This village inn, slightly off the beaten track, and popular with walkers and locals alike, also houses a good pub-style restaurant - which in many respects has become the main event.
Although the décor has been smartened up, the flagstone floors, oak beams (and reputedly a ghost) remain.The food offered is traditional with modern twists - so expect the likes of 'Crispy Whitebait with Lemon and Caper Mayonnaise'; 'Caesar Salad with Fresh Anchovy Dressing' and 'Oriental Crispy Duck with Watercress and Bean Shoot Salad, Honey and Ginger' among the starters. Perhaps 'Fish & Chips - fillet of haddock and minted pea purée'; 'Confit of Duck Leg, Savoy Cabbage and a Red Wine and Puy Lentil Jus'; Slow Braised Shoulder of Lamb with Celeriac & Potato Mash & Swiss Chard' and 'Scottish Fillet Steak & Chips with Roasted Tomato and Field Mushrooms' among the mains. If you still have room, you might be tempted by 'Crème Brulée with a Tuile Biscuit' or Sticky Toffee and Apple Pudding with Cinnamon Ice Cream'. The more savoury-toothed can enjoy a plate of English cheeses.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.30; mains about £15 to £18; set L £16.95 (2 courses), £19.95 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week, 18.00-21.00; mains about £15 to £28
- Seats: 50, plus 30 outside
- Wine: a good list, describes bottles in a user-friendly fashion, and kicks off at around the £17 mark
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Chichester Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page - or take the A286 towards Midhurst, turn right at mini roundabout towards East Lavant after about 2 miles. The pub is on the left. See the map at the top of the page,
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: check Christmas openings
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating
- Rooms available