The Crown Inn

“Local ales and just about everything is home made”



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The Crown Inn is a free house owned and run by Penny and James Middleton-Burn. Nicely positioned opposite the village green, the pub has an excellent reputation for home-made and seasonal food, together with well-kept ales: a house brew by Long Man is supported by others from the likes of Hammerpot and Kissingate. Chef James and his team make nearly everything from scratch, from soups, pâtés and home-ground steak burgers to puddings, ice creams and sorbets. Hard to resist is the hand-crafted steak, kidney and local ale pie; or look to the daily specials board for dishes such as king scallops, parsnip purée, bacon crumbs and chilli oil or carrot and kale flatbread wrap.

The Crown Inn
Worthing Road, DIAL POST, RH13 8NH


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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