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The Cowdray Arms

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London Road | Balcombe, Crawley RH17 6QD, England
+44 1444 811280
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Gatwick
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent food - my husband had the Indian banquet which was fantastic value and really tasty - the staff couldn't have been more lovely, engaging and friendly - we will definitely be back and have already recommended to family !

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Thank HK1311
Heathfield, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good convenient place not far from Motorway.Good food and well presented. plenty of table space,good size car park.

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Thank Mike C
Crawley, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food, excellent service and charming atmosphere. Lunchtime was extremely busy and I would recommend booking first. I am sure this would be a really nice place to go on a warm summers evening.

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Thank alistair y
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great meal with lovely cooked stakes and great pudding home cooked pub food And with friendly staff that welcomes you in. Great pub with real open fires too

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Thank Luke H
Crawley, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ordered the Sunday roast and asked for some more gravy... not an unusual request I imagine given the tiny amount served to me initially! I'm gobsmacked that I was actually charged for this at the end of the meal, especially as it tasted like cheap gravy granules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Thank MrsLocalResident
Crawley, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

High hopes that the Cowdray Arms would have improved following a change in management. We visited as a party of eight for a late Sunday lunch. A busy pub with friendly and attentive staff ... so far so good. The majority of the party chose the roast beef, one a pie and one chose fish and chips. The latter was... More 

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1 Thank RCOF
TheCowdrayArmsTeam, General Manager at The Cowdray Arms, responded to this review

HI, Thank you for your review I'm so sorry you feel disappointed. I do hope you will visit us again so that we can redeem ourselves. I will pass this feedback onto my chefs. Kind Regards Georgina More 

Crawley, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As always a wonderful evening and food was wonderful!! Staff very warm and welcoming and great atmosphere! Would highly recommend The Cowdray Arms!!

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Thank niniclark21
TheCowdrayArmsTeam, General Manager at The Cowdray Arms, responded to this review

Hi thank you so much for your lovely review! I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit. Look forward to seeing you again soon. Georgina More 

London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good friendly service and good food for a Sunday lunch. It is not a Michelin Star restaurant but is not trying to be one. What more do you need from a good pub?

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Thank HappyCamper1012
TheCowdrayArmsTeam, General Manager at The Cowdray Arms, responded to this review

Hi there Thank you so much for your lovely review! Glad you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Georgina More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My partner and myself decided to have a late lunch last Saturday walked in to the pub decided to have a drink and late lunch ,the place was freezing told the heating was not working but staff where fine they had a heater on the bar keeping them warm but anyway we still decided to eat I had the sirloin... More 

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Balcombe, United Kingdom
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117 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

We arrived as a party of eight for a 14.30 Sunday lunch. The table was not ready as the earlier party had not finished (probably due to slow service) We stood at the Bar and waited an eternity for a drink which was eventually served by a surly Barman. After 30 minutes the table was ready. The starters were served... More 

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2 Thank TonyMus
TheCowdrayArmsTeam, General Manager at The Cowdray Arms, responded to this review

Hi Mr Musgrave, I'm very sorry you felt so let down. Your table was not ready due to the previous boking finishing off and paying their bill. Can you please call me to discuss this further? Kind Regards, Georgina More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 20
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: London Road | Balcombe, Crawley RH17 6QD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  West Sussex  >  Crawley
  • Phone Number: +44 1444 811280

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?