The delightful castle hotel is idyllically set in the Sussex countryside, and boasts 900 years…
Built in 1736, this popular pub stands opposite the 11th-century parish church, one of whose features is a lepers' window from which the afflicted could watch mass. Head for the bar with its wood-burning stove, safe in the knowledge that Sussex-sourced real ales, soft drinks and even champagne are waiting. The menus are changed daily so there’s always something different to try. There’s bar snacks such as a hot smoked salmon and crème fraîche sandwich; starters of salt and pepper squid with chilli mayonnaise; and mains that include potato gnocchi with spinach and wild mushroom sauce; mussels in cream, garlic and white wine sauce; house beefburger in a brioche bun with chips; a naked burger with poached egg and salad, or a haloumi burger with guacamole, sweet peppers and sweet potato fries. Puddings and Sussex cheeses tempt too. Booking is advisable.
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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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