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The Fountain at Ashurst, Steyning, West Sussex

The Fountain at Ashurst

4.2
4.2
215 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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2 people

21:30


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue, Sun 12:00–18:00

  • Phone number

    01403 710219

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

What 215 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • West Sussex

    Child Friendly

  • West Sussex

    Fit for Foodies

  • West Sussex

    Healthy

  • West Sussex

    Lunch

  • West Sussex

    Outdoor Eating

  • West Sussex

    Romance

  • West Sussex

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. S

    Sylczl

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great evening. Lovely outdoor space and great food
  2. CB

    CarolineB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We booked The Fountain for a catch up with a long time friend before she moves abroad. Half an hour before our booking, I received a phone call from them to advise that their fridges had broken down the night before and so there was a limited menu which would be a BBQ. This wasn’t a problem and I appreciated the heads up. It was a really hot day and we had booked an outside table. The garden is lovely but unfortunately the sun umbrellas didn’t provide shade for all of us at the table. They are fixed upright so maybe adjustable one when you can put the umbrella at an angle would work better. We could have gone inside but didn’t want to on such a gorgeous day. The staff were very friendly and helpful, although I did feel that we waited quite a while, both to order our drinks and for them to then arrive. The food arrived promptly and we definitely enjoyed it. They easily accommodated our requests for different options with the dishes. I would go back again.
  3. RT

    RupertT

    West Sussex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great atmosphere welcoming staff lovely food and cellar. Well done the Fountain- thank you for a memorable evening
  4. MJ

    MarkJ

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Food was amazing, staff were a bit overwhelmed with table service only, 30 minute wait for drinks initially, some rowdy drunk girls in the garden.
  5. R

    Richardc

    West Sussex

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    Service was shockingly poor - waiting forever for drinks
  6. LJ

    LeeJ

    West Sussex

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Very poor service had to wait 20mins just to get the plates taken, did not see any service staff in the main dining area for 20mins, I had to get up and ask for the bill. I was only 13.30 and run out of some main courses and desserts
  7. M

    Mike57

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been for lunch a few times with family and friends. The food is always of a good standard and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Get a seat outside by the pond if you can
  8. L

    Leeny

    West Sussex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience5
    Very slow service although pleasant waitresses. My food wasn't as good as I have had there before. Slow to get menu. Slow to get card machine.
  9. BE

    BrendaE

    London

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    very disappointing. nice table in the garden and then presented with a very limited menu. couldn't offer full menu as they had had a wedding the day before and, as the waitress joked, they ate all the food. the choice available was very poor. they had my details so would have thought some notification of limited food would have been helpful. we had travelled an hour only to be offered bbq food, which was not very good. the coleslaw consisted of sliced red cabbage with no mayo, etc. the service was very slow. we waited ages for drinks and then ages to get the bill. certainly wont be returning any time soom.
  10. AC

    AndrewC

    Hampshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    We have been coming here over the years to meet friends but the food was exceedingly disappointing. Unimaginative menu and really very poor food. Was this a one-off blip or will we have to find another venue in future?
  11. j

    jennyo

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    First visit to the Fountain, lovely pub, beautiful garden - perfect for a sunny afternoon meal with a friend. Staff were welcoming, friendly very bubbly and we felt well looked after. We chose the BBQ option, as sounded so yummy but was hugely disappointing.. 3 very small pieces of lamb with 3 pieces of potatoes salad and a small portion of red cabbage on flatbread for 17.50 was not good value and apart from the hot chilli sauce lacked flavour, i had the blackcurrant sorbet for dessert which was delicious-had asked for 2 scoops which arrived in a small ramekin - the scoops of sorbet were tiny- even combined would have made just one small serving. We liked the atmosphere and environment so will return another time and choose from main menu - fingers crossed for a better experience!
  12. d

    dorianl

    Surrey

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    1 hrs 15 mins delay to get a mediocre meal. Nice pub but understaffed and a victim of its own success. I would not visit again at a peak time
  13. MK

    MelanieK

    Brighton

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Unfortunately we arrived just after 2 campsites came in so it took 15 mins to get a drink and we got our mains before our starters. Food was nice but no offer made other than apologies. Won’t be back
  14. SC

    SarahC

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    The pub felt like it needed a bit of TLC Shame because food was good although bit limited, the staff very lovely and their service very good . It sadly had no atmosphere but our evening was made fun by the kind use of the skittles Thank you
  15. MM

    MarkyMark

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A great pub. Alex is a welcoming landlord. The pub is in a fantastic setting, laid back atmosphere, friendly efficient service , good food and serves a very decent pint of Harveys. What's not to like?
  16. MH

    MikeH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The bbq food was amazing, we said the pork chop was the best we’d ever had!! We’ve never been disappointed with the food or service here, we’ll be back for sure
  17. KR

    KarenR

    West Sussex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic food and despite being very busy on the hottest day of the year and exceptionally busy the service could not be faulted.
  18. MS

    MazS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    I'm a regular visitor to The Fountain and have always rated their service and food excellent including recommending it to others. Yesterday was awful! It took ages to get a drink and for our order to be taken – we had to seek out service. Once we'd ordered our drinks (specifically asking for our drinks to have fresh lime not lime cordial) and underlining that for the waitress, they came out with lime cordial. The food was ok, but a bit salty. One of my party order soup and when she asked for a spoon to eat it with the waitress said, "I'm getting it!" Then she brought a spoon to the table, put it in the bowl, watched is slide down the side of the bowl and then reached her hand in to the bowl to retrieve it! Slightly alarming. All the flowers on the tables were dead and the water in the vases old and dirty. All in my party agreed that if this had been our first visit we would never have returned. The waiting staff seemed inexperienced, untrained and out of their depth. Very disappointing overall.
  19. CB

