The Cat Inn

West Hoathly, Sussex

‘Fabulous as ever’, this 16th-century, timber-frame and tile-clad pub-with-rooms has everything you could look for in a village local and makes a good base for exploring the South Downs national park. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Fabulous as ever’, this 16th-century, timber-frame and tile-clad pub-with-rooms has everything you could look for in a village local and makes a good base for exploring the South Downs national park. Several trusted readers stay regularly. We hear high praise of ‘great host’ Andrew Russell and his ‘friendly and efficient’ staff. Within, you find oak beams, inglenooks, real ales and quirky contemporary art. Bedroom style is a mix of contemporary and country chic, each with a coffee machine, leaf tea, fresh milk and smart toiletries. One split-level suite has a dining area. ‘We stayed in bedroom 3 overlooking the church. Simply but well appointed.’ ‘Our dog was made most welcome.’ Food is served in the dining room and cosy corners, or on the terrace. ‘The menu would do justice to a fine-dining restaurant, with seasonal asparagus, Shetland mussels, stone bass alongside steak, mushroom and ale pie’, ‘superb beer-battered fish and chips’. ‘Breakfasts are heroic; muesli, fresh fruit and yogurt followed by a freshly cooked full English.’ ‘We have already booked to return.’ (Simon Rodway, Chris Savory, Idris White, and others)

Hotel details

Address

North Lane
West Hoathly
Sussex
RH19 4PP
England

Telephone

01342 810369

Bedrooms

4.

Open

all year except Mon, Tues, 
24–26 Dec, lunch only on 1 Jan.

Facilities

bar, 3 dining areas, in-room TV (Freeview), terrace (alfresco meals), parking, restaurant wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 7 (unless ‘well-behaved’).

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms (£10 per night), bar, specific dining area.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £150, singles from £105. À la carte £35.