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Old House at Home, West Wittering

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Well John, how about posting an up to date review yourself so the rest of us can read about what it is like now?
ropey2 - 8 Dec 2016 17:27
It's nearly 2017 and this pub is still lumbered with sniveling reviews from 2014. About time 'Beer in The Evening' updated/removed what, by now are now irrelevant reviews.
johnaerial - 8 Dec 2016 08:56
Whilst on holiday I visited this pub three times, a warm, welcoming atmosphere, polite, friendly staff and absolutely lovely food. Service was brilliant and I would even consider the 50 mile journey on occasion. I haven't enjoyed food as good in a long time, would thoroughly recommend a visit.
VMinns - 11 Jul 2014 19:33
More of a restaurant with a bar than a proper pub, one large room for diners and a smaller room for drinkers that still had lot of tables for diners.

Fairly standard range of beer on offer which was reasonable quality but served a bit too clod for my taste.

did not try the food but it certainlky was doing a lot of food business.
beershot - 29 Jun 2012 16:28
Have not been to this pub for a while, so thought I would check it out. Well that was first mistake. The staff were miserable and un welcoming. The barman Ian with his comb me over hair, looked a disgrace and would look more at home mucking out horses.
The beer was pulled far to fast and after getting through the over sized head was poor and needed a barrel change.
If you want to end up being despressed and visit toilets that stink, then this is definitely the pub for you.
stephen_spears - 14 May 2012 21:01
A disappointing visit to this pretty and well fitted out pub. I have been visiting the Old House at Home for some years during the summer holiday period and have always enjoyed good food and beer. The new owners are clearly struggling to make a success. When my family and I arrived we were told that they were fully booked for food despite the pub being almost empty for most of the night. It appears that they are turning over chefs at a significant rate and this very night the latest one walked out mid-service. The food once it arrived, very very late, was of a good standard and they clearly have high quality produce being delivered. If the welcome by the gentleman of the house is anything to go by, then this is where the problem lies. Both he and the bar staff appeared out of their depth, even on a day when they were not busy. His awareness of his customers was poor and his front of house manner left much to be desired. The bar staff, who appeared to be Philippino, appeared equally lost and did not give the standard of service one would expect from a village pub. The London Pride was poured with the agitator too tight and came out like a pint of Guinness, requiring substantial settlement. They were unaware of what was causing the problem.

At no stage was any offer made following our very long wait for the table and when I complained at the end of the evening, he blamed the chef and said that he did not want to stress out the landlady.

Our experience was verging on a nomination for Ramsey's kitchen nightmares. Despite the food being good, the standard of service means that people will not go back. This pub has a significant passing trade and two campsites nearly on the doorstep. They need to make the best use of the summer months or these publicans will fail.
cyclogenesis - 5 Aug 2011 10:06
Went for the first time with my wife and two other friends on Sunday 15th May 2011, we arrived after a walk on the beach and a few minutes before they opened for food. We were greeted by a lovely South African man, who showed us into the bar and said we could have a drink in the sunshine in the large garden. We only came in for a drink and snack after our walk on the beach, but landed up staying for a Sunday Roast a few drinks and even shared a home-cooked chocolate brownie with the most amazing ice cream. Great pub with a restaurant vibe as well, clean and good friendly staff. Two thumbs up to the manager/owner. Would recommend.
matt_turner - 17 May 2011 10:51
Very friendly management and staff, alhough busy offering to make my kids a meal which was not on their menu. Highly recommended for their selection of wines and the dessert wine I had was lovely.
bathavon - 13 Aug 2010 16:34
I had a sandwich at last time after visiting the beach, although the establishement is clean and tidy, I thought the food was very overpriced, and the bread was not that fresh, I think it had been left out in the heat and the outer edges had gone hard.
I would not go back, you can get a better sandwich at the happy shopper down the road.
1nicola1 - 30 Jun 2010 09:20
After a walk along the coast thought I would pop in for a lunchtime pint and a ploughmans. I found food was expensive but gave it a go anyway. No effort was made with the ploughmans with bread straight from a sliced loaf from the supermarket. The small portions of cheese were again from a slab from the supermarket. Appalling value for money - won't be returning.
mander - 24 Jun 2010 14:13
Fantastic food, helpful, cheerful staff, and the recently refurbished bars and restaurant all combines to create a very comfortable venue to spend a most enjoyable evening
The freshly caught local sea bream was served with artichokes, potatoes and chard accompanied by a lovely sauce. To follow I had a fab chocolate brownie and a dollop of vanilla ice cream covered with chocolate sauce. A glass of Chilean Merlot Sauvignon completed a delicious dinner.
I will be back....with my friends!!
Thank you Parker family and all members of staff.
thehappyshopper - 1 May 2010 22:01
Excellent food with a great beer garden for the kids. Nice friendly service, would recommend to anyone when visiting the area.
Lovelybubbly - 30 Apr 2010 17:33
Came down for weekend and was delighted the pub has changed hands, staff were friendly, food was good and really well kept ales. Keep up the good work.

