Public House of the Month
ARUNDEL, West Sussex
A famous historic pub-restaurant the Black Rabbit is situated right on the River Arun with 150m of riverside seating and superb views of Arundel castle. With a large car park, extensive riverside terrace and a playground the Black Rabbit is perfect for lunch, dinner and riverside drinks.
Mill Road, Offham, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9PB
- Children's Play Area
- Dogs Allowed
- Historic Location
- Car Park
- Free Wifi
The Black Rabbit in Offham is September's public house of the month. With a new General Manager at the helm, and big plans to boost their already popular food offering with events and tasting evenings, The Black Rabbit is one to watch!
So Meirion, how long have you been the General Manager of this pub?
Officially only 10 days! I've been working towards the takeover of this House for 8 weeks, but I've been the General Manager for just under two weeks. Before I moved here, I worked for Youngs & Co. running a hotel in London for 6 years.
Welcome to the fold, Meirion! How has your new job differed from your previous one ?
There is certainly a lot of fun to be had, working for H&W. Everyone has been very welcoming, and their friendliness has emphasised the family values I have heard so much about. It’s a real ‘people’s’ company, and there is a refreshing approach to working life. There is a real focus on the correct training, and doing your best for the Guest, and I love that.
So how do your Team and how does your pub sum up the Hall & Woodhouse values?
This House has a real passion for what we do. It is all about offering the best possible hospitality to all of our Guests. The Team are dedicated, they are ambitious and they do whatever they can to anticipate the Guests’ needs. I believe we are placed very well in the industry and I am confident that my Team always do their best. My Team is a friendly bunch, and I am lucky to have them!
Tell us more about The Black Rabbit, what is special about your pub?
The Location is simply beautiful. We are right by the river, and there is a lovely view of Arundel Castle. Our Pub also has a great reputation for food, which I hope to continue in my role as General Manager here.
The building itself is also interesting. The décor is quirky, with a cosmopolitan edge, but it hasn’t strayed too far away from a homely, comfortable feeling. It’s the kind of place you could feel at home in right away. You could just picture yourself next to a roaring fire, watching the world go by.
How is your pub part of the local community?
As it is a Pub on the River Arun, it attracts many nautical Guests. We welcome canoes and paddleboats all the time, as well as walkers and naturalists who are looking for wildlife in the area.
As new management, I am looking to build on the relationship that the House has with the locals. In the future, I hope we can hold beer and cheese evenings, and show off the skills of our Kitchen Team. As I said before, we already have a great reputation for delicious food, and that is where I see us going. We have fresh, seasonal Specials menus coming along. With such a solid team, I have big plans for The Black Rabbit!
If you could recommend a perfect combination of Badger ale and meal for your visitors – what would you recommend?
Our seasonal ale is Brewer’s Bee, and it is light and moreish, so I would recommend that with a light fish dish. That way, you can enjoy the delicate flavours in the beer, as well as the food.
We also have Fursty Ferret by the bottle, all year round. In contrast to Brewer’s Bee, Fursty Ferret needs punchy flavours to stand up to the bitter notes in the beer. I would recommend our aged sirloin steak with a bottle of Ferret, I like mine medium rare – perfect!
What’s good to see and experience in your area after a visit to the pub?
There is plenty to do after a visit to the pub. Arundel town is only a few minutes away, and the Castle and River are very popular with locals, and with visitors to the area. The River Arun is also teeming with interesting wildlife, and there is always something to admire, or even photograph! It's a very laid back part of the country, and it is a great place to relax, have a walk, and take in the scenery
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