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Black Horse Inn, Byworth

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This was our favourite pub of the day. Located in the small village of Byworth, this village pub had a pleasant little bar and a small dining area to the rear. The garden at the rear is very nice. It is terraced, with tables at the top and a large lawn at the bottom. From the top of the terrace, there are lovely views over the Sussex Downs. Beers on were Cottage Winston Churchill Ale, Andwell Gold Muddler, Flowerpots Best Bitter & Fullers London Pride. Cider was Old Rosie. Recommended if you ever visit Petworth or the surrounding area.
blue_scrumpy - 5 Oct 2013 16:03
Tried to get in here a few years ago but was closed - reopening has since occurred and it is a homely, cosy and unusual old pub that looks akin to a private dwelling. Thank the Lord it isn't. Friendly service from the bar staff, and locals were not visibly unhappy to see non-locals cross their threshold.

Ale-wise, Young's for the unadventurous I suppose. 2 from King, and Flower Potrs. Criminally, owing to popularity on Sat eve by Sun eve the latter had gone. Sadly the chap didn't advise he was about to replenish it so we went for Horsham Best and that was well passed its best! Bad luck I think. It won't prevent possible future appearances here, in what is truly a dreamy part of southern England. Oh, the Downs....
TWG - 29 Feb 2012 14:20
Superb country Inn, rather small, in a tucked away location. The pub is a three storey Georgian building probably built as a house. Four ales, two were from Wells Youngs, one from Flowerpots and a splendid pint of Hip Hop from Langham. A rustic feel about the place.A fairly uncomplicated menu that covers a wide range of pricing.If you want a quiet pub with a few locals talking like a script from Archers this is for you.9/10.
slerpy - 3 Oct 2011 18:00
Nice old pub in rural setting with friendly, efficient service and a good range of ales on offer. Recommended.
whosnext - 3 Sep 2011 21:10
Looked like a nice old country pub that might have a real cider, but had only the obnoxious chemofizz Thatchers Gold.
jgurney1 - 24 Jul 2011 15:04
What a cracking little pub....

full of locals when I visited plus dogs....nice rustic bar with restaurant type area to the rear...and a huge pub garden at the rear...if a walker, there's a public footpath at the rear, so you can't miss it..

3 real ales from what I could see - Langhams hip hop, Flowery Pots and can't remember the other...well kept and a nice drop..

Open all day too....recommended
d.franks - 27 May 2011 08:15
After spending the day touring the coastline, my husband, my dog and I were on the lookout for a traditional country pub to enjoy some delicious food. After stopping at a few spots on route from Worthing towards Petworth, the sign for The Black Horse Inn caught our eye, we are so pleased that it did!! The building is absolutely spectacular, with so many original features, uneven floors, bare wood and nooks and crannies. The sort of place that you'd get to dinner early on a warm winters night to get the best spot by the roaring fire. The garden is beautiful and enormous! Which meant kids on other tables could go and play and run around without causing bother to fellow diners.
The food was absolutely delicious, especially my stilton and garlic mushrooms, I'll be returning many times before that menu changes!
I could go on, all in all a fabulous experience, probably the best pub I've found in the South for all round great service, atmosphere and food! I'm hoping to celebrate my birthday there in the great function room late this year!
tmilliken - 25 Apr 2011 10:13
Slightly puzzled by Henners review - he was obviously a much travelled and thirsty chap on the 21st March, when he reviewed several pubs in the both the north and south of England!
imaregular - 23 Mar 2011 00:27
A good pub thats a bit restauranty, we had a fine meal and some ok beer, there were four ales on , Youngs and three local ales which were not perfectly conditioned when i went in, one was called Hip hop which tasted a bit like a poor mans Hophead, brewed by Langhams I think. Bar staff were very good in here.
Henners - 21 Mar 2011 20:23
After searching around for a decent pub in the Petworth area I think I've finally found it. Doesn't look much from the outside, but when you go in theres a real treat. Wood floor, old fashioned bar and proper barstools. This place is the genuine article. The day we went there was a huge log fire, and lots of people and dogs who had been shooting. Terrific atmosphere, and the choice of real beers was wonderful. We hadn't booked, but decided to stay and eat. The lovely young manageress showed us through to the cosy restaurant, where we had the most fantastic meal. The presentation was wonderful, and the quality of the food was out of this world. A definate return visit is planned soon.
reggieswain - 4 Feb 2011 17:29
I gave this pub a go for lunch and a pint, on the strength of the reviews here. It certainly merits the high marks; excellent food, friendly and efficient bar staff and, most importantly, really good beer.
The only slight niggle is the small car park.
stevebex - 28 Oct 2010 20:24
True to my word, I took Mrs X back for lunch. Again, a great friendly welcome, good ales and an excellent meal, tasty and well presented. Wet and windy outside, so we didn't want to leave and driving duties had to be delegated to Mrs X. A really pleasant afternoon and the new owners (and manager) have done a great job with the place.
exguvnor - 24 Aug 2010 09:47
Thoroughly enjoyed a brief visit. Good ale range, friendly welcome. Nice terraced bit out the back now. Menu looked very good, so will be returning soon for food. Well run. Is it me or do the best pubs have the worst car parks?
exguvnor - 29 Jul 2010 10:42
Wow, what a fantastic pub! Just popped in for a pint and a sandwich and recieved the warmest welcome from the Landlady I think I've ever have as a new face in a village pub! Ended up have 2 pints, Flower pots and Dark Star Hophead - both excellent. The ham and mustard baguette was possibly the best pub sandwich I've ever had too! I'm desperate to take the other half there to dine properly as the menu looks great and if I can persuade her to drive home, all the better! There were 4 real ales on offer at the time. Brilliant pub 10/10 just wish it was within walking distance.
peteyg - 12 Feb 2010 16:56
Great pub, this is one of my favourite pubs in South England.
When staying within twenty miles of this pub a visit is a MUST. You will not be disappointed.
Myskolive - 20 Sep 2009 10:26
Yes I must say it is great to see this gem of a pub back in the ownership of people who seem to do it just right. Dark Star beer was top notch and to see La Roche Sauvignon as a house wine says it all, keep up the good work.
barryq - 10 Aug 2009 16:20
The Black Horse has been through some troubled times over the last ten years, but has finally settled down under freehold ownership and Free House status. This stability is evident from the standard of business management: staff are welcoming, friendly and professional, the locals are affable and cheery, and the whole atmosphere is relaxed and warm.
The bar offers a good range of ales, from the standard London Pride to Flowerpots Bitter, Dark Star Hophead, and a regularly changing guest beer.
It is in the restaurant that the remarkable advances have been made. The kitchen is now in the capable hands of talented and inspired young chef Sam Baker, who is rapidly gaining recognition as an up and coming star to watch. The food offering is delicious across the board, and for this quality you really cannot complain at the prices, which compare extremely favourably with other local menus of a lesser standard.
I would personally recommend the Black Horse to anyone.
wornpick - 12 Jul 2009 12:06
If you can find this pub, don't be put off by the outside appearance - the building side is a little tatty. Inside it's a different story, it's a great traditional pub. No pretences here, no Pubco standard decor, just great beers and excellent food, a little pricey perhaps, but well worth the money. The staff (and locals) were friendIy too. I will be making the 40 miles round trip again to sample the other ales.
triumph - 15 May 2009 23:18
To find this "real" old fashioned country pub you will need sharp eyes and a good map. Set in a real country village the initial appearances are deceptive. Walk into the brick and woodbeam bar but don't trip on the ancient uneven wooden floor. Posh tablecloths and bright lights there are not, scrubbed antique tables are the order of the day. Good food, beers and wines and a warm welcome are waiting. The menu is varied, and a specials board is up for main courses and puds. Prices are at the upper end of pub meal range but worth every penny. Check out the web site for sample menus which are as good as thay sound. We went for lunch and rounded off the afternoon with a stroll round the village and footpaths.
Downsrider - 7 May 2009 21:02
What a delightful interesting pub, don't know about the food, but charming and peaceful, and a good pint of Flowerpots bitter, which was doubly good news because I thought that microbrewer had gone tits up.
nelly0164 - 10 Apr 2009 13:24

