Interlude is a contemporary restaurant located in Horsham, set within the historic woodland gardens of Leonardslee Estate. Chef Jean Delport and his team are committed to providing each and every guest with a place to interact with nature and eat from the land in an unexpected food journey.
A new Michelin star in Sussex
2020 saw Interlude gain its very first Michelin star, after just over a year of trading, becoming the third Sussex restaurant to hold a star. Jean Delport describes the achievement as a ‘dream come true’ and hopes to push forward to receive further stars in the future.
The ever-changing menu draws inspiration from their listed gardens, using produce grown in the vegetable gardens and surrounding land. Interlude also source from local organic farmers for ingredients to build their dishes.
Guided by the garden
Because the menu is guided by the garden, Restaurant Interlude strives to build its pantry in the same way. Patient harvesting and preservation is adopted by the chefs, who aim to take food back to basics and showcase traditional produce where possible. The unique cuisine at Interlude is built upon old and new cooking techniques, bringing the gardens of Leonardslee to life within the restaurant.
Show stoppingly stunning
It isn’t just the food at Interlude that is show-stopping. The restaurant itself is set within the Leonardslee mansion house, treating guests to grand decor, high ceilings, plush leather seating, white linen tablecloths and the most beautiful turquoise paisley wallpaper you may ever see.
Split into a 14 and a 19-course tasting menu, guests can choose from either the ‘Garden Experience’ or the ‘Estate Experience’. On the garden menu, Delport showcases the vegetables grown within the garden and the local area at their best, giving guests a taste of seasonality, freshness and experimentation.
The Estate Experience
Diners who choose the ‘Estate Experience’ menu can enjoy meat and fish alongside vegetable accompaniments. Inspired food ingredient pairings and specialist techniques of cooking and preparation create small plates of unique and truly creative flavour, the likes of which may be entirely new to the palette.
Restaurant Interlude has one standard sitting time to allow for the diners to enjoy the full eating experience at three to four hours. The bar is open from 6 pm, so head down a little early and enjoy the gardens with a drink in your hand before sitting down for a very memorable feast.
Restaurant Interlude asks for guests to make the restaurant aware of any dietary requirements 48 hours in advance. Chef Delport is happy to cater for all.
Restaurant Interlude offers gift vouchers, to enable you to buy something very special for a loved one without feeling to need to take the whole family out! For a sneak preview of some of the exquisite dishes on the menu at Interlude, check out their youtube channel where a few short teaser videos can be found to whet the appetite. Bookings at Interlude can be made via their website for six people or less, or over the phone for larger bookings.