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The Fountain at Ashurst, Steyning, West Sussex

The Fountain at Ashurst

4.3
4.3
183 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

22:30


Booked 5 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 183 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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. F

    Funtowalk

    Brighton

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

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

    AntonyO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A welcoming pub with excellent service, serving good food in a beautiful rural location.
  3. 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.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day lunch
  5. 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
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. AN

    AlisonN

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Went to the Fountain for Sunday Lunch with my husband and daughter. It started off well, however the service declined after our very tasty roast. We were given menus to see if we would like a pudding (which we were going to order), but after nearly half an hour, nobody came back to us and we got fed up of being ignored, so went to the bar and paid the bill and left. Such a shame, hoping it was a `one-off' situation as we would consider going back for the roast dinner. There was a wedding event taking place and I think the pub just couldn't cope.
  10. DP

    DaveP

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food , lovely location,
  11. JC

    JamesC

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great pub, always recommend for the friendly staff and good food
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Having booked for our anniversary, we were told the kitchen was closed when we sat down and had to ask for a menu. They said they’d speak to the chef and plead him to open it again (even though our booking had been taken) and no one came back. Eventually someone came and took our order. There was a sparse children’s menu, and only 1 dessert was available of a possible 4. We felt forgotten about with very limited service and had to go and ask for the bill as nobody came back. There was also a dog that wouldn’t leave us alone and constantly under our feet and sniffing around our baby with no owner in site. Staff were pleasant when we saw them but what we hoped to be a nice anniversary lunch was a bit disappointing.
  13. NC

    NikiC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely mid week lunch. Great service, delicious fish and the apple and rhubarb crumble was first class too! Thank you.
  14. SV

    SusanV

    West Sussex

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A lovely country pub with large garden areas and big car park. The food is lovely and reasonable value for the quality. A wider Sunday lunch menu available than the usual roasts, fish and chips or burgers! Owners very friendly and welcoming.
  15. J

    Jenni

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The food was very nice, nice pub garden. Really noticed how pleasant & attentive all the young staff were.
  16. RB

    RobinB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just the most delightful evening - couldn’t have been better! Thanks guys - beautiful steak! Delicious rosé!!
  17. HB

    HelenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time at the Fountain, staff were very friendly and attentive. The good was excellent. I would definitely recommend.
  18. FR

    FRANCESC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, staff friendly and helpful. Good choice of dishes that were well cooked and presented.
  19. AB

    AlexB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very nice pub, lovely the sit outside on the nice day we had. Friendly staff, good food. Excellent place to go for lunch or dinner.
  20. B

    Bonnie

    Devon

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Lovely setting inside and out. Food was ok but nothing special eg roast potatoes were not crispy neither was the roast parsnip also there was also only the Sunday lunch option
  21. LW

    LoraineW

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it. Great ambiance, great staff, really good food. A must visit restaurant. Loraine from Toronto
  22. ST

    StuartT

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat out side enjoying the beautiful location with friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere. There was even some fantastic free wine tasting available on the day we were there which was a lovely touch too!! Highly recommend!!!
  23. DF

    DavidF

    West Sussex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Friendly staff and good food, overall, a very nice place to eat.
  24. H

    Hils

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A really lovely country pub with great food and a lovely outdoor space (weather permitting).
  25. j

    johnc

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    My partner and I both chose the roast and in each case the meat element was excellent however the vegetables were poorly cooked. The service was haphazard and inefficient, the staff seemingly being unaware of the simplest of procedures . In all the product was vastly overpriced and a very disappointing experience.
  26. c

    colins

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience4
    We waited for over 40 minutes for our food which when it came was disappointing. The roast beef was chewy and far too much of it and the Parsnips were under cooked. It seemed like the place was busy and the staff couldn't cope. All a bit of a shame really
  27. SK

    SamK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food and friendly attentive staff despite being short staffed and very busy for Sunday lunch. Beautiful pub and garden.
  28. C

    Cait

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This is a gorgeous pub with a great menu who really care about customer experience. We know that they had some staffing issues but did their absolute best and we had a delicious meal. BBQ chef was fabulous. Can’t wait to go back!
  29. GW

