Location:Tillington, West Sussex, South Downs National ParkSee map here
More info:Price is dependent on size and time of year.
Description of Tillington pub with B&B, South Downs, England
Take a visit to Tillington and sample a delicious, ever changing menu of locally sourced food. Our establishment is a warm and welcoming pub that is dedicated to sourcing ingredients from the local area and creating a sustainable business, whilst providing an excellent atmosphere and tasty food. We also stock a good range or drinks for a relaxing beverage in the garden or move inside for an evening of home-made sloe gin or a well kept pint of ale.
We have three rooms available for guests who’d like to come and stay in this beautiful area of Sussex, in the South Downs National Park. Wake up to beautiful views of the surroundings and a selection of breakfasts, including eggs from our own hens, before you start your day of exploring.
There is so much to discover in the landscape, and with footpaths and cycle tracks everywhere it isn’t hard to find your way. There are lots of places to visit whether you want to potter round Petworth and visit Petworh House, or take a trip to Cowdray Park in Midhurst. At The Weald and Downland Museum you can discover the landscape along with old buildings and learn about historic rural life, or head to Goodwood Racecourse for an afternoon at the races. There is so much to do and you can arrive back for a well sourced, delicious meal in the friendly surroundings of the pub.
Rooms, food and facilities
We have three en-suite, country-chic rooms available. One twin and two doubles with beautiful views of the village and over the South Downs. You will find home-baked biscuits, Egyptian cotton towels and locally made soaps and lotions in each room. Children and well behaved dogs are welcome.
There are a range of breakfasts to choose from, served from 8:00 until 10:00.
Pulborough and Haselmere are the closest train stations. There is a bus that runs along the main road from Pulborough to Midhurst, about a 5 minute walk away; this only runs in the daytime.
By car: we are about half way between Midhurst and Petworth. Take the A272 and turn onto Upperton Road.
Responsible tourism: Tillington pub with B&B, South Downs, England
We have a 2 star rating with the Sustainable Restaurant Association and we strive to be as sustainable as possible. Along with our food policies, we collect rainwater in butts to water the garden with and use log burners for heating; using logs sourced as sustainably as they can be. We use our vegetable peelings for compost or for feeding our chickens, who provide us with fresh eggs in the morning. We encourage the locals to bring in their home grown produce for the kitchen and fabric cut-offs, and used jars to package our jams.
We have a big garden with lots of wildlife in it, but it never seems like there is enough. We have lots of flowers, shrubs and boarders, so in the summer we get plenty of birds and butterflies. We have bird feeders and bird boxes dotted about to try and encourage them in to the garden. We also make little log piles in various places as well so that ladybirds, beetles and hedgehogs can have a home in the garden too.
This building has been a pub for 360 years and before that it was 3 cottages. It’s all made of stone and brick, with clay tiles on the roof and low beams in the interior. Being an old building it requires constant nursing and maintenance. Where possible we source materials locally and use local tradesmen. For example we recently had a hazel weave fence put up in the garden. We got the fencing from a man 5 miles away and he coppices the wood from 10 miles away.
Lots of people arrive to us walking and cycling which is great. More and more people are arriving cycling as more accessible cycle routes are being put in place. Pulborough and Haselmere are the closest train stations and there is a bus that runs along the main road from Pulborough to Midhurst, about a 5 minute walk away; this only runs in the daytime.
We have spent a good few years building up and establishing the brand of our restaurant. We focus on working closely with local suppliers, using local produce and sourcing our menu from what we have available, rather than sourcing our ingredients to fit our menu. We source everything from as close as possible; generally a 20-30 miles radius. We are really lucky from a locale point of view as Sussex has a great deal of excellent suppliers, however not enough restaurants to support them.
We work closely with the fisherman and farmers, speaking to them regularly and changing the menu to fit with what is available that day. We change 50% of the menu about twice a day, so you’ll rarely see the same thing on the menu twice. Everything is fresh with about 10-12 portions of a dish, and when it runs out we’ll change to something new. There is a really passionate team of us working to provide good quality food with the ingredients that are available. We are committed to changing people’s opinions about what they eat and teaching people to enjoy the things they can get locally before venturing further afield.
Other than the amazing food you can get in this area of the country, there are loads of great places to visit. There are plenty of things to do in Petworth; lots of antique shops, tea rooms, cafes etc, and Petworth House is well worth a visit. In the other direction there is Midhurst where you can visit Cowdray Park and the Cowdray Ruins. Other attractions not far from here include; Arundel Castle; Goodwood Racecourse; the Weald and Downland Museum; Amberley Working Museum, and the coast isn’t far away either.
From the window you can look out down the Rother Valley and onto the Downs themselves. There are beautiful rolling hills and farmland, with a lovely perspective from east to west. We are in the middle of the countryside so there are endless walks in the local area. The walk to the river is about 10 minutes, or walk out into open countryside in all directions.
The closest and best walking grounds in the area that I would recommend are the grounds of Petworth House and Gardens. We are right on the boundary of the grounds and there are some really lovely walks inside. There is a massive park and deer park and you can take your dogs through.
There is a glorious forest a bit further away called Blackdown. It is the highest hill in Sussex, covered in pine and heather and is a really lovely walking spot.
We are tied to Petworth House and Gardens as we are on the boundaries, so we know a bit about it if people ask. It once housed Turner, who did lots of painting about here. There is an in house exhibition of his works and a beautiful example of the era’s groundwork and gardening.