Nestled in the beautiful Sussex countryside is The White Horse, a wonderfully quirky award-winning country pub with rooms. We were very lucky to have won a stay towards the end of last year. I really wanted to save it for the start of January as the perfect way to combat those January blues.
There was something so charismatic about The White Horse, for me it really was love at first sight! With the most beautiful decor and a warm cosy feel, I really could have done with staying for a lot longer! There was wonderful art, a touch of tweed and the odd bit of taxidermy dotted around, it all worked together for a great country vibe. We had planned to arrive early on the Thursday to make the most of the vast countryside before it got too dark to explore [Roll on summer!] but the weather really wasn’t on our side! It rained continually until the evening before turning to snow over night! Instead we decided to make the most of it and have a very relaxing break, starting with a delicious lunch.
Dining at The White Horse
The White Horse is so very dog friendly, even winning the “Pets Pyjamas People Choice Award”. There were treats waiting on the bar, and the option to dine with your four-legged friend in their cosy snug area [I will show you that shortly] or the bar. Alfie soon made himself at home on one of the side seats – That dog can get settled anywhere! The only place dogs were not allowed to go was the restaurant, but that’s totally acceptable, I much prefer the more relaxed atmosphere anyway!
There was the most delicious menu available, all so quintessentially British! The menu has been created with the local area in mind selecting the freshest local produce that has been sourced directly from the woodlands, farms and countryside that surrounded them. There was a great selection of game, fish and local meats on the menu, we both decided to have the burger… I think I would go as far as saying that I may have been the best burger I’ve had, with a great meaty flavour and the most delicious fries it was definitely a great choice.
After some time relaxing in the bar [there was a lovely log burner that I couldn’t quite bear to leave] we were shown to our rooms. I was very surprised to be led out of the building to some very cosy cabins – I actually was expecting to be lead upstairs to our room! The cabins were very cute, with lots of plants and the sweetest doormats outside. We were staying in “The Stag” which was actually one of their rooms with their own private hot tub area! Amazing!
The rooms were wonderfully cosy, with a very eclectic feel to them but it all seemed to go so well together. With a big bold feature wall and a king size four poster bed the rooms really made a statement! I loved it! Not only were the rooms bold they also had contemporary cottage feel, there were cosy sheepskin rugs, luxury woollen throws and beautifully exposed wooden beams. You had all the essentials you make you feel at home; a well stashed tea tray, a large TV and broadband [perfect for the sociable spaniel]… They even delivered milk for you in the morning, perfect for that morning cuppa! There was also a bed and water bowl waiting for Alfie… Of course Alfie quickly claimed the king size bed, It’s a good job he is far too adorable to resist!
The bathrooms were beautiful, warm and inviting, there were fresh towels warming on the rack upon arrival with a collection of handmade soaps and bath oils from Bramley. Our en suit had a relaxing rain shower… Everything you could need for a good pamper.
We decided to head out and brave the rain once we had settled in our room, with such incredible scenery right on our doorstep it was tricky to decide where to go – We went for Iping common. A large heathland with a lovely circular walk, Alfie loved to explore, even in torrential rain he was bounding through the heather chasing out the birds that were trying to take shelter from the rain. I can just imagine it in the September months with the heather in full bloom.
Once we had dried off we grabbed a table in the snug, a cosy dog friendly restaurant area away from their main restaurant. Of course we couldn’t resist having pudding, after recommendations from the lovely waitress both James and I decided on the chocolate sponge, the middle oozed with chocolate, it was heavenly.
I just love breakfast time, especially when we are away as it is the rare occasion that I get a cooked breakfast. We took a seat in the snug – it was definitely my favourite area to sit, and so photogenic! There was a lovely atmosphere, as there was a local shoot just getting ready to set off for a day in the field, Little Alf just sat there hoping he would be heading off with them… Even though he is trained he never made a gundog as he is far too much of a spoilt princess, but he still loves the guns and the extra attention he gets for being a complete fruit loop!
Of course it was a full breakfast all round, with coffee, tea and an extra sausage for Alfie. As predicted it was just delicious… There was also a great continental buffet to choose from, I went for some fruit and orange juice. It was the perfect way to set us up for a morning playing in the snow. [You can see a whole blog post on that here]
We were ever so lucky to win a stay at The White Horse, it had been on my list for a good year! Safe to say we will be back to explore the area much more – I have completely fallen in love with it.
A huge thank you to all at The White Horse for a wonderful stay and for making us all feel so welcome.
Emma & Alfie xox