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 comfy, though a bigger duvet would have prevented some tugs of war.’ There are rooms in adjacent Crab Cottage, which has a comfy 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, but also comes with a log-burner in an inglenook. Specials are chalked up on a fish-shaped blackboard, while the à la carte brings dishes such as baked Selsey crab gratin, fennel marmalade, salsa verde; fish and chips; steaks. A separate vegan menu might include sweet potato gnocchi, Moroccan spiced chickpea tagine. ‘The staff are young, efficient and friendly. We will return.’ (PA)
4. 2 in adjacent Crab Cottage.
bar/dining room/snug (vegetarian/vegan menu), in-room TV (Freeview), terrace, small beer garden, parking, bar and restaurant wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
‘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 £220, singles from £145 (full rates apply Fri–Sun). À la carte £45. Min. 2-night stay at weekends.
VisitEngland Five Star Restaurant with Rooms