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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Village House Hotel Worthing, West Sussex