Benguela Collection, the international vineyard and hospitality group, has launched Restaurant Interlude at Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens in West Sussex.

Penny Streeter OBE, owner of vineyards in the UK and South Africa, acquired Leonardslee in 2017, and opens the restaurant after 18 months’ restoration of the gardens and Grade II Listed mansion house, with the gardens to open in early 2019.

The fine dining restaurant, which will serve tasting menus from locally foraged ingredients, is open for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday weekly, with ten tables.

Streeter said: “Interlude connects lovers of fine dining with the very spirit of Leonardslee, the finest woodland gardens in England, carefully curated for over 200 years. Every dish in each seasonal, multi-course tasting menu is designed to a hunter-gatherer farmer concept of food that’s foraged, cultivated and raised on the estate or close by. It is savoured and enjoyed as an intimate dining experience, a small, exclusive dinner party within the estate’s Italianate mansion house.”

The Benguela Collection includes the 400 acre Mannings Heath Golf and Wine Estate, located three miles from Leonardslee, and Benguela Cove vineyard in South Africa, as well as four restaurants and a hotel on the Garden Route.