The Crabtree

“Good, seasonal food in the lovely Sussex countryside” - AA Inspector



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Visit the family-run Crabtree and you’ll be following in the footsteps of author and poet Hilaire Belloc who was often to be found here. The inn, originally built in 1539, is located in beautiful countryside which is where the pub sources the vast majority of its produce. Trusty local companies supply meat from high welfare farms and the daily caught fish and shellfish come via the harbour at nearby Shoreham. Start perhaps with confit duck and pear pastille, blackberry gel, apple crisp, followed by wild mushroom and leek tart, vermouth cream, truffle; or pan-fried monkfish, mussels, coriander, curry soup. The enticing dessert menu might include treacle tart, clotted cream and salted caramel.

The Crabtree
Brighton Road, LOWER BEEDING, RH13 6PT
Phone : 01403 892666


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Free Wifi
  • Coach parties accepted
  • Garden
Prices and payment
  • Main course from: £1
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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