Will be back soon
sparky06736 - 24 Apr 2010 17:22
We have lived here for over 10 years and at last we have a local that we want to go to! Always a warm welcome, good beers and wines and excellent fresh food reasonably priced. The new owners have transformed the place and the loyalty card brings drinks to the cheapest prices around. Highly recommend this pub.
simonpr - 27 Mar 2010 14:55
I have also not been paid by Ian Parker so suppliers beware. But I did get a free meal which was awfull. After waiting an hour for starters, and receiving a warm beer we were off to a bad start. The land lady Celia was so fat she had a job to get to our table, slammed the food down and walked off.

My firt impressions was very poor, and my last impression was very poor.
stephen_spears - 11 Feb 2010 15:11
made the mistake of working for these new owners. don't be fooled, they are all talk. just had to write to warn everyone else, don't waste your money there. its a wannabe "posh" eatery, but the food is appalling. they found the most patronising "manager" to run the place becasue they have no idea how to. they went in with the mindset that a new carpet and some paint on the walls was going to make them famous. the food is slow and almost inedible. the portions wouldn't feed a baby. the beer is ridiculously over-priced and the wine is warm. miss terry and stella's presence, they knew how to run a business and keep customers happy. should give a few tips to the new owners.
william_wigginton - 16 Oct 2009 18:56
Great improvement since our last visit. Now nice, bright surroundings. Excellent food which was beautifully presented and a warm, friendly reception.
johnwhitney - 3 Sep 2009 18:19
Great news that new management are in place ..this has the potential to be a first class pub... good luck to you both..we look forward to visiting soon
richdick1960 - 17 Jun 2009 21:49
Good news, the Old House at Home was purchased on Friday 5th June by a local couple Ian and Celia Parker. It will be closed for a 2-3 week period while we bring it up to our standard and fit a new Kitchen. Food will be freshly cooked in house and the menus will change almost on a daily basis as the seasons change. I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of you that have tried the pub in the past and would like to give it a second chance. Any comments and feedback will be greatly received. Ian & Celia
ian_parker - 11 Jun 2009 22:12
Stopped for a drink after spending a scorching day at the beach yesterday - Sunday 24th May.
Used the lavatory only to observe a cooking staff walk out without washing his hands after using the urinal. Naturally I didnt stay beyond that one drink! There might be nice things to say about this pub but I am not prepared to as not washing your hands when preparing food is UNFORGIVEABLE!!!!!
To the management, if you have any interest in doing something about your disgusting staff habit, he was dark haired with it styled into spikes.
andy_acacia2 - 25 May 2009 09:24
No surprise to read below that this pub is now serving dog for lunch. It can't fail to be an improvement on its previous burnt offerings and past-sell-by-date fish dishes!!!
chalkywhite - 11 Aug 2008 15:03
No complaints. The pub accomodated 4 of us plus 2 small dogs for lunch, and two of our party plus their dog for dinner. Food was especially good in the evening. The landlady was efficient rather than bossy with her staff and certainly not rude to us.
jsp - 21 Apr 2008 15:52
The pub is owned by Punch Taverns and leased for 15 years to, in our view, the most unpleasant managers you could ever meet. Sadly the lease doesn't run out until 2020.

The pub's reputation is dire and it is avoided by most of the locals. We gave it the benefit of the doubt five times, every occasion vowing never to return lol.
One of the best features in the restaurant is the smell from the toilets if you are unfortunate to be sat near them.
If there is a problem the landlady is usually inflexible. The pub is currently full of notices telling customers what they can't do. One of her ex-staff described her as the rudest person she had ever met. The staff are often OZ/NZ who stay a short time before moving on.

