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Cowdray Arms - Balcombe

London Road, Balcombe Haywards Heath, RH17 6QD

(((** British
Main course: £10
Food spend: £25
Opening hours
Monday to Sunday: 11:00 - 22:00

The pub is near Nymans Gardens, which my mother and I visited before lunch at the Cowdray Arms. We enjoyed Moroccan spiced lamb chops and pear tarte tatin from the daily specials menu, and Greene King IPA gold. Unfortunately the tea and coffee machine was not working.

John White 03 August 2016
from Croydon

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Serving up classic British pub grub, Cowdray Arms in Balcombe is a trusty British pub that is part of the Old English Inns fleet. The pub is dog-friendly, has cask ales on tap, and also boasts a large beer garden.

Specialising in trusty, home-cooked British recipes, the Cowdray Arms menu is made up of time-honoured classics and inventive chef’s specials. The signature beef & ale pie is a creation from much-loved celebrity chef Tom Kerridge, while favourite world flavours include sizzling steak fajitas, or aubergine and roast beetroot curry. Gourmet sandwiches and jacket potatoes are served throughout the day, and guests can round things off with an indulgent crumble, cheesecake or sundae.

The drinks list at the Cowdray Arms pub features carefully-chosen beers and international wines, and a lengthy list of soft drinks. Younger diners are not forgotten, with a varied menu for both lunch and dinner, and a mini roast served on Sundays.

With a tranquil, inviting ambience and varied menu, Cowdray Arms is a popular West Sussex pub, and is 4 minutes' drive from Balcombe Rail Station.

Cowdray Arms - Balcombe

London Road, Balcombe Haywards Heath, RH17 6QD

Contact +44 1444811280

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Customer reviews for Cowdray Arms - Balcombe

3.2 (((** (based on 13 reviews)
61% of diners recommend this restaurant
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Recommended for

  • lunch (6)
  • value (5)
  • dinner (4)
  • afternoon tea (3)
  • child friendly (2)
  • business (1)
  • large parties (1)
  • trendy (1)
  • (((** 23 August 2016 by Debbie from Cuckfield

    Food was very nice but unfortunately the service continues to be awful (we thought we would give The Cowdray another go as it is convenient as a central meeting up point). Disappointed again! Can somebody please train your waiting staff - a smile and the ability to make somebody feel welcome would be a good start, remembering your clients are actually there (rather than them having to come and find you) and glasses/plates being placed on tables rather than slammed down would make all the difference.

    Manager was very helpful but The Cowdray is let down by inexperienced serving staff.

    Shame as it could be a little gem.

  • (**** 17 August 2016 by Heather Smith from Horley

    We have been to the Cowdray Arms many times over the last few years yesterdays visit was most disappointing. The menu was no where near as good as previously. Choice diminished. Quality and quantity of food also diminished. Service poor. Cutlery - you want some - how awkward can you be. We shall not be returning. What a shame.

  • ((((* 3 August 2016 by John White from Croydon

    The pub is near Nymans Gardens, which my mother and I visited before lunch at the Cowdray Arms. We enjoyed Moroccan spiced lamb chops and pear tarte tatin from the daily specials menu, and Greene King IPA gold. Unfortunately the tea and coffee machine was not working.

  • ((*** 22 June 2016 by Rob from Crawley

    We booked a table for 6 people at 6pm on Sunday 19th June for Fathers Day. We hadn't eaten in the Cowdray Arms for a very long time but heard it had been refurbished & were keen to try it.
    We were welcomed to the pub at the bar & seated as booked.
    Drinks ordered promptly.
    Dinner service was disappointing as we requested to the waiter a few things about the food being ordered... 4 of us had a roast dinner each. 1 of which asked for no roast potatoes & no yorkshire pudding with more vegetables. However, the meal was served with everything.
    1 requested no roast potatoes & more mash instead. However, the mash served was the size of 1 tablespoon & the veg was even less.
    1 had roast lamb, the meat portion was very small & didn't taste very good. The roast portions were very small & disappointing!!
    However, that being said, 1 person had the Grilled Sweet Chilli Salmon & the other had the Breaded Whitby Scampi, both were very good.
    The deserts were good also, chocolate brownie flower pot & sticky toffee in particular. The Triple Chocolate brownie was very dry though.
    Overall, we hoped for better from the Cowdray Arms. The waiter & waitress were friendly but didn't get our orders correct. The portions were very small but the deserts went a little way to improving what was a disappointing experience.
    Compared to an establishment like Toby's carvery, the Cowdray comes up short. Very short.

  • (**** 24 May 2016 by Jackie Ward from Taunton

    Dreadful experience. Grubby environment and serving staff, poor service. Informed server one of the party had a bad allergy to garlic and onion so ordered steak and baked potato. Steak came covered in garlic salt. They redid the steak, potato was half inedible. Asked for sweet menu, no one came to take the order, they preferred to stand behind the counter talking. They took 20% off total bill but it was such a bad experience we were grateful to leave.

  • ((((( 18 May 2016 by Susan Hook from Crawley

    Excellent service, very friendly staff, pipping hot food, very good menu and a variety of well priced dishes and offers

  • ((((( 17 March 2016 by Alison Oliver from Crawley

    I booked on line for my Partners 71st Birthday. There were 7 of us including 2 children 5 and 8. We asked for our favourite table which was ready for us when we arrived and the waiters made a point of recognising that it was a birthday celebration. Food and service was excellent as usual.

  • ((((( 9 March 2016 by Jane from West sussex

    Food excellent 3 menu's to choose from. Customer service fantastic never seen better well worth another visit

  • ((((* 8 March 2016 by Sandra Delve from Haywards Heath

    Excellent service and excellent food could not be faulted and waitresses very friendly. Only downside our initial arrival despite booking a week in advance we were given a large table (only two of us) next to the entrance and someone's coat was on one of the chairs - we asked to be moved to be told all the menus are the same 'Madam' where ever you sit but I did say it was cold by the door and we were moved to the restaurant area which is where I thought we would be in the first place! But I could not fault anything at all after that.

  • ((*** 3 February 2016 by John Stanford from Sussex

    We took our son and his fiancée and her parents for lunch after visiting Alexander Hotel Wedding Fair.
    When we arrived there was a warm atmosphere in the pub and we were early but staff showed us to our table.
    Our drinks order was taken and then we waited quite a while for them to arrive, then our food order was taken.
    Eventually our food arrived but I have to say those of us who chose the Roast Dinner (4) were disappointed! It was served on a large plate and it consisted of two slices of meat, two roast potatoes, two small carrots, two minute pieces of broccoli, a small spoonful of mashed potatoes and a Yorkshire pudding with a dash of gravy on top of this it was like warm. We did ask the waitress for more gravy which she obliged a small jug but this was not that hot.
    Overall we felt the food was not worth the charge of £10.45 it felt like a very "processed" dinner rather than being home cooked with flavour.

    The waitress was very pleasant and seemed very busy.

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