Your eating options in Horsham range from a Michelin Star restaurant serving up West Sussex’s finest local produce, to stylish Thai eateries, incredible gastropubs and an American grill that’ll give you more than your fair share of the meat sweats. On top of that, the town centre enjoys a smattering of great coffee shops, tea rooms and cafes where you can enjoy big breakfasts and light lunches that’ll satisfy any craving.
Places to eat in Horsham
If you’re looking for quality eats every time then make your way to Cote Brasserie on East Street. The popular French brasserie has chains all across the country, with a proclivity for tantalising the taste buds of the masses. It’s an excellent option as you’re surrounded by great shopping options and drinking dens from our Horsham nightlife page. The restaurant itself is stylish, the service is top class, and the food – from eggs benedict breakfasts through to steak suppers – very rarely disappoints.
Around the corner from The Rec, and a hop, skip and a jump away from Horsham Park – two of our top activities in Horsham – you’ll find one of the area’s best gastropubs, The Black Jug. The wood-panelled dining area, with its roaring log fire, is the dictionary definition of cosy. In the warmer months, the garden patio is the perfect place for an evening’s meal. And what a meal you’ll enjoy; The Black Jug serves up proper English pub grub to the highest of standards. Enjoy crowd-pleasers like the shoulder of lamb, or our favourite pork belly on the planet. There are light bites if you want something to nibble on in the bar. Speaking of, The Black Jug has a stellar drinks selection. So much so, it’s also one of the pubs you can read about in our Horsham nightlife guide.
Enjoy a taste of the Orient by paying a visit to Lemongrass on Bishopric at the edge of the town centre or Giggling Squid on East Street. Both are beautiful restaurants with Thai menus of authentic dishes and modern tapas options. The food is well portioned and absolutely delicious. When it comes to Asian eats, a lot of people make a beeline for pad thai and massaman curry, but we challenge you to try something. You’ll be rewarded with some seriously lip-smacking flavours from the far side of the world at either one of these excellent Horsham Thai restaurants.
Or, if you’re craving a curry, dash to Darchini on London Road. As is the case with everyone’s favourite Indian restaurants, the food is delicious, the atmosphere is larger than life, the service is excellent, and the portion sizes will have you wishing you wore something with an elastic waistband.
It’s time for a flourish of fine dining. Restaurant Tristan is Horsham's Michelin Star restaurant that also boasts three AA Rosettes to its name. It’s a 16th-century building on East Street housing a fusion menu of French and British eating which wows with every bite. It goes without saying you’re going to have to book far in advance if you want to sample the sublime cuisine of Tristan Mason. It’s worth doing whatever it takes; you won’t forget your meal here in a hurry.
Last but not least, if gluttony is the name of the game then you simply can’t beat an American-style grill laden with gargantuan meats and sticky, sumptuous BBQ eats. If you’re already salivating at the thought, then head to Smith & Western on North Parade, the Wild West restaurant which has been serving the people of West Sussex with food comas and cocktails since 1995.
For daytime hot drinks and delectable cakes and sweet treats, there are a handful of good cafe options in Horsham. Pretty Things on Park Place is an eclectic tea room with a pretty pastel pink facade that’s as instagrammable as it gets. There’s a delightful outside seating area for when the weather’s warm and the sun decides to shine. Best of all, it’s just half a mile from our Horsham Station hotel, so you can walk there in ten minutes, or drive in fewer than five.
On the opposite end of the High Street, Mangobean Coffee Wonderland is a popular chain brewing up some of the best coffee in town. If you’re on the hunt for somewhere to grab a quick hot drink while you’re in town then Horsham’s Mangobean is as good, if not better, than any of your usual High Street options. If you’re staying at our Horsham North hotel, you’ll likely have seen The Cafe next door. Inside it's absolutely no frills, but it does a great breakfast that’s borderline brimming off the plate.
Our favourite spot is probably Artisan Tearooms & Patisserie. It’s got an excellent location in a faux Tudor building on the Market Square, next to the old Town Hall, right in the heart of Horsham. They boast a brilliant selection of more than 30 loose leaf teas from Jeeves and Jericho, not to mention some of the best coffee in the area, and a menu of breakfast, lunch and sweet tooth eating that’ll have something delicious for every visitor.