Avoid avoid avoid avoid avoid avoid avoid avoidavoid avoid avoid
westwitteringresident - 19 Apr 2008 20:13
Once again the pub staff come in as anonymous and only 10mins apart mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm possibly 2/10s a bit high!!
giveusabeer - 5 Oct 2007 17:34
We visited this pub a few months back and it was poor but I notice my review has been deleted ! I also notice other less than complimentary reviews are no longer visible !! Message to the BITE team as follows; This pub is not good value for money quite irrespective of anonymous reviews.
Biker - 4 Oct 2007 10:45
What a lovely pub, we went there on Wednesday evening and the atmosphere was just lovely, could have sat in the restaurant for hours drinking their fine wines! The meal we had was faultless, my fish was cooked to perfection and my husband was also praising his meal which is quite an achievement as he is very picky with restaurants! All in all very pleased and money well spent.
anonymous - 30 Mar 2007 09:38
Must recommend their sunday roast - gravy was to die for! Staff were very welcoming and friendly, will definiately be going back to try one of their specials which all sounded rather delicious.
anonymous - 30 Mar 2007 09:27
I must have visited at a good time judging by some of the other comments. Found the staff to be friendly and efficient and allowed us to sample the wines before actually buying a glass or bottle, not many pubs allow this. Booked an evening meal for myself and two companions and enjoyed every bit of it. Liver and bacon was plentifull and the stilton stuffed chicken breast was tasty and moist, all washed down with a very nice wine. Only one bad thing about this pub is that they allow children in the saloon bar, what happened to the days of not allowing children in the bar especially if you have a large garden area with swings, which this pub has. Change the rules because you will be driving away paying customers who want a beer without the high pitched screech of kids having a hyper due to too much Coca Cola.
lucy75 - 14 Aug 2006 15:43
Fish and Chips? BATTER & chips more like, finally arrived 40 mins later. When we commented on the lack of fish (@9.95)we were told,by the surly and disinterested landlady,it was a best seller. Can only assume, like us, people only go there the once! A memorable evening for all the wrong reasons
cement - 12 Aug 2006 09:58
Horrible pub, miserable staff, food poor and took ages to arrive, will not be returning.
Dave_ESB - 9 Aug 2006 22:02
our third year of trying this pub and it just gets worse by the visit.. we own a holiday home in the area and this pub is around the halfway mark on a favourite and regular lunchtime/evening stroll..the bar service is terrible..if there are more than 2 people in front of you you are in for a very long wait to be served by one of the robotic aussie/nz bar staff ( though to be fair on a recent busy sunday there was just one guy serving at the bar and doing the food orders)..service is terribly slow and unwelcoming and favours the local half pint a session well to do local mob..i cannot comment on the food as we havent had the time to spend more than a couple of hours there on recent visits!! AVOID!! by all accounts the lamb down the road is a lot more welcoming...
richdick1960 - 9 Aug 2006 21:09
This pub is dreadful.
I sent back my order of skate wings because they had a strong smell of ammonia. Rather than just apologise and offer an alternative, I was told by the waitress that skate wings often smell of ammonia and that it depends which waters they are caught in. Funny that - as a regular eater of skate, I have never experienced this before!
Anyway, to cut a long story short, we eventually established that I would have an alternative. During the half an hour I was waiting for this to be cooked, my appetite started to diminish so I asked another of the waitresses to cancel my order. She made it abundantly clear that she wasn't very happy about this and when she eventually returned from the kitchen she told me that the chef had said that as my food was almost ready I would be charged for it.

A few things that strike me about my experience there:

a) As soon as I had sent my skate back, it was scrubbed off the specials board. I can only assume from this that they had accepted that it was off afterall.
b) I would have thought that they should be offering a free alternative (and maybe even throw in a couple of drinks) if food is sent back for clearly being off
c) The staff just don't know how to deal with people. They handled this very badly and tried to make me feel guilty for their mistake. This doesn't just apply to the restaurant staff - the bar staff are also incredibly miserable.


Nicolahill - 12 Jul 2006 11:32
This pub is truly awful. Every time it gets taken over the locals cry out for a decent landlord but, instead, they just get worse. Now customers have the dubious pleasure of sitting in the cold, smokey, "sports bar", served by surly staff (who seemingly can't wait to get out of the place)underneath lights so bright it's a bit like being in McDonald's. The door to the "good" bar on the other side is now locked at 10 o'clock because it's been turned into a restaurant. The owners really need to get the atmosphere right and to teach the staff to smile.
ameyandrews@yahoo.co.uk - 10 Aug 2005 19:22

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