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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The four of us were celebrating an early Christmas. Three of us had three courses and all four of us went away stuffed. The baked Camembert was lovely as a starter. The beef burger was good thick succulent beef. The chocolate mousse was..... a chocolate fondant (this would have been well received on Master Chef as the centre certainly oozed. The staff were very pleasant and the live music was very fitting. Mein host is very personable and runs a good ship.
We stayed at this pub for one night on a Sunday. Arrived at bar to find a nice jazz band playing in the bar and a cosy wood burner with sofas. We were showed to our room which was in an out building. Room nice enough but starting to get a bit tatty so glad we only paid £75 for the night and not the normal price as it’s nice room comfortable enough with tea coffee and robes.
Bar staff were very friendly and helpful breakfast was lovely and overall good place to stay but wouldn’t pay over £100 a night
Warm, friendly, used by locals which is a good indication. Cooked food and sandwiches available at lunchtime. I've got into the habit of looking for the cleanliness rating sticker which is usually close to the front door. I couldn't find one showing here which I find worrying.
We had a room above the bar/restaurant at the front of the building - It was meant to be one of their luxury doubles.
Positives - the bed was huge and comfy, lovely roll top free standing bath in the en-suite. Great tea and coffee facilities provided too - fresh milk was left outside our door so in the morning we could make a cup of tea or coffee before going down for breakfast which was great.
Negatives - loads of flies in the bedroom and en-suite - i must have swatted about 15 during the one night we stayed and there were still more. One of the towels left for us had a bit of suspect brown stain on so we left that one and shared the other! The bedroom was also quite noisy - unavoidable really as it's an old building and we were directly above the bar. On a busy Saturday night the pub was noisy until about 12.30. Not too much of a problem for us but I could imagine it would be annoying for some.
The restaurant looks lovely, but we had a bit of a mixed bag foodwise. Great smoked trout starter followed by disappointing steak and pie mains. The wine was good though and a good price too. We didn't have dessert. After eating we moved through to the pub end of the restaurant which had a lovely log burner going, and we enjoyed a couple of drinks in the comfy chairs. The pub has a really nice ambience and you could happily spend an evening relaxing there.
Breakfast was a little disappointing too - the smoked salmon and trout was nothing special, same goes for the eggs Benedict. The coffee was good and there was a nice selection of croissants/toast if you wanted.
Overall it was an OK stay - the area is gorgeous and staff were able to recommend some good local walks. The pub is lovely for drinks especially after a cold wet walk in the South Downs. The room and food were just ok......
Originally clicked on £95/night via petspyjamas website to book a relaxing weekend away. Was called the next day to say no £95/night rooms left only "luxury suites" @£180/night but I could have a £25 discount so £355 for 2 nights. As it was a special treat I booked and paid for the package that I'd been 'SOLD'
Upon arrival we were rather underwhelmed by our "luxury suite" (rabbit) which was the area of a typical en-suite room but with sloping ceilings which made it feel very small. It also had no shower! (Nice bath but shower had been removed) We checked at reception that we had been given the room that we'd booked and if we could have one with a shower, but no luck all booked for a 'shoot' that weekend. Not wanting to spoil our weekend I put up with it. We had a great weekend the breakfast here is very good.
Upon checking out we were given an invoice for drinks, meals etc over the weekend which was fine but also showed accommodation paid @£190!! Exactly 2 X £95/night that I originally clicked on!!
I did call Petspyjamas to make my feelings clear but was told that it was an admin error and should have been £190/night.
The whole experience left me feeling ripped off!! We wouldn't have even got the bag of dog treats if we hadn't asked for it! Nice pub accommodation yes, but worth £190/night no not in my opinion.
Either whoever "SOLD" me the weekend got a really good commission or the dog treat bag was Very expensive.