Located in the tiny hamlet of Shripney, a short drive from the seafront at Bognor Regis, this lovely old pub is full of real fires and cosy corners, and is manned by welcoming, long-serving staff.
The Robin Hood is located on Shripney Road, a leafy residential street in the upmarket village of Shripney. This tiny corner of West Sussex grew out of a 13th century hamlet and just a minute’s walk from the pub, you will find ancient thatched cottages hidden down country lanes.
The pub itself is a big brick building with heated outdoor patios for al fresco drinks in summertime and a trio of open log fires inside for cosy winter gatherings. Mismatched wooden furniture and old photos of the pub, including snaps of horses and carriages waiting outside the doors and of the pig farm that was once next door, lend the interior plenty of charm and character.Read more...
A short drive from the pub’s idyllic rural location is the famous Bognor Regis seafront. Sheltered by the South Downs and the Selsey Peninsula, Bognor is known for being one of the sunniest spots in the UK. Add that to clean sand and shingle beaches, traditional seaside cafés, pubs and amusements, fairground rides and public parks, and it’s easy to see why this classic seaside resort has drawn in crowds for decades. Historic royal visits by King George V from the 1920s onwards put the resort firmly on the map and earned it the regal suffix of Regis. There are a handful of beaches to choose from but East Beach is the favourite, thanks to its stone’s throw distance to Bognor Regis town centre and the long promenade that runs behind it.
Bognor Regis is as famous for Butlins as it is for anything else and the holiday company has had a presence in the town for 80 years. Billy Butlin first opened an amusement park and zoo here in the 1930s, followed by a hugely popular holiday camp in the 1960s. At its peak, Butlins in Bognor welcomed 6,000 guests a week and cemented Bognor Regis’ status as an iconic UK holiday resort. The site has been refurbished and modernised numerous times over the decades and today caters for more than 385,000 resident and day visitors every year. The 60-acre beachfront resort has pools, fair rides, family-friendly activities and loads of live entertainment.
An important part of Bognor Regis’ history can be found just two miles south of The Robin Hood at Hotham Park House and grounds. A public park since the 1940s, the estate was built by Sir Richard Hotham, a Victorian-era property developer and the founder of modern Bognor Regis. Sir Richard became enchanted with this then undeveloped stretch of coastline during a visit in the late 1700s and began a programme of building work that soon turned Bognor into a fashionable holiday resort. The grounds of his private home, Hotham Park House, are now open to the public. Within this huge stretch of open space and parkland, there is a miniature railway that chugs around the trees and landscaped gardens, a kids' play area and adventure playground, a café, a trio of duck ponds and miles of picnicking space. Come summer, live music is played on the bandstand, visitors can play pitch and putt or crazy golf, and the boating lake opens for business.
Bognor Regis is also home to Alexandra Theatre, a 364-seat auditorium with a packed schedule of comedy, drama and musical performances. A few minutes south of The Robin Hood, en route to the beach, lies the Base indoor skatepark, a not-for-profit organisation and amazing space for urban sports. For a spot of retail therapy, head 10 minutes by car to the Windmill Shopping Village. This cluster of charming independent shops are located right next to a Grade II-listed windmill. There are bridal boutiques plus pet, crafts and fashion stores to explore, as well as artists studios and a tearoom.Show less...