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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, 21 October 2018

The service was superb, with great value for money. The food was lovely although the mussels and gravy with the roast was too salty however my husband said the soup was delicious.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

We had a family lunch here the day before our wedding and it was wonderful! We've visited a few times before and even with a large booking we always receive great food and excellent service. Would highly recommend :)

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Visited On Sunday, 14 October 2018

We had a fabulous lunch. We ate later than planned due to a problem with the online booking system but once there both the staff and level of service we received were really good and the food was excellent. We will definitely be back.

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Visited On Friday, 12 October 2018

Exceptional service, lovely pub and staff. Will be returning!

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Visited On Thursday, 11 October 2018

Manager was very accommodating for my partner and I whilst dining with our new born. Service was great, food was excellent

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 October 2018

A great lunch, thank you.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

Great food and service, good value for money. No-one rushes you.

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Visited On Thursday, 04 October 2018

Had a great meal with friends, good company with greatb food & wine, thank you. We'll be back over Christmas with our sons & their families.

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Visited On Sunday, 30 September 2018

Great for a Sunday roast. Food was delicious, service friendly - it was our first time here and we really enjoyed it. We'll be back.

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Visited On Sunday, 30 September 2018

Fabulous Sunday lunch. The food was probably the best roast I have had for a long time and the staff were all lovely. Warm and friendly atmosphere. Excellent Italian Merlot!

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Visited On Thursday, 27 September 2018

A return visit to The Crabtree didn't disappoint: the food was fabulous (we ate from the Lunch Menu), the setting was wonderful particularly as it was a gorgeous sunny day, the G&Ts were lip-smacking, and the bill was extremely modest. The only thing that did let the whole experience down was the table service which seemed stretched to say the least - we waited a while for our plates to be taken and next course to be served...however the day was saved by the serving of the most stupendous Apple Crumble I have ever tasted!!! Will definitely be going back...

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Visited On Sunday, 30 September 2018

Food great but the service was incredibly slow. 45 minutes before our order was taken and we felt we were constantly chasing up the waitress as nice as she was. Sadly rushed in the end and had been there 2.45 hrs!!

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Visited On Sunday, 30 September 2018

A Very nice family Sunday Roast

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Visited On Saturday, 29 September 2018

Very welcoming and delicious food

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Visited On Saturday, 29 September 2018

Welcoming and attentive service even though we ate lunch outside. Food was amazing, thank you.

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Visited On Sunday, 23 September 2018

Great food, lovely staff.

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Visited On Sunday, 23 September 2018

Perfect country pub. Beautiful location, stylish decor, outstanding food, exceptional service.

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Visited On Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Lovely food, good wine, good service and a very friendly welcome from the owner. It was a little quiet at lunchtime and perhaps a little music in the bar may have helped the ambiance?

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Visited On Sunday, 16 September 2018

Excellent Sunday lunch. Both meals were superb. The produce locally sourced and very well presented. Staff very friendly. Will be back.

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Visited On Saturday, 08 September 2018

Food was very good and the staff were excellent.

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Visited On Monday, 03 September 2018

Run out of two dishes early in the day. Forgotten about and left for lengthy amounts of time

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Visited On Sunday, 02 September 2018

Service was very slow. Table next to us had their order lost and we waited 20 mins for the waitress to come back to take our dessert order. I paid the bill at the bar rather than wait for the waitress to be free to bring it to the table - more staff needed at busy periods. Food was excellent, service let the experience down though.

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Visited On Sunday, 02 September 2018

First time. Enjoyed it. Being critical the service was very slow, and the beef over cooked but still had a nice time

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Visited On Sunday, 26 August 2018

Wasn’t as good as last time I went. Soup was lovely. Mains not bad. Sister had the bread and butter pudding, bit dry. Coffee too strong. Service a little slow. Was told it was very tight for bookings but actually was reasonably empty although I think there had been some late cancellations but meant others in our party couldn’t attend as only heard 50 mins prior that they could fit us all in.

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Visited On Saturday, 25 August 2018

Overall the Crabtree was good. I did have to ask three times for some water and as I am pregnant there’s not a huge amount of other things I can drink! The food was good though and decent portions. Although the scotch egg was tasty but overpriced. We did get attacked by wasps in the garden though and think there may be a wasp nest nearby as I’ve never seen so many. Would go back though.

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