The Crabtree

The Crabtree, Brighton Road, Lower Beeding, United Kingdom, RH13 6PT
Critics Review 9/10
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Opening Information

Monday - Saturday
Lunch-12-3pm
Dinner 6pm-9pm
Sunday
12pm-6pm Lunch

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Families and Children Welcome

About The Crabtree

The Crabtree is a family run public house, located in the beautiful Sussex countryside south of Horsham.

We serve great local, seasonal food, organic wines and fabulous real ales in warm and welcoming surroundings.

Cuisine: Locally Sourced
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Critics Review
Fine food in a stunning setting
9/10
Picture this, we’re rolling through the Sussex countryside happily, looking forward to a lovely dinner out and pleased to have escaped the summer bustle of the city. Happy days! Then the sat-nav dies. Panic ensues, we’re going to be late! Where the hell is Lower Beeding? How many times can you circle a roundabout?! A stark lesson that we are lost without phone signal and Google Maps. Luckily, after resorting to good old fashioned road sign reading and domestic bickering we make it to the pub in one piece. Located just off the A23 and not far from Horsham, The Crabtree is nestled away down a small road with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Entering the pub, we are greeted by Hamish, manager of The Crabtree and a man who has an impressive background in the restaurant industry having previously worked at Food for Friends and the popular Due South in Brighton. A family-run pub, The Crabtree is owned by Simon Hope (Hamish’s father) and you can feel that the team is tight-knit and well versed in the art of great service, smiles are cheery and we are immediately offered a stroll around the pub to see the snug bar and the sweeping gardens which house wedding marques in the summer and plenty of barbecues. The benches even have sheepskin rugs on to cosy up your evening drink – small innovative touches that I notice throughout our evening at The Crabtree. Whilst choosing we munch on the fresh bread that is brought to the table with a side of sea salt infused butter. Hamish tells us that all the bread and sweet treats are made in the outhouse next to the pub by their talented pastry chef, including the celebratory cakes that can be made to order and all the compartments of their popular cream tea (£20 per head)...
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Visited On Friday, 07 August 2020

This place is a little slice of heaven! If I could give it more than five stars I would. Beautiful pub with a magical garden, backing on to wildflower-strewn fields. We had dinner, and the food was exceptionally creative. We particularly loved the desserts. Service was very warm and we felt hugely welcome. Will have to find an excuse to go back!

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Visited On Thursday, 06 August 2020

We’re already planning our next visit with friends

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Visited On Thursday, 06 August 2020

Very welcoming. Excellent service.

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Visited On Thursday, 06 August 2020

I was impressed, I last ate at the Crabtree approx. 10 years ago. The service was disgusting although the food was good. I decided to give it another go, and pleased I did.

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 August 2020

Disappointed that the beer die took is dominated by Heineken which as a beer lover is a big minus point for me. The ribeye steaks were very thin but good flavour. Puddings were rather flavourless. Service was very good and mains otherwise good. COVID precautions inevitably detract from the atmosphere but felt you did a great job despite the no doubt considerable challenge. Good effort.

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 August 2020

Beautiful pub. The food was absolutely delicious with great service.

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 August 2020

All in all a nice afternoon out and I'm glad the pub is part of the eat out to help out scheme. Was very pleased they were able to accommodate us at last minute notice. The setting is so lovely - the garden area was really great. The staff were working very hard as they were stretched and they were friendly. Sadly the food did let the experience down - the sweetcorn croquettes sounded lovely but were dry and over priced. The vegetarian salad was very basic and wasn't a main course - again over priced for what it was. Veggie burger was homemade which is lovely but over seasoned. Lamb burger was great and the triple cooked chips were also good. Sticky toffee pudding was amazing (best thing of the day) but the rice pudding wasn't cooked and just didn't taste very nice at all so wasn't eaten. The veggie options are limited and the food was hit and miss - we did tell the waitress on the day. Shame as it could've been really lovely and was average.

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 August 2020

This is an absolute gem of a pub. Situated opposite South Lodge hotel. My friends have recently moved from America from the heart of buffalo, New York City and they thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere, food, and service of this great pub. We would heartily recommend this pub to anyone.

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 August 2020

Lovely food

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 August 2020

Friendly efficient staff . Good food. Good wine. I wish them well.

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 August 2020

Very enjoyable afternoon, great food and service. Will return and would recommend

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 August 2020

Really lovely as always , service not quite on point when drinks order ( s ) taken and my friends steak bavette , so she said wasn't great either. 3 other meals were fab.

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 August 2020

Went along for lunch to celebrate family bday, very good food and excellent value. Will return.

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Visited On Monday, 03 August 2020

Thank you for a lovely meal. The food was really fantastic and great value for money

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Visited On Monday, 03 August 2020

Waitress very accommodating and understanding of allergies and modifications for dishes - was much appreciated. Food excellent and great value on the eat out to help out scheme. Complimentary nibbles from the chef was a nice touch too.

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Visited On Monday, 03 August 2020

Lovely food, we were fortunate enough with the weather to be able to sit outside, but would be more than happy to eat in on a colder day. All the staff were friendly and accommodating - will definitely return.

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Visited On Friday, 31 July 2020

First Time at the Crab Tree for a meal and wasn’t disappointed, service was spot on, attentive without being intrusive.

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Visited On Sunday, 02 August 2020

Our Sunday lunch was the worst experience with food for a number of years. After sending it back once because all three dishes were cold, they arrived a second time equally as cold!!! Saying that the staff who dealt with these issues were great. We were asked to pay half towards the food which we refused and left with no charge. On previous occasions our visits have been spot on so I can only put that Sunday down to the Chef having a bad day at the office!!!! Thanks

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Visited On Saturday, 01 August 2020

Little concerned that a group of 6 females turned up separately and then hugged and kissed each other with no regard for social distancing

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Visited On Saturday, 01 August 2020

What can I say but thank thank you so much for making my special day perfect xx

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Visited On Friday, 31 July 2020

Seemed very confused in terms of how service was being offered. Food really average which was a surprise. Decided to close at 10, didn’t advise us of that or we wouldn’t have booked for 8.30, we were told we couldn’t have a coffee as the machine was switched off, 5 minutes later when we walked through to pay the bill (as nobody came to take payment) all the staff were having a glass of wine! Might do well to remember you have people paying to be there, perhaps they should be served first before you serve yourself. Poor, wont be back.

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Visited On Friday, 31 July 2020

Lovely pub

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Visited On Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Limited menu atm

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Visited On Tuesday, 28 July 2020

A beautiful with friendly staff. A wider bar menu with a few more veggie options would make it perfect.

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Visited On Monday, 27 July 2020

Beautiful pub with a great atmosphere (even on a Monday evening)! Our main meals were unbelievable- some of the best we’ve ever had but the pudding did let it down. I ordered the rice pudding with raspberry’s/meringue and basil. It was just a bowl with some strawberries and very overpowering sauce. Not what was advertised sadly.

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