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The Half Moon, Kirdford, nr Petworth, West Sussex. STYLE: This 16th-century village inn offers modern British food with a twist. Drinkers are...

The Half Moon, Kirdford, nr Petworth, West Sussex.

STYLE:​ This 16th-century village inn offers modern British food with a twist. Drinkers are welcome, but this is mainly a dining pub.

DÉCOR:​ Inside, the Half Moon is steeped in history. Its low beams and log fires give it a cosy feel. Tablecloths, candlelight and polished glassware add to the atmosphere. There is a small bar area with quirky bar stools made out of old rum barrels and a more informal dining area.

WHAT'S ON OFFER:​ Diners can choose either a two or three-course set menu (£10.95 or £14.50 respectively) or from the à la carte menu. Starters from the set menu include home-made pâté with red onion compote and deep-fried brie with cranberry and orange marmalade, whilst from the à la carte, the selection includes tempura prawns with mango salsa and saffron rice, and bresaola with roast figs, salad and walnut dressing (both £6.95).

On the mains menu is rump of lamb marinated in mint and yoghurt with apricot pilau rice (£14.95), shredded duck with pak choi and noodle salad (£13.95) and fillet of cod with herb and pepper crust served with chive mash and citrus sauce. Vegetarians are not forgotten with treats such as field mushrooms with cheesy risotto and roasted tomato.

CHEERS:​ Well-presented cask ales and lagers are on offer, as well as a varied wine list. The house wine was good and at £11.95 per bottle (or available by the glass) didn't break the bank. There is a range of Champagnes with the option of purchasing the house Champagne by the glass (£6.95).

JUST DESSERTS:​ Dessert choices are fairly limited with many of the set menu options repeated on the à la carte menu. There is bread and butter pudding, caramelised banana in filo pastry and crème brûlée (all at £4.95). There's also a selection of cheeses (£6.95).

AND ANOTHER THING:​ The pub has won the title of Prettiest Pub in Southern England as well as Home Counties Food Pub of the Year 2002/2003. Recently re-opened by Kim Fishlock (owner of Tradewinds Yacht Club, St Katherine's Dock, City of London), it is featured on the front cover of the AA Pub Guide 2004.

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