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.
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We recently visited to celebrate my birthday and had a lovely stay, albeit with some hiccups along the way.
The pub is superb. Amazingly warm vibe, overflowing with charm and friendly staff to greet you. The food is up there with the best in the country for any pub - as you'll be able to read about on many reviews - the is clearly a reason why it's won the accolades it has.
To my girlfriend's annoyance, the staff failed to deliver on the promise of a birthday message (assumedly in the dessert) or acknowledge it for our meal, despite her asking twice prior to us sitting, so I'm told. But these things happen.
We stayed in the hot tub room, which appeared lovely. However, the heating has no controls on the room, despite a manual in the room telling you about how you should be able to control a none existent thermostat. It's was boiling in the room on a balmy day, so we flagged this as we sat down to dinner to ensure there was time to sort it. But it couldn't be - evidently the rooms' heating is connected to the main building - which must have needed 30 degree heat all night. A huge issue as it meant sweltering all night, with no fans available for our room and having to wait until gone midnight to turn the heating off.
Additionally, the toilet controls were dodgy and the shower didn't drain quickly enough to stay in it longer than 3 minutes. Not what you'd expect for such a premium rate for a night's stay.
The hottub was amazing though and the location beautiful - shame it's quite as close to the main road as it is though! Thankfully there is nothing else around. You can admire the Porsches as they race through.
Overall, we didn't get much sleep which is a fundamental requirement for such a stay, which is down to a design flaw which can't be overridden. The landlord recognised this in the fact we were offered a discount for the day due to the problem which was very kind. Might be nicer in the middle of winter.
Others might be better to just go to the pub for the food/ambience and stay elsewhere...
Spent night in White horse ,lovely location,helpful staff good food outstanding wine list .The rooms are contemporary and very pleasant although would be excellent if attention give to maintenance ( radiator cover hanging off wall ,electric heater didn’t work shower grout needed replacing shower based cracked) .
Very welcoming Landlord and staff, top class accomodation to stay at, copper bath in bathroom and king size bed was fantastic! Food excellent and all staff hardworking / professional! Thank you! Will visit again!
We had 2 rooms for 2 nights at the White Horse. The bedrooms were very comfortable with very comfortable beds and all were en suite. We didn't spend a great deal of time in them as the pub with open fire was a very attractive prospect. We ate at the White Horse both evenings and were very happy with the quality of the food and the very friendly and competent staff.
Had an excellent 3 night break very dog friendly excellent food staff very friendly and views over Surry hills beautiful this was our second time her and we love it our little dog was treated really well with a bed and bowls