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“A Real Gem”
Review of The Halfway Bridge

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The Halfway Bridge
Ranked #3 of 17 Petworth B&B and Inns
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2 reviews
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“A Real Gem”
Reviewed 28 August 2006

We've just returned from a superb weekend at the Halfway Bridge Inn. We booked our weekend away several months ago and looked forward to it with eager anticipation. Imagine our horror when the friends we were travelling with e-mailed us the two earlier reviews of this venue. We considered cancelling , but as it was a Bank Holiday weekend , our chances of finding alternative accommodation would have been slim. We decided to persevere with our original plans and how glad we are that we did.
Yes - the inn is beside an A road , but we didn't see a single lorry. The traffic if you can call it that consisted of 4x4's and horse boxes on their way to various equestrian events , together with the usual local traffic. The accommodation is in the Cowdray Barns , a converted stable block which is situated behind the inn and is about 150 yards from the A road.
We had booked two suites - our friends were in Suite 5 and we were in Suite 6. They proved to be two superb rooms with excellent facilities. Our room consisted of a separate lounge and bedroom with separate internal doors. The bathroom was between the two rooms. Alongside the bath was a sliding glass panel , which you could slide back to enable you to watch the 32 inch flat screen LCD television whilst soaking in the bath !!!!!
The bathroom also had a massive shower enclosure containg a power shower. Dotted around , were a selection of L'Occitane soaps and bath gels.
In our lounge , we had tea and coffee making facilities , together with complimetary shortcake biscuits and a bar of Cadbury's chocolate - a nice touch.
The bed was a king-size sled-style bed , with luxurious bedding including feather pillows.
In view of earlier reviews , we only commited ourselves to eat in the restaurant on the first night and decided to see how it went.
Dinner on the Saturday night was so good that we decided to book a table for our second night. This was almost a bad mistake on our part as they were only just able to fit us in. On both nights the inn was fully booked with very happy and contented customers , many of whom had travelled a reasonable distance to eat at the inn.
Dinner on both nights was both excellent and imaginative - the crispy duck starter is fantastic. The wine list is well thought out with good choice at an affordable price. We enjoyed the Gavi (an Italian white wine) chosen by our friends on the second night so much that we found ourselves drinking three bottles !!!!
On the Sunday of our stay , we decided to go to the horse races at Goodwood. As we wished to enjoy the day and relax in the bars at the racecourse , we decided to travel by taxi , so that we didn't have to worry about driving. When we asked our hosts for the telephone number of a local taxi firm , they kindly telephoned several local firms to obtain quotes , before booking a taxi for us for the RETURN trip and making the appropriate arrangements.
The taxi was booked for midday. When Sue saw us still waiting in the car park at 12.05 she took it upon herself to ring the taxi firm , before coming outside to tell us that our taxi was on it's way.
This was service the like of which none of us had experienced before.
Thank you Paul and Sue for a fantastic weekend. You are the perfect hosts and we will be back.

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  • Stayed August 2006, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 May 2006

We found out about the Halfway Bridge Inn after staying at its sister property, the Royal Oak in east Lavant. We were told it offered the same high standards and were also assured it was in the middle of the countryside. I'm afraid we were disappointed.

As the previous reviewer points out, the inn is located at the side of a very busy road. It is not a pleasant place to sit and enjoy a drink outside as it is very nosiy. That said, we did not, like the previous reviewer, find that the traffic noise distubed our sleep as the accomodation is away from the road at the back of the property. The accomodation was bigger than our room at the Royal Oak - it was nicely furnished in a cosy but modern way, there was a very comfortable bed, tv, DVD player, music system etc. The room had a glass wall on one side, but when the curtains were drawn back this looked on to a piece of waste ground and our view was of nettles! I don't know if the hotel owns this land or not, but it seemed to us to be a wasted opportunity. If this was tidied up and landscaped it would be a very pleasant area to sit and enjoy a drink and a book as it looks onto open fields.

Anyway, the inn itself is fairly small and entirely dedicated to providing food, with only a very small area inside set aside for those wanting to drink only. This did not bother us - we had the place to ourselves in the afternoon excepting some other guests and enjoyed a leisurely pint with the Sunday papers. Our hopes were high for dinner but we were disappointed. The food was ordinary - not terrible but definetly not great. A vegetarian main course was extraordinarily bland - I sometimes wonder whether chefs actually bother to taste these dishes, or just shove them on the menu to please the non meat eaters. But the worse part was dessert - quite simply the most appalling sticky toffee pudding we have ever had. A large piece of dry, hard sponge with a dribbling of toffee sauce. None of the gooey richness normally characteristic of this pudding.

We should say that the staff were all great - friendly and efficient and the service in the restaurant was excellent.

We were only staying for the night, so for us this experience was not a disaster although it was not cheap so it does leave a bit of a bad taste in your mouth. We could see though that if you had booked for longer and were hoping for a relaxing country break, you'd be mightily upset.

It's a shame that that owners of this property are piggybacking on the success of the Royal Oak in trying to sell the Halfway Bridge Inn, as despite being the same price, its location does not match up and it has none of the Royal Oak's charm. I would not recommend it.

  • Stayed May 2006
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Reviewed 8 May 2006

We were looking to get away from it all, for a nice time in the "middle of the countryside" for a long weekend. When booking I enquired several times whether the place is quiet and I was reassured that the place was in the middle of fields with nothing but birds to hear. Imagine our shock when we arrived at a pub situated next to a dual carriage way with constant traffic of trucks, almost like a motorway. Although our room was facing the backside we could hear the traffic all night, and despite the nicely done rooms we felt like in a motel on a forced stop-over rather than in the lovely countryside. Definitely not the place to hang around in the garden during the day and read the papers as we had planned. We immediately announced that we would only stay one night rather than the planned three as we had explicitly asked whether it was completely quiet when booking. The management became very unpleasant and in the end forced us to pay the second night without staying there - as "we were the first guests to complain about the noise" and as we would "never find anything completely quiet". I am afraid their ears must have been deafened not only to noise but also to disappointed customers.

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Property: The Halfway Bridge
Address: Halfway Bridge | Lodsworth, South Downs National Park, Petworth GU28 9BP, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > West Sussex > Petworth
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Petworth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Halfway Bridge 5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A cleverly styled mix of restful shades, contemporary furnishings and quirky original features, our suite’s decadent bathroom even allows you to watch a movie while you soak through its sliding glass partition! With an emphasis on boutique detail and maximum comfort, tea & coffee making facilities with fresh milk replenished daily and locally produced organic toiletries are indulgent finishing touches. For those quiet nights in each room comes equipped with flat screen TV and DVD and CD players. A selection of complimentary DVDs are also available. Exclusive booking of Cowdray Barns can be arranged for corporate use, wedding parties or artistic retreats. Please contact us for further details. ... more   less 
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