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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 Sunday, 20 May 2018

Food was very good on the whole, although roast lamb was a little tough. Service was very slow.

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Visited On Friday, 18 May 2018

The food took quite some time to come. The tuna steak was over cooked and the lamb tough but otherwise the meals were good. You did offer an amuse bouche as the food service was slow which was nice and accommodatedmy guests gluten free request.

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Visited On Thursday, 17 May 2018

A great night at the Crabtree on Thursday. The Curry was delicious. Well done to Steve and the team.

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Visited On Monday, 14 May 2018

Lovely meal and attentive service. We were in a little hurry so couldn’t fully enjoy theee courses but would certainly recommend and look forward to returning. The pie of the day was fabulous!

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Visited On Saturday, 12 May 2018

5*

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 May 2018

We held a lunch for my mother's 94th birthday. We could not have been looked after better - the staff went out of their way to make it a wonderful success. The food was delicious, the service was great and although we were a very noisy table, they did not mind . We asked for a cake and the most fabulous and delicious cake appeared - it was the perfect day. We did the same thing last year and God willing, we'll be back next

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Visited On Friday, 04 May 2018

Fantastic meal & great friendly service.

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Visited On Friday, 04 May 2018

50 min wait between starters being removed and main course. There was also something very weird about my steak. Tasted very carboney

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Visited On Tuesday, 01 May 2018

Pleasantly impressed with our lunch at the Crabtree. Will definitely return and recommend.

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Visited On Tuesday, 01 May 2018

Very good service

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Visited On Monday, 30 April 2018

We asked if we could have raw Oysters , unfortunately with in 20 minutes I felt unwell and felt like I would faint and had stomach cramps. My husband paid as I sat on the the step outside. I had a bad Oyster which made me ill all night.

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Visited On Saturday, 28 April 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, for 12, on Saturday. We had the Cellar room and the table layout was perfect... all of our meals were delicious, well cooked and beautifully presented and the staff were really friendly and couldn’t have done any more to make our dining experience better! Thank you for an unforgettable Birthday for my mum!

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Visited On Friday, 27 April 2018

Really lovely evening and excellent food. It was my friend’s birthday and the staff made a real effort to make it an occasion - singing happy birthday and adding a few celebratory candles to the dessert. I have already recommended The Crabtree to friends and will certainly be returning in the future!

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Visited On Tuesday, 24 April 2018

I'm biased because I'm local and have been going there for years, but it's difficult not to love the place. Without doubt the best "Hendricks & Elderflower tonic" that anybody makes anywhere in West Sussex. The food is "what it says on the tin" and the presentation is excellent. The waiting staff are always a pleasure and as for Steve (aka JT), you couldn't want for anybody better behind a bar.

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Visited On Friday, 13 April 2018

Couldn't fault a thing. Great atmosphere, lovely staff that were welcoming, friendly and made us feel at home. The food was lovely, tasty, well presented and a good size, All in all, a nice evening dinner in a lovely Sussex pub.

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Visited On Monday, 09 April 2018

always enjoyable.my favourite in the area

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Visited On Sunday, 01 April 2018

This is our third visit and we always have a really lovely time. 😊

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Visited On Saturday, 31 March 2018

Perfect!!

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Visited On Thursday, 22 March 2018

I was disappointed with my meal compared to other dining experiences I’ve had at the Crabtree. The pate and Rilette were good but under seasoned. The dosa wasn’t really a dosa and wasn’t very spicey and I thought very overpriced. There was very little dahl on the plate. Service was excellent.

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Visited On Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Excellent meal as usual, efficient service from attentive staff.

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Visited On Saturday, 10 March 2018

Great place

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Visited On Saturday, 10 March 2018

it was a great dinner and was fortunate enough to find a table when the place was full. great help from staff

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Visited On Friday, 09 March 2018

There was a mistake with the special menu however it was generously rectified.

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Visited On Friday, 09 March 2018

Food was very tasty, service was fantastic, Will definitely be back!

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Visited On Saturday, 24 February 2018

Would just like to say the service was excellent, but don't Like service charge being added as if service is good which it was we would tip accordingly and not if not. And Would have preferred a breakdown on bill. But not really Moaning as we had a wonderful lunch in a lovely place. Everyone we had dealings with were excellent, especially our waitress.

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