The Cat Inn

‘What makes this 16th-century freehouse so special is the atmosphere: informal and friendly, yet 100% professional. More

Contact details

The Cat Inn
North Lane
West Hoathly
Sussex
RH19 4PP
England
01342 810369

Hotel information

Bedrooms

4

Open

all year except Christmas.

Facilities

bar, 3 dining areas, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), terrace (alfresco meals), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 7.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms, bar, specific dining area.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single from £100, double from £130. À la carte £28.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘What makes this 16th-century freehouse so special is the atmosphere: informal and friendly, yet 100% professional.’ Visitors are greeted with ‘big smiles and a warm welcome’ at this well-liked inn, in a hilltop village in Sussex countryside. ‘Andrew Russell, the owner, has the ability to make a total newcomer feel like a favoured regular guest,’ say Guide readers this year. ‘There’s usually a fire burning in the grate’; in the popular oak-beamed pub and restaurant, chef Alex Jacquemin’s ‘superb food’ includes classic pub grub and more modern fare, perhaps seared sea trout, Poole Bay clams, spring vegetables. A drinks list spanning local and cask beers and English wines makes good accompaniment. No matter the menu, ‘attentive service’ from ‘knowledgeable staff’ is the order of the day. The ‘clean, comfortable’ rooms above the inn, now redecorated, are praised for the many ‘little touches’: a capsule coffee machine, fresh milk, ‘decent toiletries’, reading material. ‘Room 1, our favourite, is spacious yet cosy, with a view onto the village church.’ ‘It was all we could have hoped for.’ (William Webster, AD, and others)

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The Cat Inn
North Lane
West Hoathly
Sussex
RH19 4PP

Guest comments

'There was a great atmosphere in the restaurant and bar on the busy Friday night we stayed. Everything was perfect - and your review understates how good the breakfast was. The room was fine with a spotless bathroom and a lovely view across to the church. Great attention to detail everywhere. ' - Barrie Wilkinson - September, 2016
'Andrew is always welcoming and friendly whilst remaining totally professional. Harvey, his much-loved cocker spaniel is a pub favourite. Dogs are welcome in the bar area. The bar leads through to a buzzing little restaurant whichleads to an airy courtyard for warm weather eating. Andrew prides himself on the wine list. The menu is varied, and fairly priced, with daily specials on the chalk board. Accommodation is probably the best ‘pubs with rooms’ overnight I’ve ever had -- not particularly cheap; you get what you pay for. Breakfast is a lovely relaxed experience. ' - Angie Davies - February, 2016
'It was my birthday on Saturday, and my wife organised a two-night stay at The Cat. Andrew Russell has recently recruited a new chef, and the standard of food has entered a new level. On both occasions we had meals at The Cat not only was the restaurant very busy but the comments from diners was just magic. ' - Chris Savory - November, 2014
'We are in our 80s and like being looked after. The welcome was warm and the owner and staff were helpful and considerate. We enjoyed our meals and the service was good. Lovely old church opposite. ' - Jean and Davis Jukes - June, 2014

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