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Overview

Michelin Star Restaurant Interlude is a contemporary restaurant set within the historic woodland gardens of Leonardslee Estate. Chef Jean Delport and his team are committed to providing each and every guest with a place to interact with nature and eat from the land in an unexpected food journey.

Where is Restaurant Interlude located?

Restaurant Interlude can be found in Horsham, at Leonardslee Gardens, in the elegant 19th-century Italianate-style Mansion House, listed Grade II for architectural merit. Only 1 Hour from London by Car or Train. Free Parking Available.

What cuisine is on offer at Restaurant Interlude?

Enjoy Restaurant Interlude's delightful, seasonally inspired dégustation menus and explore the vast range of alluring tasting dishes. An ever-changing set menu draws inspiration from Leonardslee Gardens, produce grown in Restaurant Interlude's own vegetable gardens or surrounding land and by local farmers where organic principles are employed. The menu is guided by what is available in the garden, the team strives to build Interlude's pantry through patient harvesting and preservation, taking food back to basics and showcasing old traditional techniques where possible. Restaurant Interlude's unique cuisine is built on old and new techniques and Chef Jean Delport endeavours to show enormous respect for nature and seasonality by bringing the gardens to life within the restaurant.

What is the signature dish at Restaurant Interlude?

Dinner guests will be delighted by the presentation and flavour of Restaurant Interlude's dishes - all perfectly paired with award-winning wines. As the menu changes with the seasons, guests can always be sure to expect something new and exciting.

What makes a meal at Restaurant Interlude unique?

Everything on the menu is sourced responsibly and locally from Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens and the finest suppliers in Sussex, to ensure that exceptional quality is guaranteed.

Other Information

Free Parking Available.

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Fantastic! My boyfriend and I went for dinner here to celebrate his 21st birthday. It was fantastic, from the location, to the service, and the food! The location is amazing, it is in a lovely building surrounded by the gardens where all the food is grown and collected. The waitresses were great - they were very knowledgeable about the food they were serving us and would also do a wine pairing for each course. They definitely had an impact on our experience there. The food was out of this world, with fantastic presentation and excellent pairings of tastes. We had the Garden Tasting menu which was 15 courses, we were very very full by the end of it but we are also still talking about this meal. We went on a Saturday night and it was just us and one other couple, so there wasn't much atmosphere but that wasn't necessarily a bad thing as it meant there was more of a “romantic” vibe to the night. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting to celebrate a special occasion or to just go for a nice evening!

624i

Stunning Evening! My first time to Interlude and it exceeded all expectations! On arrival we had a Leonardslee G&T on the beautiful terrace, I have tried plenty of gins in my time but this was gorgeous - light and fresh served with rose petals. A must try. Anya, the Restaurant Manager, looked after us perfectly from start to finish. Her knowledge of the menu and ingredients was very impressive. The service all evening was flawless. Now for the food... It was STUNNING! The effort and expertise involved in everything from sourcing the ingredients to cooking them to perfection and then presenting each course so beautifully is just extraordinary. The dishes were so imaginative and different to anything I had ever eaten but perfectly executed, all delicious! Overall a wonderful evening, in a beautiful setting and highly recommended to all who appreciate exceptional food, wine and service.

FT

Another incredible fine dining experience! This was my second visit to Interlude and I was excited to experience Chef Jean Delport's Magnificent creations again! We had our first course on the terrace, vines have been planted since our last visit and the feel was stunning, we felt like we were abroad. The service as before was impeccable, the staff have great knowledge of the dishes and the areas of the estate that each dish is foraged from. The different combinations of textures and tastes were an assault on the senses. We washed the courses down with some Leonardslee Gin and a couple of different reds from the Benguela Cove selections. Another great meal and a great dining experience! You might even see a wallaby if you're lucky! We would highly recommend Restaurant Interlude.

JoedelrayD

I see Leonardslee in a new light after having the Garden Experience menu at Interlude. The rhododendrons and azaleas are the stars in spring, but the restaurant succeeds in bringing much more of the garden to prominence through the seasons, as many of the many courses feature things growing in the garden - sometimes obvious like nuts, but often unexpected such as the tightly curled tips of bracken fronds. For the connection with the gardens alone this was a wonderful experience, but it is also great food presented imaginatively by lovely staff in a very relaxed and attractive setting, without being in the least pretentious.

StephenC

Amazing wonderful food We are real foodies and we took my sister to the restaurant as a thank you. She is good cook but not a foodie. We all loved it. We had the 19 course tasting menu which consisted of a wonderful array of small dishes using locally (in the gardens!) sourced and often foraged food stuffs. The flavours and presentation were exemplary. It reminded me of l'enclume. There was background music which I didn't like but the staff were lovely and it was such a treat.

ChaneM

This really was exceptional. Felt slightly intimated with the two options of either 14 or 19 courses (14 is plenty by the way) and we were very full by the end but spread over 3 hours it's manageable. Each course was beautifully presented and, for me, perfectly trod the line between inventiveness and ‘fancy for its own sake'. Lots of local sourced and foraged ingredients and all very well explained by the staff without ever being annoying. Reviewed by jeddie44

ChaneM

The menu and food were first class. The best dinner I and our friends have had for a very long time.

Cruiser1

Fantastic experience. It was well worth the price and would highly recommend!

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Facilities & information

Summary

18th century buildings

Free admission

No smoking

Child friendly

Set Menu

Tasting Menu

Free car parking (on site)

Food

Cocktails

Wine List

Dinner

Lunch

Restaurant

Bar

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Electric Vehicle Charging

Extra info

Closed Times: 21:00
Nearest Airport: Gatwick Airport
Nearest Train Station: Horsham
Open Times: Lunch & Dinner | Thursday - Sunday

Arrival information & directions

Address: Leonardslee Gardens, Brighton Road, Horsham, West Sussex, HorshamRH13 6PP, United Kingdom

By Bus: Number 17 runs between Horsham Railway Station & Brighton and stops outside Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens By Car: - From the M23/A23: Head South on the M23/A23 and take the exit signposted Handcross, follow the B2110 through Lower Beeding, at the end of the road turn left. The entrance is immediately on your left. - From Horsham: Head South out of Horsham and follow the A281 for approximately 10 minutes, the entrance is on your left. - From Cowfold: Head North on the A281 through Crabtree, the entrance is on your right at the top of the hill. By Train: Nearest Rail Station is Horsham, with trains from London Victoria and Clapham Junction.

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