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Black Rabbit
Black Rabbit

Black Rabbit Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theblackrabbitarundel.co.uk
  • Phone: 0190 388 2828
  • Hours of Operation: Tea & Coffee: Monday - Sunday from 10am

    Lunch: Monday - Sunday 12pm - 5pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5pm - 8.30pm

    Dinner: Sunday: 5pm - 7:30pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: British
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Arundel train station 1 3/4 miles away.
  • Parking: Public Car Park
  • Parking Details: Two car parks nearby with space approximately 60 cars.
A word from Black Rabbit
Why not treat the real ale lover in your life with our Countryside Sett Gift Box, 12 Bottles of Badger Ale in a beautiful display box. Available to order now in house.

A famous historic pub-restaurant the Black Rabbit is situated right on the River Arun with 150m of riverside seating and superb views of Arundel castle. With a large car park, extensive riverside terrace and a playground the Black Rabbit is perfect for lunch, dinner and riverside drinks.

Unfortunately we are unable to accept online table bookings for our outdoor tables.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Having had a couple of trips to the Black Rabbit throughout the summer I was keen when my family came to stay in August to treat them to an evening meal. However I was disappointed that the menu was definitely limited from 4 weeks earlier - from both the Black rabbit menu and the Moat in Wrotham. and the Anchor at Wisley - all brilliant selection on their menu. There was was no Crisp Pamesan Chicken and no Mini Puds selection. Very poor choice. Our meals were of an excellent standard - great food - but the limited menu was really disappointing."
    dined on 19/08/2014
  • "Very disappointing. Manufactured burger and overlooked. Stale bread and watery mash"
    dined on 16/08/2014
  • "I took my wife to the Black Rabbit for our wedding annerversay dinner, we have been several times before and been over the moon with the food and service! Unfortunately the service was poor at best, we ordered a 2nd round of drinks with our main meal which arrived after our desserts. We had a chicken wing strarter to share, the chicken was very dry and over cook, almost like it had been reheated at least once before, it was not cooked fresh! I had three scoops of ice cream for my dessert, one scoop was half melted when it arrived! Three scoops for four pound!!! Ouch. The main course were the only good feature on this occasion."
    dined on 14/08/2014
  • "A lovely setting on the banks of the River Arun. Suitable for dining both inside and outside. Atmosphere good with friendly service. Menu a little limited but food of good standard."
    dined on 13/08/2014
  • "Big shame as was looking forward to eating here from recommendation, menu not much variety and food only ok and service a little slow and wasn't busy was a Tuesday evening . The best thing about this pub is the stunning location."
    dined on 12/08/2014
  • "Very good service, easy and efficient booking, great location. Unfortunately, the food wasn't great. Menu was not that extensive or imaginative either, with few vegetarian options."
    dined on 11/08/2014
  • "Excellent meal, great sevice and food on a very busy Saturday evening. Good value and atmosphere. will return again soon"
    dined on 02/08/2014
  • "Very nice location good friendly service wiill be back another time with rest of family"
    dined on 01/08/2014
  • "One let down was the pudding, we ordered Eaton Mess, mostly cream in the tall glass, 3 pieces of small cut strawberry and hardly any meringue."
    dined on 01/08/2014
  • "My Wife and I went there for her birthday meal. The setting and ambiance of the place is great and the staff were very efficient and friendly so can't complain there. We just thought the menu was a bit sparse and the food was not really value for money. We had burger and chips which I had to pay an extra £1 each for each piece of bacon, onion rings. and cheese topping. Both the chips and onion rings were a bit soggy and few. This does not mean we would not go back, its just that we'll leave it for a while and see if it improves in the future."
    dined on 29/07/2014
  • "Wow what a day to go for a meal! So hot and one of my guests won't eat outside, but hey the restaurant was surprisingly comfortable heat wise and the seating was ok too. And in all the heat somehow the waiting staff remained remarkably cool especially as the ice machine was broken! Food was excellent as usual, just wish they would ask if you want a plate or a wooden board to eat off!"
    dined on 23/07/2014
  • "A very popular place with a good menu, really good food, and even on a very busy Saturday evening, good service. They didn't have any Prosecco but gave us a discount on the Champagne as a replacement. Very grateful for that. Thank you for helping us to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary putty in the countryside."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "It was a sunny Saturday evening so the restaurant and the pub were very full. We were seated quickly and our order taken promptly . The starter and the main course arrived quickly unfortunately there was the a long wait for the dessert.which is why I marked service down to three we were on the point of cancelling the dessert when it appeared. The waitress did apologise for the Long delay. Overall though a very pleasant evening."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "We had a very pleasant meal at The Black Rabbit. The food was good, service quick and efficient and the staff were very friendly and helpful. It is in a beautiful spot by the river - a perfect place for a stroll, or as a base for a longer hike."
