If you love the Crab & Lobster at Sidlesham (and who doesn’t?), then make tracks for its younger sibling. Near Petworth, it stands back from the graceful, swooping A272, the only road we know to have had a book written about it: Ode to a Road. Like the Crab & Lobster, the old inn has been immaculately restored by owners Sam and Janet Bakose, with seven exceptional bedrooms, fashioned from a beamed stable block that overlooks a sunny lawn, with woods (watch out for deer) to the rear. The three standard rooms are just as alluring as the more expensive ones, of which No. 5 is particularly lovely, with its part-timber, part-brick back wall. Back at the handsome inn, superior pub grub is served in a choice of intimate nooks that circle the central bar, with exposed brick walls, newly revealed parquet floors, open fires and woodburners. Put simply, Sam and Janet have what it takes: good taste mixed with warmth, common sense and an assured, professional touch. Doubles from £145.
Name to Know: Billy, the general manager, who you can ask anything. From wine and real ales to the local attractions, he knows his stuff.
See: Pop into Petworth, just four miles away, and enjoy an afternoon of shopping and antique hunting.
Eat: Breast of duck with confit leg with pommes anna, pumpkin purée and pumpkin seed granola with red wine jus! A Clyde (our executive chef) classic.
Buy: The fabulous toiletries which we provide and which are made by Artful Teasing in Petworth.
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