Current Opening Hours
Monday to Thursday & Sunday
11.30am to 10pm
Friday to Saturday
11.30am to 10.30pm
B&B guests are welcome to check in from 3pm.
For kitchen opening hours please visit the 'Food & Drink' Page
The Windmill Inn
t: 01403 710308
bank holiday opening hours updated on homepage and our facebook page.
Restaurant opening times are listed on the 'Food & Drink' page.
YOU CAN REACH US BY BUS FROM BRIGHTON OR TRAVEL BY BUS TO BRIGHTON.
THE BUS STOP IS MOMENTS FROM THE PUB AND ALSO GOES TO HORSHAM.
- FURTHER DETAILS BELOW -
HOW TO FIND US
FROM THE A23 (SAT NAV POSTCODE RH13 8EJ)
Come off the A23 at the junction signposted to Cowfold and Bolney (A272) and follow the road west for 3.5 miles into Cowfold.
Navigate the two mini roundabouts and continue travelling west in the direction of Billingshurst for 1.4 miles.
Then you take a left hand turning signposted Partridge Green. Follow this road (Littleworth Lane) south through the countryside for 1.6 miles until you see 40mph signs, this is Littleworth and The Windmill Inn is 50 yards on the right hand side.
Route 17 - Brighton Churchill Square to Horsham Route - Bus Stop on Mill Lane, 1 Min walk from Pub. From 6 am to 8.09 pm Weekdays and Saturday (approximately every 30 minutes), Sunday lesser service. www.buses.co.uk/17
Route 3 - Adur Valley Line - Summertime, Weekend Services. Offer a summer service on weekends and bank holidays from 8.49 am to 8.01 pm. Travelling Horsham to Shoreham and back, the bus stop is outside the pub.
www.southerntransit.co.uk 01273 464754
A History of the County of Sussex records that the Windmill existed in 1909 and possibly earlier and was the meeting of a ‘slate club’ in 1916. The Post Office Directory of 1878 lists a Felix Thomas, beer retailer of Littleworth. The only beer retailer at Littleworth in Kelly’s Directory of 1891, 1899 and 1905 is Thom. Knight, while Barton Snelling is listed as the only beer retailer in the village in the 1911 and 1915 editions. The tendency for beer houses (those without a spirits licence) to be listed in old directories under the proprietor’s name suggests that these entries are for the Windmill.
The pub is almost certainly named after Jolesfield Windmill, an eight-sided tarred smock mill that stood in the village until the early 1960s. The pub exterior is in classic hung-tile Sussex style, while the present interior layout of small public bar at the front-left, saloon bar to the rear-right and a stone tiled drinking passage between the two rooms has been like this for over 50 years.
The public bar has a rustic atmosphere with scrubbed tables, old agricultural relics, bar billiards table and dartboard. The saloon bar, in complete contrast, is a eclectic mix of bar tables, stools, tables and chairs with an open inglenook fire opening up into a light panelled oak floored dining area with windows looking onto the garden. To the rear in the original building there is a formal restaurant with a double sided fire with windows looking out to the site of Jolesfield Windmill. Upstairs there are characterful Inn rooms all oozing character and recently refurbished.
The pub is now independently owned by Charles New and managed by David Lennon after an extensive period of refurbishment and is not tied to any brewery but was previously a Hall and Woodhouse pub and prior to that it was in the ownership of the now-defunct King and Barnes brewery, Horsham, and their livery can be seen over the porch entrance.
Before becoming a pub the original ‘sussex style’ building was arranged as three cottages for the Jolesfield Windmill workers - the site of the windmill can be seen looking to the rear, west, of the pub on the top of the field where there are now a few agricultural buildings. Jolesfield Windmill was built in 1790 and stood on this spot until August 1959 when it was bought by Nevvar Hickmet, owner of Gatwick Manor. The windmill was dismantled from its site and re-erected at Gatwick Manor, where it stands today.It is reputed that the windmill was never restored to working order as its total height with sails would be 50ft and thus interfere with air traffic. The equipment was put on display on the grounds in front of the windmill.
PUB TRIVIA Anglian Home Improvements, now a major national operator, had their first office in the detached building next to the main pub in the beer garden which is now our beer cellar! The Windmill Inn, Littleworth are the first pub since 1992 when 'Bill Edwards Cheers' appeared on the March F1 car to sponsor a Formula 1 team, we sponsored the Caterham F1 team at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The Windmill Littleworth LImited,
The Windmill Inn, Littleworth Lane, Partridge Green,
Horsham, West Sussex RH13 8EJ.