In the world of opera, Glyndebourne is unique. It is recognised globally as one of the great opera houses. Its productions travel worldwide, are performed live in other opera houses and screened in cinemas from New York to Tokyo.
Yet it remains a very English institution. The opera house stands next to the country home of John Christie, who founded it in 1934. Now run by his grandson Gus, it is still very much a family concern. Its Festival audiences arrive from far and wide and an extended interval gives them time for an evening meal. Many choose to picnic in the garden. Some sprawl on rugs, others bring tables, candlesticks and ice buckets. Almost all wear evening dress.
Such eccentricities are part of Glyndebourne's charm. But its global reputation stems from a passion for artistic excellence. Founder John Christie insisted on doing "not the best we can do but the best that can be done anywhere". For over 75 years, that has remained Glyndebourne's touchstone.
With three restaurants, two bars, private dining rooms and and catering facilities for staff and performers, Leith's offer high–end catering to perfectly compliment a day at the opera.
How to get here:
Take the M23 towards Brighton then the A27 towards Lewes. To avoid Lewes town centre pass over the first roundabout and at the second roundabout turn onto the A26 Tunbridge Wells road. Just after leaving Lewes fork right onto the B2192, and take the next right turn before Ringmer village, signposted to Glyndebourne. Free parking is available on site.
The nearest station is Lewes. There is now run a shuttle coach service during the Festival between Lewes train station and Glyndebourne