Find this delightful old coaching inn midway between Midhurst and Petworth, and enter through the rear rather than the impressive front door. While still very much a 'local' offering a selection of real ales, food and their comfortable bedrooms are the raison d'être for many.
On the food front, you can just enjoy freshly-cut sandwiches at lunchtime, or be tempted by their à la carte menu, which changes by the seasons local produce being much to the fore.
An early Spring version included 'Crispy Fried Whitebait with Caper Mayonnaise'; 'Brie & Cranberry Tart with Dressed Red Chard'; 'Oriental Crispy Duck on a Bean Sprout & Pak Choi Salad & Chili Jam' and 'Partridge & Pheasant Terrine with Homemade Almond Bread & Fruit Chutney' among the starters.
'Homemade Tagliatelle with Red Pesto Cream & Roasted Peppers'; 'Fresh Fillet of Cod in Beer Batter with Hand-Cut Chips'; 'Game Suet Pudding with Creamed Potatoes & Red Wine Jus' and 'Pan-Seared Calves Liver with Bubble & Squeak, Car-Grilled Bacon & Sage Jus' listed among the starters.
If you just fancy something sweet or still have room, you should be tempted by the likes of 'Cambridge Burnt Cream with Chocolate Chip Cookie'; 'Spiced Apple & Rhubarb Crumble with Crème Anglaise' or 'Upside Down Treacle & Apple Sponge with Vanilla Ice Cream'.
Booking advisable in the evening, and at weekends.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Mon-Fri 12.00-14.00, Sat & Sun 12.30-16.00; mains about £14 to £28; set L Mon-Fri £18.50 (2 courses), £22.50 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Mon-Fri 18.30-22.00, Sat & Sun 18.30-22.00; mains about £14 to £28
- Wine: a well chosen list has something for everyone
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Rooms available