We live in Horsham and work at The Ginger Fox in Albourne. It’s a really popular pub serving great food, local beer and Sussex wine. The mid-week two-course lunch offer, served from Monday to Friday, is really good value and well worth a trip. Hurstpierpoint, just off the A23, is a friendly village with lots of quirky shops; head to The Fig Tree restaurant if you want a special treat. There’s also The White Hart in Henfield, just the other side of the A23, a traditional English pub with lots of character serving some great local ales. There are some good shops and pubs in Horsham and that’s where you’ll find us at the weekend with friends.
On our day off we like to escape into the countryside and experience something a bit different. We’ll head out towards Chichester and go to West Witterings beach for the day. If it’s sunny you have to get there really early otherwise you’ll get stuck in traffic on the A286 that goes through Birdham. The car park is huge but does get full so you’ve got to be pretty organised and leave at the crack of dawn. People come here because of the sandy beach and calm waters and in the summer you can’t beat it. We’d highly recommended a barbeque with friends on the beach at sunset.
We love the Cass Sculpture Foundation on the Goodwood Estate too – it’s about a 25 minute drive if you’re coming from West Wittering. You need a car to get there but that’s what makes it so special, often you’ll go there and no-one else is around. They always have interesting exhibitions in the gallery space, which have included work by Turner Prize-nominated Jake and Dinos Chapman. What’s great about this place is that the sculptures change all the time, so every time you come you’ll see something different.
There’s no rush to leave or huge crowds queuing up to see the artwork – it’s a brilliant cultural attraction right on our doorstep. When you’re done there are lots of places in the area to grab some food: The Fox Goes Free in Charlton is a lovely country pub and The Horse Guards Inn in Tillington near Petworth is also worth a look.