be missed. The atmosphere, styling of the decor as well as the food, and imaginative creative are a treat not to be missed, even if it means eating baked beans for the next month!
Hugely popular as a pit stop for cyclists, there are also good walks all around the Milk Churn in Rudgwick, around 10 - 15 minutes drive. Family owned, the Milk Churn is a wooden cabin built on the original 1952 site of dairy cows, whose offspring still now produce the milk that Sussex Charmer, one or our local cheeses, is made of. Enjoy a slice or two of Sussex Charmer, some local butter on freshly made scones, or locally produced, naturally made ice cream... what's not to like - in the sun on the terrace, or with a paper, inside on a wet day. Produce is also available to buy, so that's supper sorted, too!
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The Milk Churn
4 Lynwick St
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Hugely popular as a pit stop for cyclists, there are also good walks all around the Milk Churn in Rudgwick, around 10 - 15 minutes drive. Family owned, the Milk Churn is a wooden cabin built on the original 1952 site of dairy cows, whose offspring still now produce the milk that Sussex Charmer, one or our local cheeses, is made of. Enjoy a slice or two of Sussex Charmer, some local butter on freshly made scones, or locally produced, naturally made ice cream... what's not to like - in the sun on the terrace, or with a paper, inside on a wet day. Produce is also available to buy, so that's supper sorted, too!
£££ Stunning dining and top notch tea menu set within the Mannings Heath Golf Club & Wine Estate. Worth a visit for a very special occasion. Do make time to explore the grounds, too.
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Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens
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£££ Stunning dining and top notch tea menu set within the Mannings Heath Golf Club & Wine Estate. Worth a visit for a very special occasion. Do make time to explore the grounds, too.
A themed 6os diner which was voted 2nd in the 2018 West Sussex Best Restaurant awards... it's what it says on the tin - the place for waffles, pancakes, American breakfasts and tower high burgers! A little out of the town centre, so jump into your Cadillac and enjoy the All American Vibe!
Max's Diner
A themed 6os diner which was voted 2nd in the 2018 West Sussex Best Restaurant awards... it's what it says on the tin - the place for waffles, pancakes, American breakfasts and tower high burgers! A little out of the town centre, so jump into your Cadillac and enjoy the All American Vibe!
Spend the afternoon at Denbies - book a vineyard tour or a session about winemaking, and have a meal in the restaurant. Basic, cafe style, but good value. There is also a farm shop on site selling local produce And of course, you must bring some English wine home - the sparkling is particularly recommended! https://www.denbies.co.uk/
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Denbies Wine Estate
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Spend the afternoon at Denbies - book a vineyard tour or a session about winemaking, and have a meal in the restaurant. Basic, cafe style, but good value. There is also a farm shop on site selling local produce And of course, you must bring some English wine home - the sparkling is particularly recommended! https://www.denbies.co.uk/
A chain restaurant, but full of character and started by a husband & wife team based in Brighton! Thai tapas. In the busy East Street restaurant area of Horsham Town. Full of character, despite being a 'chain'.
Giggling Squid
1B East St
A chain restaurant, but full of character and started by a husband & wife team based in Brighton! Thai tapas. In the busy East Street restaurant area of Horsham Town. Full of character, despite being a 'chain'.
Modern Thai for eating in or take away. Popular with guests. 10 minutes drive (opposite a very good dry cleaners!)
Lemongrass Horsham
16 Bishopric
Modern Thai for eating in or take away. Popular with guests. 10 minutes drive (opposite a very good dry cleaners!)
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The Chequers Inn
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Walks worth Walking... in & around Horsham!
Bluebell carpets and swaths of Daffodils in Spring. Stunning views with traditional watering - holes to stop off for refreshments in Summer. Woods with bare branches and Downs with hills to warm you up on the coldest day in Winter, there is a plethora of Walks worth Walking in and around Horsham. https://www.horsham.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/3767/Warnham.pdf
2.6 miles. An easy walk starting at St Margarets, Warnham - our local church, and past some of the pretty little cottages in the small village of Warnham. The Warnham Deer Park is a wonderful place - you may catch a glimpse of wild deer at The Oaks, but the mighty beasts at the Deer Park are a very different breed! The Royal Oak, the pub opposite the Church, is well placed, and well worth a post walk visit!
