The Blue Ship... The Haven, Billingshurst
The Blue Ship takes a bit of finding but it is worth it. It is in the 'middle of nowhere' and does not seem to have changed much in years [and is all the better for it]. The main bar dates back to the 15th century although the exterior of the pub is Victorian. Hall and Woodhouse beer is served from two hatches straight from the barrel.
Several small inter-connecting rooms, open fireplace with seats inside and nice garden. Good pub food. If you cycled here, it's very tempting to stay here for several beers under the pretence of looking at your map and deciding where to go next!
How to get there
The Haven is a small, quiet hamlet of a few houses, west of Horsham, between Rudgwick and Five Oaks.
Cycle to Slinfold, either from Broadbridge Heath along the A264 turning right at the Toyota garage, or along the Downs Link bridleway from Christs Hospital [the bridleway crosses the road at Slinfold].
Turn left from Slinfold towards Five Oaks [a slight climb out of Slinfold] to the busy A29. At this road, turn left and, after 0.5 miles [0.8 km], turn right [signposted for 'The Haven' and 'Lower Lodge shooting grounds']. After 1.3 miles [2.1 km], turn left [signposted 'Garlands, Okehurst'] and the pub is down the lane on the right.
Suggested cycling routes from here
Bridleway just south of the pub, at the end of Marles Lane, takes you back to the A29. Or coming out of the pub, turn right and then take a left turn following sign for Gibbons Mill brings you to another bridleway which connects with the road between Loxwood and Rudgwick.
and/or head towards Rudgwick along the road you came on and take a right before the main A281 [it has a no through road sign] which leads on to a bridleway that connects up with the Downs Link.
Another pub in a southerly direction from here is the Cricketers Arms at Wisborough Green.
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We visited this pub tonight for the first time in many years. It has always been a lovely pub but the food was just average pub food. What a shock we got tonight when we saw the menu and likewise when our food arrived! A true transformation in every sense. Far better food, far better service, far better atmosphere. Apparently the owners have now been there for over two years, we only wish we had known before as we have clearly been missing out! Lovely people, family run, we were made to feel so welcome. The minute we arrived to the minute we left! Highly recommend this pub, go and try it for yourself. We won't be eating out anywhere else now!
Great Sunday lunch and friendly service. Went here for the first time today and would have no problem recommending it.
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