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Cafe By The Lake

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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“cake” (13 reviews)
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Bar, Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Chapel Road | Sumners Ponds, Horsham RH13 0PR, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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

1  Thank HelloCat_91
Matthew M, other at Cafe By The Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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.

Thank Sam G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visit Sumners Ponds every few months to have a get together with friends and a nice lunch. In the summer it is lovely to sit by the lake, but for colder seasons the café inside is comfortable and just as nice for a good...More

Thank Stevetwo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

3 couples for lunch and all enjoyed, to the extent we will all go again. Had not been before to eat, and found everything to our liking, staff very attentive without being interfering, food delicious, (fish & chips; ham and eggs; cannelloni; soft and fluffy...More

Thank DCent
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing restaurant range and quality food in a beautiful location. Excellent and friendly service as well.

Thank antjrice
Reviewed 21 December 2017

A group of 10 booked the restaurant, but we were down to 7 by the day, due to winter flu bugs, etc. The restaurant were very sanguine about this and totally understanding, even though the last cancellation was on the morning of the booking. The...More

Thank secretsquirrel22
Reviewed 20 December 2017

We regularly visit Sumners Ponds for breakfast, lunch or dinner, because we love it there. My Fiancee's friend came to visit for the weekend, so we thought dinner at SP would be a great idea. The whole place was decorated beautifully for Christmas, as expected,...More

Thank graeme1882
Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

Visited with my family and thought it was absolutely adorable, all log burners and bunting in a quirky setting. But throughout our visit, not one of us felt warm enough to remove our coat - it was very chilly inside. Good menu, lovely food in...More

Thank 639AnnaP
Matthew M, Business Manager (Back Office) at Cafe By The Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Can you please make contact with me on my email address below, as I would like to call you to discuss your visit. Many thanks. office@sumnersponds.co.uk

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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, Kids, Groups, View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 10:30 PM
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:30 PM
8:00 AM - 10:30 PM
8:00 AM - 10:30 PM
8:00 AM - 10:30 PM
8:00 AM - 10:30 PM
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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