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The Star Inn, Horsham

Horsham Road
Rusper
Postal town: Horsham
RH12 4RA
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Star Inn

This is a two bar, rural pub with a prominent location on the main road that runs through the centre of Rusper. The pub is split into two very distinct separate sections, with the right-hand side being set-aside for diners and the more spartan left hand room used more as a public bar. The front door takes you into the right-hand room with the servery directly opposite as you enter. The bar has a dark wood counter, simple bar back and a canopy decorated with some pretty ancient looking carpentry tools. Standard tables and chairs have been dotted through the room, which is broken up by a couple of very aged looking timber posts. The walls are whitewashed stone and dark beams run across the ceiling, combining with the low-level lighting to create a very authentic feeling rural pub scene, further augmented by a lot of horse brasses and some old black and white photos on the walls. The left-hand room is carpeted and has its own separate servery to the rear right which sports a similar counter and bar back to that in the other room. Pew and low stool seating, including one pew with a high, decorative back, runs along the front wall, offering the bulk of the room’s seating options, with a few bar stools rounding things out. A partitioning wall and a couple of disused former doorways with humorous ‘Duck or Grouse’ signs above them, suggest this rather small room was previously further subdivided. There’s not much in the way of décor on show in this room, but it still manages to remain characterful enough and I was happy enough sipping my pint over the paper in here. Contemporary folk music played quietly in the background and signs indicated a patio garden, which I failed to explore in the darkness. Similarly, there appeared to be additional rooms to the rear of the building which were not being used on this visit, so I may not have seen the pub in all its glory.
Four handpulls greeted me upon entering, although one of these turned out to be out of action, leaving a choice of Fullers London Pride, Greene King Abbot Ale and Sharps Doom Bar. The London Pride was decent enough and the barman seemed like a friendly bloke, helping a confused customer figure out what they wanted from the menu. I didn’t eat here, but a good deal of food was being brought out and if it tasted half as good as it smelt, I’m sure everyone would have left happy.
I thought this was quite a nice, characterful village pub that, despite clearly having a strong focus on food, still offers a nice environment for the drinker to spend some time. The rather pedestrian ale range was a bit of a shame, but it seemed to be well kept which suggests a wider focus on quality. I enjoyed stopping off here for a brief visit and thought it was a good asset for this pleasant little village.

On 9th January 2020 - rating: 7
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Nick Davies left this review about The Star Inn

Very pleasant, large, rambling village local dating back, it says, to the fifteenth century. Unlike the premises across the road it has resisted the depredations of the gastrofiers: little has change for years and it remains a traditional English country pub and a welcoming sight for those of a certain age who wonder where all the 'proper' pubs went. Pleasant locals and friendly service too, it's only let down is the mundane beer choice.

Well worth a visit, but there's a couple of alternatives near by if beer selection is top of your agenda.

On 27th December 2012 - rating: 7
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Old Blue left this review about The Star Inn

This friendly, traditional pub was last year’s West Sussex County Times pub of the year. It consists of several rooms with names such as the ‘Four Ale Bar’ and the ‘Barrell Bar’, with wooden beams, wood panelled bar, bare and white painted brickwork and old photos for decoration, and there is a pleasant beer patio to the side. On my visit last Sunday, ales were served from two banks of four hand pulls, each offering the perhaps unadventurous options of Ringwood Best, London Pride or Abbot with the fourth vacant – my Ringwood however was in tip top condition.

There was something particularly nice about this place that made both of us very comfortable – just a really good, genuinely friendly and relaxed atmosphere. I can see, or rather feel, why it got its POTY award.

On 15th September 2012 - rating: 8
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Old Blue
Faygate, 2.16 miles, 41 min walk (show)
Ifield, 3.49 miles, 1 hr 7 min walk (show)
Warnham, 3.75 miles, 1 hr 12 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Star Inn, Rusper
9th Jan 2020, 18:11
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
18th May 2019, 20:08
Picture submitted by paulof horsham approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 09 January 2020 by Pub SignMan
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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 09 January 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 09 January 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 09 January 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 09 January 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 09 January 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Jukebox : No last updated 09 January 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 09 January 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 09 January 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 09 January 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 09 January 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 09 January 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 15 September 2012 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 09 January 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 09 January 2020 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 09 January 2020 by Pub SignMan
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