The Crown Inn, in the village of Dial Post, West Sussex is a fine dining, real food and real ale gastro pub run by Penny and James Middleton Burn. Located opposite the village green, the pub has a strong and well-established reputation for the excellent quality of its home-made food. Creative Director and celebrated chef James, for many years travelled the world combining his love of skiing with his love of fine cooking. He eventually settled in Sussex, was instrumental in the development of gastro pubs in the county and formed a passion for Sussex people and Sussex life. Supporting local farmers and producers, James prepares seasonally evolving dishes ranging from classic to innovative. Penny, fourth generation of a local farming family, has an historic involvement in the business as her grandparents owned the same village pub in the late 60's and early 70's, and sister Jo and partner Spike of Clayfield Farm, Barns Green, rear the pigs and lambs that eventually end up in the kitchens… The Crown Inn is a food-led pub and there is a choice of four dining areas - each with a different feel: in the conservatory, the bar, the restaurant and the snug. Bed and breakfast is available in the old stable block next to the garden.
by John Waters on 26 Feb 2018
We asked the Crown to do a special Sunday Lunch for 22 people as a Birthday celebration. They worked with us to provide a bespoke menu, and wine selection. From start to finish it was handled with total perfection and expertise. All my guests just raved about the quality and presentation of their meals. Service was 100% Thank You
by Natasha Richards on 19 Feb 2018
We had a lovely lunch at the Crown. Despite the bar area literally overflowing with people the service was very friendly and swift. Roast beef highly recommend and beautifully cooked (rare). We were a party of 4 and all enjoyed our meals. Bravo to the kitchen as the pub was extremely busy!
by Penny Newson on 22 Jan 2018
The Crown Inn had been recommended to us, and it didn't disappoint. Very welcoming, warm and cosy. Staff chatty and efficient. Lovely varied menu.
by email@example.com on 21 Oct 2017
Very nice local lamb used in a kebab. Good, fresh pita bread, nice salad garnish and chips. Tzatziki was a bit scarce, but quickly remedied by waiter bringing more in a dish. Very hot chutney, too hot for me....would be good to have just mild chilli sauce for those who request it. But still, a nice lunch.
by Peter Scott on 27 May 2017
Our neighbour had lit a bonfire so rather than stay indoors we went out to eat. We have eaten before at The Crown and liked he garden. We waited for 6pm opening and well worth the wait. Very tasty food served promptly despite having 6 tables by 6.15. Very busy but service did not suffer. All three courses excellent.