Amberly bed & breakfast and village pub, South Downs, England

Description of Amberly bed & breakfast and village pub, South Downs, England

The Sportsman is ideally located in the beautiful South Downs village of Amberley, with a Pottery, Tea Room, village shop and access to the Downs Way Path from the village. The restaurant has views across the Wildbrooks reserve and the rest of the pub is welcoming and traditional with real fires, cask ales and a fresh British menu and specials board reflecting the abundant sources of game, meat and dairy available locally. Close to Arundel, RSPB Pulborough Brooks & the Sussex coastline. Straight through trains to London from Amberley village station.

Rooms, food and facilities

The Sportsman has one twin room, one twin/triple (with a double and a single bed) and three further double bedrooms - all ensuite. Walkers and cyclists welcome with a lock up facility for bikes and tiled and wooden floored bars for walkers boots!

Dogs are welcome in many areas of the pub and garden/decking, but not the conservatory or B&B.

Not Accepted

How to find us

From Arundel or Amberley Train Station, turn left and come through the village, passed the shop round a sharp bend and on the left as leaving the village.
From Storrington, take the Amberley road and turn right for Rackham after Springhead Estate; take the next left and carry on until you see us on the right.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Amberly bed & breakfast and village pub, South Downs, England


We use produce from the land around us, including the game producing estates, cheese producers, artisan bakeries and vegetable producers. We aim to use fresh fish caught from the Sussex or British coast and also have our own herb raised beds next to the kitchen on the small amount of growable land available to us. Water is collected in water butts and support the RSPB in their efforts to conserve the abundant birdlife that visits the Amberley Wildbrooks. Future planned programmes of sustainable activity are the sponsoring and support of a village compost heap and a partnership with the local Permaculture Association group to help develop and maximise our own produce from raised beds. We are in talks with a national company to install the necessary recharging bike hook ups for electric bikes. The gradual refurbishment of the building is being carried out with careful selection of materials including eco sensitive paints & local wood. We also take great care to run the pub and adjoining B&B with great respect for the local community and natural setting with strict licensing hours and minimal noise and light pollution. We use 'green' cleaning products wherever possible and recycle as much as we can.


We are active supporters and users of the village shop, village school and are a part of a network of local B&B's who support and feed business through to each other. The villagers all have substantial discount cards for eating at the pub and local OAP groups have special escorted lunch outings here to enjoy the views and good company.
The village has an intranet service which is used to exchange goods and offer wood from fallen trees, excess fruit and vegetables from their gardens etc.
We also actively engage in fundraising efforts for the village needs and promote our local environment by talking to guests about the local conservation efforts and encouraging people to take notice of our setting with stores of pub binoculars & viewing opportunities. We are currently in conversation with the RSPB about the possibility of having regular ticketed talks at the pub in relation to our natural environment.


After 6 months residency here in Amberley we are exploring and absorbing our immediate environment as much as possible and feel lucky and proud to be living in such a unique and beautiful part of the English countryside.
We encourage the sharing of visitors' knowledge as each person's experience of the environment around us brings something new to learn. The B&B is slowly being developed further and we hope to have a good resource of local information available and means of experience sharing for cyclists and walkers of the South Downs Way as well as package deals involving guided walks and talks about the local area, foraging events and photographic / art exhibitions of work reflecting the natural environment around us. The views from the conservatory here are a constant point of conversation and communication with guests & locals alike. Daily sightings of deer herds and stags, migrating birds, birds of prey, nocturnal mammals and a vast, flat expanse of land many guests describe as reminiscent of the Serengeti! This land is of special interest as it floods in the winter becoming a bird lovers attraction.

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