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Cat Inn (The) West Hoathly

Queen's Square, West Hoathly, West Sussex, RH19 4PP
The high standard of cooking at this foodie pub, partly dating from the 16th century, draws people in from many miles around – so much so, that eating at the weekend has to be planned a little ahead.
Expect bare wooden tables, a series of little dining areas and a buzzy atmosphere – although weekday lunches can bring peaceful seclusion.

Lunch brings everything from good sandwiches to a toned-down version of the evening's à la carte menu – with perhaps mains ranging from 'Locally-Smoked Ham, Egg & Chips' to 'Pan-Fried Calves Liver with Crisp Pancetta, Mash, Greens & Red Wine Sauce'
During the evening the menu's ambitions expand further, with perhaps 'Black Pudding Duck Scotch Egg with Piccalilli Potato Salad'; 'Caramelised Comice Pear with Stilton & Walnut Salad'; 'Portobello, Cepe, Pistachio & Cashew Paste with Toast & Dressed Leaves' and 'Smoked Salmon, Cod & Prawn Fishcakes with Aioli & Dressed Leaves' amongst the starters.
Perhaps 'Traditional Harvey's Beer Battered Fish & Chips with Peas & Tartare Sauce'; 'Rye Bay Brill with Brown Shrimp & Piquillo Pepper Salsa with New Potatoes & Sprouting Broccoli'; 'Macaroni Cheese with Black Truffle, Wild Mushrooms, Garlic Bread, Truffled Rocket & Parmesan' and 'Pan-Fried Duck Breast with Dauphinoise Potatoes, Greens and Port & Orange Sauce' on the list of mains.
There are always the additions of interesting Blackboard Specials.
Puds maintain the high standard, with maybe 'Triple Chocolate Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream'; 'Panna Cotta with Apple Purée & Sorbet'' and 'Steamed Ginger Sponge, with Coconut Butterscotch Sauce & Ginger Honeycomb Ice Cream' there to tempt you.
Cheese lovers are offered a selection of local artisan varieties.
Service is both friendly & helpful.
If you plan ahead, you could stay-over in one of their comfortable bedrooms.
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Other Details

  • Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
  • Lunch: Mon-Thurs12.00-14.00, Fri-Sun 12.00-14.30; mains about £10 to £19
  • Dinner: Mon-Thurs 18.00-21.00, Fri-Sat 18.00-21.30; mains about £14 to £20
  • Wine: a well-chosen list kicks off at around £18
  • Children's portions: Phone ahead for evening visits
  • Wheelchair access: Yes
  • Nearest station: Three Bridges or East Grinstead Rail
  • Directions: See map on page
  • Parking: Yes
  • Outside eating
  • Rooms available

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good foodie pubmain dining room
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Contact Details

Tel: 01342-810369
Address: Queen's Square, West Hoathly, West Sussex, RH19 4PP
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