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, MasterCard, Visa.
per room B&B £95-£230. Set menu £23.50, a la carte £32. 1-night bookings may be refused weekends.
Good Hotel Guide Review
‘A comfortable, cosy place with nice rooms to curl up in’, Sam and Janet Bakose’s 250-year-old inn stands on the A272 between Midhurst and Petworth, in the South Downs national park. Guide inspectors stepping into the bar on a cold night were greeted by ‘the gentle scent of a small log fire’, and shown to a large room with ‘handsome old beams’ in the converted stables, across a country lane. ‘All the essentials had been carefully considered: a desk and sofa, lots of storage, good lighting, fridge, fresh milk, still and sparkling water, biscuits, locally produced toiletries.’ Fortified by books and cable TV, ‘on a soggy Saturday we were content to hunker down all afternoon’. After dark, motion-sensor lights showed the way to the restaurant, where tea lights burned on window sills. Head chef, Clyde Hollett cooks imaginative but accessible dishes as braised ox cheek bourguignon, potato terrine, braised red cabbage, button onions, parsnip crisp, pancetta and mushroom sauce. Breakfast brings ‘moreish home-made berry compote, lovely chunky toast, good bacon’, smoked salmon, ‘creamy’ scrambled eggs. Golfers can take their pick of nearby courses.