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Crab & Lobster Inn – Sidlesham, West Sussex
The Home Counties

A place for all seasons, this delightful hideaway and sibling of Halfway Bridge is stunningly located at Sidlesham Quay, a grassy expanse on the banks of Pagham Harbour nature reserve once occupied by a tidal mill. Its views stretch to the distant sea across salt marsh and woodland with a tracery of creeks. The four attractive, comfortable bedrooms in the renovated 16th-century pub, plus the two-bedroom Crab Cottage next door, are all decorated with stylish simplicity in restful shades. In the top-floor eyrie, there are binoculars for a closer look at that remarkable view, and plenty of extras in all the rooms, from fridges to fresh flowers. Downstairs, you’ll find slate floors, cream painted and bare brick walls, smart contemporary furniture and an open fire. And dishes that are just right for the location: perhaps baked devilled Selsey crab, pak choi, new potatoes, lemongrass and spring onion salsa, paired with a crisp white wine – perfect.

Nota Bene

The hotel is situated on the beautiful Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve, an area of outstanding beauty and RSPB bird reserve.


Walk across Pagham Harbour to the beautiful beach at Church Norton, where Eric Coates wrote By the Sleepy Lagoon – now famous as the theme tune for Desert Island Discs.


Nearby Selsey has some of the best crab and lobster in England, which is delivered to the hotel by local fishermen each day.


Local asparagus from Sidlesham.

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