Crown Inn Dial Post

Award-winning food pub with beer garden and views of a traditional green in the hamlet of Dial Post
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Welcome to The Crown Inn Dial Post

The Crown Inn Dial Post is an award-winning family-run free house, located 40 minutes outside of Brighton near the market town of Horsham.

The Crown Inn Dial Post

The pub itself overlooks the traditional village green of the hamlet of Dial Post. It is well-positioned for local nature walks and is close to Knepp Castle Estate; famous for its re-wilding project and beautifully unique campsite (glampsite).

Interior of The Crown Inn Dial Post

The Crown Inn Dial Post has a delightful beer garden, an actual garden with grass, not concrete, and is planted beautifully with roses and additional street-side seating at the front overlooking the village green. The pub also has a garden room and dining area as well as a comfortable seating area at the bar. In addition to this, there are two bedrooms available for bed and breakfast which are located in the converted stable block.

Local produce, local people.

The pub is owned and run by husband and wife team Penny and James. Penny is a local, born to a Dial Post farming family, and manages the front of house, while James is the chef. The passion for local produce is very much in the couple’s blood, buying locally and also foraging for seasonal ingredients that make up the freshly home-cooked menu, which can be viewed on their website.

burger and chips with a glass of wine

The menu is a mix of pub classics and seasonal specials covering everything from Ploughmans to pizzas. Local quality producers populate the menu such as sausages from Calcot Farm and locally landed fish. The menu always features several dishes that are suitable for vegetarians and vegans and there are gluten-free options and alternatives.

plant patty burger

Sunday Lunch at The Crown Inn

Make an occasion of Sunday Lunch with a trip out into the countryside, perhaps a safari tour of the nearby Knepp estate or work up an appetite with some healthy hiking, before settling into one of the finest roasts in West Sussex. The Crown Inn Dial Post offers unlimited vegetables with their roasts, with options including local lamb, beef, pork and chicken as well as a vegan dish.

Read all about Elle’s Sunday lunch experience at The Crown Inn here.

Everyone welcome.

The Crown Inn Dial Post is people friendly with a good mix of locals and visiting diners all receiving a warm country welcome. Dogs are spoilt rotten here with water bowls, biscuits and scratches behind the ears. Children can enjoy the play area situated on the village green, with plenty of space to tear around and parental viewing from the patio seating. For the very small there is a high chair available and booster seats. A ramp is available for wheelchair access.

two seasonal desserts



  1. Elle Bolland

    Your quintessential English pub with a modern twist. Lovely, friendly environment with hearty food. Definitely worth a visit out of Brighton for!

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