• Cafe by the Lake at Sumners Pond
  • Cafe by the Lake at Sumners Pond
  • Cafe by the Lake at Sumners Pond
  • Cafe by the Lake at Sumners Pond
  • Cafe by the Lake at Sumners Pond
  • Cafe by the Lake at Sumners Pond
  • Cafe by the Lake at Sumners Pond
  • Cafe by the Lake at Sumners Pond

The Cafe by the Lake

The Cafe by the Lake, restaurant and bar is positioned on the beautiful Sumners Lake at Sumners Ponds in the quaint picturesque village of Barns Green. We are open to all, including day visitors, from 8.00am each day serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Food service is from 8am and last orders are 11.15am for breakfast, 12 midday until 3pm for lunch, afternoon tea is served from 3pm and dinner 6pm until 9pm when open.

Our team of chefs have created and enticing and delicious menu. Enjoy a full English breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea on the decking overlooking the Sumners Lake, or something a bit more warming, during the winter, inside the cosy restaurant. Our licensed bar has lager, beer and cider on draught with a wide selection of other bottled products, an extensive wine and spirit selection and local ales both on draught and bottled. Live music and quiz nights as well as other larger events are planned throughout the year.

Granny Betty's Afternoon Tea will be served from 3pm daily. This special menu is dedicated to the lady that helped found Sumners Ponds. Booking is recommended but small groups can be catered for on a walk-in basis.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Please note: Well behaved dogs are welcome in all parts of the restaurant and bar.

Booking a Table

We recommend that you book a table if you plan to eat with us, especially in the summer season, evenings and when there is live music or other special events taking place.

On occasion we do become fully booked and it is not always possible to cater for walk-ins. We only book tables inside as we cannot always rely on great British weather. If you arrive and decide you would prefer to sit outside just ask a member of the team.

To book a table please use the online booking form to your right. Alternatively if you prefer you can email cafe@sumnersponds.co.uk or call 01403 732734. If you haven't received a response to an email within 24 hours we ask that you give us a call to make sure that we have received you enquiry. 

Opening Times

Monday: 8am - 5pm

Tuesday - Sunday: 8am - 10.30pm

Food Service:

Breakfast: 8am - 11.15am

Lunch: 12pm - 3pm

Afternoon Tea: 3pm - 5pm

Dinner: 6pm - 9pm (exc Mondays)

From the 1st October 2017 The Cafe by the Lake will be closing at 5pm on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the winter. This means there will be no dinner service on these days.

Contact Us

Sumners Ponds
Chapel Road
Barns Green, Horsham
West Sussex, RH13 0PR

Reception: 01403 732539  
Cafe: 01403 732734
Email: bookings@sumnersponds.co.uk

Reception Opening Times

Monday - Thursday: 9am -5pm
Friday: 9am - 7pm
Saturday - Sunday: 8am - 6pm

Cafe Opening Times

Monday: 8am - 5pm
Tuesday - Sunday: 8am - 10:30pm