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The Only Running Footman, Mayfair

Not a good pub for beer - mainly a restaurant with a small bar area. Having said that it was packed and luckily for a September evening, the weather was good so the crowd spilled out onto the pavement. Limited selection of ales and only one was on. Not rushing back.

14 Oct 2015 00:37

The Duke of Cambridge, Tilford

Friendly pub - got to agree with pkrp - popped in for a couple of pints of Red Mist; friendly and more pub-like (in a good way) than it looks from the outside.

9 Feb 2015 15:42

The Fox and Goose, Greywell

Where have all the review(er)s on this site gone??
This pub is still very welcoming, were with a party of 11 - after a beautiful walk along the canal and over the Downs. I had the Fox and Goose Ale - not sure which brewery (Ringwood?) 3.6% but very acceptable. Doom Bar and Courage Directors also on tap. Food excellent and reasonably priced - great way to finish the walk.

9 Feb 2015 15:32

The Royal Oak, Wineham

A charming if basic pub - good beer and simple, quality food. Its better on the inside than its outward appearance might suggest.

20 Jan 2015 15:59

The Hare and Hounds, Stoughton

Excellent pub - good selection of beers: Flacks and Hophead are two that I can remember. Busy on a Sunday (its a very good area for walking) but friendly service and good food. Its apparently dog friendly in one section of the bar.

20 Jan 2015 15:41

The Lickfold Inn, Petworth

Watch this space - it's scheduled to re-open as a pub, after extensive building work. Should be interesting and I hope it lives up to all the activity that's been going on.

18 Aug 2014 13:17

The Counting House, Bank

One of the better examples of a Fullers' Ale and Pie house. Tend to visit on a regular basis and the food is usually excellent - the pies contain good quality ingrediants and the food is well cooked - the beef salad was surpringly good, and reasonavbly priced. The Pride and Chiswick are well kept and whilst I agree that short measures are not unknown, I've experienced worse in most other London pubs......

8 Sep 2013 18:27

Horse Guards Inn, Petworth

Still probably our favourite pub/restaurant in the area - food is always excellent but they still serve very short measures of their expensive, well kept, Harvey's bitter.

25 Jul 2013 11:21

The Rising Sun, Milland

Excellent pub - doesn't have the oldie world charm of a lot of nearby establishments - but beer, food and service is first class. Normal Fullers range, well kept plus guest ales. We have been here for a 'Valentine special' meal for two as well as with a group of 14 for Sunday lunch - which was well cooked and reasonably priced.

17 Apr 2013 09:05

The Sir Roger Titchbourne, Alfold Bars

Visited pub on Sunday with a group of walkers. I wasn't walking so got there an hour earlier - very friendly, knowledgeable staff – and had some well kept Tillingbourne Black Troll at a table outside – slightly unusual initial flavour but certainly grew on me. Later was offered a taste of the Dark Star Green Hopped IPA, which at 6.5% is a little strong for lunch time and driving; it was, however, delicious. We were in the new restaurant side – clean, bright but certainly not plastic-y. Now ‘cold and clinical’ is a tricky one – it was a sunny day, the restaurant was full of pleasant diners and I was with a group of friends so no, it wasn’t for me.
Our parties’ meal choices were universally excellent. Two courses and (quite a bit of alcohol) came in at £29 a head including service which I guess isn’t cheap, but it’s a (good) restaurant. Economics often force good country pubs down that route.

15 Oct 2012 12:40

The Royal Oak, Blisworth

Article in Private Eye (Issue 1301 - Nov 2011) "Sinking of the Royal Oak", suggests dear old Enterpise Inns made it impossible for Elliotts, the (possibly naive) landlords, to make a living when they bought the lease for £70k in 2008: rent was £48k per year - beer and cider prices sky high and turnover much lower. No idea if current landlords are suffering under the same system. Lets hope that the promised Select Committee can bring some sense to the industry.

14 Jan 2012 14:39

The Thomas Lord, West Meon

Went there with a large group for Sunday lunch. All the main courses were between £13 and £20 plus 12.5% service and there really weren't any suitable light lunchs on offer. I had the beef which (with vegetables, Yorkshires, etc) was excellent but the lamb was disappointing, which at £19 is unacceptable. Has definitely positioned itself as an upmarket (as in expensive/pretentious(?)) gastropub which was not what we were looking for. Bowman's Swift One was good and there was also Wallops Wood, which I didn't try.

