(4 star hotel)
from the airport
Fine dining and tasty treats
The Anise restaurant at the Gatwick Felbridge has been awarded two AA rosettes for its stylish cuisine, but the less-formal Bay Tree restaurant's food still looks like something from Masterchef. The Felbridge offers a high-quality London restaurant experience, right in your hotel.
- Weekdays: 6.30am to 10am
- Weekends: 7am to 10.30am
- Mon to Sat: Midday to 2pm
- Sun: 12.30pm to 2.30pm
- Sun: 6pm to 10pm
The Bay Tree
The Bay Tree restaurant serves the hotel's breakfasts, but there's more than just the standard buffet on offer. You can help yourself to the usual cured meats, cereals and croissants, but you can also choose home-made smoothies or berry compote. For a cooked option, there's an English or vegetarian breakfast, but the adventurous could try American pancakes withe maple syrup or scrambled eggs with smoked salmon.
For lunch and dinner the Bay Tree offers an a la carte, seasonal menu of exquisite dishes. To start you could choose tempura of soft-shell crab with glass noodle salad and sweet chilli oil or crispy duck bon bons, with smoked duck and apple salad, and apple relish. For your main you could have a sirloin steak burger in a toasted ciabatta roll with cured bacon and smoked cheese, served with beefeater chips and a seasonal salad with chutney, or a confit of pork belly with braised pig cheeks, sage potato fondant, black pudding and apple and ginger puree. Dessert could be a hot, dark-chocolate brownie with honeycomb ice cream, or a selection of local cheeses with biscuits.
The Bay Tree also offers set-menu options. For lunch, you can choose a two-course meal for £14.95 or a three-course meal for £18.95, both with a free small glass of house wine. For dinner, the three-course menu will set you back £25.
- 6pm to 10pm
The double AA-rosette winning Anise restaurant is described by the hotel as perfect for people who are passionate about fine food and drink. Anise is dedicated to using the finest in local ingredients, particularly great food that's not currently in vogue elsewhere.
To start, you might choose loin of rabbit with piccalilli, cauliflower and watercress or salmon gravadlax with beetroot, dill and mustard. As a main, you could choose a fillet of halibut with fondant, crab, courgette and scallops or pan-fried polenta provencal with baby aubergine, courgettes, tomato and capsicums. As if that wasn't enough, the dessert menu includes iced banana cheesecake with peanut foam, glazed banana and peanut brittle; dark-chocolate fondant, hazelnut mousse, caramelised hazelnuts and chocolate liquer; or carrot cake with cream cheese and cinnamon ice cream, with orange jelly and white-chocolate mousse.
A two-course menu costs £30, while a three-course is £37.50, with certain dishes requiring a supplement. The tip is at your discretion, but you're sure to want to reward the excellent service.