The Lickfold Inn
Tom Sellers, chef-patron of the Michelin-starred Restaurant Story in London, opened The Lickfold Inn in Petworth in late 2014. Tom and a local private investor have lovingly restored the Grade II listed building, giving this much-loved public house a new lease of life. The pub has retained much of its character, with the addition of a huge open kitchen and comfy drinking and dining areas.
The ground ﬂoor is a proper pub, complete with the original open ﬁ replace, cosy armchairs, as well as an extensive selection of craft and local beers. Glance at the daily changing menu of small bar plates to choose from the likes of Welsh rarebit, whitebait and smoked cod roe, and tempura cauliﬂower and salted lemon. Cold plates include delicious garlic and potato crisps, pork crackling with apple, and Isle of Wight tomatoes accompanied by basil and vanilla. It’s upstairs, however, that Tom has put his distinctive spin on a modern British menu, incorporating ingredients from a bounty of local specialist suppliers in creations such as spring lamb with English peas and brown butter, and halibut with cauliﬂower, yeast and redcurrant. There’s the option of a matching wine ﬂight, which is a great way to sample a variety of wine that’s been carefully chosen to enhance the dishes. For dessert, the chocolate hot pot with orange and pine, and strawberry parfait paired with sorrel and crisp coconut come up trumps. Head chef Graham Squire champions local produce and brings his ﬁne dining ﬁnesse to the reﬁned menu. Marrying traditional methods with innovative ideas is what the kitchen brigade does best.
At the weekend, sample the Sunday set menu, where two courses cost £30 and three courses are available for £40. The lunches cause quite a stir, so booking in advance is highly recommended. With its ﬁne cuisine and tasteful decor, The Lickfold Inn is a truly stylish take on a traditional country pub.