Review on The Coach and Horses

From Danehill, head down School Lane towards Chelwood Common to find The Coach and Horses, a delightful Victorian country pub (circa 1847) with a pretty garden surrounded by unspoilt Sussex countryside - the views of the South Downs are splendid. The Coach & Horses still plays the part of a local watering hole serving its local community, although it has many more attractions besides, including the kitchen's excellent reputation for fine cuisine.

A little public bar with a serving hatch and a roaring fire makes an ideal winter retreat, while the main bar (with a fine old brick floor and Victorian prints on the walls) leads out to a beautifully terraced area under the branches of an ancient maple tree. The separate dining room occupies the old stables, which date back to the time when the place was a traditional refuelling stop; now it's been lovingly converted in Country Living style, with low beams and modern art on the walls, which makes a cosy intimacy that invites lingering.

The kitchen is committed to sound ethics when it comes to sourcing ingredients for their dishes and there is a strong focus on supporting local producers. The result is a regularly changing menu that might kick off with rabbit rillette and confit rabbit leg with smoked bacon creme fraiche and blackberry chutney or crispy fried squid with cucumber and spring onion salad and a rice wine vinaigrette. Main courses embrace pan roasted guinea fowl supreme with char-grilled potato, confit leg croquette, Fletching leeks and squash puree or from the sea there's pan roasted fillet of hake with sea purslane, braised fennel, saffron arancini, tiger prawns and a shellfish sauce. There are tempting desserts to finish, witness dark chocolate brownie with blackcurrant compote and frozen yoghurt and burnt hazelnuts or honey and pecan tart, roasted pears and rosemary caramel mascarpone.

A lighter snack menu is offered at lunchtime, while the keenly priced global wine list includes a dozen selections by the glass - if you're not tempted by the regularly changing real ales such as Harvey's of Sussex, Hammerpot brewery and Dark Star. Also look out for the local farmhouse cider from The Black Pig Orchard in Danehill and the award winning English sparkling wines from the nearby Bluebell vineyard.

The Coach and Horses is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Hardens, AA Guide

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Gastro pub / Modern British

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm (2.30pm Sat, 3.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.30 - 9.00pm Mon-Sat (9.30pm Fri & Sat)

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card, American Express

Online Booking Availability for The Coach and Horses

Facilities at The Coach and Horses

  • Childrens menu
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 50 covers


WiFi is available


Private parking is possible at a location nearby


The Coach and Horses
School Lane
RH17 7JF

Customer Ratings on The Coach and Horses

3.3  / 5

Based on 2 reviews

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  • avatar
    Steve Tees
    April 2019

    5 people found this review helpful
    Best pub in Sussex

    A real pub combined with great beers and excellent food. Friendly staff and landlord/lady.

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    Sadie Tearle
    September 2017

    9 people found this review helpful
    Disappointing visit

    It was our first visit to the Coach & Horses and I foolishly chose the Provencal Fish Soup. It was pink but didn't taste much of fish and was thickened with flour which gave it a very unpleasant aftertaste. The menu added rouille to the dish but it was not rouille as I know it. I think it was crθme fraiche. It came with three very small and thin slices of ciabatta bread.

    My partner chose the beef stew which he was quite happy with this but appeared to be just beef in gravy - we won't be returning.

    Lovely garden and surroundings. Shame about the food

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