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
We found this place on secret escapes, therefore we got a good deal compared to full price bookings. It was my birthday on the day we arrived, and our deal offered us welcome cocktails and small bites on arrival which didn’t materialise. We were shown to our room by a friendly woman who immediately Apologised for the blind being broken, and told us that it was to be fixed that day. It remained broken for the duration of our stay, which meant being woken early with the sun light each morning, and a lack of privacy. We were told that fresh milk would be left outside our door each morning but that didn’t happen either, until the morning of check out.
The bath was a beautiful copper tub, but very deep, with no step to ease access. Having mobility issues I had to be helped in and out of the bath, which gave us a giggle, but seriously, it would be impossible for some to use.
I feel this room may be kept for people that buy a deal, and although it was surface clean (the bedding was lovey and pristine) there were cobwebs and coffee stains on the walls, it just felt a little uncared for.
It’s a beautiful very old building and we enjoyed our stay. The breakfast was delicious and the pub/ restaurant are was meticulously clean.
We had ordered a cocktail on our first evening to celebrate my birthday, which was kindly taken off of our bill at checkout due to not being given them on arrival. Overall it’s a lovely place with friendly staff in a beautiful location, we are just glad we didn’t pay full price as we felt a little forgotten, or maybe that’s the reason we were?!
Popular with both locals and visitors to the area this is a great watering hole and feeding station with an easy atmosphere and some tasty food. the company in the bar was fun and everyone was welcoming and kind. I will be back to sample the steak next time!
New owners and being re-furbished, this hotel in an excellent position in the village of Storrington, just in the South Downs. Room comfortable and spacious, slept reasonably well although it was a warm night and unfortunately some cooking smells pervaded from the kitchen below. The owners are re-furbishing rooms and we thought the residents lounge/bar had furniture more akin to a restaurant and therefore the ambience was odd and it affected the atmosphere. I think they need to decide whether that lounge is a pub/bar style or a restaurant style. Breakfast choice was good and the food itself was excellent. Very good value too!!
Heating was off in our room and wouldn’t come back on so the room was freezing. Staff and manager not apologetic at all. The food was inedible. I am surprised we didn’t get ill. Worst value for money hotel I have ever stayed at. We left after one night and luckily got a room at the White Hart down the road which was absolutely lovely and half the price.
It is a wonderful pub/restaurant with great decor, nice staff and well worth a small premium.
My only recommendation would be to introduce some salads to the lunch menu as it was too hot today to eat anything cooked and hopefully will be for the rest of the summer .