An Inspector Calls… The Welldiggers Arms in West Sussex is greater than only a pit-stop, due to cosy rooms, ebullient workers and a good full English
- The Welldiggers Arms is a pub with 14 rooms in West Sussex near the A283
- The Inspector stayed in a normal room which was ‘cosy’ and ‘calming’
- He mentioned the lamb spring roll, falafel and ratatouille had been all ‘terrific’
You’d be forgiven for driving previous the Welldiggers Arms in West Sussex with out batting an eye fixed. Devilishly near the A283, a mile exterior Petworth, it smacks of a freeway inn from a bygone period.
However the neatly painted window frames are a giveaway that this pub with rooms is greater than only a fleeting pit-stop.
The restaurant is busy with lunchers when my spouse and I examine in on the bar. There’s a manicured beer backyard with wilderness views throughout the South Downs, excellent for a cuppa.
The Welldiggers Arms is a pub with 14 rooms in West Sussex near the A283
‘Similar to Napa Valley, actually . . . ’ chortles a pukka punter to his spirited companions.
‘Have you ever ever been to America?’ one in every of his pals asks, as if auditioning for a task as Emily Maitlis’s successor on Newsnight.
‘I haven’t, truly,’ he says, ‘however you realize what I imply.’
We do. What’s extra, the Welldiggers Arms is barely a five-minute drive from Petworth Home, a Nationwide Belief showpiece with work by J.M.W. Turner and a portrait of Henry VIII by Hans Holbein.
There are 14 bedrooms. We’ve booked a normal and are assigned to an annexe on the noisy A283 aspect. We should always have upgraded. Nonetheless, it’s cosy, with a secure door and calming blue-grey partitions.
A panelled window, moderately than a partition wall, divides us from the ensuite lavatory — a intelligent wheeze to make one of the best use of pure mild.
The Inspector mentioned the lamb spring roll, falafel and ratatouille had been all ‘terrific’
‘Actually sorry. We’re a bit understaffed tonight,’ says one ebullient waiter at dinner, getting the justifications in early.
Because it seems, neither the usual of service nor the meals benefit criticism. My lamb spring roll, falafel and ratatouille are all terrific.
The supervisor says a recent jug of milk will probably be left exterior our door at 7am. I wake early and pop my head out each 15 minutes after 7am, however no milk seems.
Over a good full English, with loads of recent milk, a well-dressed aged man enters, saying he was promised recent milk the evening earlier than however his didn’t arrive both. Neither of us is just too bothered.
The Welldiggers Arms, Low Heath, Petworth, GU28 0HG. Doubles from £150. For extra data name 01798 344288 or go to thewelldiggersarms.co.uk.