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Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale


Queen's Square, North Lane
West Hoathly
RH19 4PP
Telephone(01342) 810369
Real AleReal FireQuiet PubFamily FriendlyGardenAccommodationLunchtime MealsEvening MealsSeparate BarDisabled AccessParkingSmokingRestaurantDog FriendlyWiFiServes LocAle
Opening times: Mon–Sat 12:00-23:00; Sun 12:00-22:00

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic this pub is currently offering additional services:

From Wednesday 14th we plan to open, unless guidance changes. Our operation will be limited. please see below our opening times for both the bar and kitchen. We will not be accepting online reservations during April to 17th May. Please call or email. Online reservations can be made from 19th May onwards. The kitchen opening times are as follows: Lunch Friday and Saturday 12noon to 2pm; Sunday 12noon to 6pm Dinner Friday & Saturday 5.30pm to 8.30pm; On Wednesday and Thursdays we will be serving drinks only in the garden from 5pm to 10pm. We are closed Monday and Tuesday Please note we will not be accepting walk-ins for meals. Reservations are essential. Phone (01342) 810369 Email
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See more about this pub on WhatPub, CAMRA's national pub guide.

The Cat Inn is a 16th century free house, with four bedrooms, set in the picturesque village of West Hoathly, a hilltop village set in the heart of the Sussex countryside. It is within easy distance from the towns of East Grinstead and Haywards Heath and only 25 minutes from Gatwick Airport. Sitting high on a spur of the Sussex Weald, the village is a haven for walkers, ideally placed on the Western edge of the Ashdown Forest. There are a number of attractions within easy reach of the pub, including Wakehurst Place, Borde Hill Gardens, Nymans, The Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park, Lingfield Race Course, Standen, Pooh Bridge and the Priest House and Museum in West Hoathly village. The pub retains oak beams and two inglenook fireplaces. There is a terrace where drink and food can be consumed in the summer months. This free house prides itself in the quality of its real ale, and concentrates on local breweries, such as Harvey's of Lewes and other micro breweries. Food is cooked to order, using fresh, seasonal and where possible locally sourced ingredients. Menus change on a regular basis and a small selection of seasonal specials are available on a daily basis. The Cat is reputedly the oldest building in the village and comprises a maze of cosy rooms.