    dined on 10/07/2014
  • "Good food at a reasonable cost in a really pleasant location. Check the bill before paying however as we were overcharged and didnt notice until we got home."
    dined on 07/07/2014
  • "We met our friends here for lunch on a Saturday and it was very busy! We had 2 children with us and they were catered for very well. Staff were very friendly and attentive. Choice of food was good and very good quality."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "We were a party of four and were made very welcome when we arrived and had excellent service and good food. We stayed talking after our meal but were not hassled in any way to vacate the table."
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "Attentive staff made this a very pleasant lunch experience"
    dined on 18/06/2014
  • "We booked for lunch.The pub is in a lovely location. Food was good, service was ok but could have been better. Waitresses could have been a bit more friendly and more attentive rather than standing about chatting !!"
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "The Black rabbit is an excellent eatery with a riverside location. Even on a mid-week lunchtime the place was packed, which must speak volumes for it. If we are in Arundel again we will certain consider returning. "
    dined on 28/05/2014
  • "We felt welcomed to this picturesque location for a country pub. The menu choices looked simplistic, but that's not necessarily a bad thing if the quality is there. Sadly this basic menu was not even vindicated by being high quality, instead it was very mediocre. The chicken wings are small and the flavours almost American, the fondue starter is essentially a cheese sauce rather than a real fondue and is not kept on a heat (as you would expect with any fondue). We had the spicy chicken with a sort of cacciatore sauce and fries. This wasn't too bad to be honest, but for some reason was served on a chopping board (fine) with paper on the top, therefore the food and the paper mixed and the paper became one with the food.. not good"
    dined on 18/05/2014
  • "First visit to the black rabbit, & have already made plans to go again! Fab pub, grate food and lovely views & very helpful staff. "
    dined on 15/05/2014
  • "A huge number of outdoor tables line a gentle curve in the adjoining river. The Black Rabbit is well managed with efficient staff and great food. A sensible small portion offering compliments the neat mini puds idea. Great experience. Buzz"
    dined on 15/05/2014
  • "The Black Rabbit exceeded expectations...Highly recommended. The Staff were outstanding and the food first class home-cooked cuisine... We will be back!!! Well Done !!!"
    dined on 08/05/2014
  • "Booked through website. No hassle. great food great location. Will go again soon."
    dined on 06/04/2014
  • "We took a friend for a birthday meal, good choices on the menu and the food, fish pie, sirloin steak and steak and ale pie were all delicious and hot. The staff were helpful and friendly. We sat by the window which was very pleasant."
    dined on 06/04/2014
  • "Great location& decor complimented by a good menu with options to suit everyone, unfortunately all this was ruined by the manner which the manageress came over to ask us to stop our toddler walking around (this was post lunch rush with few tables occupied & I observed him well to make sure he was ok and not causing any problems including towards the staff. He was stretching his legs and walked very quietly to the far end of the room. I'm a very polite person who are very aware of others and would not have allowed my son to run around like a mad child. The irony is that the manageress is pregnant, hopefully she will remember this well behaved 2 yr old stretching his legs quietly on the days when her child plays up in a public place."
    dined on 31/03/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our Sunday lunch. The staff were excellent and we had a great table by the window looking out onto the river. Food was great. Atmosphere was great as it was really busy and their was colouring to keep the children occupied. Would definitely go back again, hopefully in the Summer so we can sit outside."
    dined on 23/03/2014
  • "Was left wondering whether they wanted our booking after I called to make a reservation, and on arrival our party was left to feel the same way - almost as if our arrival had put them out somewhat. Not the welcome we would have liked. Absolutely spectacular setting saved the day, when average food but especially unfriendly service (and not from our waitress) would otherwise have prevented us from ever coming back."
    dined on 23/03/2014
  • "Ambience good, staff very friendly and not at all pushy. The table was ours for as long as we wished and as we were meeting friends for lunch, it was just what we wanted. The food was good with a reasonable good choice, but I think they could make it even better by offering a specials board as the menu doesn't seem to change and as we meet fairly frequently we are finding it a bit boring."
