The Horse Guards Inn

“South Downs National Park village dining pub” - AA Inspector



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This 350-year-old inn’s name recalls the day when Household Cavalry horses were rested in the parkland opposite. The tasteful interior features sagging beams, stripped floorboards, open fires (on one of which you can roast chestnuts), antique furnishings, fresh flowers and candles. The fine range of real ales includes nearby Langham brews, and the wine carte will satisfy a serious oenophile. The compact, seasonal menu often incorporates goodies from Sussex hedgerows and seashores. Begin with breaded cod tongues, aïoli, caper berries and lemon. Excellent steaks feature alongside main dishes such as Persian-style pork shoulder and potato curry, onion raita, kachumber salad and parsnip bhaji. Deckchairs, sheepskin-covered benches and even straw bales provide seating in the tree-shaded garden.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

AA Pick of the Pubs
The Horse Guards Inn
Phone : 01798 342332


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Free Wifi
  • Parking available
  • Garden
Prices and payment
  • Main course from: £1
Opening times
  • Closed: 2
  • 2

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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