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 Thursday, 18 July 2019

An excellent evening in a characterful pub with good food and friendly staff.

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Visited On Wednesday, 17 July 2019

It was a lovely treat for my birthday. Delicious food, lovely garden, good service ... what more can we ask.

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Visited On Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Great pub/restaurant with a lovely ambience and excellent service. Just the place to go for a lovely evening with friends

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Visited On Saturday, 13 July 2019

The waitress was very friendly and courteous. My friend ordered a fresh mint tea at the end which only had 1 small sprig of mint in it, otherwise the food was lovely.

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Visited On Friday, 12 July 2019

Waitress was run off her feet so we didn’t get water, various sauces etc despite asking - it took several asks to get what we wanted! We love the Crabtree but you need more staff!

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Visited On Monday, 08 July 2019

Fantastic staff and efficient service....the atmosphere was just perfect for our meal.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 June 2019

Excellent friendly service food excellent cannot fault

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Visited On Sunday, 07 July 2019

Despite having a lot of staff the service was very very slow. We would have ordered three courses and more drink, but we sadly ran out of time due to the slow service. Note to other customers that a large wine at the Crabtree is 175ml (standard wine serving) I advise that guests check the drinks menu before ordering wine. On a positive note the food was tasty and hot, the pub itself is in a nice setting with outside dinning and a garden for those summer evenings. We might return again but if we do it will not be on a weekend

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Visited On Sunday, 07 July 2019

We had heard amazing things about The Crabtree so decided to try Sunday lunch. It didn’t live up to our expectations in all honesty. The welcome was fantastic and our table was ready early. Our table however was located in the thoroughfare between the front door and the back door - it was chilly sitting there and there were no other tables as it was busy. An elderly couple came and sat on the table next to us and the likewise felt it was cold. The table was also very near the kitchen which should have been fine however there was some excessive shouting coming from the kitchen which included ‘come on guys it’s the last stretch let’s get these dishes out’ - surely they realise the customers can hear them shouting? Our starters were fab, both really tasty and decent size too. We both had roasts which were disappointing- the veg and Yorkshire pudding was lukewarm at best, my partner sent his back. I had the leek tart which was quite tasteless apart from a lot of cream! The potatoes were more like boiled potatoes than roast. We weren’t asked how our meal was despite us both leaving half our plates, I suspect that the staff knew it wasn’t great. I’m not sure whether this has put us off going back completely, I think it’s likely.

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Visited On Sunday, 07 July 2019

Our waitress was excellent. Hitting the right note of hospitality. A lovely young lady. Thank you.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 July 2019

Lovely meal and helpful staff, definitely will be back!

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Visited On Saturday, 06 July 2019

We had a lovely meal. Great setting. Lovely crab starter and the sorbets were delicious.

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Visited On Monday, 01 July 2019

Food and seating area was lovely. Unfortunately service was very slow and we waited over 15 minutes for someone to take our drinks order and then another 10 mins for them to arrive. We then had to wait another 10 minutes to place our food order. Staff were very pleasant and friendly and could not fault their interaction with us, apart from we felt we had been forgotten as we were in a side room. If service had been quicker, value for money would also have been rated higher. It was our first visit to the pub and we will give it another try, as we are hoping this was a one off for slow service.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 June 2019

Great service and food we couldn’t have asked for anything more THANK YOU

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Visited On Friday, 28 June 2019

Very expensive starters , wine etc

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Visited On Thursday, 27 June 2019

For our last three visits we have specifically said when booking on line we do not want to be seated in the central area as we find it claustrophobic. We requested either the garden room or the front room. On every occasion we have arrived to be told neither area was available. I understand this however would have expected to have been contacted beforehand and I would have cancelled, it appears the system reminds you of your booking but The Crabtree pays no attention to your booking request, Seated in bar area - too much noise, disruptive children. Service very friendly but not very efficient - we were asked after starters if we wanted desert, and a very long wait for deserts. We have used The Crabtree every few months for many years and are unlikely to return after our recent experiences,

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Visited On Thursday, 27 June 2019

Everyone in our party of 7 enjoyed there lunch. The sea bream and Lemon risotto were particularly good. Service can be a little patchy. We needed to ask for water and it wasn’t replenished despite the warm weather and towards the end of lunch no one enquired about whether we had completed our lunch and we eventually came inside for our bill. A small improvement in service would make this an even better experience. However, I am sure we’ll return

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Visited On Tuesday, 25 June 2019

We rate this as one of the best and most memorable ‘pub’ lunches we have ever eaten. We will definitely be going back.

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Visited On Thursday, 20 June 2019

Lovely evening as usual here. Service and food excellent. Thanks so much.

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Visited On Wednesday, 19 June 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The food, staff and setting were all excellent. We shall be back and have already recommended The Crabtree to friends.

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Visited On Monday, 17 June 2019

Always get great service and fantastic food

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Visited On Saturday, 15 June 2019

A very pleasant visit. We had a lovely lunch and the service was excellent

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Visited On Friday, 14 June 2019

There was 5 of us, we all enjoyed it very helpful staff, hope to go back soon

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Very accommodating friendly staff and great food.

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Visited On Saturday, 08 June 2019

Tastiest restaurant veggie meal I've had in a very long time!! Thank you!

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