The Countryman Inn

“A real old fashioned, traditional pub that ticks all the boxes” - AA Inspector



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Alan Vaughan and his family, having run this traditional rural free house for around 30 years, certainly know a thing or two about pleasing their customers. Surrounding the inn is the Knepp Castle Estate, 3,500 acres devoted to nature conservation through regeneration and restoration projects. In the pub’s log fire-warmed bar, you’ll find cask-conditioned beers from Sussex-brewed Harvey’s, as well as ales from smaller microbreweries such as Hurst and Greyhound. Making their way to the kitchen are fish landed at Shoreham and Newhaven, the two closest ports; free-range meats from local farms; game from the Knepp Estate; vegetables and salads grown in the pub’s own half-acre garden; and, through a ‘swop shop’ arrangement with villagers, unusual ingredients such as quince, kohlrabi or romanesco. Surplus garden produce can be purchased in the bar. Children are welcome in the restaurant at lunchtimes only, although the inn doesn’t have a separate play area or family dining room. In the garden, weather permitting, an open-air kitchen serves grills, ploughman’s and other snacks. In the pub’s own farm shop you can buy free-range eggs and home-made preserves, pickles and relishes.

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AA Pick of the Pubs
The Countryman Inn
Countryman Lane,SHIPLEY,RH13 8PZ
Phone : 01403 741383


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Free Wifi
  • Parking available
  • Garden
Opening times
  • Open all year

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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