Pub Of The Week: The Hartington
- Tom Bull
- On June 28, 2016
Tucked away between Hartington and Whippingham Road lies something that is becoming increasingly rare.
A pub that caters entirely for family, that serves the community and welcomes customers like locals whether they are or not. The Hartington Pub boasts a great atmosphere as well as great food and service – and is not a chain.
The pub is run by a couple, Sarah and Simon, and they work tirelessly to provide amazing service and make you feel welcome in their pub. They do more than just take your order, they converse with you and make you feel at home. This, combined with the homely feeling of the pub itself will make The Hartington feel like a quintessential local even if it is your first time in the establishment.
Offering a wide range of beers on tap as well locally sourced craft ale, The Hartington really does do their best to utmost to serve Sussex. Supporting the locally brewed drinks as well as getting their food local butchers, they maintain the freshness of their food as well as supporting local businesses. This is one of the reasons that this pub is rare; it is local in all senses of the word.
The Hartington offers a wide range of books and board-games available for all who stop in, a small touch but a fantastic demonstration of its commitment to making its customers feel at home none the less. As well these little touches it also provides the more traditional pub games such as darts and a pool table, it even comes complete with a pub dog.
The menu is traditional, but there are different specials and deals each night to keep it fresh. The food is exceptional quality, the burgers are better than most pub burgers and the sandwich menu at lunchtimes is perfect for those looking to escape the office and find somewhere relaxing and hidden away. Their Sunday roast, like many pubs, is their standout meal. Offering a wide range of meats and smaller portions for kids, there is something to suit everyone. It does get very busy on a Sunday, but if you ring ahead a table and a meal can be put aside for you!
Armchairs and a fireplace make The Hartington seem as though it is more of a living room than a pub, and a great sized beer garden tucked away around the back means there is room for all. A proper local that offers pub teams as well as family days, welcoming children as well as adults. There are quiz nights and live music, and playhouses for kids. The Hartington really is a proper pub, The Hartington really is rare.