Myself and a friend went there today 30th April, it must be 20 years since last there. The first thing that hit you as you walked in was the calmness and colours of the décor and the comfortable seating. I noticed the Bar area was a very small indeed and badly lit, however the Restaurant part was a joy to sit in. Our waitress was very helpful and smiley, and had a lovely manner, nothing was too much for her. Although the menu is the same as all Vintage Inns, the prep of this meal was far superior to that of its sister pub, The Six Bells in Horley. For those not familiar with the area, The Hillside is actually in “Pound Hill, which is a suburb of Crawley town almost 2 miles away. There are 3 menus to choose from, and if you play around with them and order some from the Main Menu and some from the Fixed Prix Menu it actually works out cheaper by a few quid! Something vintage Inns have overlooked. We had the Bread platter with Oil based herb dip while we had our Wine and Beer, the bread platter of 3 breads was lovely but why on earth serve a baked folded Tortilla Wrap with beautiful Bread? Even the waitress thought it a strange combination. My friend wanted 2 starters and no main course and I wanted a main course (that is how we saved on the £’s, and the same can be done on the desserts)! The Pea and Mint soup was rather weak but a lovely flavour and came with Granary Bread. The deep fried Mushrooms came with a very over powering Aioli, although I like garlic it was far too strong. I had the Toad in the Hole with wonderful Cumberland Sausages Peas (not much you can say about Peas is there?), light and crisp Yorkshire, Mashed Potatoes and a Yucky Gravy, that the waitress says was not powdered, however it tasted of powder, and had a tang which was not pleasant. My friend had a large white Coffee, and the whole bill came to £25.45. So fairly good value for money, but once again the service was welcoming, friendly and efficient. Outside there is a very pleasant seating area, where people wedge coins in between the table top and the glass topWould go back again when in the area.
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