THE DEER PARK
2.6 miles. An easy walk starting at St Margarets, Warnham - our local church, and past some of the pretty little cottages in the small village of Warnham. The Warnham Deer Park is a wonderful place - you may catch a glimpse of wild deer at The Oaks, but the mighty beasts at the Deer Park are a very different breed! The Royal Oak, the pub opposite the Church, is well placed, and well worth a post walk visit!
A range of Warnham based circular walks. 6 Different routes, from 2.6 - 6.4 miles.Warnham sits in the lower Sussex Weald.The soil is composed almost entirely of heavy Wealden clay. In the winter months the footpaths around Warnham can be very wet and muddy and appropriate footwear is essential. http://www.warnham.org.uk/misc/Warnham%20Footpath%20Map.pdf
Warnham Village Hall
A range of Warnham based circular walks. 6 Different routes, from 2.6 - 6.4 miles.Warnham sits in the lower Sussex Weald.The soil is composed almost entirely of heavy Wealden clay. In the winter months the footpaths around Warnham can be very wet and muddy and appropriate footwear is essential. http://www.warnham.org.uk/misc/Warnham%20Footpath%20Map.pdf
Golf course and nature reserve, around 20 minutes walk or a short bus / car ride from Horsham Town Centre. https://www.horsham.gov.uk/parksandcountryside/parks-and-countryside/parks-and-countryside-sites/warnham-nature-reserve
Warnham Local Nature Reserve
Golf course and nature reserve, around 20 minutes walk or a short bus / car ride from Horsham Town Centre. https://www.horsham.gov.uk/parksandcountryside/parks-and-countryside/parks-and-countryside-sites/warnham-nature-reserve
A range of circular and non circular walks, 6.7 - 10.1 miles. Alternatively, simply park in one of the many parking areas, and walk as far as you wish... Stunning views, and as many hill walking opportunities as your leg muscles can take! A decent cafe too, though it is very popular with families and cyclists... a happy place! https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/walk/box-hill-circular/
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Box Hill
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A range of circular and non circular walks, 6.7 - 10.1 miles. Alternatively, simply park in one of the many parking areas, and walk as far as you wish... Stunning views, and as many hill walking opportunities as your leg muscles can take! A decent cafe too, though it is very popular with families and cyclists... a happy place! https://www.walkingclub.org.uk/walk/box-hill-circular/
On the way to Brighton... Devil's Dyke is a 100m deep V-shaped valley on the South Downs Way in southern England, near Brighton and Hove. It is part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Beeding Hill to Newtimber Hill, and is the home of the most beautiful, huge cows! Devil's Dyke was a major local tourist attraction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/devils-dyke/lists/devils-dyke-walking-trails Visit the Devils Dyke pub for a restorative lunchhttps://www.vintageinn.co.uk/restaurants/south-east/thedevilsdykebrighton?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=gmb or visit nearby Ditchling, a pretty village with a popular pub, 'The Bull' (can get very busy at weekends!) https://thebullditchling.com/
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Devil's Dyke - National Trust
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On the way to Brighton... Devil's Dyke is a 100m deep V-shaped valley on the South Downs Way in southern England, near Brighton and Hove. It is part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Beeding Hill to Newtimber Hill, and is the home of the most beautiful, huge cows! Devil's Dyke was a major local tourist attraction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/devils-dyke/lists/devils-dyke-walking-trails Visit the Devils Dyke pub for a restorative lunchhttps://www.vintageinn.co.uk/restaurants/south-east/thedevilsdykebrighton?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=gmb or visit nearby Ditchling, a pretty village with a popular pub, 'The Bull' (can get very busy at weekends!) https://thebullditchling.com/
A stunning National Trust woodland area, with small cafe (limited opening & no seating). Several TV films have been filmed at this iconic tower, and the views across the countryside to London are stunning on a fine day. There is a good sized car park, and are lots of signposted walking routes, so take your pick! https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/leith-hill/features/leith-hill-tower
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Leith Hill Tower
