This Grade II listed inn commands lovely views of the South Downs. The decor matches the beautiful location, with the inviting entrance leading through to an interior where period features such as wooden beams and an inglenook fire place are sure to impress.
The Kings Arms offers a cosy, convivial pub atmosphere, while the menu offers much more than traditional pub fare. The chef keeps a keen eye on provenance of his ingredients, so dishes are crafted from the freshest local produce. I chose to start with Petworth asparagus accompanied by a generous portion of Parma ham, poached egg and Hollandaise sauce. The flavours and textures balanced each other well. My companion selected juniper-cured beef Carpaccio, which simply melted in the mouth, and was paired with a rocket, Parmesan and pine nut salad. This he followed with the venue’s signature Kings Arms Burger – succulent beef topped with bacon and blue cheese, and served in rosemary focaccia. Crispy chips and a salad completed the dish. Meanwhile, I tucked into Caesar salad with garlicky chicken, crispy bacon, fresh anchovies and Parmesan croutes. We rounded the meal off with cherry and vanilla panna cotta and a couple of scoops of locally made ice cream – one scoop of rhubarb and another of ginger and honeycomb. We paired these with a dram of elderberry Port, which is made using berries from the nearby South Downs National Park.