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Nothing crabby about this place!
The Crabtree (Horsham)
Member Name: garymarsh6
The Crabtree (Horsham)
Advantages: Brilliant food and fantastic unobstrusive attentive staff.
Disadvantages: Finding enough time for a return visit.
The Crabtree Horsham.
Following reading a review about the Crabtree by another member on Dooyoo ( Koshka) we decided to go and try it out for ourselves so I rang and booked a table for 1pm for Sunday lunch. The young lady I spoke to was quite pleasant and helpful when I rang to book the table so that was a good start.
The Sunday came but unfortunately 20 minutes before we were due to leave for the restaurant I took an emergency call from work. It was unavoidable and blooming typical as usually when I am on call I very rarely get called but Murphys law struck and I had to deal with a few things by phone before I could leave the house. We were going to be late which I thought would be by about half an hour. I rang the restaurant and apologised profusely and explained that we are definitely coming but would be on our way as soon as possible.
An hour later I was still dealing with this problem and I began to panic as our guests were waiting and I knew that we were going to be terribly late at the restaurant. Finally things had sorted and we were able to leave home for the restaurant. It now turned out that we were going to be an hour later than I had previously booked. I rang the restaurant again and asked them if it was still ok or had they given the table away I was reassured that the table was safe and they were looking forward to us arriving.
The Crabtree can be found in Lower Beeding, just outside Horsham on the main Brighton road the A281. From the back of the property in the lovely garden you can see wonderful views of the South Downs and Sussex countryside.
We arrived at the restaurant just after 2pm and went straight in. We apologised profusely and were warmly welcomed and shown straight to our table. We ordered a round of drinks and were given a menu each. While perusing the menu we chatted and decided on what each of us were going to order. One ordered Leek & potato soup, Crabtree baked bread (v), two of us ordered Chicken liver parfait, Crabtree chutney, toasted brioche and one ordered Crabtree cured salmon, Portland crab, avocado. We also ordered our mains at the same time so that they we did not take over the table for too long. Sundays is a busy day in the restaurant and we were very self-conscious of the trouble we had caused by being late but they told us to relax and enjoy the restaurant and our meal.
The Crabtree also has an extensive wine list with some super wines and spirits on the list. The next time we go there I am going to make sure that I am not on call and I am not driving as there was a super selection some of which I would have really enjoyed. Two ordered a bottle of Chilean rose Pinot Noir Rosé, Loica Vineyard, Vina Leyda Leyda Valley whilst I stuck to coke and the other had spirits.
Two of us ordered Roast rump of Redlands farm beef, duck fat roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, seasonal vegetables and one ordered Slow roast belly of pork, duck fat roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, seasonal vegetables, apple & ginger puree and one ordered Fillet of south coast pollock, crushed ratte potatoes, sautéed spinach & wild garlic, lobster beurre blanc.
We waited about 20 minutes for the first course to arrive. The soup came in a large bowl with fresh baked homemade bread to accompany it. The soup was quite thick and very tasty with a subtle hint of both the potato and the leek according to one of our guests. I was one of two who had the Chicken liver parfait, Crabtree chutney, toasted brioche which was really nice and smooth and tasty. The chutney was quite tangy and really tasty too and the brioche is one of my favourite types of bread so you can't go wrong with brioche. The Crabtree cured salmon, Portland crab, avocado was similarly well presented and very tasty. The standard of both of the cooking and the way the food was presented was really good. The food looked very appealing and tasted wonderful. We were all pleased with our chosen first course. We were all quite happy and impressed by the first course. All the crockery was beautiful too.
After another 20 minutes the main course came each presented on its own plate with ample sides of vegetables laid out on the table. We were asked if we wanted any accompaniments such as horseradish, apple sauce etc. The beef was so well cooked and just sliced as easily as a knife through butter. The beef was not over cooked but cooked more towards rare and was really moist and tender. The vegetables were well cooked still with a little crunch but not boiled to within an inch of their lives. They were well seasoned and looked really fresh and tasted really nice.
We were all well impressed with the food and chatted on and off ordering more drinks to accompany the meal. I did not have wine with my meal but I had a taste of it. The wine was actually quite nice and one that I would have enjoyed had I been drinking. Once we had finished our meals which all of us had enjoyed immensely the waitress brought the dessert menu.
One had Sticky toffee pudding, toffee sauce, vanilla ice cream, one had Dark chocolate brownie, salted caramel ice cream, chocolate sauce, one had a selection of British cheeses, chutney, quince jelly, oat cakes and I had iced limoncello parfait, honey madeleines, raspberry sorbet. The desserts were to die for they were absolutely superb.
To finish our meal three had cappuccino coffee and I had a large espresso.
We ate our meal in the dining room which gave the impression of an olde worlde kitchen it was very pleasant surroundings and through to the bar area and another part of the restaurant there was a roaring log fire. I visited the toilets whilst I was there and they were clean and odour free. There is also a fairly large car park. The Crabtree is on quite a busy road but it did not have any effect on eating as it was nice and cosy inside. There are also tables outside in the garden and I should imagine this is a lovely place to dine in the summer months.
What I really thought about the Crabtree!
I must say I was really impressed not only with the high standard of food we had eaten but also the high professionalism of the staff. The staff all appeared young and lively and very cheerful and pleasant. I cannot praise them highly enough and we will certainly be making a return trip to the restaurant in the future. The cost of the meal came to approximately £140 including a 10% service charge which we thought was really good considering the ambiance of the place, the standard of the food and the excellent service from the staff. They also sell unusual conserves and pickles made on the premises and are stored on shelves around the dining room slightly more expensive than your bog standard supermarket fare but they did look rather tempting.
I was also impressed to see that most of the produce they use is sourced locally and supporting the local community. I really can not recommend highly enough this restaurant and I am really glad we tried it.
Tel: 01403 892 666
Their website is as follows : http://www.crabtreesussex.co.uk/
Summary: A superb restaurant for a special occasion of just for casual dining. Highly recommended!