Good Hotel Guide Review
At the heart of the South Downs national park, this village pub-with-rooms is the rural sister of the seaside Crab & Lobster, Sidlesham (see entry), country but no bumpkin. Our inspectors gave it the thumbs up for both its ‘delicious food’ and rooms. The latter are in a single-storey stable block ‘across a little lane behind the pub’, which meant ‘there was no road noise’ although the gravel lane was ‘tricky if you wear heels’. Their room was ‘comfortable and easy’ with a super-king bed, a ‘fridge with bottled water and milk (civilised)’. The decor is a mix of rusticity and contemporary comfort. A room with a sleigh bed has a wall of timber planks, an antique chest of drawers, leather tub chair and small settle. Food is served in ‘lots of interesting little spaces’, and under parasols in a ‘large, grassy garden’. It is largely pub grub done well, with good ingredients; ‘the self-proclaimed burger expert said it was top quality’. The pan-fried sea bream was also enjoyed. Breakfast ticked all the boxes, with freshly squeezed orange juice, smashed avocado, a full English and barista-style coffee. ‘One could imagine enjoying a few nights here.’
8. In Cowdray Barns, 165 yds from main building. 1 shepherd’s hut.
bar, 2 restaurant areas, private party facilities (16 covers), in-room TV (Freeview), bar terrace, small beer garden, unsuitable for disabled.
‘quiet’ in bar and restaurant.
all ages welcomed, extra bed £40, children's menu.
allowed in some bedrooms (£30 per stay), bar area and garden.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £150, singles from £100. Set lunch menu (Mon–Sat) £22–£26, à la carte £35. 1-night bookings refused Fri and Sat, when single occupancy is charged at full double rate.
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