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 spiced monkfish loin or sweet potato and black olive gnocchi and a crisp white wine – perfect. Doubles from £175.
Name to Know: Helen Totton, the general manager of ten years, who knows everything about the menu and wine list.
See: Take a walk around the marshlands and visit the RSPB Centre at Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve which is very close to the Crab & Lobster.
Eat: Sample local Selsey crab and lobster from the hotel’s menu or any of the other fabulous fish dishes.
Buy: A glass or bottle of Tinwood and then visit the local Tinwood Estate in Halnaker just five miles away.
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