Private Dining and Celebrations

If you are planning a special celebration such as a birthday or anniversary, family gathering, dinner party with friends or private reception for work colleagues, our state rooms offer the perfect venue for a memorable occasion. Host your guests in rooms showcasing a rich arts history, exuding character and ambiance. Rooms can accommodate up to 100 guests depending on the type of event.

No new bookings are currently being taken

If you would like to be notified when bookings resume please email

Get in touch

Please enter the characters 9E6C in reverse order in the box below

We will use this data to carry out our obligations arising from your enquiry or booking. For details of how we handle data please refer to our Privacy Statement.

Old Dining Room

This elegant and impressive room boasts a large Victorian dining table, Dutch floral marquetry chairs and artworks. An ideal space for dinner parties and fine dining.

The Old Dining Room for private dining at West Dean College near Chichester

Old Library

The largest of three interconnecting rooms, linked with the Old Dining Room and Music Room. It offers opulent Edwardian décor, book lined walls and a splendid early 18th century tapestry panel. This room is perfect for larger receptions.

Music Room

An intimate yet airy space for receptions and dinners, with a fascinating mix of traditional and surreal artwork. The Music Room is at the centre of the three interconnecting rooms.

Private dining menu at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Plan your perfect menu

Choose from mouth-watering canapés to a delectable three course dinner prepared using fresh and local ingredients where possible. Wines can be chosen to complement your menu and special dietary requirements can be catered for.

See our Spring/Summer Menu

See our Autumn/Winter Menu

Contact us

For more information, please contact our dedicated team who will be happy to help plan your perfect event.


Help preserve our future

West Dean College and Gardens are part of a registered charity and relies on the support of generous donors, friends, legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

Find out how you can help support us