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The Cat Inn

4.7
4.7
735 Reviews
£25 and under
Contemporary British

The Cat Inn is a 16th century free house set in the picturesque village of West Hoathly, a hilltop village set in the heart of the Sussex countryside. It is in within easy distance from the towns of East Grinstead and Haywards Heath and only 25 minutes from Gatwick Airport.


The Pub with its oak beams and two inglenook fireplaces proffers a warm and cosy atmosphere in the winter, whilst our terrace is perfect to enjoy a drink and food in the summer months. Being a free house we pride ourselves in the quality of our real ale, and concentrate on local breweries, such as Harvey's of Lewes and other micro breweries. Our food is cooked to order, using fresh, seasonal and where possible locally sourced ingredients. Our menus change on a regular basis and we also offer a small selection of seasonal specials on a daily basis.


We welcome children over the age of 7. Dogs are welcome in the "pub" area of the Cat, they are not permitted in the dining room.

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Booked 23 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch
    Wed–Fri 12:00–14:00
    Sat 12:00–14:30
    Sun 12:00–17:00
    Dinner
    Wed–Sat 18:00–20:30

  • Phone number

    01342 810369

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Alex Jacquemin

  • Area

    East Grinstead

  • Parking Details

    Sizable car park to rear of pub, and ample free parking in the village.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 735 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • West Sussex

    Fit for Foodies

  • West Sussex

    Healthy

  • West Sussex

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  1. RW

    RaymondW

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Given the covid problems they were more than helpful finding us a table that made us feel safe. as my wife is on the vulnerability list .Also the food and ambience was very good.

  2. AK

    AnaK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Great experience, delicious food and attentive staff, could have eaten more!!

  3. JG

    JonathanG

    Brighton

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Always a good experience. Excellent service, pleasant ambience. Food very nice though could have been a bit warmer and pricey

  4. S

    Supergran013

    West Sussex

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Easy to book on line. Great meal with the family who really enjoyed it.

  5. B

    Brad

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I am a regular visitor and always pleased with the quality and service.

  6. T

    Trackymc

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    At full capacity for a Saturday lunch. Menu has not changed in the last three years so with the absence of the specials board, choice starts to become limited. All that aside, the service is super friendly, quick, professional and COVID compliant. It’s such a beautiful and cosy pub, you can’t help but return.

  7. WM

    WillM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A good selection of traditional pub dishes done to a really high standard. Cosy, clean and well maintained interior juxtaposed against the 16th century features with a warm fireplace to boot. The staff and kitchen clearly take pride in the service and food. All in all, fantastic.

  8. SM

    SueM

    West Sussex

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Our table was rather cut off - but to be fair we didn't ask to move and in hindsight with COVID it wasn't a bad thing, apart from not getting as much ambience. Service was very good and the food too was excellent and very much enjoyed by all in our family. Highly recommend

  9. BC

    BradleyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food. All 4 of us were very impressed and would definitely return. 3 out of 4 of us had never been before and all 4 will return

  10. MB

    MarkB

    Brighton

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Cat is an absolutely fabulous destination for a cosy evening out. Top notch food & super friendly service. Highly recommend!

  11. K

    Kate

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious meal in cosy surroundings. The roast beef was off charts! Fantastic service and efficiently run. We will definitely be back.

  12. JD

    JohnD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a find. Delighted by this Sunday lunch to celebrate my sons birthday. Staff were really smart and helpful; food was super delicious and clearly ‘home made’. Real cut above most gastropubs I’ve experienced. We’ll be back to this gem for sure.

  13. AM

    AndyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service and would highly recommend.

  14. JM

    JamesM

    Inverness

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A really good lunch served with fast and very friendly service / the soup mussels pie all superb - we have booked two more visits and Lisa our server just lovely James

  15. S

    Sara

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect pub for all occasions. Sunday lunch delicious!!! Open on Sundays 12 to 5pm Outstanding 👌

  16. R

    Richardd

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 2 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Good service with a lovely ambience. Very good Sunday lunch.

  17. AM

    AnnaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love our village pub restaurant. It has so much character, the food is excellent and there is something for everyone. Thank you Andrew and your staff for looking after everyone so well.

  18. LL

    LucyL

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best food. Most special place for our family, made that way by the staff who are 100% brilliant.

