We recently booked one night at Horse Guards as we were attending a wedding close by. We wish we could have stayed more, it was sheer bliss from beginning to end. Fortunately we arrived early before the wedding and had time for a very good lunch, all served with great charm, humour and efficiency; the food was excellent as was the wine list. I have been to the pub before but never stayed as an overnight guest. The twin room upstairs was just divine, views over the South Downs with a lovely light and airy bathroom (if I have one small comment against the room it would have to be the flush on the loo which is not very good, enough said on that). The decor is very much to our taste and I cannot imagine anyone not liking it, all comforts considered and nice to be able to have tea in bed with a biscotti before going downstairs for breakfast. The choice was simple and covered most things anyone could wish for. Very nice toast, made from wonderful bread and impossible to resist along with nicely presented butter sprinkled with seasalt (I try not to eat toast but this was not one of those mornings). Our full English was cooked perfectly and just the right amount, not overfacing but also not mean. We had planned to join friends who live in Chichester for lunch the following day but sadly the bookings were already too buoyant to accommodate us at late notice (although we were offered a table outside, even with a sunny day the air was chilly and we opted for somewhere else - this proved to be a disappointing mistake). My husband ordered a suit from a very nice shop in Petworth and we will have to return to collect it, I shall make sure we book lunch in good time so as not to be disappointed again. The message here is to make sure you plan well ahead of time.
I read a bad review from someone who had stayed at Horse Guards and all I can say is they must be very much in the minority.
It is just perfect and we loved it.
Thank you for making us feel welcome and comfortable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming 300 year-old Inn close to the historic towns of Petworth and Midhurst.Accommodation available, all en suite, and a la carte dining.The pub attracts a clientele, who appreciate its friendly atmosphere, quality wines, and imaginative well presented food. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Horse Guards Hotel Tillington