Ben Wilkinson at The Pass
“Watch the kitchen team at work and enjoy extremely stylish modern cooking.” - AA Inspector
LOWER BEEDING, WEST SUSSEX
Our Inspector's view
New head chef Ben Wilkinson arrived at South Lodge in August 2022 and has been busy putting his stamp on things. This is a restaurant that takes the concept of the chef’s table to its ultimate conclusion – an intimate dining experience set in the kitchen itself (floor to ceiling glass walls keep the atmosphere relatively calm). Spot on modern cooking, seasonally directed and elegantly constructed, comes in the form of an eight-course tasting menu that might feature refined flavours of ajo blanco (white gazpacho) with prawn and grapes, beef cheek with truffle and hen of the woods, and superbly-timed turbot with winter chanterelles and white asparagus.
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Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 28
- On-site parking available
- Accessible toilets
- Closed: 1st 2 weeks January
- Wines over £30: 180
- Wines by the glass: 12
- Cuisine style: British, Japanese
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
Discover West Sussex
Divided from East Sussex back in 1888, West Sussex is so typically English that to walk through its landscape will feel like a walk through the whole country. Within its boundaries lies a wide variety of landscape and coastal scenery, but it is the spacious and open South Downs with which the county is most closely associated.
In terms of walking, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Studying the map reveals a multitude of routes – many of them to be found within the boundaries of the South Downs National Park – and an assortment of scenic long-distance trails leading towards distant horizons; all of them offer a perfect way to get to the heart of ‘Sussex by the sea,’ as it has long been known. If you enjoy cycling with the salty tang of the sea for company, try the ride between Chichester and West Wittering. You can vary the return journey by taking the Itchenor ferry to Bosham.
West Sussex is renowned for its many pretty towns, of course. Notably, there is Arundel, littered with period buildings and dominated by the castle, the family home of the Duke of Norfolk, that dates back nearly 1,000 years.
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