• Horse Gaurds

Horse Gaurds

Upperton Road


West Sussex

GU28 9AF

A jewel of the South Downs, this 18th century inn sits idyllically beside the medieval village church with rolling views down the Rother Valley. Inside its rambling interior is warmed by log fires, dogs are accommodated – and so are humans in cottagey bedrooms. Their cask ale choice stays loyal to Sussex – Harvey’s, Hammerpot and Langham – while a fine global wine list (15 by the glass) finds space for a sparkler called Nebula from the village’s own vineyard, Upperton. Soft, full and Pinot Noir led, Nebula makes a perfect aperitif as you consult the seasonally changing menus, often using foraged foodstuffs. One autumn menu featured Sea Snail, Chilli and Garlic LInguini (£7), followed by Blackdown Estate Roast Venison Rack, Boston Baked Beans, Savoy Cabbage (£16.50) with, from the pudding list, Lemon Polenta Cake, homemade Seville orange marmalade and crème fraiche for £6. Accomplished and eclectic modern cooking in a historic hostelry. Formerly called the Old Star, the pub gained its present name in the 1840s, when it was frequented by Horse Guards regiments billeted in nearby Petworth Park to guard French prisoners of war.

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