The Crab & Lobster

Sidlesham, Sussex

This ‘little gem’ of a 17th-century pub, run as a restaurant-with-rooms on the harbour, overlooks Pagham Nature Reserve with its black-tailed godwits, little egrets and spoonbills. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

This ‘little gem’ of a 17th-century pub, run as a restaurant-with-rooms on the harbour, overlooks Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve with its black-tailed godwits, little egrets and spoonbills. Proprietors Sam and Janet Bakose also own The Halfway Bridge, Lodsworth (see entry). Cottage-style bedrooms with soft pastel walls and fresh flowers also have some structural idiosyncrasies. A spacious deluxe room with ‘plenty of storage and a view over the salt marsh’ has ‘a floor-to-ceiling beam in the middle’, great for pole dancing but it could make ‘night-time visits to the loo a painful proposition’, while a room under the eaves is a bit short on head room. A stalwart reader, on his third visit, reaffirms his advice to choose Room 1. ‘Fish predominates’ on a varied menu with plenty of other choices. This year, ‘squid tempura and chicken croquette, curried cod loin, baked crab and duck were all very good’; a haddock fishcake was heavy on potato. Breakfast brings porridge and ‘perfect scrambled egg’ but sadly, for one reader, no Frosted Flakes to bring out the tiger in him (‘I’d have liked some cereal’). (Peter Anderson, and others)

Hotel details

Address

Mill Lane
Sidlesham
Sussex
PO20 7NB
England

Telephone

01243 641233

Bedrooms

4. 2 in adjacent self-catering Crab Cottage.

Open

all year.

Facilities

bar/dining room/snug, in-room TV (Freeview), terrace, small beer garden, bar and restaurant wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

‘quiet’ music in restaurant and bar.

Children

all ages welcomed, under-9s on extra bed £30.

Dogs

allowed in garden area.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £200, singles from £125 (full rates apply Fri–Sun), extra child/adult guest (Crab Cottage) £30. À la carte £42. Min. 2-night stay at weekends.

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Comments about The Crab & Lobster

Lovely little pub with rooms, on the quay at Sindlesham. Our superior room which was spacious. Plenty of storage space and a view over the salt marsh. The bed was comfy though a bigger duvet would have prevented some tugs of war in the middle of the night! The food is very good. Breakfast was ok though I would have liked some cereal. Nevertheless, porridge was fine and scrambled eggs were perfect, not always the case in many establishments. The staff are young, efficient and friendly. Covid precautions were reassuring. - Peter Anderson - October 2020
A restaurant-wit -rooms rather than a hotel. The food is brilliant especially if you like fish. The puds are a delight. Breakfast was a bit hit and miss. Our bedroom, Room 4, was in a converted attic space reached up a twisty staircase. Its ceiling was low and and it was easy to crack a head getting out of bed. Room 1 is a delight. - Peter Anderson - September 2019
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! Reasonably priced. - Peter Anderson - May 2017

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide