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The Countryman Inn

Countryman Lane, SHIPLEY, RH13 8PZ

Alan Vaughan and his family have run this traditional rural free house since 1986. Surrounding it are 3,500 acres of farmland owned by the Knepp Castle Estate, now gradually returning to a more natural state since the introduction of fallow deer, free-roaming Tamworth pigs, Exmoor ponies and Longhorn cattle. Wild birds have also been encouraged to return, attracted by newly planted wild grasses. In the open log fire-warmed bar, you'll find caskconditioned Harvey's and Dark Star ales, and more than 30 wines from around the world. Local game, free-range meats from local farms and vegetables from the pub's own garden make their appearance on the menu, alongside fish from the two nearest Sussex ports of Shoreham and Newhaven. Pub grub lovers will find what they're looking for in bangers 'n' mash; ham, egg and chips; and scampi and chips, for example, as well as sandwiches and baguettes, salads and platters. Typical starters on the main menu include smoked salmon salad; pan-seared scallops with parsley butter and lardons or hoi sin lamb wrap; and to follow, mains of baked halloumi and tomato stack; chicken stuffed with cream cheese, wrapped in bacon and served with wild mushrooms; or red pepper and chickpea dhansak. Please note that very young children are not permitted in the restaurant, but if the weather's good enough they are welcome to eat in the garden, where the open-air kitchen serves ploughman's lunches with homebaked bread and other snacks, grills and shellfish. In the pub's own farm shop you can buy a wide range of food including free-range eggs, home-made preserves, pickles and relishes.

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Tel: 01403 741383
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Principal beers

Harvey's, Langham, Shepherd Neame, Long Man, Guest ales

Open

All week
10-4 6-11

Facilities

Children welcome.
Garden.
No coach parties catered.

The Countryman Inn, Shipley

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A272 at Coolham into Smithers Hill Ln. 1m, left at T-junct

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