SquareMeal Review of
The Leconfield Petworth
Among the antique shops and venerable streets of Petworth, this one-time redbrick pub has quietly established itself as a culinary destination with first-rate modern British food. The restoration is a stunner: impressive archways, gleaming wooden floors, towering windows and a secluded dining courtyard. Capping it off is a glorious, private ‘stag room’ with vaulted beams and crystal chandeliers. Fans of Paul Welburn from his Michelin star-winning Rhodes W1 days will warm to The Leconfield’s whipped butters – cep, Parmesan and noisette – but most of the cooking is about subtle innovation. Chalk Farm trout, delivered the day it’s caught, is cured in juniper, diced and dotted with toasted breadcrumbs, lemon purée, dill mayonnaise and pickled fennel to produce a locally sourced reinvention of gravlax; quail comes as truffle-stuffed breast and dinky, potato-wrapped legs with pea mousse, bacon and more truffle; and Black Forest gateaux is revitalised as a delicate milk-chocolate mousse with cherry sorbet, macerated cherries and pecan purée. Chirpy staff, good-value wine and tempting set lunches further boost the appeal.