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Cafe By The Lake

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Sumners Ponds Chapel Road | Sumners Ponds, Horsham RH13 0PR, England
+44 1403 732734
08:00 - 22:30
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Mon 08:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sun 08:00 - 22:30
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58 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Took my son and daughter for breakfast here this morning before my daughter returned to University. We ordered the big breakfast which was delivered to our table within about 10 minutes of ordering. It was delicious as we all thoroughly enjoyed. We were happy with the contents of the breakfast. Service was very good, staff were very attentive and polite... More 

Thank J25
Arundel, United Kingdom
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189 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went for afternoon tea and cake. Nice location and obviously had money spent recently. Tea was disappointing as served as a teabag in a mug! Three of the four cakes were excellent but the carrot cake was stale. Service was also slow and when we ordered additional tea took ages. Prices very good with large portions of cake at £2.95.... More 

Thank Rodkoi
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232 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have eaten here quite a few times when we are staying at the campsite and have always found the food and service excellent. In fact we had a lovely lunch in the safari tent soon after we arrived. The staff are always friendly and they welcome dogs. It was Mothers's Day on the weekend we were staying and the... More 

Thank Smithy87
Horsham, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lunch was very good and afternoon tea is also good. The views are very relaxing and there are good walks around the ponds and woodlands.

Thank 15traveladdict9
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am staying at Sumners Ponds for a long weekend. I booked a table on Saturday 8th April at the Cafe by the Lake. The food as always was beautifully cooked and presented, staff are very polite and helpful. It's such a comfortable environment. Hollie Rodgers was playing , she writes her own music, what a fantastic voice. Thank you... More 

Thank Denise W
Redhill, United Kingdom
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418 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Here for a walk; decided to take a break at the Cafe. Definitely "by the lake" as has a decking 'pier' over the edge of the large lake. A reasonable amount of seating both inside & outside, a lot under cover. Very scenic views across the lake. Simple fare, but non the less, good for what you get. I expect... More 

Thank dace520
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255 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

As a change from a pub we chose this cafe as our start and finish for our monthly walk. It was an excellent choice. Even though it was winter we used the Safari Tent exclusively and as it was heated by two wood burning stoves we were not cold. Coffee at the start and lunch were up to a standard... More 

Thank davidheysham
Horsham, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Walked in the grounds before lunch, very good staff, helpful and informative, outside tables well placed.

Thank JD4712013
London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

Wow what a lovely spot for Cafe came across this on a sunny afternoon. I had a cheese scone with cheddar cheese some apple and fresh chutney delicious also a pot of tea perfect. My husband had his with a pint of cold cider . The food was lovely and fresh scones were warm perfect . They do all different... More 

Thank Marg1806
West Sussex, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

We are here twice at the weekend, both times were excellent. Saturday night we listened to live music while we ate and Sunday lunchtime I had the best roast dinner ever! Perfectly cooked fresh veg and plenty of it. We couldn't fault the food or the service.

Thank karen057

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$19
Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Groups, View, Child-friendly
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: Sumners Ponds Chapel Road | Sumners Ponds, Horsham RH13 0PR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  West Sussex  >  Horsham
  • Phone Number: +44 1403 732734
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.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?