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A la Colthard/ The George at Burpham

Yesterday I had lunch with a very old friend – a versatile entrepreneur lately successful in internet travel – who has his main residence in Petworth and a flat in Marylebone.

We used to meet in Marylebone for our lunches, usually at one of my faves in old Marylebone Lane 28-50, but as both of us were spending more time in Sussex we switched the venues to its country pubs.

As I drove through the countryside, still attractive in deepest winter on a clear day, in a journey from East to West Sussex I thought what a lovely county Sussex is and how fortunate we are to live there.

It was so much more pleasant to drive through such countryside than the crowded streets of London bobbing and weaving to avoid pedestrians on their mobiles.

A word of warning now. The George is not that easy to find. It’s not even in Burpham, but the next village Welpham, and to reach it you go to Arundel and take a B road and then a dirt track. It’s not that well sign posted either.

The last and only time I visited the pub must have been over 20 years ago and we approached by walking the banks of the River Arun. It was called the George and Dragon then.

It was successful but the owners tired of it. So it was acquired by the village, tastefully refurbished and has an excellent menu.

I chose a sea food creme brûlée – a dish I have never sampled – followed by more traditional pub fare of steak ‘n pud. Both excellent.

My friend had a cabbage and bacon soup, and burger. We both indulged ourselves with poached pears in wine and vanilla ice cream.

So much for the January diet! With half a pint of local ale, a large Malbec, tomato juice and sparkling water the bill came to £80 for two. I could not fault the service.

The George has all the cosiness of a country pub with a fire roaring from the hearth plus an excellent menu. Our love of Sussex was gastronomically reaffirmed.

About Daphne Colthard

After graduating at RADA but finding no roles Daphne went into magazine journalism with Good Housekeeping. Widely recognised as one of the country's leading restaurant and hotel reviewers, particularly by herself, Daphne is the author of "Bedded and Breakfasted", a light hearted chick novel and Grand Hotels DC: the Daffers Dictionary. Daphne lives in West London and is married to an investment banker Oliver. They have 2 boys Humphrey and Tarquin. More Posts