Under the management of Gary and Charlie, The Oddfellows Arms has enjoyed a new lease of life and is a success story with cause for celebration. They’ve turned this traditional village pub, which dates back to the 17th century, into a vibrant community hub that gives locals exactly what they’d been hoping for, and are providing visitors with a great reason to stop by. Good beer and a well-chosen and reasonably priced wine list are all present and correct, but it’s the food that’s given this pub the new dimension it needed.
The menu is split into fixed traditional dishes and seasonally changing à la carte options, covering all bases. My starter of homemade chicken liver pâté served with toasted nutty bread, and my partner’s crisp goat’s cheese with pears grown in the pub garden both featured a personalised touch and delivered great flavours. Her main of slow-cooked Petworth Park venison stew with bacon and barley and mine of piri piri chicken with chips, chilli and minted peas show how the seasonal menu and the more traditional pub staples complement each other so well. Desserts in the shape of a warm chocolate brownie and a selection of ice cream rounded off a great meal. With so many pubs being lost across the UK, it’s great to see The Oddfellows Arms being given the chance to shine once again.