The Fountain Inn
“Traditional village pub with some famous customers” - AA Inspector
ASHURST, WEST SUSSEX
Paul McCartney loved this 16th-century listed building so much he filmed part of the video for Wonderful Christmas Time here. Actor Laurence Olivier was also once a regular at this lovely pub with terrace views of the South Downs and the village duck pond. Wonky floorboards and inglenook fireplaces provide plenty of character, with local beers from Harvey's accompanying food that attracts walkers, cyclists and locals alike. At lunchtime there are light bites, but at lunch or dinner you could opt for Sussex pork belly fingers with apple purée, followed by pan-seared duck breast, fondant potato, Savoy cabbage, spinach and orange jus. Look out for live music events.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Open all year
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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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