Smack dab in the sensational South Downs National Park is The Halfway Bridge, purveyor of top class meals and luxury bedrooms — and boasting a 250 year heritage. The building started out as a 17th century coaching inn, based as it is between the market towns of Midhurst and Petworth, but has been recently renovated into a modern pub with a good mix of old charm and contemporary flair.
For dining, the interior is simple and cosy, and there’s a leafy garden and shaded terrace for sunnier months. The wine list is extensive and full of local Sussex vintages — full points there. Then the most important bit (i.e., what to put in gob): it’s fancy dining, but don’t be put off by the menu’s mention of mousses and emulsions, even a gel… it’s more delicious than pretentious, and there’s a good balance to please everyone (burgers and fish and chips for the non-adventurous). There’s also a kids’ menu, and sandwich list.
If you’re staying the night, there are eight cushy rooms to choose from, and a very pretty shepherd’s hut. You can also rent a luxury beach hut, although this is over in West Wittering.
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Halfway Bridge Lodsworth West Sussex GU28 9BP
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