The Selsey Arms ... Coolham

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OS Map : Landranger 187 · Map reference TQ 120 227


The Selsey Arms sells Harveys Sussex, Sharp's Doom Bar and Flowers IPA. It is an informal village pub with wooden floors, exposed brickwork and three fireplaces. One side of the pub has a slightly more restaurant feel. All food is home-cooked.

The pub is in a small village but is located on a crossroads that can be busy. The pub has two gardens at front and rear. The attractive rear garden is a bit 'hidden' but is more secluded and away from the road. The pub provides accommodation in four en suite letting rooms.

The Selsey Arms

How to get there

By car
Coolham is on the A272 between Billingshurst and the A24 at Buck Barn. Drive south on the A24 from Horsham and turn right on the A272 towards Billingshurst. Coolham is about 2.5 miles [4 km] from the A24 junction.

Cycle to Southwater from Horsham crossing the A24 at the Hop Oast roundabout - take care if you use the Worthing Road, it can be busy. Cycle through Southwater, past the Hen and Chicken on the left and then over the old railway bridge past the Cock pub on the right.

Turn right into Shipley Road [before the A24 bypass] and cycle for 1.7 miles [2.7 km] until the A272. Turn right ["Billingshurst, Coolham" - busy road] and continue for 2 miles [3 km] until you reach Coolham, where the pub is on the left.

Or, a quieter but longer route is via Christ's Hospital - Two Mile Ash - Barns Green and then south to Coolham on the B2139.

Suggested cycling routes from here

Visit Shipley, a few miles east of of the pub, and see the restored windmill which used to be the home of the poet Hillaire Belloc. It was also the location for the TV series 'Jonathan Creek'

Nearby pubs include the George and Dragon and the Countryman Inn. These pubs are north and south of the A272. The A272 can be avoided using country lanes [and a bridleway] south of Coolham.

Return home via the quiet roads between the A272 - Dragons Green - Christ's Hospital - Southwater/Horsham.

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The Selsey Arms There are 3 customer reviews with an average rating of 3.3333 out of 5.0

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Tulip Salvatore · 06-December-2013

2Score Score 2

In need of some atmosphere! Constantly changing management, probably because of the lack of above. In need of maybe a pool table and even just a quiet bit of music in the background and I may consider using this pub more often. Just offering food (which could be made at home for much cheaper) isn't enough to keep this pub going, atmosphere is the key and what it's been lacking for at least 8 years! A very turn-around and who's-in-my-village type of pub.

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Horsham Pub Guide · 28-November-2012

5Score Score 5

The Selsey Arms sells Doom Bar for £3.30 and cheese and biscuits for £6.50, not the prices mentioned in comments below.

Graham Denness · 29-October-2012

3Score Score 3

Work near this pub and have visited since new landlady took over. Went in for lunch last week 25th October 2012 and ordered a pint of Doom Bar and a cheese and biscuits. The cost was £13.10. I was taken aback by the cost and should have asked for a breakdown but waited eagerly for my lunch to arrive. It was disappointing given the outrageous cost and I won't be going here again I'm afraid - too costly. Nearby pub does Doom Bar for £4.20 a pint so that makes the lunch very expensive.

Mark Carter · 17-October-2012

5Score Score 5

Just had a couple of pints of Adnams Ghost Ship and a rib eye steak that was cooked to perfection.

Pub score Score 1 - No Good · Score 5 - Excellent