Busy old pub in nice spot with neatly kept bar and dining rooms, real ales and pleasing food using local produce
The good pub guide review
This 16th-c beamed country pub, run by a friendly couple, is perfectly placed overlooking the village green and cricket pitch. A good, cheerful crowd fill the simple, traditional bar and the atmosphere is buoyant and easy-going. There's a mix of wooden chairs and tables on parquet flooring and an inglenook fireplace plus Greene King IPA, St Austell Tribute and a guest ale on handpump, 24 wines by the glass (including sparkling and dessert wines) and a good range of gins. Open to the top of the rafters, the dining room is spacious and airy with church candles and fresh flowers on light wood tables, and a couple of comfortable sofas facing each other in front of an open woodburning stove; background music and board games. The border terrier is called Gillie and visiting dogs may get a dog biscuit. There are tables in a large side garden. Wheelchair ramp but no disabled loo.
The good pub guide food review
Well liked, contemporary food includes goats cheese and red onion tart with fennel, rocket and beetroot salad, salt-cod fritters with harissa mayo, spiced lamb koftas with tomato and zaatar salsa, cod, scallop and mussel stew with coconut milk, ginger, chilli and saffron aioli, halloumi burger with red pepper, mushroom, hummus and fries, slow-braised venison ragout with pappardelle, blue cheese and truffle oil, and puddings such as chocolate marquise with raspberry chantilly and berries, or plum and almond cake with clotted cream and pistachio crumb.
Noahs Ark, Lurgashall, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 9ET
Pub Group: Greene King