Review: The Old House Inn, West Sussex

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Whether you’re streamer to Gatwick airfield or usually looking to try a West Sussex countryside, Good Things editor Zoe Perrett says that The Old House is a ideal pub-with-rooms

I can’t suppose since anyone wanting an overnight hostelry on their approach to or from Gatwick would stay anywhere other than The Old House. In an area prolonged on tasteless motels and soulless chains, it’s a characterful, accessible gem set in some really pleasing West Sussex countryside.

With higgedly piggledy, low-ceilinged bedrooms standard of a 16th-century extraction and a rather shining food, a pub alone is reason to stop here. But The Old House also offers half-a-dozen bedrooms which, as we learn as we’re shown to ours, are a flattering poetic awaiting to lapse to after a robust cooking and a bottle of wine.

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Spread over dual levels in a converted stable flanking a pub’s pretty, endless garden, any one is named for a internal timber and feels a bit like a self-contained  – and severely stylish – chalet. We’re on a work outing and, with a generously-proportioned bed, a list and chair, plenty storage for all a blissful rags and a telly for those singular non-staring-into-a-laptop-screen moments, we’re all set.

After a stormy day spent station in a park eventuality handling a solitaire festival, The Ginpourium, a prolonged erotic showering in a matte-grey-tiled wetroom is usually a ticket. In all honesty, a enticement to yield into bed and lift a covers over a heads for a log-like doze is strong, though we’d be unsteadiness to skip out on a cooking hinted during by a brief peek during The Old House’s menu earlier.

Comfort and joy
The dining room is packed, and not with a specific form of customer. On a approach to a list tucked into a cosy dilemma of a Snug, we pass families, couples, businesspeople and friends out for a Saturday night jolly-up. It’s busy, it’s buzzy, and it’s a entirely pleasing place to be.

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And a staff are delightful. One suspects that it’s partial of The Old House’s recruitment process to occupy usually jolly, chatty, genuine individuals, and child have they stranded to it. You’d happily lay down over a pint and a house diversion with any of them.

In gripping with a veteran MO, LB samples a gt done with internal Silent Pool solitaire while we  try and confirm what to sequence faster than we wish to since we are unexpected both gloomy with hunger.

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Thankfully, a preference of handcrafted breads with olive oil and balsamic vinegar keeps a self-evident wolf from a doorway until a starters arrive. In times of need, chuck all carb counsel out of a window. And, should we occur to be here, sequence a bottle of white from a list prepared by Master of Wine Tim Atkin.

‘Locally sourced’ is value unique to The Old House’s menu, though a dishes themselves are cherry-picked from around a creation – evidenced by my ‘Indian thali’ starter that comprises lax tangles of light, frail unfeeling bhajis, and a arrange of spiced hummus called channa pyooree, and aubergine chutney and raita, that we dip adult with triangles of buttery, flaky paratha bread.

For LB, it’s a comfortable crispy steep and watercress salad, in that a sour leaves yield a ideal foil to a abounding meat. He’d kind of gutted he didn’t sequence a incomparable distance as a main, though no matter – there’s some-more to come and, glancing around, it doesn’t demeanour like mains will let a side – or indeed The Old House – down.

Simple and superior
Steak always sounds so deceptively simple, though it’s extraordinary how many chefs can hurt a noble square of meat. Not so here, and appreciate integrity – where a 32-day dry-aged ribeye’s concerned, it’d be zero brief of sacrilege. Served medium-rare as requested, it comes with chips whose triple-cooking has rendered them as frail as you’d hope, and tomatoes, mushrooms, and watercress whose truffle salsa reminds a tastebuds of Nobu’s famous spinach-and-dry-miso-salad.

Slow-roasted swell of pig has all a right qualities in all a right quantities – fatty, tender, crisp. Again, it’s a deftly offset course – a beef set opposite worldly black pudding mash, sweet-sharp caramelised apples, and a boozy cider sauce.

We already know we’ll nap good though sequence a good pud any to safeguard a fact. Wobbly-silky vanilla panna cotta and pointy hiss sorbet are ideal partners, while LB’s stomach is warmed by a pub’s signature crumble, blanketed in reassuringly thick vanilla custard.

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It’s transfer it down outside, so we rivet in a possess chronicle of a 100-yard lurch behind to a front door, dry off, and strike a grain until a alarm sounds distant too early for possibly of a liking. Bags packaged and stomachs rumbling for a Old House breakfast we’re going to have to miss, we palm a room pivotal behind to nonetheless another smiley staff member, earnest to take full advantage of a Full English a subsequent time round.

Make it happen
Where: The Old House Inn, Effingham Road, Copthorne, West Sussex RH10 3JB
Price: Bed Breakfast rates from £80 to £150. See some-more here.

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