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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
  • Outside Seating Area
  • 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 Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Good value and surroundings with friendly staff

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Visited On Monday, 11 February 2019

Very impressed nice atmosphere. We will come back

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Visited On Sunday, 10 February 2019

Mind blowing Sunday lunch.... I would recommend it to anyone and of course I will be bringing the Mrs back here again for food... she can pay this time though 😉 xx

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Visited On Sunday, 10 February 2019

Fantastic meal!

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Visited On Friday, 08 February 2019

Food, drink and service was all great. We didn't like the small room out the back, feels lacking in atmosphere and away from the lovely pub. It was however well serviced with the staff coming in and out to check all was okay very frequently and we know to ask for a table in the pub part next time.

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Visited On Friday, 08 February 2019

Very friendly service, good atmosphere in pub!

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Visited On Tuesday, 05 February 2019

Great new burger menu , we had a fab evening with excellent service from Hamish and the team .

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Visited On Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Never a let down . Delicious food and great service.

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Visited On Sunday, 27 January 2019

Great food and service, will definitely be going back.

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Visited On Friday, 25 January 2019

Very relaxed & cosy. Enjoyed our food

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Visited On Sunday, 20 January 2019

We have had AMAZING food and service at the Crabtree previously - not on a Sunday, so I wonder if that’s the difference...however we were very disappointed this time. The food (Sunday lunch - different chef inn Sundays?) was average but cost above average prices, and the service was diabolical. We were left with no drinks for 35 minutes and it took over an hour to get our food...people who came in after us were paid and gone before we’d hardly started eating our food...and we were fed up waiting to be offered dessert so had to ask for the menu. Our waitress Jordane barely communicated with us, ignored us for long periods of time and clearly didn’t want to be there! Awful! What a shame as we have loved this pub after previous visits :-(

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Visited On Friday, 18 January 2019

Food could have been hotter. Mine was not that hot.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 January 2019

Very friendly staff, a cosy atmosphere and our set lunch was delicious and great value

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Visited On Saturday, 12 January 2019

The food was excellent and the complinatary amuse-bouche was a lovely touch.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 January 2019

Food was very pleasant but the portions was very small. A portion of chips consisted of around 8-10 chips. Quite expensive and didn’t feel it was value for money. Beautiful pub and our table area was nice. Waiting service was very good.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 January 2019

Very disappointed that only one real ale was available on a Saturday evening. The staff were pleasant but didn’t really engage with us.

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Visited On Sunday, 06 January 2019

Well done!

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Visited On Saturday, 05 January 2019

Excellent birthday party. Cannot find fault. The food, service and wines were all great, as was the bill at the end.

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Visited On Friday, 04 January 2019

We visited for my husbands birthday. The staff were amazing from start to finisg, attentive, knowledgeable and extremely hekpful. We were made to feel very special and throughly enjoyed our visit 😊

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Visited On Friday, 21 December 2018

had an amazing meal, staff are fab, this pub/restaurant is a definitely worth a visit

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Visited On Wednesday, 02 January 2019

Fantastic lunch...not been to the crabtree for a wile and really glad that we did. looking forward to going back next weekend with friends.

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Visited On Monday, 31 December 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, as has been the case in the past. Thank you.

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Visited On Sunday, 23 December 2018

Great meal in such a great place.

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Visited On Sunday, 30 December 2018

Another lovely relaxed experience at The Crabtree. A warm welcome, good food and great service as always :)

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Visited On Saturday, 29 December 2018

Sixteen of us for a family 80th Birthday lunch. Excellent attentive but unobtrusive service; food delicious; the ambience relaxed and welcoming. Would highly recommend to others for similar gathering or just a drop in for a beer, lunch or supper. The poor were filled and the rich were merry.

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