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The Cat Inn, East Grinstead

North Lane
West Hoathly
Postal town: East Grinstead
RH19 4PP
Phone: 01342810369
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David Walton left this review about The Cat Inn

Visited 27/04/2024

Hadn’t been to this village pub for probably around 8 years. It was then, and definitely is now, a food led pub. Menus is extensive and we really enjoyed our Saturday lunchtime meal. Only gripe was that service was more leisurely than we would have liked given other things to do on the afternoon. Fortunately those other things were materially indoors as the rain was relentless!

No surprise but the regular cask ale was Harvey’s Sussex Best. Two other guests rotate and during our visit, Firebird Parody a session IPA at 4.5% and Long Man Copper Hop an amber ale at 4.2% were the ones on. I had a pint of the Parody with lunch. Amongst the more oft seen keg beers were the Bohemia Pilsner from Firebird and the Wharf IPA from Harvey’s. The cider was from Wobblegate.

There is a bar area just inside the entrance to the bar and restaurant area and it was doing a roaring trade at 1.30pm arrival. I posted a picture of the outside but one thing that I noticed missing from visits of yesteryear was the pub sign (a black cat) and the pub name. Definitely a decent dining pub but not enough for me to make this a regularly visited venue just to drink.

On 28th April 2024 - rating: 6
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. Wittenden left this review about Cat Inn

A whitewashed brick and tilehung freehouse opposite the village church. Some rustic benches in the suntrap by the door, coupled with a sheltered beer garden out back. Inside, a saloon bar, with a warren of little rooms, laid up for dining, together with a couple of airy, newly built dining rooms to the rear.In the saloon, an open fire with ornate impedimenta, opposite the curved bar.
On a sunny March Saturday lunchtime, the pub was busy with diners and drinkers:the welcome was friendly with an efficient eye to detail. Four handpumps, serving the deservedly popular Harvey’s Sussex Best Bitter, alongside their Sussex XXX Old Ale, a lovely dark chocolatey dark ‘un. I also enjoyed Black Cat Original, a very impressive best bitter from a micro brewery based at Groombridge, and Larkins’ Traditional.
The food offering seemed very well presented,using locally produced ingredients: not stratospherically expensive, given the apparent affluence of the area.Dogs are allowed in the bar, but as we were eating, we left ‘em in the car. Upstairs, there are three or four letting rooms.
To my mind, a very well run pub , catering for a wide cross section: we’d like to go back.

On 9th March 2014 - no rating submitted
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Stuart Elms left this review about Cat Inn

Superb village community pub in a century's old 'living' village of real character

Run for the last few years by well known and respected publicans Mark White and dad Nick, this welcoming multi-roommed traditional hostelry excels at everything from the welcome to the excellent Real Ale - CAMRA Good Beer Guide listed - the superb wine list, fine coffee and a menu that is both traditional but with tantalising daily specials of real imagination and quality
Add B & B accommodation, a summer patio, a recently exposed ancient well now visible through glazed flooring in one of the bar areas, an historic sports car in the conservatory - reflecting the owners passion for such rare vintages - and this Inn truly fits the role in very sense

On 18th January 2009 - rating: 10
[User has posted 2 recommendations about 2 pubs]

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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by paulof horsham
East Grinstead, 4.47 miles, 1 hr 26 min walk (show)
Balcombe, 4.71 miles, 1 hr 30 min walk (show)
Three Bridges, 6.3 miles, 2 hr 1 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Cat Inn, West Hoathly
28th Apr 2024, 10:06
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28th Apr 2024, 10:04
Review submitted by David Walton amended by David Walton

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 05 October 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 05 October 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 05 October 2016 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 05 October 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 05 October 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 05 October 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 05 October 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 05 October 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 05 October 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 05 October 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 05 October 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 05 October 2016 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 05 October 2016 by ROB Camra
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