Thursday, February 09, 2012


The Fountain Inn

It has been a lovely day out.
The sun shone for a while in the middle of the day - once again creating sparkle on the snow and ice.
We drove to Partridge Green to swap over the crested china pieces. There was no snow there. We were told that they had had very little last weekend - could still see the green grass.
The person who had bought the Partridge Green cup recommended a pub out of that village.
So, we ventured along the road to Ashurst, to The Fountain. Ashurst is a tiny village close to the River Adur.
The pub is delightful.
It is a 16th century farmhouse.
The Guardian newspaper have it in their top ten cosiest pubs in the country.

Look who else has been drinking in The Fountain.

Being somewhat tight fisted we ordered just one round of sandwiches and shared. The sausage was very superior quality with onions - nice and hot.
It was enough for a light lunch.

What a wonderful old fireplace and hearth.
Just right for a winter's day.

Regulars in deep conversation by the fireside.

When the comfy chair was vacated, the country worker sat there and enjoyed a pint and a read.
Both man and dog enjoyed the warmth of the fire.

I took my wine and sat right in the inglenook. Very cosy.

Bill is sitting in Larry's seat ......Sir Laurence Olivier that is.

Outside there are good gardens for summer drinking, a pond (covered with ice today) and a skittle alley which can be hired for parties.
Bill heard a sparrow chirruping to him from a bush in the garden and went over to capture a photograph.

I am so glad we discovered this pub. The menu looked very interesting.
I am sure we will be back.
I wouldn't mind being back in a couple of weeks when the folk singing Copper Family will be performing there.

After our lunch we went on into Steyning for a little shopping and photography. It's a beautiful little town, full of character. I will post photos of Steyning tomorrow.