Good Hotel Guide Review
Overlooking the reed beds and salt marsh of Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve, this ‘lovely little pub’ is not a local boozer but a very good restaurant-with-rooms, a sister venture to The Halfway Bridge, Lodsworth (see entry). Oak-beamed bedrooms have a subtle palette of pale blue, sage and taupe, with some overlooking open farmland. A reader’s deluxe room had a perpendicular beam at the centre – a sort of 17th-century jack post, more curiosity than hazard. 'The bed was very comfy.' There are rooms in adjacent Crab Cottage, which has a sitting room and a kitchen with an espresso machine, should you want to self-cater, but a full English awaits next door. The restaurant is stylish, and also comes with a log-burner in an inglenook for chillier days. Specials are chalked up on a fish-shaped blackboard, while the à la carte menu brings dishes such as traditional fish soup, baked crab gratin with fennel and watercress salad; beer battered fish and chips, and steaks. A separate vegetarian/vegan menu might include sweet potato gnocchi, Moroccan spiced chickpea tagine. ‘The staff are young, efficient and friendly. We will return.'
5. 2 in adjacent Crab Cottage.
bar/dining room/snug (vegetarian/vegan menu), in-room TV (Freeview), large terrace, small beer garden, parking, bar and restaurant wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
occasional ‘quiet’ music in restaurant and bar.
all ages welcomed, under-9s on extra bed £40.
allowed in garden area.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £230, singles from £165 (full rates apply Fri–Sun). Set lunch £32.50, à la carte £50. Min. 2-night stay at weekends.
VisitEngland Five Star Restaurant with Rooms