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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.
Pulborough Station 7km
Amberley Station 11km
Petworth House 595m
Osiers Farm Golf Club 4km
Wed-Sun 12N-3pm (Sun -4pm) Tues-Sat 6pm-10.30pm
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Food + drink: 5
A lovely spring day out in West Sussex with friends and a terrific Sunday lunch - very good value and really good food. There were 6 of us and all agreed this was a great find. Starters are interesting and delicious including crispy pork croquettes, fab cauliflower and cheese soup, cured trout with beetroot, and chicken terrine. All went down a treat. For main courses the menu focuses on roasts for Sunday, the beef was good and rare and the roast chicken excellent. It arrives looking a little lost on the plate with just a Yorkshire pudding, but that is a top notch pudding, light and crispy with a creamy middle, and with excellent roast potatoes, sides of roast and steamed vegetables and amazing gravy this was really enjoyable. A few had the cod and seam bream in broth, also said to be very good. Yummy puddings included chocolate delice, roasted pineapple, and blackcurrant sorbet with crispy meringue. Finishing off with coffees we had all had a lovely leisurely lunch lasting well into the afternoon and were well looked after. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place again. If Squaremeal can fix the link to go to the restaurant in W Sussex ( and not to the pub in N16) that would be great!
I have visited the Leconfield several times. The experience has been consistently good with excellent food and service set in a beautiful Georgian building in the charming old town of Petworth. The menu is constantly changing, innovative without being extreme and very focussed on good quality produce. The staff are friendly and helpful. It's a great place for all occasions from a formal celebration to a family supper – they are good at accommodating children's whims – with a lively atmosphere but no loud music so you can all hear yourselves speak!
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