11 Jan 2012 12:15

The Hollist Arms, Lodsworth

Gave what had been my favourite local another go. The beer is still well kept - Langham's Hip Hop amongst others, but the overall experience was disappointing. Even though the the pub was virtually empty we waited a long time for decidely average food (new waitress who mixed up our starters with the main course; but the manager was just chatting to a group of noisy customers, so wasn't really her fault). Will not be rushing back.

5 Jan 2012 14:11

The Hawkley Inn, Hawkley

I never visitied it in the 'old' days but its certainly a great pub at the moment - and my friend, who happens to be a regular, assures me that it has returned to former glories. Excellent choice of well kept beers on offer including Ringwood's Forty-niner and Hophead from Dark Star in Sussex.

5 Jan 2012 13:49

Yew Tree, Clifford's Mesne

Excellent, friendly pub – visited early evening, Tuesday in December so very quiet – wife’s birthday meal, meeting daughter who’s based in Gloucester. Food quality and selection very good and reasonably priced – home bred pork sausages, venison, etc. Added bonus was that they have a wine shop on the premises so you can buy your (basically French, from smaller producers) wine there and just pay a £6 corkage. We were primarily there for the meal, but there were various real ales - I had a very agreeable Sharp’s Doom Bar.

5 Jan 2012 13:26

Fox Inn, Ansty

One of the best carveries that I have come across – four excellent joints of different meats plus an enormous selection of well cooked vegetables. We had booked a table on Sunday for 8, but unfortunately due to 3 staff being off sick there was quite a delay in getting seated. Not really the pubs fault, and it was impressive that the staff retained their cheerfulness even though they were running around like….... The Badger was as reliable as ever.

29 Mar 2011 17:56

Five Bells, Buriton

A good village pub ideally situated in a great walking area. We went last Sunday, when the low beamed 17th Century area was crowded, so shown to an interesting, spacious function room - unfortunately heating on just put on so really cold. Staff very friendly but variable - various screw ups on drinks order - white wine and lemonade is not really a spritzer. Beers included well kept Badger and Pickled Partridge - food was good, mainly Sunday roasts but also lasagna and a seafood salad. I'd definitely return.

26 Nov 2010 01:39

The Ship Inn, Kingswear

Amazed that this hasn't been reviewed before. Very friendly landlord - Colin (and Heather) interesting selection of beers available - Otter Ale seemed to be very popular with my companions - wasn't quite to my taste but the Youngs Bitter did the trick. Following night they had Castle Rock's award winning Harvest Pale which was excellent. We had a great meal there, which included some interesting dishes at reasonable prices - good wine list. An excellent, unpretentious 'local'.

4 Oct 2010 15:35

The Vintry, Cannon Street

One of Fuller's upmarket restaurant pubs. Very good Pride (and Malbec....) Friendly staff, excellent cheeseburgers, but this is the City so too expensive for regular luchtime visits. Now my local, so far too convenient.

30 Sep 2010 14:35

The Bell, Cannon Street

Small pub, full of blokes, good beer - Landord, Harvey's and various guest beers - however, surprisingly badly poured - always short measures - overall experience slightly depressing.

30 Sep 2010 12:51

The Noahs Ark Inn, Lurgashall

Went for a birthday celebration and was very impressed - good food, friendly service and well kept IPA. Perhaps a little pricey at £34 per head but that's West Sussex for you.

11 Sep 2010 23:50

The Hollist Arms, Lodsworth

What a disappointment - went in Saturday night and food (and service), quite frankly, was poor - is virtually uncooked garlic cloves in an otherwise fine sea bass normal? Unfortunately the landlord, George, was not there and the assistant manager seemed to be distracted (and kept on referring to me as 'sweetheart' - which I found strangely irritating.) Service was slow considering it wasn't very full and the large number of staff (who seemed hopelessly inexperienced). However there was a bright spot (for me) in that the Hip-Hop and the Horsham Bitters were very good.

24 May 2010 12:46

Selborne Arms, Selborne

Visited here on Sunday following a walk in the superb local countryside. Roast beef still as good as 13th Dec (and plenty of vegetables), plus the other choices in our party of 8 looked very appetising - including roast duck and imaginative ploughmans . I didn't get further than the real ales: Old Dick and Flower Pot ,both very well kept.

12 Apr 2010 14:26

The Red Lion, Fernhurst

Large group of us went for a walk from the pub on Sunday and returned 3 hours later for lunch. Very friendly, excellent London Pride, and had just put on Bengal(?) Lancer, an IPA that friends assured me was very good. Good range of tasty, well priced food. A jobsworth gave us a hard time about parking in the 'Private' (but no obvious signs) adjacent village hall car park - but relented when we said we were eating in the pub later - landlady pays a nominal rent for the privilege.

