A smart destination restaurant, in four rooms, in an attractive Georgian building. You'll find a bar with leather sofas, where you can enjoy pre-prandial drinks and panelled dining rooms with crisp napery.
Chef/proprietor Ken Brown, has worked in some prestigious kitchens in his time and this shows in the quality of the food on offer.
The menu changes with the seasons and charcuterie produced on-site is much to the fore. So starters might include the likes of 'Saffron Risotto'; 'Smoked Mackerel Caesar Salad'; 'Smoked Goose with Piccalilli; and ''Oaks Charcuterie' brawn, smoked pigeon, venison pastrami, smoked venison, smoked chicken and venison rillettes.
Maybe to be followed by 'Chicken Breast with Crispy Pancetta, Sussex Cheese Sauce and Champ'; 'Rabbit two Ways' Confit leg and Smoked loin with Crispy Belly Pork and a Caper Sauce'; or 'Slow-cooked Goodwood Organic Lamb Shoulder'.
If you have room, finish with 'Chocolate Brownie'; 'Spotted Dick'; 'Hazelnut Praline Crème Brulée' or 'Honey and Walnut Tart' or you might be tempted by 'Welsh Rabbit' or their selection of British farm-house cheeses.
You can buy the kitchen's charcuterie, sold under the logo of the Sussex Charcuterie Company, from the premises.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Tues-Sun 12.00-14.30; set L Tues-Sat £12 (2 courses) to £15, set L Sun £16.95 (2 courses), £20.95 (3 courses); mains £13 to £20
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 19.00-22.00; mains £13 to £20
- Seats: 66, plus 30 outside
- Wine: an interesting, but concise, list, kicks off at £12.50
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Nearest station: Ford
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: L Sat, D Sun, all Mon; some Bank Holidays