Welldiggers Arms

Bustling inn with character bar and airy dining room, four real ales and good wines, helpful service and seats on terrace; bedrooms

The good pub guide review

This 300-year-old country pub just outside Petworth is a good choice if you want to spend a few days exploring West Sussex and the South Downs National Park. It has 14 attractive and comfortable bedrooms, either in the pub or a separate annexe, and all with views ' dogs are welcome too. The bar has a woodburning stove with long wooden slab tables to either side (each set with candles in brass holders and a plant) as well as wall banquettes and settles with scatter cushions, wheelback chairs, painted beams and stools against the counter where cheerful, attentive staff serve Youngs Original and two guest ales on handpump and good wines by the glass; background music. An end room is just right for a small group. The big, airy dining room at the back has spreading country views from large picture windows, wall settles and more wheelbacks and country kitchen chairs with pretty cushions around tables of all sizes on flagstones, and a busy open kitchen. French windows lead out to the terrace, largely enclosed by a marquee and furnished with teak tables and chairs.

The good pub guide food review

Interesting food includes sandwiches, confit duck bonbons with plum dipping sauce, truffle mac 'n' cheese fritters, Scottish smoked salmon with watercress and fennel, crispy-battered haddock and chips, pan-fried sea bass fillet with artichoke, leek and potato hash and cider butter sauce, chicken and ham pie with mash and buttered greens, roasted squash and red Thai vegetable curry, Moving Mountains vegan burger with vegan cheese and guacamole, and puddings such as dark chocolate truffle torte and lemon meringue pie.

2021 Awards

Licensee’s introduction

A 300-year-old country pub set within the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park. At The Welldiggers Arms you can savour exquisite cuisine, enjoy a drink in the traditional bar and cosy up in one of their 14 bedrooms. Watch the chefs hard at work in the open kitchen while you dine on a menu of seasonal British classics, or admire the view afforded by the large picture windows overlooking a beautiful coppice and the South Downs. With such bounteous surroundings, it’s not surprising that much of the produce we use is sourced locally; from the seasonal game to the fresh vegetables and herbs.We are proud to be part of The Epicurean Collection, a group of boutique countryside inns dedicated to the finest in British food, comfort and culture — all set in some of England's most idyllic locations. To join our online club or to book the perfect escape, please visit Epicurean.club


Licensee Information

Stephen Bone

Contact Details

Welldiggers Arms, Low Heath, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0HG

(01798) 344288

Pub Group: Cirrus Inns

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 12-10.30

Saturday: 12-10.30

Sunday: 12-10.30