Good Hotel Guide Review
‘Olga and Alex Polizzi are the real stars here, after pulling off an amazing renovation of a 16th-century pub in a charming village in the South Downs national park,’ a Guide insider writes. A first joint venture for mother and daughter, it is ‘a friendly place for locals to drop in for a pint or all-day dining’, in the 16th-century bar ‘full of character and beams’, while bedrooms, in the main building and new block, are ‘classic Polizzi, mixing contemporary furniture with antique finds and a dollop of panache’. Dog-friendly rooms have a patio; those above, a Juliet balcony. A reader was happy to have a ‘comfortable chair, small sofa’ and ‘kettle with teas’ but noted there was ‘no coffee option’. In the dining room, with its Elizabethan-design floor, Tim Kensett devises menus of seasonal British dishes with a Mediterranean twist. ‘All the food was delicious,’ from a ‘simple pasta dish’ to ‘pink South Downs lamb’. On fine days you can dine in the welcoming courtyard. Relax in the library with its wood-burner, borrow boots to go walking; don glad rags for Glyndebourne. See also Hotel Endsleigh, Milton Abbot, and Tresanton, St Mawes. (Kevin Seymour, JK)
30. 1 bedroom suitable for wheelchair-users (no wet room).
bar/lounge, library, restaurant, courtyard (alfresco dining), in-room TV, parking, EV charging, restaurant wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
all ages welcomed, extra bed £30.
allowed in ground-floor bedrooms (£25 a night) and inn, not in restaurant.
B&B doubles from £190. À la carte £54. 1-night stays refused at weekends.