The Selsey Arms ... Coolham
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.
How to get there
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'
The Selsey Arms There are 5 customer reviews with an average rating of
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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.
The Selsey Arms sells Doom Bar for £3.30 and cheese and biscuits for £6.50, not the prices mentioned in comments below.
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.
Just had a couple of pints of Adnams Ghost Ship and a rib eye steak that was cooked to perfection.
My fiancé and I stayed here on our last night in the UK as it was conveniently located just 20 minutes from Gatwick Airport. Our room was in The Forge and was large, clean and tidy, with a very comfortable bed. We had the pleasure of meeting the landlord, Graham and his family, and we understand they have taken over the pub since Christmas. Food was reasonably priced and of a good quality, barman had a very good knowledge of the beers and ales on tap and the pub atmosphere was lovely. Overall, our stay at the Selsey Arms was a wonderful, quintessentially English end to our holiday. Will definitely be staying again on our next visit to the UK.
Stopped off at the Selsey Arms for refreshment during a day's walking with friends. Very warm welcome, it was obvious from our garb we were walking and an offer to refill our water bottles was made as soon as we approached the bar, we were even offered cordial! Great facilities, beautiful garden. Will return!
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