Everyone has their idea of the quintessential country pub, whether that means a cosy, crackling open fire, hearty local food or quirky live entertainment and a sprawling beer garden. The good news is that you can find all of it in West Sussex!
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite local pubs to stop by after a country walk, enjoy a Sunday lunch or try some delicious Sussex ales.
Know before you go: make sure you check opening times and booking guidelines when planning your visit.
The Bridge Inn has it all, from delicious homecooked meals and a log fire to friendly dogs and live entertainment. Situated close to Amberley station and the River Arun, it makes the perfect pitstop after an afternoon exploring Amberley and Arundel – plus, the Sunday roast is pretty good too!
This ‘proper’ country pub with muddy wellies by the door and wet dogs in the bar is a firm local favourite. Nestled in the small village of Poynings, The Royal Oak is ideally situated close to Devil’s Dyke amidst the stunning scenery of South Downs National Park.
Set within a beautiful Grade II listed building dating back to the 15th century, The Half Moon in Kirdford epitomises the West Sussex countryside. Simplicity, quality and locality are at the heart of this pub’s values, from the warm welcome you receive to the seasonal food on your plate. Events take place at the Half Moon year-round, so look out for seasonal dining events.
A combination of bright and breezy beach colours, mismatched furniture, locally sourced seafood and a woodfired pizza oven makes The Lamb Inn the place to be after a day out on beautiful West Wittering beach. The team have put plenty of time and love into transforming the beer garden into the ideal post-watersports hangout.
This community-centred pub was rescued from closure by its villagers. Nearly 300 years old, The George at Burpham retains a strong focus on showcasing local produce for residents and visitors to enjoy, offering changing menus of seasonal produce throughout the year.
The Ginger Fox offers a stunning retreat from which to enjoy magnificent views of the South Downs. Its peaceful setting within a traditional thatched cottage boasts rustic wooden interiors and a modern European menu, featuring creative twists on pub classics using local produce and vegetables from its own garden.
The Countryman Inn is surrounded by 3,500 acres of farmland owned by the Knepp Castle Estate, which provides a beautiful backdrop to unwind in the sprawling garden or warm up by a log fire. Complete with wooden beams, quirky decor and shelves of local produce (which you can also take home), this charming pub is a perfect rustic retreat.
Lovingly refurbished by its family owners in the years since taking over, The Lamb focuses on providing high-quality food and drink to its visitors and comfortable stays with a touch of luxury for guests. Attention to detail is high at The Lamb, so expect some outstanding dishes as well as excellent service.
The Noah’s Ark Inn is a simply charming 16th century village pub with a cosy interior that merges rustic country style with modern quirks. Whether it’s the open fire that attracts you or the Michelin and AA Guide-rated menus, you’ll certainly be glad you stopped by.
Having been run by the same family since 1970, The Jack and Jill Inn has the look and feel of a traditional British pub, with its dark scrubbed tables and red interiors adorned with picture frames and hanging crockery. With two gardens overlooking the Jack and Jill windmills in the distance and log fires indoors, it’s an ideal stop on your trip, whatever the weather.
A popular choice amongst locals, The Moon has one of the most extensive pub menus you’re ever likely to encounter! From a full English breakfast and stack of American pancakes to traditional pies and a whole pizza menu, it’s a pretty safe bet that there will be something for everyone when travelling as a group or family.
The Greets Inn is something of a hidden gem and often stumbled upon by delighted walkers and cyclists. Serving classic, wholesome pub dishes and warm hospitality in a village location close to Horsham, it’s a must-visit when you’re in the area.
From espresso martinis and vibrant mezze boards to a hearty fruit crumble and fantastic wines, The Rising Sun is a bit of a destination pub – and one we love to venture out to. With a friendly ‘one-of-the-locals’ vibe and comfortable surroundings, you’ll probably wish you had discovered it much sooner.
If you’re a craft beer fanatic, gastropub connoisseur or want to check some local hangouts off your list, be sure to check out our pubs and inns section for more of our best picks. Plus, we list some of our favourite food hotspots and hidden gems in West Sussex over on the inspiration pages.
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