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The Blue Ship, The Haven - pub details

Address: The Haven, Billingshurst, West Sussex, RH14 9BS [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 5455) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Billingshurst (3.5 miles), Christs Hospital (4.3 miles)

Brewery: Hall and Woodhouse

Pub facilities/features:
Cask Marque accreditation

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other pubs nearby:

Mucky Duck Inn, Tismans Common (1.6 miles), Fox Inn, Rudgwick (1.6 miles)

 

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Being a stranger to the area I used the GBG to find a pub for a family Sunday lunch get-together and came across the Blue Ship. However on arrival the pub exterior looked a bit run-down and if I was just driving past I might have been deterred but with a table for six booked I bit the bullet and went in. Upon walking into the pub we were given a friendly welcome and my fears subsided. The bar area is smallish and rectangular with scrubbed tables and benches and a hatchway through which the drinks were served (there is no traditional bar counter). We were seated in a smaller room to the left with three tables set up for dining and also a bar billiard table which was covered over but used for league matches. There was at least one more room to the rear which I didn't enter. A choice of roasts were on offer as well as the regular menu at prices a bit above my own area but this is well-heeled West Sussex territory. No complaints about the quality of the food or portion sizes and all was well-presented.
On the downside the only ale on offer was Hall and Woodhouse Ruby Rustler which was pleasant enough but no better than that and an expensive £3.95. The landlord explained that as it is a rural pub and January being a quiet month he only stocks one but the choice is greater in the summer months when the large garden becomes popular with walkers and families. Also the toilets, while perfectly clean, are outside and on a day when there was the first snow of the winter the lack of any heat was very noticeable particularly for the ladies.
In summary the pub is a bit quirky but both the landlord and landlady could not have been friendlier and despite the time of year there were a number of people enjoying their lunches. I would certainly return if in the area but it could be very busy when the good weather returns.
yellowfever - 20 Jan 2016 13:02
The Blue Ship is a lovely little pub tucked away off the beaten track. Although it appears to be a Badger pub, there didn't appear to be any of the normal Badger ales on gravity when we visited, but the one I tried was gorgeous. We sat in a beautiful garden until it started to rain and then in pleasant surrounds inside. The landlord was very friendly and polite.
BiffoBeer - 14 Jul 2014 09:26
A very pleasant journey back in time. Beer tapped straight from the cask is served to you from a hatch, and there are no comfy chairs at all - just hard wooden ones. Possibly unsuitable for any old loafers suffering from piles as a result.

Two Badger beers available (Sussex and a seasonal one) and truly excellent food. Pork belly with artichokes highly recommended. Mind you the prices are bang up to date - 3.85 for a pint is rather a lot even in 2012...
oldloafer - 17 Jun 2012 10:08
Ate here a few weeks ago. Food was superb and really showed The Fox at Bucks Green up for what it is i.e. very average. Beer was very drinkable although H&W isn't everyones thing I enjoyed it. Only downside was we did have to wait rather a long time for our food but as we booked at the last minute and they did squeeze us in I ought to stop splitting hairs!
sonofalbert - 16 Jun 2012 16:33
This little gem is worth visiting, quirky,charming and very traditional.New landlords and a new chef,what a menu,all fresh food,made on the premises, fresh fish menu that knock the socks off local fish restaurants.We had the shortcrust pie as you would expect it to be a whole pie,not those lided top ones which seem so abundant, my wife had the monkfish ,just brilliant!! To boot it all the prices are reasonable, great service, and a lovely friendly atmosphere. Well worth trying to find the pub.
hydroclysis - 27 Apr 2012 17:56

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