Friday, 21 February 2014

The Goffs Manor


Last night we dined at Goffs Manor, a 16th Century Grade II listed pub-restaurant located on the edge of Crawley, West Sussex.

It is one of Crawley's oldest buildings. Originally called Goffs Park House (Goffs Hillhouse, as it was known), it was built in 1882 for the Sussex banker and landowner, Edwin Henty; though the original building dated back to the 16th century. 

My cousin and his family are fortunate to be well within walking distance of such an agreeable establishment.

This manor-house is notable for having been the residence of the actor, Peter Vaughan, who played the character Grouty in the BBC comedy series, Porridge.

Goffs has a "country house atmosphere", with carpeting, old wooden beams, tartan carpet in a section of the dining-room, and courteous waiting staff.

We ordered a round of drinks when we were seated at our table.

My cousin and I ordered the Steak & Tanglefoot Pie (British Pie Awards 2010 Champion), Braised British steak & velvety gravy made with award winning Tanglefoot ale, served with buttered mash & vegetables.

Jenny had the skewered salmon with a medley of vegetables.

For pudding, Jenny and I had the creme brûlée; my cousin, the treacle tart.

The truth is that we all enjoyed it. My steak pie, in particular, was filling, tasty and lean.

I think we were all struggling by the time the pudding arrived and I felt full when I finished it.

All in all, a civilised spot in a fine setting beside Goffs Park.

1 comment :

Gossops Community Forum said...

Goffs Manor is the pub where you ate and was home to Peter Vaughan. However the later Goffs Park House (Hillhouse) built in 1882 for Horsham solicitor, Henty, is another building within the Park just to the North of the Manor.