Midhurst hotel in new ‘tudor’ pub guide

THE Spread Eagle hotel has been listed in a new book on the UK’s most historic pubs.

Some of the country’s oldest pubs and hotels feature in the book, Ye Olde Good Inn Guide, which is billed as a ‘Tudor traveller’s guide to the best taverns in the land’.

Among the pubs and inns which feature in the book, researched by authors James Moore and Paul Nero, is The Spread Eagle, dating back to 1430 and where Queen Elizabeth I once visited.

“The Tudor period was the golden age of the alehouse and inn,” said James.

“At a time when 18 pubs are closing a week, it has never been more important to preserve the history of those which have often served their communities for centuries.”

He said the Spread Eagle was among the ‘most ancient hostelries’ in the country.