In 2018, South African Chef Jean Delport moved to the UK to open Restaurant Interlude in Leonardslee Gardens, West Sussex. Within 10 months of opening, he became the second-ever South African born chef to receive a Michelin Star.
In January 2021, the UK and Ireland 2021 Michelin Guide announced that Restaurant Interlude will retain its Michelin star.
Chef Jean Delport met Interlude owner Penny Streeter OBE at her Somerset West restaurant in the Cape Winelands, Benguela on Main, where he worked for several years.
His sous-chef, Ruan Pretorius, is also from South Africa having worked at Restaurant Terroir at Kleine Zalze.
“You’ll find this intimate restaurant in a listed mansion in Leonardslee Gardens. The team hail from South Africa but the two surprise tasting menus keep their focus firmly on the local area. Skilfully crafted dishes show good balance in their textures and flavours, and have a creative, original style.” – Michelin Guide
Interlude is part of the Benguela Collection, and sister to three other restaurants across the UK and South Africa.
The ever-changing menu draws inspiration from South Africa, Interlude’s own vegetable gardens, the surrounding land and produce from local farmers. Award-winning Benguela Cove estate wines from the Benguela Collection are paired with the dishes along with other South African wines.
Leonardslee Gardens, Brighton Rd, Horsham RH13 6PP, UK
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