    ChrisB

    Essex

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Didn’t bother to stay for the meal. They were 25 minutes late in bothering to ask us for our order and suggested sitting in the restaurant, which we had booked 48 hours earlier incidentally, may not be such a good idea as due to staff shortages “we would probably be ignored”. An incredibly disappointing experience, one which I will never repeat!
  20. MK

    MaggieK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We thoroughly enjoyed 2 meals with you with visiting friends. The food was excellent and we could walk to the Fountain too an added bonus.
  21. O

    Ozzy

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always wanted to go here as its been on my bucket list for years and it didn't disappoint. They had a jazz band playing during lunch and a separate bbq serving burgers, kebabs etc alongside their traditional Sunday lunch menu. I had the roast beef which was superb. The pub was incredibly busy but the staff coped well, special shout to Lyndsey who was managing the team really well whilst under a lot of pressure. We'll certainly be returning again very soon.
  22. SH

    SandraH

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First visit but definitely not the last We had the roast was perfectly cooked Lovely ambience with music playing in the garden We chatted to Lyndsey the owners wife and she was very sweet and welcoming
  23. JS

    JaneS

    West Sussex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Lovely country pub. A bit marred by lack of drinks menus and confusion re: tables but this was quickly sorted out. We don’t like piped background music especially when it’s not to our taste but the staff turned it down on request. Food was very nice. No complaints. Definitely recommend this pub to others.
  24. AR

    AnnieR

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Sat with friends on terrace by the duck pond. Lovely evening. Food was just right, service friendly a great place to visit and thoroughly recommend The Fountain.
  25. AM

    AmandaM

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pub, fantastic food and service. The staff could not have been more helpful.
  26. YC

    YvonneCampbell

    Kent

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    There was a marked shortage of waiting staff creating a log jam if drinks at the bar not making it to the customers. However this was explained and apologised for. Roast Sunday lunch was excellent however
  27. AH

    AlanH

    West Sussex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Picked a busy Sunday, owner apologised for wait, would definitely go again
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Very very very very slow service and took 45 mins dust for your drinks to come
  29. CS

    CatS

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We had a lovely Sunday roast plus 2 meals from the BBQ. The food was delicious and the service was great. The roast was on the small side but very tasty all the same.
  30. w

    wendyp

    West Sussex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Ate here with friends. Food overall was good. Waiting time was fairly long as the chef in the Love Shack was on his own. Pub was very busy and I understand the owners have only recently taken over. Possibly too many covers to cope with on a Sunday
  31. T

    Traveller

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    The pub was in a lovely setting. Food was good but pricey. Service was very slow and some of the serving staff seemed disinterested in looking after us.
  32. RT

    RupertT

    West Sussex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic! Beautiful cooking and lovely crew which made for a very special occasion
  33. F

    Funtowalk

    Brighton

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great pub in a great location. Sundays are fab with live music and BBQ.
  34. AO

    AntonyO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A welcoming pub with excellent service, serving good food in a beautiful rural location.
  35. SH

    SarahH

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious Father’s Day roast at The Fountain. The pub was very busy but the service was excellent. All well organised - the quality of the food was fabulous too.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day lunch
  37. JA

    Joe14A

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food and service excellent, just a little expensive but would recommend
  38. AP

    AntonioP

    London

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Before I start, I'd like to say I have been to this pub many times over the last 30 odd years and its always been lovely. Great ambience, beautiful place in lovey Ashurst. I have to say though, I was hugely disappointed on Sunday just gone. Booked table for 1.30pm, arrived 1.20pm. Ordered pint and sat at my table looking forward to a roast only to be told kitchens closed but if you want a BBQ, there's one outside in the garden. I didn't bother finishing my pint , paid for it and left. I understand they were busy, but to tell a booked table the kitchen was closed after and round trip from Brighton and back, was not good. I would have expected at least for them to say the pint was on the house, its not the £5 I care about, it the disregard. Obviously over booked and cannot cope and that comes down to bad front of house and kitchen management and it really peeved me I will go back as I'm guessing it's a one off and previous experience tells me so but, I'll be booking my table for 12pm next time!
  39. L

    Luke

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    The pub is beautiful and the location lovely. The garden is very attractive and the atmosphere is friendly. Unfortunately our experience was overall not a pleasant one. We ordered some food, but the order never arrived, and we found out it had never been entered into the till, and when we asked when to expect it, we were told that we were not being a large group of other diners, and we could not expect our food until they had all be served. This was not ok with us, so we left without eating at all. When a mistake is made we would expect it to be fixed, not told to sit and wait indefinitely while others who came later are served first. There appeared to be a lot of staff on duty, but they generally seemed confused and disorganised, often arriving with plates of food and asking who they were for, instead of being organised enough to know. We were also not the only people whose food did not turn up. I would suggest that the customer service here needs a lot of improvement to make this admittedly very attractive pub worth a visit.
  40. J

    Jojo

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    First time visitors. The bbq was in , music playing and a real buzz. We had a lovely time. Enjoyed it all

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The Fountain at Ashurst is rated 4.2 stars by 215 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

21:30


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for The Fountain at Ashurst

The Village Ashurst, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3AP

Additional information

  • Area

    Steyning

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue, 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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