The Village House Coaching Inn is nestled in the newly formed South Downs National Park, at the heart of the picturesque downland village of Findon, near Worthing and was first mentioned by name in the ‘Findon Chronicles’ in 1527 when it became the property of a Mr Thomas Beret. Since then the building has seen many changes of use and has been a private house as well as a convalescent home for the well heeled of London (no change there then).
In the 1930s the Village House became a guest house and tea room – a recently found advertisement dating from this time boasted of… en pension terms of 2 ½ guineas to 4 guineas per week-according to room and season… and… rooms with such modern conveniences as electric light. Today our rooms still retain their old world charm and atmosphere, but we try to offer a little more luxury than in the 1930s.
If you love walking, we are ideally located for both the South Downs and Monarchs Way, which both offer fantastic views across the south downs and Sussex coast. If golf is your passion there are two challenging golf courses nearby, or if it’s horse racing, then Fontwell and Goodwood racecourses are within easy distance. Findon is also the home of the Gifford Racing Stables who produced the famous Grand National winner, Aldaniti.
The Village House is now under the ownership of Paul Hills and Oliver Silverthorne and underwent a major refurbishment in early 2008, moving the bar across the room has opened up a bright and roomy bay window and installing a new log burner has given the pub a warm and cosy feeling. We also have regular live entertainment with popular music from local artists and starting in September a weekly quiz to raise money for nominated local charities amongst other events, see our events page for details.
We have six individually furnished en suite bedrooms-including one four poster- and each room has colour TV, coffee and tea making facilities, hairdryer and alarm clocks. Our philosophy reflects the charm of the village so if a tranquil setting and atmosphere is what you are looking for we strive to make your stay a relaxing one. Prices start from £45 per night bed & breakfast please call 01903 873350 for reservations or book online using button at top of page.
All guests can enjoy a breakfast of their choice in the restaurant. Our Findon breakfast is a hearty full English, with local bacon and sausage, free range organic eggs all cooked to your liking, or we have freshly baked croissants and a range of cereals, all served with freshly ground coffee or tea and fruit juices. We have a simple aim with our daily menus and that is to serve traditional and classic dishes that can be exciting or comforting depending on your needs.
The Village House has always been one of the focal points of the village, so we try to cater for everyone from ramblers and cyclists looking for a reviving snack to families on the go, to people looking for great food using great local produce. We strive very hard to source local produce (our chef even meets the local fisherman every morning to select fresh fish of the day) and have built a reputation for truly special freshly prepared fish and chips – which is also available to take away!!
Our selection of steaks are aged for flavour and char-grilled to your liking and we serve a proper Sunday lunch with real home- made gravy, followed by a hearty home-made pudding, or a selection of local cheeses (booking is advisable).
All our food can be enjoyed in the restaurant or the lively bar, which boasts a variety of award winning real ales, lagers, premium spirits and malt whiskies with a wine list carefully selected by ourselves that combines old world maturity with new world freshness.
For the summer months you can relax in our picturesque enclosed beer garden where you can enjoy great food cooked in our garden kitchen (weather permitting).