Everyone has their idea of the quintessential, cosy, country pub. Whether that means a crackling open fire, hearty local food or quirky live entertainment, the good news is that West Sussex has something for everyone’s tastes!
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite local pubs in the area to stop by after a country walk, enjoy a Sunday lunch or sample local ales.
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 of walking around the Amberley and Arundel areas and serves a delicious Sunday roast.
Picture a proper country pub with muddy wellies by the door and a bar full of laughing locals and The Royal Oak is exactly that. Nestled in the small village of Poynings, it’s ideally situated close to the Devil’s Dyke and surrounding areas of stunning scenery.
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 and summer BBQs.
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 of exploring the breath-taking West Wittering beach. The team have put plenty of time and love into transforming the beer garden into the ideal hangout, ready to welcome groups of all sizes.
The George at Burpham existed for almost three centuries before coming under threat from the recession in 2013, until three villagers came together to fundraise for the freehold. Today, the pub remains community-centred, supporting charities and local events, with a strong focus on showcasing local produce for locals and visitors to enjoy.
The Ginger Fox offers a stunning retreat to enjoy the 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, providing a beautiful backdrop to unwind in the sprawling garden or by a log fire. Complete with wooden beams, quirky decor and shelves of local produce to take home, the rustic pub is perfect for those that prefer the old-style pub look.
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.