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Village House Hotel
Ranked #7 of 26 Worthing B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
North Walsham, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Good Return”
Reviewed 3 November 2013

My wife and I took my mum to this pub earlier in the year for lunch as she [Mum] used to live in Findon Valley. We had an excellent experience, including meeting the gentle Ruby (pub dog) in front of the log burner. When it came to choosing another venue in the Worthing area, the Village House was the first website I Googled. Booking a table by phone was efficiently done in a very friendly manner, despite my enthusiastic pre-09:00 call. On arrival for Saturday lunch, we had a choice of two tables as soon as I approached the bar.

I'd had the delicious chicken pie before, so opting for the fish pie on the blackboard was an easy choice. The ladies had calve's liver and bacon, which looked superb. My pie, in an individual pot with mash topping, had mixed chunks of fish in a tasty sauce, with the side vegetables perfectly prepared. The only disappointment was that the apple crumble and custard was sold out by the time I caught the waitress's eye to ask for the dessert menu (she said it was her favourite when she ate there). No matter, the baked, plain cheesecake with fruits and coulis was a good substitute. Service was attentive and quick; the Harveys Sussex Best Bitter in perfect condition, with good coffee afterwards. I was impressed by the range of ales on offer, with a small, sealed pot in front of each pump to show colour and clarity of each option (something I've never seen before and showed a pride in the cellar's contents, I felt). This is definitely a local's pub and the welcome extended to dogs was refreshing. Okay, it's not cheap, but the quality is such that I'd love to return (not many pubs do budget food these days). Ruby didn't ignore us on our second visit, but she's a bit of a trollop when it comes to having her ears fondled.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Worthing, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

Had a rubbish week. Went to the pub for a drink and ended up with fish and chips. My other half had pie and chips( homemade) what a lovely evening. Clean friendly. Great atmosphere .Well done Team Village.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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dorset
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

Passing through, on the way home to Essex, we stayed at this pub/hotel for one night. The room was comfortable, clean and tidy. Went to the bar for our evening meal, to be met by Ruby, the gorgeous, friendly pub dog ... she's obviously very well trained and doesn't bother you when you're eating your meal. There is a set menu and daily specials. I chose to have ham, eggs and chips. The home-cooked ham was the best I've ever tasted. If you can't decide on what to have, do try this. The atmosphere was friendly and relaxed and the pub became very busy later on, proving that this is a successful and popular local pub. I believe the building is very old and this adds to its charm. We had a lovely stay and would, if passing, stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 June 2013

This is a gem of a pub located in the heart of a beautiful village. I was staying in a nearby hotel whilst in the area for business and although a woman eating on my own never felt uncomfortable. The pub was buzzing even though it was a Monday night - lots of local characters (including their dogs) added to the atmosphere and if like me you are horse mad this is the place for you. Admittedly the food isn't cheap but was excellent and plentiful.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

We stayed here one night after attending a wedding in the village. On the positive side, the staff were very friendly and attentive when we checked in, and the breakfast - both food and service was very good. Oh, and the dog was a complete star.
On the minus side, although the rooms were of a decent size the bed was not comfortable resulting in a poor night's sleep. This was compounded by that bugbear of mine from SO many places we've stayed: curtains that do not meet in the middle or do not cover the window fully resulting in bright light flooding in at dawn - resulting in less sleep.
So, it did the job required, a bit pricey for what we got but I guess it's not a cheap area, but please do something about the beds and certainly those curtains.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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England
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

Nice people running it very helpful,friendly.cousy and nice pub to go with and of course nice breakfast,nice room.and they do all so week end nice lunch/dinner etc,,Very pleased with the service,in beautiful Village small shops etc etc very nice houses around .and very English like,it use to be and still is very romanthick erea

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Hove
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Reviewed 14 May 2013

The food was nothing special but the price was (both for the beer, the wine and the food), Sorry we were not impressed and we will not be returning. OK its Findon, a nice village, but no-one likes being ripped off and the service is nothing special either!!!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Village House Hotel
Address: The Square | Findon Village, Worthing BN14 0TE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > West Sussex > Worthing
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Worthing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Village House Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Village House Coaching Inn is nestled in the newly formed South Downs National Park, at the heart of the picturesque downland village of Findon, near Worthing and was first mentioned by name in the 'Findon Chronicles' in 1527 when it became the property of a Mr Thomas Beret. Since then the building has seen many changes of use and has been a private house as well as a convalescent home for the well heeled of London (no change there then). In the 1930s the Village House became a guest house and tea room - a recently found advertisement dating from this time boasted of... en pension terms of 2 ½ guineas to 4 guineas per week-according to room and season... and... rooms with such modern conveniences as electric light. Today our rooms still retain their old world charm and atmosphere, but we try to offer a little more luxury than in the 1930s. If you love walking, we are ideally located for both the South Downs and Monarchs Way, which both offer fantastic views across the south downs and Sussex coast. If golf is your passion there are two challenging golf courses nearby, or if it's horse racing, then Fontwell and Goodwood racecourses are within easy distance. Findon is also the home of the Gifford Racing Stables who produced the famous Grand National winner, Aldaniti. ... more   less 
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