Restaurant Review: The Welldiggers Arms


Carole Hamilton enjoys a slice of beautiful Sussex countryside along with some very good food

A 300-year-old country pub set within the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park and close to the historic town of Petworth, at The Welldiggers Arms you have it all; good food, a drink or two in the traditional bar and you can then cosy up in one of the 14 bedrooms. What more do you need from a relaxing weekend in the country!


Our room is small but stylish with all mod cons and the bed faces a little terrace with stunning views across the rolling fields, The inn is situated on quite a busy road but you wouldn’t know it as we sit and watch the sun set with just the sound of birds for company.

The food and wine


We’ve heard good things about the food at the inn so can’t wait for our dinner. The high-ceilinged, light and airy dining room offers a menu of seasonal fare, while the snug bar offers everything you’d expect from a country pub. I like the fact that the kitchen is open and you can only marvel at the speed at which the chef and his team cater for the busy dining room which is fit to burst – with quite a few people in the bar just waiting to grab a table the minute one becomes free.

The service is brisk and cheerful and we’re soon tucking into starters of roasted squash and goats cheese for me and the Welldiggers prawn cocktail for my other half. I couldn’t resist the hearty beef and stilton pie with greens and mash (it was a cold evening that demanded comfort food) and my husband loved his local South Down rump of lamb with wild garlic potatoes.

The wine list is varied and prices ranges from about £18 to £90 a bottle, there’s also the option of a carafe if you don’t want a whole bottle but a glass isn’t quite enough.


We’re pretty full by this stage, thanks to the generous portions but there’s always room for dessert and we’re invited to view all that’s on offer at the deli counter. We settle on the summer berry and lemon curd mess and the treacle tart with clotted cream, happily sharing them before finishing with some rather good coffee.

All that delicious food helped to ensure a good night’s sleep and I’m not totally sure we needed the excellent full English breakfast that’s on offer as part of your stay. But it would have been rude to refuse, and jolly good it was too!

The details
Venue: The Welldiggers Arms is part of the Epicurean Collection of boutique inns dedicated to serving great British food in comfortable surroundings, most are set in idyllic countryside or within village locations. Discover more locations at
Price: Rooms start from £90 during the week, including breakfast. Dogs are welcome too for an extra £15.
Where: The Welldiggers Arms, Low Heath, Petworth GU28 0HG
Bookings: Phone 01798 344288 or click here.

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