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The Spread Eagle – Midhurst, West Sussex

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The Spread Eagle – Midhurst, West Sussex

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Once the most celebrated coaching inn of its age, the Spread Eagle elegantly marries history, tradition and character with contemporary, spoiling treats. In the fine, old-fashioned dining room, earthenware pudding basins dangle from the ceiling, a tangible reminder of the days when puddings were presented to guests every Christmas. Yet the same inn also sports an on-trend gin bar, with more than 100 different brands and 12 different tonics, plus garnishes from the garden. In a building that dates back to 1430 and is set in the middle of Midhurst’s historic market town, what a treat to find an impressive spa and indoor pool beneath a contemporary Scandinavian-style roof. There’s a lovely conservatory, where you can drink and dine, and the bedrooms are both chic and traditional, with crisp bathrooms. One sought-after room has a secret passage, while another is panelled, containing an original wig closet. And so past and present are perfectly united.

Doubles from £119 

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Polo match at Cowdray Park, the home of British Polo and the most glorious setting for a picnic.


The signature dish, twice baked Sussex cheddar soufflé with double cream and mange tout.


Pop into Lower Lodge Candles for gorgeous, best of British, hand poured candles.


The hotel has a prized Christmas pudding recipe that dates back decades – you can join them for Stir Up Sunday, when they share the secret. 

Want to find out more? Visit the hotel's website.

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