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“Service, Food and Decor all excellent, apart from the yucky gravy!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hillside Inn

Hillside Inn
Balcombe Road, Pound Hill, Crawley RH10 7SX, England
01293 880911
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Ranked #16 of 172 Restaurants in Crawley
Cuisines: Pub
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
London, United Kingdom
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Service, Food and Decor all excellent, apart from the yucky gravy!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

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.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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crawley
1 review
“pies,pies,pies”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

wednesday is great if you like pies xxxxxxxxxxxx, chicken an ham its back yeah thanks missed it as the chicken an mushroom one was not as good.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent service let down by poor food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

We havent been in years due to a previous poor experience but thought we would give it another go and wished we hadnt bothered.

The children's menu is a bit strange with limited choices and unusual flavours added to what may otherwise be palatable to an under 5.

There is a huge variety on the menu which is great, however, the food was either over or under cooked on the same plate, unseasoned and lacking substance. It was so poor we went without dessert as we weren't prepared to spend another £18.00 and be disappointed.

All in all for a bill of well in excess of £50.00 for two adults and a child I would have expected a lot better.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Nice looking pub, not matched by service or food.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013 via mobile

Have visited a few times and always fairly disappointed. Its always ok. The place is cosy, but the staff never look happy to be there. The menu is nice looking but again the quality is hit and miss when served.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Poor Pie”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We are regular customers of the Hillside so we were looking forward to try the new "pie menu" on a Wednesday evening .My Wife and I both had Steak and Merlot wine pie with shallots .
We were very disappointed as the pie was mainly filled with onions and the Mediterranean vegetables were very onion based as well .We have eaten at the Hillside on dozens of occasions and the food and service were excellent but the the pies last Wednesday night were very poor.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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