    GaryW

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    My favourite venue for a sunny day in a pub garden. Very relaxed, quiet afternoon (it was a Wednesday mid afternoon), lovely welcome at the bar, no pressure, excellent service as always. The staff are attentive without being intrusive, but well trained and good mannered. A lovely afternoon at a wonderful pub. Gary
  30. IC

    IanC

    West Sussex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time. Good, warm reception. Good level of service. Fast starters. Pitta and terrine. Regularly checked if all OK. Tasty mains- vegan burger and Caesar salad. Preferred bottle of bubbles not available but that is First World Problems. Definitely recommend
  31. DF

    DavidF

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Very friendly, warm welcome and service was appropriately attentive
  32. TP

    TimP

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb food, service and ambience! What more can I say? Will 100% return to this cosy pub and recommend it to others…actually maybe not too much recommending as we won’t be able to book a table ourselves!! 🤣
  33. MD

    MartinD

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Excellent venue. Much appreciated the personal touch from Alex who gave us the guided tour. Will certainly be back again.
  34. CB

    ChrisB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    My wife and I booked a table to celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary. The lunch menu was very limited. I had sausage and mash because it was the only hot dish on offer that did not involve chips or Vegan food. It was very average. The sausages had a strong taste and the gravy was just a thin made up Bisto. Not worth the £15 cost. My wife had the fish finger sandwich which unbelievably was made up using 3 dry frozen Bird’s Eye style fish fingers. Very poor. How hard would it be for £10 to have a nice fresh piece of fish? Frankly we could of made this food ourselves at home. Whilst the your waitress was very attentive we did not appreciate having “service not included “ had written on our bill. As a result of everything we left feeling flat and dissatisfied. Perhaps you do not have the right level of skill in the kitchen to produce fresh innovative menus or perhaps your not really bothered and are happy to depend on your Sunday lunch business. COME OF FOUNTAIN YOU CAN DO MUCH BETTER!
  35. JS

    JosieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place to have lunch, with excellent food, attentive and friendly staff, quick service and well priced. They have emerged from the awfulness of lockdowns and then staff shortages to be even better than before and deserve a lot of support
  36. VH

    VanessaH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Beautiful place Young staff brushing their hair and chatting amongst themselves near by when our starters plates needed taking so we could have our mains Prawn starter no bowl to wash our fingers after peeling Roast came out and for the price it was terrible Roast potatoes wasn’t fresh taste like frozen pre cooked cheap potatoes When asked if we wanted a dessert we just said no we also had someone else’s bill added to ours which was sorted out but must say All round not a nice meal or experience at all Won’t be returning or recommending.
  37. GS

    GS367

    West Sussex

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Table not available when we arrived despite booking. Very limited menu with several dishes unavailable. Fish and chips very poor. Service extremely slow, some drinks did not arrive, some went to wrong table. All we could hear all evening was staff apologising and making excuses to different tables including ours. Won’t be going back.
  38. LK

    LexK

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Terrible time! And from those around us, we were not the only ones. Watched someone query bill, table next to us wrong drinks order, gluten free burger option served with 2 slices of toast as replacement burger bun. Give them credit 2 slices, but toast!11 1 dinner not served from group, clearly was missed .. staff didn’t even realise. After asking about the missing plate, another wait despite its just coming … the rest of the party finished their meals I was just starting …I was quite happy to cancel, but the it’s just coming tactic made me feel guilty! still happily charged me full price for the meal, could have at least offered my drink free or some money off … was clear I was not happy, manager was kind enough to come over but with a ton of excuses recovering from lockdown blah blah blah …. And when you next come, come and find me …. No thanks - will make my way to the White Horse in Steyning for better service, more choice and better food.
  39. S

    Susie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good ambience, lovely setting, good cheerful service. The menu not as extensive as it used to be, maybe lack of staff, but interesting nonetheless less.
  40. BL

    BelindaL

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely friendly staff. Very accommodating when we said we would prefer a different table. Menu not extensive but food excellent. The chips were outstanding! We might have had pudding but actually here the menu was extremely limited and really only a choice of two things which we didn’t want. Not a problem as we didn’t really need the extra calories! Charming pub in beautiful countryside.

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The Fountain at Ashurst is rated 4.3 stars by 183 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

22:30


Booked 5 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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