Cafes with beautiful views

Southwater Country Park Lake

What sets these Horsham District cafes apart is their beautiful surroundings. Settle in and enjoy your hot drink or meal with a beautiful view.

First up is Café by the Lake at Sumners Ponds. The charming restaurant and bar sits on the edge of the lake at Sumners Ponds, a campsite and fishery near Barns Green. The interior has scrubbed wooden tables, pretty fairy lights and cosy corners, and there’s a spacious outdoor seating area that’s popular in the summer months and, of course, makes the most of that beautiful view.

More waterside views for you at Southwater Country Park, a favourite for families thanks to its Dinosaur Island play area and well-surfaced easy walking trails (perfect for all ages and buggies). The park is connected to the Downs Link trail, making the Country Park Café could a great rest-stop after a long country walk or session on the swings and slides.

Further south in Partridge Green is Stan’s Bike Shack. A popular pit-stop with cyclists and walkers, it’s located on the Downs Link offering views across beautiful wild grassland and meadowland. Cycling aficionados will feel right at home here thanks to touches of bike-themed décor and merchandise.

And finally, for a touch of luxe, bag a window seat for afternoon tea at South Lodge Hotel and enjoy the view across its beautifully manicured lawns. Take a table in the terrace on a summer’s afternoon, or cosy up in the lounges or in the Drawing Room on frostier days. The country house hotel is a 19th-century building and the interiors bring together classic Victorian design with contemporary twists. Book in for afternoon tea for a truly English country experience.