The Crown Inn Dial Post

UK England South East England West Sussex Horsham

  • Bar
  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Restaurant
  • Wifi
  • Walking
With great food, local ales and comfortable boutique rooms, this Sussex village pub is hard to beat.
Occupying an almost impossibly desirable position overlooking Dial Post's village green, The Crown Inn is a properly cosy country pub. Originally a 16th century coaching inn, it was taken over 15 years ago by Penny and James Middleton Burn, who have launched it into the 21st century while losing none of its innate pubby charm. It has a lovely beamed bar with stone floor and antique rugs, mismatched furniture, and a wood-burner squeezed into an ancient brick hearth. Penny and James have also developed a big and deserved reputation for the quality of their food, and also added four comfy and beautifully appointed rooms upstairs if you want to stay over. And it's dog friendly! As village boozers go, it's hard to beat. 

The Crown's food is as unpretentious as it is high quality, offering a daily-changing a menu consisting of both pub classics and seasonal favourites. James is the chef, and he not only pretty much exclusively uses local farmers and other producers but also regularly forages for wild ingredients nearby. Penny oversees the pub, which has both a cosy bar and a light, bright garden room, plus a beer garden at the back and tables overlooking the village green at the front. It is patronised as much by local drinkers as diners, and is also a terrific place to stay, with four comfortable and quirky guest rooms, each individually designed to a high spec. All rooms have fast wifi, smart TVs, mini fridges and Nespresso machines, complimentary water, homemade biscuits and fresh fruit plus high-quality vintage beds and bedding.  En-suite bathrooms come with spacious walk-in showers or bath with showers plus toiletries, and there's a family suite with two double beds that can accommodate four people. A delicious breakfast of homemade muesli, fresh fruit, and yoghurt with some additional hot options available.

Finally the location is ideal for a short break from London, just off the A24 Worthing Road and reachable in a little over an hour by car. You are close to some of the loveliest scenery of the South Downs National Park, and just a 20-minute drive from the coast, plus you have the wonderful Knepp Castle Estate to visit on your doorstep, whose re-wilding project set the template for many others across the UK. In short a perfect venue for a West Sussex break.




There are many excellent walks over the surrounding West Sussex countryside and exciting and unusual wildlife to be seen on the neighbouring Knepp Castle Estate, known for its re-wilding project.


Open all year round. 


Four double rooms – three doubles and one family suite that sleeps four.


The Crown Inn Dial Post, Worthing Rd, Dial Post, Near Horsham, West Sussex RH13 8NH

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