The Crabtree

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

Mon-Sat Lunch 12pm-3pm
Dinner 6pm-9.30pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm

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 Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Excellent all round. Left atmosphere blank as it was lunch. Really nice place

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Visited On Sunday, 12 January 2020

Lovely Sunday lunch. Would recommend this place to friends

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Visited On Thursday, 09 January 2020

Very good value for money

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Visited On Friday, 03 January 2020

The dining room was a bit chilly, but the food was delicious.

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Visited On Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Food was excellent although wines were good, thought they were slighy overpriced.

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Visited On Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Another brilliant night at the Crabtree , NYE Menu was absolutely first class and service was excellent too. What a great way to bring in the New Year. Thank you to all the Crabtree team x

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Visited On Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Food was lovely & staff were very welcoming as always, we had an early sitting on NYE (6pm) as we had children with us & were given our own room which was perfect. The only criticism (which we new in advance) was the table had to be back for 8pm so the evening felt a little rushed, a couple of our guests were late so i appreciate that didn’t help, but 2.5 hours possibly even 3 on NYE would have been better. It’s the second year we have done that & would still do it again.

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Visited On Tuesday, 31 December 2019

We booked as a party of 8, including 2 children, for New Year's Eve. Service from start to finish was excellent, and the children were even given their own celebratory 'champagne' in the form of sparkling elderflower. The star of the show was the food however, which was truly outstanding throughout. The menu was cleverly thought out and each and every course more delicious than the last. The standard was exceptionally high, especially the beef Wellington which was melt-in-the-mouth good and some of the best we have ever had. With one room given over to a dance floor and DJ for the evening, we had more than our fair share of laughs on what was an extremely enjoyable and memorable New Year's Eve celebration for the whole family. Great atmosphere, and loads of fun. Top marks Crabtree! And thank you for such a great night.

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Visited On Monday, 30 December 2019

Thanks for hosting our large group with 5 kids, we all enjoyed our food and the staff were friendly and attentive.

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Visited On Monday, 30 December 2019

Hit and miss with the food - mains great, starters ok, dessert hadn’t quite worked out (mousse hadn’t set and resulted in a few dollops on the plate).

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Visited On Monday, 30 December 2019

We enjoyed our lunch very much. The meal was excellent and promptly served.

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Visited On Sunday, 22 December 2019

Excellent Xmas lunch which added some real magic to the festivities.

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Visited On Sunday, 22 December 2019

We both enjoyed our Sunday Roasts - Chicken and Topside Beef.. Followed by Chocolate Brownie and Ice Cream.. My only comment would be that the Carrots and Beans would have been nicer cooked a little more.

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Visited On Sunday, 22 December 2019

A great varied menu from pub food style to more refined menu

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Visited On Friday, 20 December 2019

We had a party for 20, the service and food were fabulous - thank you.

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Visited On Friday, 20 December 2019

We found The Crabtree staff very welcoming and friendly, service was very attentive and at a comfortable pace, food was very nicely presented and we enjoyed it very much, the liver was excellent. Looking forward to returning soon. Job well done.

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Visited On Thursday, 19 December 2019

Special food, lovely atmosphere

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Visited On Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Always a great evening Good service, delicious food Was a bit quiet this time so lacked atmosphere

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Visited On Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Really friendly welcome and lovely food.. great staff 😀

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Visited On Monday, 16 December 2019

We’ve eaten there many many times but this night was really bad!!!! They’d run out of food items, couldn’t serve other food items on Xmas menu & to top it off the waitress was so rude - she obviously didn’t want to be there and everything was a huge effort for her!

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Visited On Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Lovely atmosphere, great service, superb food, thank you for a super evening

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Visited On Monday, 16 December 2019

I have eaten lunch at the Crabtree in the past and have been happy but unfortunately very disappointed with the meal on Tuesday evening. I had the pasta which was a very small portion for the price. It was cold and very oily and salty. I should of sent it back but felt uncomfortable doing so because I was with a very dear friend. I had a vegan chocolate pudding, delicious but again very expensive. It would of been nice if it came on a plant with a small spoon and maybe a few nice biscuits. It was a very expensive night and not very enjoyable. I will not be back also will not recommend you to my friends.

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Visited On Sunday, 15 December 2019

We had a lovely time and enjoyed every moment. The only thing you could have improved on is the food could have been hotter.

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Visited On Friday, 13 December 2019

Enjoyed our visit, arrived slightly early for our booking and was still accommodated. Staff friendly but got the feeling preferred their locals to attend.

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Visited On Thursday, 12 December 2019

Always very friendly staff & recommend the scotch eggs, chicken & chorizo!

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