The Bridge Inn
“Halfway along the South Downs Way”
AMBERLEY, WEST SUSSEX
Next to this charming period pub is Houghton Bridge over the River Arun, while across the road is the fascinating Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, once a busy chalk quarry. The pub has a long association with the museum's industrial heritage theme, since quarrymen and limekiln workers once slaked their thirsts here. Attracting people to the pub today are its candlelit bar's log fires, real ales from Harvey's brewery in Lewes and Long Man in Litlington, the sheltered garden with views of the South Downs countryside, and the extensive menu. This offers a broad range of dishes, among which you can expect prawn and crayfish cocktail; steak and kidney suet pudding; pan-fried sea bass with samphire and pea risotto; and Tunisian shakshouka, a spiced tomato, pepper and shallot stew. Vegetarians will find options too. Traditional roasts on Sundays usually include beef and pork, and sometimes a chicken or lamb dish. Before coffee, maybe order strawberry, basil and lime cheesecake with a gingernut base. Sandwiches, filled ciabattas and ploughman's lunches are available Monday to Saturday lunchtimes, and ploughman's all day Sunday. In addition to the South Downs Way, there are riverside and other downland walks right on the doorstep.
Facilities – at a glance
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Open all year
- Wide selection of wines by the glass
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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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