16 Feb 2010 15:10

The Kings Arms, Salcombe

Sat up on the roof terrace on a brilliant late September sunny day. Superb view. and the snacks were good. Real ale OK if unremarkable - Courage(?). Inside (pub) looked scruffy but recently added restaurant was more stylish.

25 Sep 2009 17:12

Victoria Inn, Salcombe

My favourite of the Salcombe pubs - the St Austell IPA being particularly good - friendly atmosphere and comfortable places to sit or stand.

25 Sep 2009 17:05

The Fortescue Inn, Salcombe

Late September and still very crowded in the (old) bar in the early evening. Good selection of well kept beers - but wasn't a comfortable place to drink - seating/tables generally reserved for food and no obvious place to stand without being in the way.

25 Sep 2009 17:02

Horse Guards Inn, Petworth

Have been there twice in the last two weeks (which says it all), - once for meal for two and was so impressed that went back with a larger group for a birthday celebration. Food very good, as was the Sussex Bitter. It’s basically a friendly, characterful restaurant with a fairly small bar attached. Around £16 for a main course - is that expensive? - personally I think the quality justifies it.

17 Sep 2009 14:03

Maltsters Arms, Henley-on-Thames

Excellent pub food, well kept Brakspears, a cricket nut for a landlord and friendly efficent staff - what more could you want?

27 Jul 2009 12:28

The Hollist Arms, Lodsworth

Has taken over from where the Noah's Ark should be - a good friendly village pub (with dart board), excellent beer and pretty good food. They hold a happy hour (from 4.30 to 6.30pm?) and as we had walked there we were able to try the three beers on offer several times - I seem to recall that the Horsham was favourite although the Timothy Taylors and Langhams were very acceptable.

16 Jan 2009 17:29

The Harrow, Steep

As good as the other reviews suggest - excellent beers direct from the wooden barrel, they don't even have anything as new fangled as an electronic till. A colleague mentioned that they can get around fifty people into the two (small) rooms when they hold their charity quiz nights - which are good fun and must be a great way of meeting people.....

16 Jan 2009 17:09

The White Hart, Pulborough

A very fine local pub. Been here twice in the last three months, had a delightful lunch outside early September and again on Boxing Day - this time inside. Good selection of well kept draft beers - Hogsback TEA, Horsham Best and Arundel Sussex.

16 Jan 2009 16:57

The Dog and Pheasant, Brook

8 o'clock on a Saturday and we're the only car in the car park, didn't bode well. The food lived down to the expectations. The menu had totally changed from when we had come earlier in the year - no tapas or kangaroo and kiwi burgers. Both the steak and chips were very poor; duck was tough and swamped in a cherry(?) sauce; the fish pie was tasty but had too many carrots. Bar staff were disinterested and poured a very short pint, which they half topped up when requested. Won't be coming back.

15 Sep 2008 23:39

The Yorkshire Grey , Holborn

Used to be a favourite - venue still bright and welcoming - but finally tired of the draft beers often being 'off' - particularly on a Monday. Seems that its another re-modelled pub that finds it difficult to keep its beers in good condition.

30 Aug 2008 00:02

The Coach and Horses, Compton

Stopped off for lunch at this pub mid-way through a South Downs walk. Very friendly - both locals and bar staff, good service, tasty inexpensive food and wide selection of draft beers.

29 Aug 2008 22:49

The Noahs Ark Inn, Lurgashall

Its got to be one the best locations for a pub in England. The beer is well kept - Green King IPA and Abbot. The makeover at the end of 2007 means that its much cleaner than it used to be, which is an improvement. It a real shame about the loss of dart board and general 'village local' ambiance. It was made very plain to some of the locals that they didn't fit in with the new image. Sometimes Henry can be charming.

29 Aug 2008 22:27

The Mulberry, Chiddingfold

As with a lot of pubs in this area it now concentrates on food, which it does really well and for this area is quite good value (but not cheap). Good selection of bitters on tap. Owned by Chris Evans a percentage of the profits go to a local children's (CHASE) hospice and staff get their fair share of the added service charge - so you can feel good whilst you're enjoying yourselves. It still has its wooden beams and other original features, but now coupled with leather sofas and polished wood floors.

29 Aug 2008 22:09

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