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Tucked next to the waterside, get the real deal in fresh Sussex seafood at this foodie pub perched on the edge of a popular birding spot, Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve, and within easy reach of Chichester and the coast, with its choice of pebble and sandy beaches.

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The birdlife is a major focus here and there's an RSPB centre just around the corner, where you can pick up walking maps or join guided events. A little further down the coast are the beaches of Selsey and West Wittering - the latter a sandy favourite. Besides the coast, Chichester's cathedral, shops and theatre are within range, as is the racing at the Goodwood Estate.

By car: Oxford and London are both around two hours' drive away from The Crab & Lobster. Brighton is 1 hour 10 minutes from the hotel. There is free parking available.

By train: London Victoria to Chichester takes around 90 minutes. The hotel is a 15-minute taxi ride from Chichester station. Book trains to Chichester.

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The pub, which dates back 350 years, has low ceilings, an open fire and an old snug area. Colourful upholstery helps bring the place smartly up-to-date. It's a comfortable space with plenty of banquette seating and cushions. Some of the bedrooms are in the eaves and make a feature of the exposed beams.


Service was friendly. The facilities aren't huge - there's a small garden and terrace and a car park. Those staying in the cottage will find handy inclusions like a dishwasher and coffee maker.

  • Terrace
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


There are four standard and deluxe rooms, all with double beds. Separate Crab Cottage has two double bedrooms plus a lounge and kitchen, and a cloakroom beside its main bathroom. All bedrooms are comfortably furnished in restful colours.

Room types: Standard, Deluxe, Crab Cottage

Key amenities: Queen size bed, ensuite with combined bath and shower, Noble Isle toiletries, fresh-cut flowers, flatscreen TV, iPod dock sound system, free Wi-Fi


Selsey, just up the coast, is famous for its crabs, and you'll find them in many forms on the excellent menu at the pub: in salads, baked in their shells or made into crab cakes. There's a good range of other seafood besides (including fish at breakfast), and the meat dishes also have a local provenance. Around 30 wines are available by the glass.

The restaurant: Selsey crab, locally caught fish, set lunch menu. Open Monday to Friday 12-2.30pm and 6-9.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 12-9.30pm.

The bar: 17 wines by the glass, premium spirits, beer garden. Open daily 11am-11pm.

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