  19. m

    michaelm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An amazing place in great village. Food and service was exceptional. Highly recommended and very dog friendly.

  20. MB

    MartinB

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    First time here for NYE and will definately return. Best fish I have had for a long time and service was akin to a good class restaurant. Not cheap but happy to pay a modest premium for the excellent quality.

  21. r

    retep1

    London

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This is really good, interesting and tasty food. Had plaice (a really decent size piece of fish) perfectly cooked (NOT overcooked) with a creamy sauce - excellent and Venison. moist, great flavour, creamy Mash and rich sauce. Getting hungry thinking about them. Staff all very welcoming and professional. N.B. IF you book for the 1.45 slot do NOT be late- Orders have to be in by 2.00 Highly recommended - Still has the look and feel of a well run Country Pub that just happens to serve great food.

  22. L

    Lucy

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible food (as always!) very friendly staff and a beautiful pub. Highly recommend!

  23. NK

    NicK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    New Year's Eve lunch, and the pub had a lovely buzz, but well spaced and it felt Covid safe. The staff were friendly and helpful as always, and the food was superb. I had the vegan options (beetroot tartar for starter, hispi cabbage as the main, and coconut panacotta for pudding) and all were excellent. I would thoroughly recommend.

  24. CB

    ClaireB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely characterful ambience and amazing food at really good value. Staff were friendly and helpful. Lovely dining experience.

  25. FL

    FelicityL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect in every way for our lunch! Would have no hesitation recommending.

  26. RD

    RosieD

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent on every level. Great to find somewhere that serves great food, is dog friendly, and the service is really friendly too.

  27. P

    Paddy

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and friendly, attentive staff. Always happy to recommend the Cat

  28. L

    Leeksy

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went on Boxing Day - fab food & service The atmosphere was lovely - post Christmas but still very festive!!

  29. RE

    RupertE

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a great find - delicious food - great portions - varied menu and really, really nice staff.

  30. C

    Carolinec

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent meal for birthday on Christmas eve. Delicious venison and wine.

  31. GH

    GarethH

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always good at The Cat great food and welcoming staff. Beetroot tartare and dover sole was superb. They also respect the serving of hot food on a hot plate so it arrives at the table perfectly.

  32. BC

    BethC

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great pub with amazing food. Really cosy with lovely service as well.

  33. DS

    DrStokes

    Gloucestershire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Our second dinner in the cat in 2 nights. Delicious as ever. Many thanks!

  34. J

    Julez

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2021

    overall3food5service3ambience2

    At a festive time, little festive spirit, menu did not reflect festive time, didn’t feel special ambience was lacking, food & wine excellent ,

  35. DS

    DrStokes

    Gloucestershire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    We have returned to stay close to friends and after a delicious vegan and vegetarian meal last month. Dinner again was delicious with some choice for both of us which we really appreciate. We are coming back for dinner again tonight. Many thanks.

  36. SJ

    StJohnB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent food and wine, and Harveys best. Friendly efficient service. Can't recommend highly enough.

  37. T

    Toffs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Lovely food, very good service. Would be nice to have more Christmas food options during festive season. Overall, very pleasant experience. Thank you!

  38. B

    Brightonbunt5

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Highly recommend for a Sunday Lunch, evening meal out. Great food and atmosphere.

  39. A

    Anna

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely pub with great food. Had an excellent roast. They catered well for the person in our group who can't have gluten.

  40. S

    Smart4

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience1

    Room was not festive at all only a small table decoration. We ate quite late 2.45pm and felt the food had been kept hot for a long time. The veg was particularly poor apart from a very small portion of freshly cooked cabbage. Took me a while to recognise what the cauliflower cheese was it was so over cooked. Our first time here and it didn’t live up to its reputation

FAQs

The Cat Inn is rated 4.7 stars by 735 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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2 people

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Booked 23 times today
Google Map for The Cat Inn

North Street West Hoathly, RH19 4PP

  • Area

    East Grinstead

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch
    Wed–Fri 12:00–14:00
    Sat 12:00–14:30
    Sun 12:00–17:00
    Dinner
    Wed–Sat 18:00–20:30

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Sizable car park to rear of pub, and ample free parking in the village.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Alex Jacquemin

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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