The Sundial in Herstmonceux
I had a couple of preconceptions that were quickly dispelled on my visit to The Sundial.
1. That French Restaurants in the country that advertise themselves as wedding venues tend to be a bit mundane.
2. That we would be hard pushed to find an East Sussex restaurant that was better than The Waterside.
On entering the rather empty car park on a quiet Saturday lunch time in the unassuming village of Herstmonceux. I was pleasantly surprised by the attractive, modern and well designed layout of The Sundial. It has a small lounge bar area in the middle, a small private dining room to the left and the main restaurant to the right. There is a also a small terrace and a large garden area.
We were greeted by the proprietors Chef Vincent and his wife Mary who manages front of house, and made comfortable in the lounge area where we were served some tasty canapes while we made our selections. First step was choosing which menu. They have a fine dining menu which at £25 for 3 courses seemed really good value. The a la carte is £40 for 3 courses and there is a 5 course tasting menu at £55. We opted for the a la carte.