After visiting a few years back when it was the Fish House I hadn’t realised it had changed hands and re-branded to The White Horse until my other half encountered it on a wintry bike ride with the boys.
The booths draped with furs and stag heads on the walls make this place all the more cosy and is the perfect place to escape to.
We visited twice before Christmas and had great food, service and an overall good experience on both occasions. On the first visit it was a Monday night and quiet so we managed to get a tour of 3 of the 15 rooms they have there. All beautiful wooden cabins out the back of the property and reminded me of a Scandinavian retreat (without the snow) – some do have a hot tub though.
To start we went for the grazing board which you can create yourself. 3 for £11 or 5 for £15 – reasonable and a delicious way to start your meal. My favourites were the Chilli Salt Squid and Black Pudding Scotch Egg.
Next up, I went for the fish pie #pieoftheday. The pie was filled generously with haddock, scallops and mussels, however the mash and sauce were too salty and rich and so I couldn’t eat much of it. The cabbage with bacon on the side was fab though.
My mum went for the Roasted Pheasant Breast, confit leg hash, purple sprouting brocoli, chestnut puree. It looked lovely and the hash was really nice and a different way to serve pheasant.
The boys had burgers. Venison burgers with caramelised onions in a light brioche bun and well seasoned chips.
All together it went a little something like this…
On our next visit there were three of us and one went for the hanger steak (I love this cut), another had the rib eye which was thick and cooked to perfection. I opted for the slightly lighter main in the halloumi salad (don’t worry I had chips), both of which were delicious. Desserts were had but were whipped away and consumed before I could get my phone out for a picture. The highlight from these were the homemade chocolate ice cream and poached pear with Bakewell slice, although the raspberry coulis that wasn’t mentioned on the menu did overpower it slightly and wasn’t needed.
So if you fancy some very good pub grub, a gorgeous atmosphere and somewhere to stay in Sussex then The White Horse really does tick all the boxes. They also have a lovely private room which I hope to hire out for something a little more special.
1 High Street, Chilgrove Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 9HX
Call: 01243 519 444