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.
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.