Horse Guards

300-year-old inn with beams, panelling and open fires in rambling rooms, excellent food and charming garden; cottagey bedrooms

The good pub guide review

This prettily set village dining pub, once three cottages, was frequented by members of the Household Cavalry in the mid 19th c, hence its name. It's well run and deservedly popular. The neatly kept, beamed front bar has a gently civilised atmosphere, country furniture on bare boards, a chesterfield in one corner and a fine view beyond the village to the Rother Valley from a seat in the big panelled bay window. High bar chairs line the counter where friendly, efficient staff serve Brolly Brewing Spanky McDanky and Firebird Heritage on handpump, 17 wines by the glass, home-made liqueurs and cordials and local farm juices. Other rambling beamed rooms have similar furniture on brick floors, rugs and original panelling and there are fresh flowers throughout; background music and board games. When the weather is fine, the leafy, sheltered garden has picnic-sets, day beds, deckchairs and even a hammock, and there's also a charming terrace. The three cosy country bedrooms are comfortable and breakfasts are good. Constable and Turner both painted the medieval church with its unusual spire; Petworth House and Park (National Trust) is nearby.

The good pub guide food review

The first class seasonal food (using some home-grown and foraged produce) includes sandwiches, heritage tomato gazpacho with smoked oil and pickled cucumber salsa, Hampshire pork chorizo with pickles and sourdough toast, set goats cheese cream with beetroot relish, elderflower jelly and sourdough crisp, lamb chump and bonbon with pea purée and broad beans, South Downs pigeon breasts with smoked babaganoush, cumin couscous and charred broccoli, Rother Valley 10oz rib-eye steak and fries, and puddings such as semolina custard tart, strawberries, Sussex honey and candied pecans and sticky toffee pudding with muscovado sauce and vanilla ice-cream.

2021 Awards

Contact Details

Horse Guards, Tillington, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 9AF

(01798) 342332

Pub Group: Enterprise

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 12-midnight