The Halfway Bridge – Lodsworth, West Sussex

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If you love the Crab & Lobster at Sidlesham (and who doesn’t?), then make tracks for its younger sibling in the South Downs National Park. Near Petworth, it stands back from the A272, the only road we know to have had a book written about it: Ode to a Road, by Pieter Boogaart. The 250-year-old inn has been completely restored by owners Sam and Janet Bakose, and now has eight bedrooms fashioned from a beamed stable block that overlooks a sunny lawn, with woods to the rear. The five standard and three deluxe rooms are all individually styled and full of character, plus a new shepherd’s hut has just been added to the accommodation options. Superior pub grub is served in a choice of intimate nooks that circle the central bar, with exposed brick walls, parquet floors, open fires and wood burners. For those looking for a private space, the beautiful party room seats 15. Put simply, Sam and Janet have what it takes: good taste mixed with warmth, common sense and an assured, professional touch.

Doubles from £135

+44 (0)1798 861281; halfwaybridge.co.uk

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