The White Horse
What We Love
- A sumptuous country inn on the edge of the South Downs, with breakfast and moreRelaxing in the friendly local pub with an equally local ale
- Sampling some of the fine local produce on The White Horse's varied menu
- Staying in a prestigious Epicurean Collection country inn
What To Know
- Walls are very thin – a problem if your neighbors are night owls or particularly loud
- Stag rooms have a private courtyard and hot tub
- Free WiFi works best in the reception and bar area
Featuring its own helicopter landing site and chic designer cabins, The White Horse in Chilgrove, West Sussex, takes its place at the luxurious end of the country-inns spectrum. This boutique inn offers an equally warm welcome to its visitors who’ve come from far and wide as it does to its friendly local regulars. The White Horse’s dedication to championing Britain’s rich culture, heritage and natural beauty has led to its inclusion in The Epicurean Collection.
Not forgetting its village roots and with a GQ Food & Drink Award for “Best Pub” and a Harpers award for the Best Drinks Offer in a Pub under its belt, the homely watering hole offers the perfect stop off for walkers and cyclists who fancy a pint of real ale or a coffee and cake on the pub benches, which dot the green out front. The AA Rosette-awarded restaurant prides itself on its “forest-to-fork” ingredients. Expect to dine on a menu of South Downs lamb, field mushrooms and pork tenderloin, plus plenty of seafood options and pub classics, all washed down with an equally impressive wine selection.
Rooms come with or without hot tubs and copper baths and feature a selection of Bramley bathroom amenities, alongside a private courtyard boasting spectacular South Downs views. Wrap yourself in four-poster sheepskin, wool and Egyptian cotton luxury, surrounded by elegantly rustic furnishings. After a sound night’s sleep in your relaxing room, wake up to a delicious full English to recharge your batteries before venturing out for some fresh South Downs air.
The White Horse Inn has recently won three more awards, and was crowned “Part of the Pub Group of the Year” by The Good Pub Guide, the “South East Winner” at The Good Shoot Hotel Awards 2015 and was named runner up for the “Funkiest B&B of the year 2016” by the AA.
How to Get There
A short break with our dog was really good. The staff, hotel and surroundings are very dog friendly with off-lead walks directly from the premises. The room (pigeon) had a comfortable bed for us, and a dog bed and bowl for our pet. Remember to take slippers, as the laminate flooring can be chilly, but the room was warm with tea/coffee choices and mini bottles of milk on the doorstep. Everyone that we came in contact with were friendly and efficient and we would love to return sometime.
We made up a small party for a biannual pub lunch. Returning to this pub after an interval of several years we were hopeful and the friendly welcome boded well. Unfortunately the food was uninspiring and the bill came to £35 per head without wine. The pub was quiet and the kitchen hardly under pressure so no obvious excuses unless it was the Chef’s day off - but that isn’t good enough. Great wine cellar next door at Four Walls so every reason to visit again to see if the value for money has improved.
We had a lovely 3 night stay at The White Horse. We have a nervous Labrador who can be unsure of people to begin with and everyone was really accommodating and friendly. Lots of great walks to do that start at the pub but also lots around nearby too. We stayed in Pheasant room which was really comfortable and spacious. We ate in the pub each night- fantastic menu and food was delicious! Thank you very much for a wonderful break.