Good Hotel Guide Review
‘Well placed for visiting the historic market towns’ of Midhurst and Petworth, Sam and Janet Bakose’s 18th-century inn proved more than halfway decent on a Guide inspection. Bedrooms are across and down a country lane, in converted stables, ‘set in a patch of garden with picnic tables and games’. A deluxe room was ‘not quite boutique’, with ‘uncontroversial flower prints, thick beige curtains, dark wood furniture, good storage and lighting’, milk and mineral water in a mini-fridge, underfloor heating, local toiletries in the bathroom. After dark, follow the motion sensors to eat in one of the ‘snug dining spaces’. Chef Clyde Hollett presides here and at sister hotel The Crab & Lobster, Sidlesham (see entry), surf to Lodsworth’s turf. The food is ‘a happy discovery’ with praise for the ‘delectable modern platings and perfectly cooked dishes’, perhaps hake, citrus-crushed potatoes, red pepper purée, samphire, cashew nut pesto; leek, spinach and Sussex Cheddar croquettes, baby leeks, tomato, sage sauce. Breakfast brings ‘gorgeously tart’ berry compote, first-rate scrambled eggs, ‘a generous serving of smoked salmon’. All this, and ‘since dinner was so good, we stayed for lunch’.
7. In converted barns, 165 yds from main building.
bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), bar terrace, small beer garden, unsuitable for disabled.
‘quiet’ in bar and restaurant.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in bar area only.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B single £95–£115, double £150–£230. Set lunch menu £26, à la carte £32. 1-night bookings refused Fri and Sat.