“Clever, creative cooking in historic surrounds” - AA Inspector
HORSHAM, WEST SUSSEX
Our Inspector's view
The building, in the heart of old Horsham, may be 16th century, but chef-patron Tristan Mason's food is bang up-to-date. The first-floor dining room blends ancient and modern with panache, its striking beamed vaulted ceiling, wall timbers and oak floorboards sitting alongside sleek contemporary decor. As is often the way with this kind of innovative, creative, technically skilful cooking, menus make a virtue of conciseness, listing the components of each composition, but whether you go for three, four, six or eight courses, you can be sure that the full gamut of taste categories, textural contrasts and temperatures will be deployed. Clever stuff, then, but this isn't just about techno flim-flam; having trained with Marco Pierre White, Mason's ideas are solidly grounded in classic French technique. Fish and meat combinations are favoured, as in the crisp chicken wings and turbot that arrive beautifully cooked alongside trompette mushroom foam and jelly, and parsley root purée and crisps.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 34
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday to Monday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2.30
- Dinner served from: 6.30
- Dinner served until: 9
- Wines under £30: 13
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 22
- Cuisine style: Modern British, French
- 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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