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
Extremely angry and disappointed by the attitude of the Management of this pub.
A couple of months ago we had booked the large banqueting room for my wife's 60th Birthday.
Having previously eaten at the white horse and being impressed with the food and service and the décor of the large banqueting room my daughter and I booked it at the beginning of the year to surprise my wife.
My elderly in-laws children and grandkids + a number of special guest travelled from across the country to attend this special occasion.
On arrival you can imaging our surprise when my daughter who had arranged and booked the evening was told there had been a mistake someone else had booked it and told quite rudely you can sit on these 3 tables as they were the only other option .
to be honest we were all taken aback about the non caring rude attitude from who we understood afterwards was the manageress- ( maybe a course in customer service is warranted here).-
Unfortunately having young kids and elderly tired in-laws who have travelled along way we had no other option to take the 3 separate tables which meant we had to eat separately . To make matters worse my daughter has written twice now to the manager/landlord of tis establishment without an reply to date not even an apology for the rudeness of the manageress and the fact they ruined a special occasion for my family. Im sure the attitude of the manager is oh well only one customer the rest of the reviews are ok so who cares but this is one family that wont be coming back for your rudeness.
Footnote- the local bar man and local waitress where extremely good and from what my daughter told me really tried to recover the evening for us pity the manageress doesn't follow their example and learn some Manners
Amazing food , brilliant service . Hands down one of the best main courses I’ve ever had . The pork belly and colcannon was flawless .
Ended up eating all three courses after saying that I didn’t think I’d be able to finish my main .
Testament to how good the food was . Will definitely be back in the near future .
We were surprised to find fine dining in the idle of nowhere! Chilgrove is barely a village and is in the midst of the Sussex villages known as the Octagon with a number of beautiful 13th century churches to visit and green fields all around on the South Downs. The food was excellent and different with a range of unusual sauces and locally sourced asparagus etc. A little pricey but about normal for the region in a 4 star restaurant. An ideal base for walking in the Downs and walkers are welcome with free maps etc. We didn't use the hotel facilities but the restaurant was spotless and there is a disabled toilet.
My wife and I only came for lunch. W are not big eaters and decided just to have a starter. The quality was excellent but the serving was small and expensive for what we had. Just bear that in mind when you go.
We booked the Stag room with hot tub for my birthday treat. Our visit, as usual did not disappoint. Great welcome,food,staff and spotlessly clean as always. It’s our favourite place - so much so we hope to get married here next year 😁👍