The Crab & Lobster

Sidlesham, Sussex

‘We enjoyed the waterside location,’ write trusted readers this year, drawn back for a third stay at Sam and Janet Bakose’s 350-year-old inn overlooking Pagham Harbour with its reserve of mudflats and salt marsh. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘We enjoyed the waterside location,’ write trusted readers this year, drawn back for a third stay at Sam and Janet Bakose’s 350-year-old inn overlooking Pagham Harbour with its reserve of mudflats and salt marsh. A sister to The Halfway Bridge, Lodsworth (see entry), it has four bedrooms decorated in pastels and earthy hues, echoing the surroundings. A dual-aspect deluxe room was ‘spacious and comfortable’, with a ‘big bed, separate seating area’, a modern bathroom with a ‘powerful’ monsoon over-bath shower. The odd creaking floorboard might be heard from above. In the smart bar/dining room, with its mix of old and new decor, or alfresco in the sunshine, fish-lovers are ‘spoilt for choice’ by Clyde Hollett’s locally sourced dishes including whole lemon sole, Jersey Royals, samphire, brown-shrimp butter. Expect meaty options too, a veggie dish, sandwiches, salads. The manager, Mark Vincent, and his team provide ‘exceptional personal service’. After a ‘fine’ breakfast with ‘interesting cooked items’, perhaps visit Church Norton beach, where, 90 years ago, Eric Coates was moved to pen By the Sleepy Lagoon, which still today heralds Desert Island Discs. (Michael Gwinnell, PA)

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

Background music

‘quiet’ in restaurant and bar.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in garden area.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £115–£135, double £190–£320. À la carte £38. 2-night min. stay at weekends.

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