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The Fountain at Ashurst

4.5
4.5
76 Reviews
£25 and under
British


FOOD, DRINK, EVENTS
The Fountain Ashurst is a 16th Century Pub located in the beautiful village of Ashurst, West Sussex.

It is quintessentially English with flagstone flooring, low beams and plenty of cosy corners and comfortable seating.

Extremely popular all year round, you can enjoy our stunning landscaped gardens and pond area outside during the Summer months including the infamous 'beach area'. During the colder months we boast two large fireplaces in both areas of our bar for you to cosy up in and enjoy a warming beverage.

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Booked 12 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sat 12:00–22:00
    Sun 12:00–18:00

  • Phone number

    01403 710219

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

Menu

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What 76 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • West Sussex

    Fit for Foodies

  • West Sussex

    Healthy

  • West Sussex

    Lunch

  • West Sussex

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • West Sussex

    Sunday Lunch

  • West Sussex

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. CL

    ColinL

    West Sussex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience4

    We wanted to visit this pub as we are Paul McCartney fans. It was a special occasion before resuming chemotherapy today. Overall a pleasant experience but the seating was very cramped and uncomfortable. Hopefully we will return one day.

  2. MT

    MarcT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food2service3ambience4

    Lovely old time country pub. Nice meal (3 out of the four mains) unfortunately the pheasant in the burger was too tough to be edible and it was disappointing no refund was offered despite bringing this issue to the attention of 2 of the staff. Nonetheless, we like this pub and would recommend it to others.

  3. SL

    SimonL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and a lovely atmosphere friendly service. The Sunday roast would have been improved by the option of a couple of chipolatas though!

  4. GR

    GerryR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic service and great food. Dog friendly. Lovely place for a walk and Sunday lunch. Well worth a return visit

  5. RB

    RobinB

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    A lovely local pub with a good range on the menu. My fish and chips was very good as was the duck pate to start with.

  6. MB

    MichaelB

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Very cosy atmosphere and very friendly and helpful staff. Food was well cooked and tasty. Overall a very good night out.

  7. S

    Shred

    Surrey

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Pub where food quality and service help it punch above its weight. Can’t give the food 100% this time only because my girlfriend’s chips were overdone, and unfortunately for the Fountain I always have those.

  8. LP

    LindaP

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Well presented food as well as delicious. Very enjoyable.

  9. MR

    MatthewR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sat on our favourite table. Service was excellent as always and the food great too. We all had a lovely evening. Thank you

  10. LS

    LucyS

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food, amazingly attentive staff, cosy environment. Perfect.

  11. AN

    AmberNectar

    London

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 2 January 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5

    Lovely country pub and good food. Only downside were the young and - seemingly - inexperienced waiting staff who were a bit vague and casual and had to be prompted for attention a lot of the time.

  12. DH

    DebbyH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We arrived for lunch , we all had decided on fish finger rolls but was sad to see they had been removed from the menu. The waitress said don’t worry we can put that together for you and off she went . She returned with 4 boards full off fish finger rolls chips and a small side salad , the meal was perfect and just what we wanted . The pub had been hit by staff shortages and friends were helping out , it could of been very easy to say no to us but they didn’t that’s amazing service. Thank you .

  13. IC

    IanC

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We ate in the tiny front bar. Lovely open fire in the Inglenook, food served promptly, and the locals were welcoming and not cliquey. Only improvement might be a bit more light in the bar - too dark, even though it was only 12.30.

  14. BR

    BrynR

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had the roast dinners which were excellent quality, some of the best we've had.

  15. N

    Nickd1

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely pub in a great village near the Downs. The food was really good and the service was excellent. Highly recommended!

  16. C

    Christine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A friend and I went for Boxing Day lunch and thoroughly enjoyed our experience. I have been going to this pub for over 50 years and it’s quiet, country atmosphere is very little changed I am delighted to say. Service was excellent - quiet, efficient and instant. Our meal was roast lamb which was very tender, the vegetables delicious, roast potatoes maybe slightly tough on the outside and the gravy not salty as in most pubs. The Yorkshire puddings tasted home made. We were unable to manage dessert, but enjoyed a good-flavoured coffee after the meal. The meat is local, from Calcot Farm down the road and of a very good provenance. I would definitely recommend this pub - it’s great in the summer too, when you can enjoy the garden.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    This was very much a last minute, Boxing Day, reservation. The food was of a good standard. I finally got my (free range) turkey after a vegetarian family Christmas! We were tucked into a corner table in the bar area, which wasn’t hugely comfortable. The dining area, however, looked very inviting so we will book that area in advance when we return.

