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Cafe By The Lake

€€ - €€€, Cafe, British
Chapel Road | Sumners Ponds, Horsham RH13 0PR, England
+44 1403 732734
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good24%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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Bar, Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
Chapel Road | Sumners Ponds, Horsham RH13 0PR, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Love this place. Fabulous food, great setting and friendly faces to welcome you. The food all appears to be homemade and I have never had a bad experience here no matter what I order. The rice pudding was a naughty but delicious pud, full of...More

Thank Steelysurrey
Reviewed 3 days ago

Easy booking, table was ready. Service was a little slower than normal as it was a busy Sunday morning, but not unduly long. Friendly staff and we got exactly what we ordered, cooked to perfection.

Thank Gregatimb
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is our 6th trip to Sumners and as always it's excellent. It is my boyfriend's birthday weekend and we booked dinner there 13/4/18. The safe are polite, friendly and we got excellent service. I brought a cake with me and kept it for me...More

Thank Joanne B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had dinner there twice recently. Very nice tasty food and good value for the portions and quality of food too. Nicely presented also. Camp site setting which has music some nights and quiz nights others. Set on a lake near the campers. We had sausage...More

Thank TJ H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been here many times, breakfast, lunch , supper . My what an absolute jewel of a cafe!! Don’t b put off by the immediate entrance, this is a working farm. Over the last 3 years we have visited and dined here, it has always been...More

Thank peter10502016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Mixed evening. Food was very tasty, staff attentive and helpful. Waiting times were poor. 50 minutes until pre-ordered starters arrived. Then 20 mins wait for main course. I asked for coffee which was included on the pre-ordered menu, to be told it was not! Will...More

Thank Rachel a
Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

We walked here on recommendation and found it to be a very pretty spot, the service was fine and the cakes were really lovely, can't fault it. Would like to visit again on a sunny day and sit outside.

Thank Michelle T
Reviewed 30 January 2018

Went for a meal with a group of friends and the service was not good! Our table was pushed in a corner with lots of wires on the floor and low hanging speakers behind us which was very disappointing as we had booked a table...More

Thank Chocolatesmilie
Reviewed 29 January 2018

I booked Cafe By The Lake for my birthday brunch at 11am for 11 adults + 2 highchairs. I arrived with 2 of my guests at 10.55am & we were rushed to our table, told on the way to the table, we had to order...More

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Matthew M, other at Cafe By The Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review our CafebytheLake at Sumners Ponds. I'm very sorry that you didn't enjoy the full experience on the day. Particular issues are better dealt with at the time, by asking to see our Duty Manager, who will try...More

Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

My family and I (18 of us in all) had a fantastic lunch in the Cafe yesterday afternoon. The food was great, perfect sized portions and reasonably priced. As for the staff they were extremely attentive, friendly and polite; couldn't of asked for better service.

1  Thank Sam G
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Questions & Answers
Christine S
11 January 2018|
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Response from Matthew M | Property representative |
In respect of The Café by the Lake bar & restaurant, we have blue badge disabled parking adjacent to the restaurant, level ground to the restaurant (albeit with loose shingle surface) then a small ramp. There is a door frame... More
18 November 2015|
Response from Matthew M | Property representative |
Hi! Thank you for your question. Yes we do have highchairs. We do accept well-behaved dogs :O) We hope that you enjoy your visit.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$21
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
08:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Chapel Road | Sumners Ponds, Horsham RH13 0PR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  West Sussex  >  Horsham District  >  Horsham
  • Phone Number: +44 1403 732734
  • E-mail
The Cafe by the Lake is family run restaurant, bar and cafe at Sumners Ponds in the quaint picturesque village of Barns Green. We are open to all, including day visitor from 8:00am each day. We serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, snacks and ice cream. Sunday to Thursday our bar and restaurant is open 8am until 5pm. Friday and Saturday the bar and restaurant is open 8am to 10:30pm (Last orders for food 9pm). Enjoy a full English breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea on the decking overlooking the lake, or something a bit more warming during the winter, inside the cosy restaurant. Home cooked meals are also available in the evenings on Friday and Saturday nights as well as drinks from the bar. Our licensed bar has Peroni and Kozel on draught with a wide selection of other bottled lagers and ciders, an extensive wine and spirit selection and local ales both on draught and bottled. Live music and quiz nights as well as other larger events are planned throughout the year. We Hope to see you soon.
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