The Fountain Inn ... Ashurst
Dating from the 16th century, the Fountain Inn is a free house comprising several small bar areas with flagstone floors, wooden beams and inglenook fireplace. Good choice of beers include Fullers, Harveys and two other guest beers. There are attractive gardens with pond - and a skittle alley and function room in a separate building at the front of the pub.
How to get there
Ashurst is between Henfield and Ashington, on the B2135 south of Partridge Green.
The best off road route is to pick up the Downs Link bridleway at Southwater or Copsale and cycle south. At Partridge Green, turn right on to the B2135 [the bridleway crosses this road] and continue for 2 miles [3.2 km] and the pub is on the left.
On road - mainly quiet roads, from Horsham, cycle to Mannings Heath on the A281 and turn right at Monk's Gate to Nuthurst. Continue through the village for 2.2 miles [ 3.6 km] to the A272. Cross straight over the crossroads and follow this road through Littleworth to Partridge Green. Turn left on to the B2135, going south, and continue as above.
Visit the White Horse at Maplehurst on the way back.
Suggested cycling routes from here
Cycle south to pick up the Downs Link again at Steyning and then on to the coast. It's about 50 miles round trip from Horsham, so you need to be a regular cyclist to do this, but it's great to sit on the beach with an ice cream!
The Fountain Inn There are 12 customer reviews with an average rating of
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Lovely pub to stop off for a drink and food. Soleus organic white wine...really good. Very friendly staff, we were in Sussex for a weekend and went four times. Thank you x
Now under new owners, it's great pub with great owners. Thank God the previous owners have gone.
Came to lunch and was told it would take 30 mins. That turned out to be 1 hr 20 mins and less than a handful of chips. For such a simple meal!
Had lunch today, waited 90 minutes for it to arrive (a simple burger). It beats around an hour a previous time I was here. My best advice is to go somewhere else. Was much better when run by the previous management.
Some close friends and I have been checking out pubs that serve Sunday Roasts in the Horsham area - with some very mixed results. However, the Fountain met and exceeded all of our expectations. The pub was very busy (usually a good sign) but despite this the staff were polite and very attentive. The roast beef was fabulous, vegetables were perfect and the roast potatoes crunchy on the outside but divinely fluffy on the inside. The price was on the high side but worth every penny. Well done all! We will be back soon.
Atmosphere and service excellent. Food disappointing. Ham and Emmental sandwich for about £6.00! Should have been overflowing with ham and cheese and maybe in decent bread. I've had better looking sandwiches from a supermarket for a couple of £s.
Brilliant! Great atmosphere, love the inglenook fireplace, so cavernous try and take a look up the chimney when you're there. Warm, friendly and great food. Was a bit noisy when a table of 7 children started making too much noise, but this is not the pub's fault. I agree that this is not the best place to bring children, it's too small for their needs and they also ruin the quiet nature of the place. Will def be going back!
After reading the reviews I was wary but a friend suggested so I went along. The garden was beautiful, the service efficient and friendly and the smoked salmon and crayfish salad a delight. I don't know why people have been giving such poor reviews.
Great little pub, used to go there on a Fri after work, with Corine and Kev for a few quiets!
Four of us came for Sunday lunch and had roast lamb at £13.50 which is really too dear. We waited 50 mins and were told it wouldn't be long, it was approx. another 10 mins. Meal not hot, potatoes not fresh but warmed up, sprouting broccoli not cooked, very over priced. Poor quality service and food, cheaper and better food in lots of other local pubs.
Eighteen members of Ashington Rambling Club had their lunch here last Monday (11 Jul 11). None of us could fault the meals or the service we received. In all areas we can only describe this pub as Excellent. Fortunately also, it was a lovely day so we enjoyed our lunches in the lovely garden.
This pub has just been taken over by Whites of Steyning so we thought we would give it a go for lunch. Quite frankly, will never return as the open steak sandwich I ordered was raw and the cheese and onion sandwich my wife had was served with (what seemed to be) sliced white bread from a supermarket. I could have gone to a Beefeater for a better meal.
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