We've been going to this pub for the last 6 years, even though it's 15 miles away - because it was such a good find and the food was great quality and good value. It was the place we'd take friends if they were visiting, and was the osrt of place where the chef would take the sunday joint of beef off the menu if he wasn't satisfied with its quality.

However, last time we went we were disappointed - the food menu had become run of the mill and boring (scampi, sausage and mash, steak etc) and increased significantly in price. In the end, we decided not to eat there and went to another pub nearby. There was hardly a meal for less than 10 - a 15-20% increase on previous prices.

I don't know whether this is because it has changed hands recently and the new owners have reverted to the 'traditional food at restaurant prices' philosophy that so many pubs have now - but it was certainly a step down from the many previous occasions we'd eaten there.

The location, decor, garden and beer are still lovely - it's a stand-out pub in those respects, but I rerally hope the landlord looks agin at the food offer to tempt us back on a regular basis!
alexr2010 - 10 Aug 2008 12:06
This is just one of those pubs you feel lucky to have found, its off the beaten track in a wonderful old candlelit georgian (?)building with fantastic ales on tap and a restaurant out the back that just keeps things nice and simple and all very reasonable.
Barney1 - 1 Jun 2008 23:07
An absolute gem of a pub! Have been coming to this place on and off for a number of years and despite several changes in ownership, it has kept its character. Excellent roast beef lunch - one of the best I've eaten! A fine selection of well kept real ales, too. The previous review is spot on : you do .."leave this place with a sense of wellbeing and contentment."
GIS - 13 Jan 2008 00:41
A brilliant country pub hidden away in a charming little village, visit on a warm summer evening, sit in the stunning garden, absorb the tranquil views, finally decide on what you want eat, feast, give thanks to the landlord and leave with a sense of wellbeing and contentment.
Gibicon - 2 Feb 2007 21:11
Had a Sunday lunch here. Excellent roast and reasonable price. Taylor's Landlord was very good. Building looks a little odd (i.e., has character), inside and outside, being an ex-tannery. Staff were very friendly.
Psi - 27 Nov 2006 13:24
A great starting/finishing point for circular walks in the locality
Mark Thompson - 8 Sep 2004 16:07
A great little country pub, good for drinkers as it has a good range of beers, including Cheriton Pots. The dining room is very old-world and has an upstairs dining room looking out down a valley - very scenic. The Black Horse also has good food although I was told the pub is now under new management, and that the menu will become more varied and simply "better". We look forward to this!
Andy Hedges - 26 Jul 2004 09:43

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