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The Horse Guards Inn

South Downs National Park village dining pub

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
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This 350-year-old inn’s name recalls the day when Household Cavalry horses were rested in the parkland opposite. The tasteful interior features sagging beams, stripped floorboards, open fires (on one of which you can roast chestnuts), antique furnishings, fresh flowers and candles. The fine range of real ales includes nearby Langham brews, and the wine carte will satisfy a serious oenophile. The compact, seasonal menu often incorporates goodies from Sussex hedgerows and seashores. Begin with breaded cod tongues, aïoli, caper berries and lemon. Excellent steaks feature alongside main dishes such as Persian-style pork shoulder and potato curry, onion raita, kachumber salad and parsnip bhaji. Deckchairs, sheepskin-covered benches and even straw bales provide seating in the tree-shaded garden.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday 12–2.30, Saturday 12–3, Sunday 12–3.30
  • Dinner: all week 6.30–9

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter, Langham Hip Hop, Guinness
  • Real ciders: Westons Stowford Press and Old Rosie

Price guide

  • Main course from14
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From Petworth towards Midhurst on A272. 1 mile, right signed Tillington. Inn 300 metres up hill opposite church.

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