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Crown Inn Dial Post

Award-winning food pub with beer garden and views of a traditional green in the hamlet of Dial Post

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 front of The Crown Inn Dial Post pub with patio seating and a conservatory and a raised flower bed at the front. The pub is white washed with red tilled gables and roof and a sage green front door.

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 four bedrooms available for bed and breakfast which are located above the pub.

Vintage painted furniture with William Morris feature wall of wildflowers and birds. Double bed.

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 the 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.

Local smoked duck breast, local blackberries, toasted hazelnuts, pea shoots

The menu is a mix of pub classics and seasonal specials. 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.

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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