West Sussex is the perfect destination for a day trip out of London. And Lickfold Inn is the best place to settle for an upmarket countryside lunch.
Tucked away amongst the verdant green fields of West Sussex is the refined and intimate Lickfold pub. Downstairs, the cosy bar area is ideal for drinks and bar snacks, in winter a roaring fire provides warmth. Upstairs the dining room is a lovely setting for a long lunch with friends or a special romantic dinner.
The kitchen focusses on showcasing seasonal produce from the area. Tom Sellers heads up the team as Executive Chef giving direction and guidance with the menu, and Head Chef Graham Squire is at the stove cooking up beautiful plates of food each day. Though the food is quintessentially British, Graham adds twists of creativity and flair wherever possible, which makes the whole dining experience exciting and appetising for the guests.
At lunchtime there is a set menu – £24 for two courses or £30 for three. We opted for the a la carte, eager to try some of the Lickfold favourites from the main list.
To start, Aged beef tartare with Lickfold garnishes was a stand-out dish, immaculately presented with a ‘do it yourself’ garnish plate. I also loved the Green strawberry and beetroot salad, a light dish with contrasting sweet and earthy flavours.
I was very tempted by the Côte de Boeuf for two with seasonal vegetables for main course… but decided on the Lamb Rump with Broad beans and braise. The lamb was exemplary, a perfectly cooked and seasoned piece of meat with plump beans and a rich and velvety jus. The fish dishes on the other side of the table also looked good, wholesome plates of food showing off the last of the summery ingredients.
The desserts were almost too pretty to eat… I adored the bramble souffle, the perfect fluffy sweet finish to the meal, served with almost savoury tasting brown bread ice-cream. The gooseberry, white chocolate and elderflower was also a success with our table, a pleasant combination of different textures and tastes, the sweetness of the white chocolate balanced by the floral elderflower.
I can’t imagine a nicer way to spend a weekend than a long walk in the Sussex countryside and a restorative feast afterwards at the Lickfold Inn.
More information and book a table at Lickfold Inn here.