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Reviewed 1 week ago

although the cafe is open you will be turned away after 4pm if you are not staying. we had walked 12 miles and were looking forwards to tea and cake but received a very hostile reception from the manager who told us the yha covid...risk assessment meant non residents were not to mix with residents after 4pm - could we have a takeaway we asked? at which we were virtually shoved out the door and had it locked behind us. Extremely rude and most unwelcoming - don't dare to turn up after 4 and expect a cup of tea in any formMore

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 22 May 2021

Lovey home made quiche served on sustainable wood platters, cosy courtyard, sheltered and just across the road from easy seaside walk

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 25 September 2019

This cafe is set in a lovely location and it's a good place to stop for a snack / lunch whilst out hiking on the South Downs. It's just a short walk from the Southease train station which is also handy if you want to...cut the hike short. My friend and I like the tomato and red pepper soup for a quick lunch.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 21 July 2019

We were staying overnight at the hostel and had tea and cake when we arrived. Good value and just what was needed. We also ate here in the evening. Again, service was friendly and quick. Our food was just what we wanted, and was hot...and tasty.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed 23 June 2019

Indifferent service, lack of variety on menu and half the items listed unavailable. The only thing this cafe has going for it is the view!

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed 21 October 2018

A Sunny Saturday lunchtime ... and a pause was called here for a light lunch ~ jacket potato and salad; and a coffee When I had been once before, I did have an espresso ... sadly on this occasion the machine was out of action....However, the food was good and fairly-priced; and the setting in the courtyard in the sun was perfection. Thank you. Drinking bowls for dogs provided in the courtyard as well.More

Date of visit: June 2018
Reviewed 3 October 2018

My wife and I (and dog) have been walking the South Downs Way in both directions (in stages) and always stop at any venue that serves food on the route. The Courtyard Cafe is ideally situated near Southease village and railway station and makes a...good stop prior to making the ascent from the river. We had tea and tea cakes - a simple snack - but very nice - and excellent value - served by efficient and friendly staff. Nearby Southease church is worth visiting, with its round tower and faded wall paintings.More

Date of visit: September 2018
Reviewed 10 May 2018

We stopped for lunch after walking the South Downs Way from Alfriston. We needed something quick as we were catching a train. The staff kindly wrapped our falafel, mozzarella and roasted vegetable panini so that we could take them away. The filling was sparse (I...think the ?1 falafel had been spread across the panini) and the bread was insufficiently grilled. There were a few small pieces of roasted vegetables. We both abandoned the sandwiches and had lunch when we got home. This could be such a lovely place to stop for lunch but I think the food offer needs to be improved.More

Date of visit: May 2018
Reviewed 16 March 2018

Lovely location, and good for walkers .... but I was very disappointed with the food. I ordered Mediterranean vegetables .... I didn't eat them ... not what I was expecting at all ... and that is the type of food I would normally enjoy. Also...had cod goujons with it, they were OK. Still hungry, I had a piece of cake. With a cup of tea, was £14 ... which strikes me as quite expensive ..... Service wasn't very friendly, I had to ask for milk with my tea, and when I asked what the cakes were, I was told 'labels are on them' ...... Next table has just asked to order ..... apart from me, they are the only people here. Server has just made them all stand up (they are all elderly !), to come to counter to order .... how hard would it have been to have taken their orders at the table ?? Lots of crashing around with noisy cups in the kitchen .... but by now, maybe I just have my cranky pants on !!! I wouldn't come back to eat.More

Date of visit: March 2018
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Popped in here s in need of a coffee after a day out. Sat in the garden. Nice views ,great service in the café and a good selection of snacks. Very disability friendly

Date of visit: May 2017
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  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3
  • Value: 3.5