Tillington pub recognised as the best for dining

Sam Beard, landlord, left, Misha Hofirkova, landlady, and Mark Robinson, head chef, celebrate the Horse Guards pub being voted the best dining pub in Sussex
Sam Beard, landlord, left, Misha Hofirkova, landlady, and Mark Robinson, head chef, celebrate the Horse Guards pub being voted the best dining pub in Sussex

A Tillington pub has been recognised as the best dining pub in the county.

The Horse Guards Inn has been chosen as the pick of Sussex in the Good Pub Guide County Dining Pubs of the Year 2013.

Owner Sam Beard said of the accolade: “It’s a lovely pat on the back.”

Sam and Misha Hofirkova have owned the pub for the past five years, and this is the first time it has won the award.

Sam added: “It’s testament to what the guys do here and the set-up and structure of how we do things.”

Head chef Mark Robinson has been at the pub for the past two years.

Sam said: “There’s a commitment to his ideology of using local farmers 
and suppliers to good effect to find the best out of Sussex produce.

“Sussex has so many good producers in every field so it seems silly to me to go shopping far afield when the quality on your doorstep is as good as it is. There are really good farmers and wine producers and herdsmen and it’s silly not to use their wonderful produce.”

The pub has a seasonal menu, with food all cooked to order.

Each day the menu changes to fit in with what the pub is able to source from suppliers, or dig up from their own vegetable patch.

The pub is 350 years old, and was originally known as the Old Star.

However, its name changed in 1840 when members of the household cavalry would leave their horses on the grounds of the Petworth Estate to visit the inn.

Every year the editors of the Good Pub Guide rate what they think are the best dining pubs across the country.

The review on the Guide’s website praises the ‘delicious’ food and also commends the Horse Guards on its wine and accommodation.

Although this is the first time the Horse Guards Inn has been recognised by the Good Pub Guide, last year its sous-chef Paul Peach won Sussex Young Chef of the Year, as part of the Sussex Food and Drink Awards 2011-2012.

He is hoping to get through to the finals this November, and from there to successfully defend his title.