The Cat Inn
“Village hospitality at its best” - AA Inspector
WEST HOATHLY, WEST SUSSEX
A 16th-century tile-hung pub in a great walking area, set high on the Sussex Weald close to the Ashdown Forest. In the old bar you’ll find two inglenook fireplaces, oak beams, fine panelling and wooden floors, and the sort of buzzy atmosphere village pubs are so good at generating. Local breweries in Groombridge (Black Cat), Litlington (Long Man), Lewes (Harvey’s) and Chiddingstone (Larkins) deliver the excellent beers. The well-lit dining rooms are furnished with wooden dining chairs and tables on pale wood-strip flooring, while hops, china platters and brass and copper ornaments decorate the walls in homely style. Glass doors from the contemporary garden room open onto a terrace. The menu tempts with an excellent choice of English or cosmopolitan flavours. Starters, for example, include a curried lamb Scotch egg, mango and butternut squash chutney, coriander and red onion salad; or harissa and dill mussels with beer bread. Follow on with something like the wild skate wing, crushed potatoes, broccoli and caper butter. Youngsters over seven are welcome.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Main course from: £11
- Open all year
- Wide selection of Ales
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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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