Monday to Friday
12:30-2pm and 7-9.30pm
12:30-3pm and 7-9pm
12:30-2pm and 7-9pm
1856: Frederick Goodall bought 170 acres of the land on which Grim’s Dyke now stands
1870: Building work began, overseen by the famous architect Norman Shaw
1872: Grim’s Dyke was completed and the Goodall family took up residence.
1880: The Goodalls sold Grim’s Dyke to Robert Heriot of Hambros Bank who lived here for 10 years
1890: Grim’s Dyke was bought by Sir William and Lady Gilbert
1899: Work began on Gilbert’s boating lake, a 1.5 acre stretch of water where he used to bathe every day
1905 – The lake was extended to form a large rectangle roughly 170 yards long by 50 yards wide
1906: Gilbert helped found Grimsdyke Golf Club where he was President
1911: Gilbert died on May 29th trying to rescue a local girl, Ruby Preece, who had got into difficulties swimming
1929: On one of her rare public appearances, Lady Gilbert attends the re-opening of the Savoy Theatre
1936: Lady Gilbert died, having spent her final years doing local charity work
1937: A public auction of the house realised £4600
1937: Grim’s Dyke became a rehabilitation centre for women suffering from tuberculosis
1939-1945: Officially, whatever role Grim’s Dyke played in the war is classified and not due for release until the 2040s
1945: Re-opened as a rehabilitation centre for men suffering from tuberculosis
1963: The rehabilitation centre was closed down and Grim’s Dyke entered a period of decline, during which time it was used as a film and television set
1967: The Champions was filmed here, as were several episodes of Dr Who during his battles with the Daleks
1968: Boris Karloff starred in his last film, The Curse of the Crimson Altar
1969: Vincent Price made his 100th film, The Cry of the Banshee. Ronnie Barker also used the house and grounds to shoot one of his comedies, Futtocks End
1998: Grim’s Dyke was formally re-opened by the Rt. Hon. Kenneth Clarke, Chancellor of the Exchequer
Originally Gilbert’s billiards room it still carries the evidence of his sense of humour in the flamboyant stone carvings. The fabulous inglenook fireplace, which would once have provided a warm welcome to Gilbert’s guests, now plays host to gastronomes seeking the AA Rosette-recommended fare served up by our award-winning chefs.
Head Chef Daren Mason trained under Gary Rhodes and his style is modern British food. His skills have gained recognition from the AA with two rosettes. Our Chefs work closely with the Head Gardener who constantly provides the best the seasons have to offer. The gardens allow us to trial new varieties and know exactly what’s in season.
Our Pastry Chef adds some classic French style to our English themed menu from beautifully baked breads to indulgent petit fours to accompany your meal. His simple but perfect lemon tarts, brûlées and soufflés still win most acclaim.
Dress code: No shorts (lunch/dinner).