    dined on 14/03/2014
  • "I booked The Black Rabbit as a treat for my husbands birthday treat. We were greeted on arrival and shown straight to our table by very pleasent, friendly staff. Unfortunately the food was a disappointment, our family is very fond of a roast dinner which three out of four of us ordered. If you like your roast potatoes crispy, stay well clear, ours looked like they had only been shown the oven and one dinner was lukewarm, this was exchanged for a hot one straight away but it is these things that spoil the experience. Overall The Black Rabbit was a pleasent environment with very good service. The food is ok but nothing special. I do not feel I would recommend to friends or want to revisit myself"
    dined on 23/02/2014
  • "Glad we booked for Sunday lunch as restaurant was packed by 1pm. We had a table for 2 which seemed to be limited in number and were all positioned just inside a door, which meant we were hit by a cold, windy draught every time someone came in or left. Other than that,good Sunday roast, plenty of it and super mini puds! Will definitely go again and recommend to friends."
    dined on 23/02/2014
  • "pretty poor food - although the pub is in a great location, looks nice inside and outside and is children friendly, the food is appalling - the children had fish and chips (fish good - chips cold and soggy) and burger and chips - the burger was not home made and goodness what was inside - same with the chips. I had calves liver - mash potatoes tasted as it they were artificial and everything was tepid on a cold plate. Same for my husband's meal who had the chicken. Such a shame so we will certainly not recommend and will post our views on trip advisor. However, the service was really good and the girls were very friendly. We did not have to wait too long for our cold meal..."
    dined on 23/02/2014
  • "What awful food. Processed garbage. Well meaning staff, but formulaic nonsense. Very scenic setting though, by the river. Better to go to one of the restaurants or pubs in Arundel town."
    dined on 20/02/2014
  • "We'd been told by lots of people in that they'd heard how good the black rabbit was - so it was really nice not to be disappointed! The welcome was friendly, service excellent and food melt in the mouth. I'm looking for an excuse to go back!"
    dined on 13/02/2014
  • "We have visited the Black Rabbit a few times but only ever at lunchtime and in the summer months and have always enjoyed the food, service, surrounding etc. This was our first evening visit and was not dissapointed, the food was fabulous, the staff very attentive, we could have sat there chatting until breakfast but we found ourselves the last ones left, it hadn't been particulary busy but given the fact that we were haveing such atrocious weather people still found it worth their while to make the trek along the lane by the river to go for a meal at the Black Rabbit. Will definately visit again."
    dined on 08/02/2014
  • "We have been great fans of the Black Rabbit for years but after our last meal there - a Sunday lunch - we wonder whether with the recent refurbishment, they have concentrated too much on the great decor and not enough on the quality of the food and it's cooking. As it was a Sunday lunch, three of us chose a roast and one a double burger. The roast dinners were tepid. The roast beef was over cooked (and portions rather small), roast potatoes were not crisp; roast parsnips were still in their boiled state. We did order extra gravy, which was served. Each of us had a small boat of the same gravy so I assume that they use the same gravy whether you have roast beef or roast pork. My friends double chili burger was dry and overcooked too"
    dined on 02/02/2014
  • "We pre-booeked over the Internet a few weeks before hand. We were not diss appointed. Our table was set aside ready for us. The atmosphere and setting was relaxing. The staff were friendly and helpful. We were not rushed and did not feel we had to free the table. There was good spacing between each course. The food was excellent and value for money was excellent to. We had brought our own birthday cake for my daughters 21st which the staff all brought out singing "happy birthday"! We will be going back and we will recommend it !! Well done Black Rabbit !"
    dined on 25/01/2014
  • "When we arrived we had coffee which was very nice, then we ordered three large Sunday Roasts, When they arrived they were luke warm. The Yorkshire pudding was nearly as big as the rest of the meal and rather hard. The vegetables were either cool or gave the appearance of being left to stand for far too long. They looked like they were cooked the day before, certainly not fresh. The staff were very friendly and could not be faulted unfortunately we could not say the same about the food. We will not be returning or recommending them in the future. The final thing was that we had a greasy after taste which took some time to clear."
    dined on 29/12/2013
  • "We had an extended family lunch here on Christmas Eve. This gastro pub sitting right beside the river with wonderful views of Arundel Castle looked very promising. And the promise was fulfilled apart from the limited gluten free options for one of our guests. We would have given a 4 star food rating but for this. We will be returning in the new year and hopefully there will be more gf options then."
    dined on 24/12/2013