The Crab & Lobster

Facing the ‘wide sweep of tidal mudflats’ surrounding Pagham Harbour, this whitewashed restaurant-with-rooms stands as a ‘tucked-away’ beacon of ‘delicious food’ and ‘exceptional hospitality’. More

Contact details

Mill Lane
PO20 7NB
01243 641233

Hotel information


4. 2 in adjacent self-catering Crab Cottage.


all year.


bar/restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), terrace, small beer garden, bar and restaurant wheelchair accessible.

Background music

‘quiet’ in restaurant and bar.


all ages welcomed.


allowed in garden area.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B £115–£320. 
A la carte £38. 2-night min. stay 
at weekends.

Other reviews

VisitEngland Five Star Restaurant with Rooms

Good Hotel Guide Review

Facing the ‘wide sweep of tidal mudflats’ surrounding Pagham Harbour, this whitewashed restaurant-with-rooms stands as a ‘tucked-away’ beacon of ‘delicious food’ and ‘exceptional hospitality’. Owned by Sam and Janet Bakose, the 350-year-old inn ‘has a wonderfully timeless air’. A bright renovation brings a smart rustic-chic style and muted coastal palette to low ceilings and exposed beams. The bar and restaurant with inglenook fireplace, exposed bricks and ‘friendly, efficient’ staff ‘does not disappoint’. Chef Clyde Hollett’s seafood-heavy menu features the likes of grilled mackerel fillet with fennel, pepper and citrus salad, orange and tarragon salsa; Selsey crab gratin. The hum of the restaurant may drift up to the room directly above, but ‘it’s an old building, so not unexpected’. Bedrooms, ‘comfortable, with a fine modern bathroom’, have the same restful, muted colours and contemporary finish as downstairs. Binoculars are left in rooms that look across the marshland. Adjacent ‘roomy, comfortable’ Crab Cottage is ideal for self-sufficient groups. At breakfast, ‘interesting cooked options’ include smoked mackerel with poached eggs and grilled tomatoes. ‘Excellently located’ for twitchers itching to explore the nearby nature reserve. (Michael Gwinnell, and others)


The Crab & Lobster
Mill Lane
PO20 7NB

Guest comments

'Excellent location. Very quiet; small. Our deluxe room on the first floor was spacious and comfortable. Big bed, separate seating area. Bathroom modern; powerful monsoon shower over the bath. Plenty of storage. Only gripe - it's an old building so we heard the floorboards creak in the room upstairs when anybody moved about, not really a problem except when they visited the loo at 3am! We had eaten here before, and the food was the reason we went back. It did not disappoint. Fish dominates. All very good. Breakfast had good fruit selection and some interesting cooked items. Reasonably priced. ' - Peter Anderson - May, 2017
'A wonderful, tranquil, timeless, tucked-away sort of place. Our bedroom was very comfortable, with an excellent bathroom. The staff are all efficient and friendly. The food is fabulous, full of flavours, ' - Diana Goodey - November, 2016
'Stayed in a vey comfortable deluxe room. Perfect little rural hotel and great location for walking. Reserved 1 night in restaurant and ended up eating there both nights as food very good and fresh local produce. Staff charming. . ' - Danielle Hommel - February, 2016

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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide