Restaurant Interlude

“Complex and creative dishes in majestic setting.” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

LOWER BEEDING, WEST SUSSEX

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In the grand location of Leonardslee House, Restaurant Interlude occupies a glorious setting surrounded by woodlands. The evening starts with drinks in the bar before moving through to the stately dining room with its high ceiling, huge mirrors, marble fireplace, chandeliers and white tablecloths. The grand old house doesn’t lack for character and on warmer evenings, French windows open onto the gardens. The kitchen makes full use of seasonal ingredients and the set tasting menu is always evolving. The chefs draw inspiration from the estate, produce grown in Interlude’s own vegetable gardens or surrounding land and by local farmers where organic principles are employed. Expect bright, lively flavours in epic-length tasting format, such as an opener of Exmoor caviar, Jersey oysters with champagne sauce, compressed cucumber and nettle. It might be followed by Trenchmore beef tartare - small pieces of beef with pumpkin seed granola, pumpkin purée, tiny dice of raw pumpkin, a layer of burnt butter and pine hollandaise. Poached turbot makes an appearance at the main course stage with a juniper and smoked saffron bouillabaisse of prawns, salt baked clams, and pieces of chicken thigh added at the table. For meat eaters, there’s sweetbreads, roasted koji, knotweed, watercress foam, wild black mustard leaves and fermented tomato ketchup, or if your visit coincides with game season, you might be drawn to roasted and sliced pheasant leg stuffed with a farce, flavoured with marigold and tarragon. The creativity and high skills set continues through to the desserts; perhaps a fermented milk 'amasi' sago pudding, sea buckthorn jelly and fermented milk ice cream, or a layered dessert of salt caramel chocolate ganache, yeast sponge, birch syrup glaze and birch syrup mousse. A notable drinks list features lots of interesting South African bottles, as well as a good showing of quality local Sussex wines.

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Restaurant Interlude
Leonardslee Gardens, Brighton Road, LOWER BEEDING, WEST SUSSEX, RH13 6PP

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 26
  • On-site parking available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Closed: mid September
Food and Drink
  • Wines over £30: 147
  • Wines by the glass: 35
  • Cuisine style: Classic English and French, South African influences
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover West Sussex

Divided from East Sussex back in 1888, West Sussex is so typically English that to walk through its landscape will feel like a walk through the whole country. Within its boundaries lies a wide variety of landscape and coastal scenery, but it is the spacious and open South Downs with which the county is most closely associated.

In terms of walking, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Studying the map reveals a multitude of routes – many of them to be found within the boundaries of the South Downs National Park – and an assortment of scenic long-distance trails leading towards distant horizons; all of them offer a perfect way to get to the heart of ‘Sussex by the sea,’ as it has long been known. If you enjoy cycling with the salty tang of the sea for company, try the ride between Chichester and West Wittering. You can vary the return journey by taking the Itchenor ferry to Bosham. 

West Sussex is renowned for its many pretty towns, of course. Notably, there is Arundel, littered with period buildings and dominated by the castle, the family home of the Duke of Norfolk, that dates back nearly 1,000 years.

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