Deriving its name from an old medieval settlement in the South East of Horsham, The Hornbrook Inn proudly places its emphasis on delivering food and drink of the highest quality. The comforting ambience warmly embraced us as we were shown to our seats in a quiet corner of the restaurant, just out of view of the expansive bar. A fine selection of ale, lager and wine is available if you’re just popping in to quench your thirst, but the culinary delights on offer here really shouldn’t be missed.
Starters of whitebait with tartare sauce, and tiger prawns pan-fried in lashings of garlic butter delighted our tastebuds. On the recommendation of the manager, I opted to follow this with the slowly braised coq au vin with creamy buttered mash, and honey-roasted carrots and Savoy cabbage on the side. Presentation was in no way overlooked and you would be forgiven for thinking you had wandered into a high-end restaurant. My partner couldn’t resist the specials on offer, and selected the flavoursome chestnut and vegetable Wellington accompanied by seasonal vegetables. The extensive menu means there’s always something new to try, and we resolved to return to sample more of the delicious dishes on offer. A winning formula of excellent food, attentive service and a relaxing ambience ensured our visit was memorable for all the right reasons.