The Old Store

Halnaker, Sussex

There are treats in store for guests behind the chequerboard facade of this B&B, in a ‘pretty’ South Downs village close to Chichester. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

There are treats in store for guests behind the chequerboard facade of this B&B, in a pretty South Downs village close to Chichester. Patrick and Heather Birchenough, the ‘accommodating, very thoughtful’ hosts, welcome new arrivals with tea and ‘delicious’ cakes (‘the whole downstairs smelled pleasantly of baking’). The sitting room is snug: a sofa and armchair, a ‘massive model train in a display case’. One bedroom is on the ground floor; the others are reached by ‘quite narrow’ stairs. Some have beams; one looks across farmland to Chichester. The look is perhaps a little dated – here a wicker sofa, there a padded headboard. However, a ‘gorgeous’ bed, a ‘wonderful walk-in shower’, toiletries from ‘a local soap maker’, fresh milk and a ‘nicely equipped hospitality tray’ are ‘the things that really matter’ (shame about the instant coffee). Breakfast is served in ‘a sun-filled room’ with old milk bottles on a beam recalling the building’s past as a village grocer’s. shop. The buffet offers fresh fruit salad, ‘really tasty fresh-pressed apple juice’, home-made bread and preserves, smoked salmon, pancakes with bacon and maple syrup. The muesli is ‘possibly the nicest in England’.

Hotel details


Stane Street
PO18 0QL


01243 531977


7. 1 on ground floor with step between bathroom and bedroom.




lounge, breakfast room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), ¼-acre garden with seating.

Background music



all ages welcomed.


not allowed.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.


per room B&B single £63–£120, double £85–£125, family from £115 (higher for Goodwood ‘Festival of Speed’ and ‘Revival’ meetings). 1-night bookings refused weekends, sometimes other nights in high season.