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Cafe By The Lake

Sumners Ponds Chapel Road | Sumners Ponds, Horsham RH13 0PR, England
+44 1403 732734
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good24%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Sumners Ponds Chapel Road | Sumners Ponds, Horsham RH13 0PR, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Coffee was poured pre made from a flask, other half asked for an americano (espresso and hot water) - he asked for espresso from the machine but what arrived was weak and tasted watery, def, not espesso. Cake was cheap and rather dry. We left...More

Thank Janis H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the first time thar have visited Sumner's Ponds and its cafe by the lake. This is a lovely campsite and the ponds are very attractive. The walks around the ponds and in the woodland are very pleasing except that dog fouling appeared on...More

Thank Nick S
Matthew M, Business Manager (Back Office) at Cafe By The Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking time to review our Café by the Lake at Sumners Ponds. I'd very much welcome the opportunity to discuss further your visit to us and should be grateful if you would email your contact details. Matthew M. Business Manager (Back Office)....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Arrived at 10 .15 for birthday breakfast with my daughter ,much to our dissapoint we greeted with a sign on blackboard saying no more breakfasts .we had been allowed to drive in and park even though we spoke on gate entrance and we informed the...More

Thank Jane E
Matthew M, Business Manager (Back Office) at Cafe By The Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking time to review our Café by the Lake at Sumners Ponds. Your visit coincided with one of the busiest weekends of the year for us, part way through our very popular Model Show. Many guests pre-booked for breakfast and the restaurant...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Family lunch, asked for plain chicken sandwich but couldn't do that as they didn't have chicken on its own, only with mayo! As it apparently all comes pre made!. Asked for ham sandwich, couldn't do that as they didn't have ham. They still managed to...More

Thank JohnR833
Matthew M, Business Manager (Back Office) at Cafe By The Lake, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking time to review our Café by the Lake at Sumners Ponds. All our chicken is freshly cooked and prepared in our kitchens by our chefs. Our Chicken with mayonnaise is batch-prepared for the particular lunchtime session and as such there was...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A good place to eat and drink whilst visiting Sumner Ponds. The service has been good every time I have visited and the idea of ordering at the till and then waitress service works well. This cafe can be very busy at peak times but...More

Thank Tatticorum
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful location with stunning views over the lakes, when the sun shines it is perfectly peaceful. Great menu, breakfast to cream tea all reasonably priced and well worth a try. Gets very busy during the summer months, especially over the summer holidays, so getting a...More

Thank Sophie T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed at Sumners Pond and had breakfast in the cafe on our last day, and ate in the restaurant on the previous Saturday. The Saturday was a bit disappointing, but ok. The music was load and invasive. The breakfast was great. Loved the coffee too....More

Thank Paul W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Several friends and colleagues have waxed lyrical about the cafe at Sumner Ponds so we went along for a Bank Holiday lunch. Thank goodness we'd booked, it was packed. A marquee was set up next to the restaurant- perhaps this is a permanent thing? -...More

Thank Karen M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We popped in for coffees while we were fishing at Sumners Ponds. What a lovely surprise! The Cafe has a quaint feel, with beautiful antique decor. Such a warm and homely atmosphere. Friendly and efficient staff ready to help. There's both seating inside, and outside...More

Thank Amy L
Reviewed 20 May 2017

Had an amazing burger here, the food was great and very well presented. Love coming to this place as it's really Friendly. Will definitely be returning here soon.

Thank ringo1969
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Hi I am going to Horsham with our dogs and a baby today, looking for lunch to accommodate us, do you accept dogs and have a highchair
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$19
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, 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
  • 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.

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