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A stunning National Trust woodland area, with small cafe (limited opening & no seating). Several TV films have been filmed at this iconic tower, and the views across the countryside to London are stunning on a fine day. There is a good sized car park, and are lots of signposted walking routes, so take your pick! https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/leith-hill/features/leith-hill-tower
Whether you come to find out more about the history, as an interesting stop-off on your walk around Leith Hill, or just to relax and enjoy the view and a cream tea, Leith Hill Place is a perfect spot to while away a few hours. Discover Composer Vaughan Williams’ home and the humble piano on which Vaughan Williams composed some of his greatest works Atmospheric light in the soundscape at Leith Hill Place - hear the story of Ralph Vaughan Williams as you tour the second floor of the house at Leith Hill Place, his childhood home, where his story has been brought to life in words and music in our sound installation. It's easy just to park and walk - if you'd like a short route, follow the link for a 2.6 mile circular route. http://www.ifootpath.com/walking/walk_ro.php?walkID=1786
Leith Hill Place
Whether you come to find out more about the history, as an interesting stop-off on your walk around Leith Hill, or just to relax and enjoy the view and a cream tea, Leith Hill Place is a perfect spot to while away a few hours. Discover Composer Vaughan Williams’ home and the humble piano on which Vaughan Williams composed some of his greatest works Atmospheric light in the soundscape at Leith Hill Place - hear the story of Ralph Vaughan Williams as you tour the second floor of the house at Leith Hill Place, his childhood home, where his story has been brought to life in words and music in our sound installation. It's easy just to park and walk - if you'd like a short route, follow the link for a 2.6 mile circular route. http://www.ifootpath.com/walking/walk_ro.php?walkID=1786
Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the vineyard, or a more energetic hillside walk up the Downs. A stunning view of rows and rows of vines, and beautiful countryside beyond. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/denbies-hillside/trails/denbies-hillside-nature-walk
National Trust's Denbies Hillside
Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the vineyard, or a more energetic hillside walk up the Downs. A stunning view of rows and rows of vines, and beautiful countryside beyond. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/denbies-hillside/trails/denbies-hillside-nature-walk
Capel
River Arun
Pubs
Independent pub with great Ale choices and good service, plus special festivals and events through the year.
The Anchor Tap
16 East St
Independent pub with great Ale choices and good service, plus special festivals and events through the year.
Our local - one minute's drive! Good for a welcoming drink or easy meal. Large outside space is often used for old or specialist car meet-ups!
The Owl At Kingsfold
Our local - one minute's drive! Good for a welcoming drink or easy meal. Large outside space is often used for old or specialist car meet-ups!
Local specialities
Worth a visit if you've booked a tasting, tour, special dining event or 'Experience' - the home of world renowned English sparkling wine. Around 30 minutes drive.
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Nyetimber
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Worth a visit if you've booked a tasting, tour, special dining event or 'Experience' - the home of world renowned English sparkling wine. Around 30 minutes drive.
Large vineyard around 20 minutes drive along the A24 towards Dorking. Great for walks around the site, also for wine tours. Denbies hosts many differing events and fairs through the year - see their website for current news. Their restaurant is basic but good value, and there's an organic food store on site too.
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Denbies Wine Estate
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Large vineyard around 20 minutes drive along the A24 towards Dorking. Great for walks around the site, also for wine tours. Denbies hosts many differing events and fairs through the year - see their website for current news. Their restaurant is basic but good value, and there's an organic food store on site too.
Dorking Brewery
Nymans National Trust
45 Windmill Platt
The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden
Entertainment
In the newly refurbished Piries Place, behind the market square in Horsham. A great old style cinema with bar. Piries place has a range of restaurants on offer for before or after the show!
Our local Horsham theatre hosts a very wide range of shows, comedy events and films. Around 10 minutes drive, near Horsham station.
The Capitol
Our local Horsham theatre hosts a very wide range of shows, comedy events and films. Around 10 minutes drive, near Horsham station.
Everyman Horsham
16 Piries Place