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The Crab & Lobster - Hotel in Sussex

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Mill Lane, Sidlesham, Chichester, PO20 7NB, Sussex
England, United Kingdom

Sam Bakose

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+44 (0)1243 641233 (landline)

A chic inn with beautiful interiors, lovely food and deep peace all around - beaches, castles and Roman palaces wait on your doorstep

This tiny arrowhead of land south of Chichester is something of a time warp, more 1940s than 21st century. The Crab & Lobster is older still – 350 years at last count. It sits on Pagham Harbour, a tidal marsh that teems with preening birds. Outside, you find a smart whitewashed exterior and a small garden for views across fields of sheep to the water. Inside, flagged floors, whitewashed walls, a fire at one end, a wood-burner at the other. There's a lovely alcove with banquette seating, candles flicker in the evening, in summer you decant onto the back terrace for lunch in the sun. Upstairs, four super rooms come in duck-egg blue with crisp white linen, flat-screen TVs and gorgeous little bathrooms. Three have views of the water, one is up in the eaves and has a telescope to scan the high seas. There's much to explore: Bosham, where King Canute tried to turn back the waves; Fishbourne, for its Roman palace; the Witterings, for miles of beach and dunes. Don't forget dinner, perhaps Selsey crab cakes with chilli jam, fillet of pork with a calvados cream, caramelised plum tart.

Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.

Local points of interest from Sam Bakose:

Local points of interest from
Sam Bakose:

  • The Crab & Lobster is situated on Pagham Harbour Bird Sanctuary which is an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are many great walks from the inn and it is excellent for bird watching.
  • West Wittering famous for its beautiful sandy beach with fabulous sand dunes is only 15 minutes drive. As well as it being a Blue Flag beach ideal for swimming there is also kite and wind surfing available.
  • The Roman city of Chichester is 20 minutes away and is famous for the Chichester Festival Theatre, Pallant House Art Gallery and Normal Cathedral with a separate freestanding medieval bell tower.
  • Goodwood Estate which is famous for horse racing and more recently motor racing with the Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival meetings is 25 minutes away. Goodwood House is one of the finest stately homes in the country.
  • The South Downs National Park is to the north of Chichester so easily accessible from the Crab & Lobster.
  • Chichester Harbour is only 15 minutes drive away. Boat trips around the harbour are available or go out for a day of fishing on a working boat with a local fisherman. Ask our staff for more details.
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The Crab & Lobster is also a Special Place to Eat & Drink

Pub Beautifully renovated inn, nr West Wittering and Bosham View more details


  • 4 Doubles
  • , 1 Cottage for 4
Price:(i) £175 to£360 per night

Singles £100-£120. Extra bed/sofabed available £30 per person per night.

Booking info:

Minimum two nights at weekends.


Bar meals from £6.50. Lunch from £11.95. Dinner, 3 courses, £35. Sunday lunch, 2 courses, £26.




Mill Lane, Sidlesham, Chichester, PO20 7NB, Sussex

Hotel 4 Double rooms
Price: (i) £ 175 to £ 205 per night
Hotel 1 Cottage, sleeping 4
Price: (i) £ 290 to £ 360 per night

Sam Bakose

Visit website Check availability

+44 (0)1243 641233 (landline)