After a visit to Petworth House, head to the sleepy village of Tillington and this pub on the park’s western edge. The lovely All Hallows church with its unusual spire is opposite and views sweep towards the South Downs from the leafy garden; a sunny spot for lunch or an evening gin and tonic.
Inside there’s a series of rambling rooms furnished with quirky pieces, fresh flowers, wonky beams and old pine tables in front of log fires. Sam and Misha love this pub: they’ve created a real community feel and their passion is reflected in their championing of local producers and imaginative menus, including veg from their patch and good stuff foraged from the local hedgerows. Bread is baked daily and they sell eggs from their own chickens – the closest shop is in nearby Petworth (a mile’s walk along the park).
Each of the three bedrooms is characterful with a sleek bathroom. Two are upstairs in the pub, one is in an adjacent ‘one-up, one-down’ cottage. Wake to a breakfast feast.