300-year-old inn with beams, panelling and open fires in rambling rooms, inventive food and charming garden; cottagey bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
With a gently civilised atmosphere, excellent food and a thoughtful range of drinks, it's not surprising that we get consistently high praise from our readers for this 18th-c inn. The neatly kept, beamed front bar has good country furniture on bare boards, a chesterfield in one corner and a lovely view beyond the village to the Rother Valley from a seat in the big panelled bow window. High bar chairs line the counter where they keep Harveys Best and Langham Halfway to Heaven on handpump, 17 wines by the glass, home-made sloe gin and local farm juices. Other rambling beamed rooms have similar furniture on brick floors, rugs and original panelling and there are fresh flowers throughout; background music and board games. In warm weather the leafy, lush and sheltered garden has picnic-sets, day beds, deck chairs and even a hammock, and there's also a charming terrace. The cosy country bedrooms are comfortable and breakfasts are good. Constable and Turner both painted the medieval church with its unusual spire; Petworth House (National Trust) is nearby.
Good Pub Guide Food
Delicious food includes lunchtime sandwiches, half pint of home beech and oak-smoked shell-on prawns with bloody mary mayonnaise, deep-fried parsnips with honey and mustard dip, spiced pork and pigeon burger with cucumber and mint yoghurt, cauliflower and cheddar cake with celeriac, rocket and red onion salad and walnut dressing, paella with chorizo, salmon, mullet, cod, mussels, clams, prawns and rosemary, tamarind and soy pork shoulder with sticky rice, pak choi and asian peanut salad, and puddings such as sticky ginger parkin with muscovado sauce and cinnamon ice-cream and rhubarb mess with rose water and almond meringue.
Good Pub Guide Information
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