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The Cowdray Arms

) #45 of 213 Restaurants in Crawley $$ - $$$ , British,
London Road | Balcombe, Crawley RH17 6QD, England
+44 1444 811280
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good26%
  • Average15%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible10%
Travellers talk about
“roast dinner” (6 reviews)
“scallops” (5 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
London Road | Balcombe, Crawley RH17 6QD, England
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1 - 10 of 445 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Felt so welcomed at the Cowdray Arms, had the chicken pate for starters and it was lovely. For main I had the steak and ale pie which was one of the nicest pies I've had served with Champion Mash, and all the veg. For afters...More

Thank Ollie G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just poppped in after another 2 local pubs was shut on a Monday ! Nice pub , busy , good service Nice garden with few umbrellas Good food

Thank Shazza754
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been here twice now and the second was simply because it was okay first time This place has got much going for it, but could make a quantum leap by simply raising staff levels by a very small proportion Enough staff to run the garden...More

Thank Orcaorca
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So the Cowdray. The service was horrible, food turned up in odd occasions. Let's start with the starters. There was such a delay, but that wasn't the problem. Party of 8 and a very simple order. First starter came and then it was around 20...More

1  Thank GerryFlanagan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

New Manager, Georgina has made a big difference here. It is back to the pub it once was where you get a warm, friendly welcome! The menu is more extensive offering a wide variety of food and drinks at reasonable prices. Well done Georgina and...More

Thank KGSC2016
Reviewed 17 May 2017

System of outside shed to order is a bit confusing at first but I guess works well if you are a regular . Wait staff very helpful when you go to them ...Food was decent pub grub but at gastro pricing. The place seems to...More

Thank Chris S
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

My hunters chicken didn't have any BBQ sauce and was microwaved to an inch of it's life. It was so overcooked that the bacon was black. I wouldn't mind but it was not even hot! My husbands pie was so hard (also microwaved many times...More

2  Thank Kelly N
TheCowdrayArmsTeam, General Manager at The Cowdray Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2017

I Kelly I'm so sorry you didn't have a good experience with us. I do hope you will let us redeem ourselves in the future. I would be grateful if you can call to discuss this further. Kind regards Georgina

Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

Called in whilst staying in the area. Service was quick, food mediocre. Chose a roast on the cheap Sunday evening and upgraded for a £1 to add on cauliflower cheese, £7.99. We were hungry so ate every scrap but the meat was thin and quite...More

Thank Tr1c1aE
TheCowdrayArmsTeam, General Manager at The Cowdray Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2017

HI Tricia I'm so sorry you were disappointed with your visit here I do hope you return so we can make it up to you. Georgina

Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Driven past here 5 days a week for last 6 years thought I'd give it a go. Nice setting,lovely waiting staff,good beer,reasonably priced. Food was the big let down of the visit, my chips were stone cold, the coleslaw somehow tasted & smelt of fish,...More

Thank Keiron L
TheCowdrayArmsTeam, General Manager at The Cowdray Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2017

HI I am so very sorry you did not have a good experience with us. I will be speaking to my kitchen team about this. I do hope you visit again in the future so we can give you a much better experience. Kind regards...More

Reviewed 22 April 2017

Been a few times recently and been very pleased. The menu is varied, great choices for smaller appetites or big kids aswell as a great children's menu, staff friendly and welcoming. The food we had was really nicely cooked and presented and didn't cost the...More

Thank BluebellRoxs
TheCowdrayArmsTeam, General Manager at The Cowdray Arms, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2017

HI there Thank you for your lovely review. We look forward to seeing you again soon Georgina

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Noticed this is very close to the airport. Is there much noise?
31 January 2015|
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Response from Ted W |
No noise. No phone coverage,but good beer and good food. Been coming here for six months and can't fault it.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: London Road | Balcombe, Crawley RH17 6QD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  West Sussex  >  Crawley
  • Phone Number: +44 1444 811280
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