The Cat Inn

Andrew Russell has elevated innkeeping to a real ‘craft’: his popular 16th-century free house is well stocked with fare from local microbreweries and English vineyards. More

Contact details

The Cat Inn
North Lane
West Hoathly
Sussex
RH19 4PP
England
01342 810369
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

4.

Open

all year except Christmas, restaurant closed Sun evening.

Facilities

bar, 3 dining areas, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), terrace (alfresco meals), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 7.

Dogs

not allowed in dining room.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B from £120. À la carte £28.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Andrew Russell has elevated innkeeping to a real ‘craft’: his popular 16th-century free house is well stocked with fare from local microbreweries and English vineyards. ‘Andrew is hands-on and welcoming; he knows all about hospitality, and it shows.’ There is ‘great attention to detail everywhere’: a ‘lovely’ log fire in the grate, posies on wooden dining tables; in the ‘well-equipped’ bedrooms, find ‘beautiful’ antique furniture, reading material, a capsule coffee-maker with fresh milk, ‘a well-stocked tea chest on the landing’. ‘Room One, our favourite, is spacious yet cosy, with a spotless bathroom. It overlooks the village church, whose tower is occupied by garrulous jackdaws.’ Chef Alex Jaquemin’s ‘buzzing’ restaurant has a ‘great atmosphere’. The ‘varied’, ‘decently priced’ menu has daily specials, perhaps roasted stone bass fillet, spätzle, brown shrimp, wild mushrooms. (Vegan options clearly marked.) Guide readers this year ‘cannot overstate how good the breakfast is’. Don’t let the name fool you: a ‘much-loved’ cocker spaniel greets newcomers to the bar, where dogs are welcomed. (Angie Davies, Barrie Wilkinson)

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The Cat Inn
North Lane
West Hoathly
Sussex
RH19 4PP

Guest comments

'There was a great atmosphere in the restaurant and bar on the busy Friday night we stayed. Everything was perfect - and your review understates how good the breakfast was. The room was fine with a spotless bathroom and a lovely view across to the church. Great attention to detail everywhere. ' - Barrie Wilkinson - September, 2016
'Andrew is always welcoming and friendly whilst remaining totally professional. Harvey, his much-loved cocker spaniel is a pub favourite. Dogs are welcome in the bar area. The bar leads through to a buzzing little restaurant whichleads to an airy courtyard for warm weather eating. Andrew prides himself on the wine list. The menu is varied, and fairly priced, with daily specials on the chalk board. Accommodation is probably the best ‘pubs with rooms’ overnight I’ve ever had -- not particularly cheap; you get what you pay for. Breakfast is a lovely relaxed experience. ' - Angie Davies - February, 2016
'It was my birthday on Saturday, and my wife organised a two-night stay at The Cat. Andrew Russell has recently recruited a new chef, and the standard of food has entered a new level. On both occasions we had meals at The Cat not only was the restaurant very busy but the comments from diners was just magic. ' - Chris Savory - November, 2014
'We are in our 80s and like being looked after. The welcome was warm and the owner and staff were helpful and considerate. We enjoyed our meals and the service was good. Lovely old church opposite. ' - Jean and Davis Jukes - June, 2014

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