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The White Horse - Pub in Sussex

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High Street, Chilgrove, PO18 9HX, Sussex
England, United Kingdom

Niki Burr
+44 (0)1243 519 444(landline)

Oxtail linguini, venison and mustard ragu, whole lemon sole, rhubarb and almond crumble... Eat in the secluded garden in summer

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Beautiful Sussex downland provides a backcloth to this very English inn close to Chichester. Long, low and whitewashed, it dates from 1768 and was once a staging post; now it's the perfect place for foodies and wine buffs to be fed and watered in style. The relaxing timbered bar and dining room combines contemporary-smart with traditional charm: blazing wood-burners, heritage hues, fat candles on scrubbed tables, rugs on upholstered benches. There are serious wines (flick through the 'Red Book') and a delicious monthly menu – fishfinger sandwiches, oxtail linguini, venison and mustard ragù, whole lemon sole, rhubarb and almond crumble. A secluded courtyard and spacious garden rooms blend rustic-chic with modern design, featuring steamer trunks, architectural four-poster beds, striking wall coverings, posh linen, sheepskin rugs and iconic retro furnishings. Bathrooms are swish; two have hot tubs on private patios. Glorious Goodwood draws the racing set, while stunning downland rambles radiate from the front door.

Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Handpumped ales
Pub serves four or more handpumped ales.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.

Local points of interest from Niki Burr:

Local points of interest from
Niki Burr:

  • For a true rambling adventure, we’re perfectly situated as a stopover for those walking along the South Downs Way.
  • Only a few minutes away lies the Goodwood Estate, where you can enjoy a day out golfing, motor racing, horse racing or taking part in their resident flying club.
  • The world-renowned Cowdray Polo Club, Chichester Festival Theatre, and both the Fishbourne Roman Palace and Weald and Downland Museums are also nearby, so you can spend the day immersing yourself in the best of Chichester’s cultural offerings.
  • We happily welcome both cyclist and walkers; ask our team about the best cycling and walking routes you can take from our doorstep.
  • For golfing enthusiasts there are plenty of options in addition to Goodwood, including West Sussex Golf Club.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
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"My wife and I had a very short but enjoyable stay at this individual inn in the South Downs. When we arrived there was a good Jazz band playing which was great to unwind to with a good choice of drinks, particularly as we had spent the day hiking. The room was good and the dinner was excellent in the evening. To be honest we have made a habit this year of weekend breaks using Sawdays Inn and this one did not disappoint. Thanks."


May 2015
"The room was fine, although there was no shower or milk for drinks. The food was extremely standard and neither the evening meal nor the breakfast was very tasty. All the food was cold. They seemed very understaffed. Despite having booked in for dinner it took an extra hour for us to be given a table and at breakfast we got forgotten for half an hour before our order was taken."


April 2014

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Light lunch from £5.50. Mains from £13.95


Open all day.


High Street, Chilgrove, PO18 9HX, Sussex


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