  18. NW

    NordicWatchlist

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely amazing meal and great atmosphere despite all the challenges going on at the moment! Love this place!

  19. L

    Lukey

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    1st visit and will definitely be back. Lovely old pub, great atmosphere and brilliant food.

  20. ER

    EvanRS

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was fantastic! Stopped here for a nice lunch after a loop walk from the pup around the area. Staff were very friendly and the pub is well maintained and looked great!

  21. SB

    SandyB

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A beautiful pub..lots of festive charm and lovely log fire. We had pre booked for lunch at 1.30 and on arrival there was lots of choice of where to sit. Friendly staff and good food. Can recommend the game terrine!

  22. W

    Willsy8

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best Sunday roast we’ve had for a long time and the cauliflower cheese was something to die for.

  23. DA

    DAVIDM

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and food. Lovely pub, very atmospheric and a nice selection of drinks

  24. R

    R1085

    West Sussex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience2

    It would have been very nice but a group came in for dinner and didn't stop swearing loudly for the whole time we were there. We were with my 11 year old and were hoping the management team would have spoken to them

  25. DA

    DavidAbbottSteyning

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous early evening birthday meal. Very attentive staff. Alex (owner) came and spoke with us, explaining that all food is locally sourced and organic where possible. Our son Harry enjoyed the evening so much that we have booked for another celebration in January. Can’t recommend this venue enough. 6 stars ⭐️

  26. AW

    AlexW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Proper traditional pub, with open fire going. Food was excellent. Very relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Can't not fault it (well except that it's not at the end of our road).

  27. LS

    LaraS

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    I love this old country pub. Has been a firm favourite of mine for over 20 years and never dissapoints.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Great staff and fabulous food. Generous servings.

  29. J

    Jlo59

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Perfect for a lunch on a wintery day after a lovely walk. We had a lovely table in the bar, with a fire in the grate, the food was top notch (we all had the papadelle with stilton, spinach, hazelnuts and broccoli) - absolutely delicious. Burnt cheesecake and lemon bakewell also fab. Just wish we weren’t all driving as would have loved a beer as well. Service excellent, attentive but we were not rushed.

  30. G

    Goodfood

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious lunch in front of lovely fire. Perfect winter lunch!

  31. LM

    LauraM

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Pork was quite tough. Crackling was soggy which was v disappointing. Not a tasty roast. V friendly staff. Nice atmosphere.

  32. MK

    MargaretK

    West Sussex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Lovely timbered inn serving excellent Sunday roast dinners.

  33. L

    Lucy

    West Sussex

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    I love the Fountain at Ashurst as the food is lovely, the service is spot on & they can't do enough for you. So helpful & positive. I'm definitely going back.

  34. E

    Emmas

    Brighton

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    would highly recommend , staff were so friendly and accommodating as there was 3 of us with 3 dogs . nothing was a problem found us somewhere to sit that accommodated our dogs food was amazing and the service was brilliant cant wait to go back

  35. DM

    DavidM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    It was a heart warming lunch. The pub was authentic. We were lucky to be seated in the flagstone floored saloon bar. The fire was lit and snug. And it was Christmasy. Beer was lovely and so were our meals. The service was charming. It seemed to me, as an oap, a throwback to the good old pub days. Must do it again soon.

  36. HH

    HannahH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely cosy pub, great food and friendly staff/quick service!

  37. S

    Squidge65

    Brighton

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    Fish and chips was tasty but the large nugget of fish was an odd shaped lump! Ox cheek was enjoyed very much by our guests.

  38. R

    Robincornwall

    Brighton

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Beautiful setting, lovely food and ambiance, food was good and will return

  39. LS

    LindaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 December 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Really like The Fountain and have eaten there a number of times. Usual chef not available for this visit, and afraid to say the usually delicious monk fish scampi was over cooked, dry and pretty solid. Such a shame as at £17 a portion it wasn’t cheap. Everyone else enjoyed their burgers and hame, egg and chips. Am sure it’ll be back to normal next time 🤞

  40. VT

    VanessaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another excellent lunch at The Fountain. We all enjoyed our food, and it was expertly cooked by the Innkeeper in the absence of his Chef!

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The Fountain at Ashurst is rated 4.5 stars by 76 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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Booked 12 times today
Google Map for The Fountain at Ashurst

The Village Ashurst Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3AP

  • Area

    Steyning

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sat 12:00–22:00
    Sun 12:00–18:00

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

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