Good Hotel Guide Review
In the heart of the South Downs national park, this 18th-century inn is a well-judged mix of friendly local and restaurant-with-rooms. The A272 outside is now a busy road, but inside, it’s still atmospheric, with beams and inglenook fireplace; when our inspectors last visited, drinkers nursed their Arundel ales as dogs snoozed by their feet. Proprietors Sam and Janet Bakose also own The Crab & Lobster, Sidlesham (see entry), and chef Clyde Hollett oversees both kitchens. On the short menu can be found both pub classics and more inventive dishes such as hake in bouillabaisse sauce – ‘tasty and beautifully presented’. It’s not a quick trip upstairs to bed though: bedrooms are in the inn’s old stables, a 165-yard walk away and across a narrow country road. Our inspectors’ room was huge, with beams and a high ceiling, and a picture window looking out over fields. Fresh milk and organic toiletries were welcome extras. The look was a bit generic, with wall-to-wall carpeting and flower prints, but it was comfy for all that, with good lighting to read by. Reports, please.
7. In converted barns, 165 yds from main building.
bar, restaurant, 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, when single occupancy is charged at full double rate.