With fabulous craft ales from their own microbrewery, great food and a charming thatched cottage setting, The Gribble Inn near Chichester is hard to beat.

In the sleepy village of Oving, less than 3 miles from the historic city of Chichester and within sight of Goodwood and the South Downs, a chocolate box, 16th-century thatched cottage is home to a very special pub, restaurant and microbrewery, the Gribble Inn.

Once home to the village schoolteacher Rose Gribble, the cottage was bought by a local farmer after Rose passed away and converted into a public house in 1980. The onsite microbrewery dates back to those early days. Over the years the original head brewer passed on his knowledge to his son, Rob, the current head brewer.

The annual beer festival at The Gribble Inn at Oving, near Chichester

Craft Beer at the Gribble Inn

Now and again my husband exclaims “Let’s go gribbling!” and I always eagerly agree. The Gribble Inn is so well-loved in our household that it has become a verb. We splash out on a taxi and are soon snuggling up to the fire in the winter or lazing in the sunny garden in the summer, enjoying a pint of Fuzzy Duck or perhaps Plucking Pheasant.

All their ales are excellent and if you can’t make up your mind try a beer flight (3 or 6 glasses holding a third of a pint each). At Christmas try a glass of Santa’s Sack!

The names of The Gribble’s beers are certainly entertaining in themselves. I’ve heard Rob, the brewer, picks a name and then makes the beer to suit. At 7.5% ABV Wobbler Ale is certainly aptly named.

Craft ales at The Grobble Inn in Oving near Chichester, West Sussex

A beer flight t The Gribble Inn near Chichester

Great Food at the Gribble Inn

A visit wouldn’t be complete without tucking into a bite to eat. If it’s a Sunday I can’t resist a roast dinner, or another day I might opt for fish ‘n’ chips. The portions are generous and don’t leave room for pudding, for me at least.

Luckily, several dishes, such as the fish ‘n’ chip and the burgers have a smaller portion option which is just as well as the desserts are superb. Look out for their beeramisu made with Wobbler Ale, as is their Wobbler Ice-cream. I can highly recommend their Sticky Toffee Pudding too. I lost count of how many times I’ve visited and eaten here, and I’ve never had a bad meal. Quite the opposite. Ther service has always been good too.

I’d recommend booking a table by calling 01243 786893. You’ll find more about the menu at the end of this article.

Sunday roast at The Gribble Inn near Chichester

above and below: Roast Beef and Sticky Toffee Pudding with Wobbler Ice-cream at The Gribble Inn

Sticky toffee pudding at The Gribble Inn near Chichester

If you are in the area, be sure to take time to visit the Gribble Inn in the little village of Oving. There is always a friendly atmosphere and Flint, the pub’s dog is eager to meet you. Dogs, walkers and even well-behaved children are welcome!

Gribble Inn Menu Highlights

May 2024

Gribble Favourites

Slow-Roasted Pork Belly, Savoy Cabbage & Bacon, Creamy Mash, Red Wine Jus & Crackling £19

Beer Battered Catch of the Day & Chunky Chips with Tartare Sauce, small £11 or regular £16 – add mushy or garden peas £2


Gribble Vegan Burger with Applewood Cheese and Jack Slaw served with Chips £16

Her Roasted Fennel and Beetroot served with Smokey Mediterranean Mac’ and Cheese £16

 Plus, seasonally changing starters, mains, platters and desserts

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Look out for…

If you are interested in the pub’s history look out for the poem Rose Gribble wrote about the village. You’ll find it to the left of the door of the main saloon that leads to the porch.

Events at the Gribble Inn

We love The Gribbles annual beer festival with live music in the garden. They also host regular quiz nights. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.

Nearby Walks

The Old School and Church, Oving Circular Walk (just over half a mile)

I’d recommend taking a walk through the village and finding The Old School where Miss Gribble Taught. It’s opposite the village church.

This route  maybe only a short circular stroll, just over half a mile long, but it is an interesting one and a great way to stretch your legs either before or after a visit to the pub.

As you leave the pub turn right and head north along Gribble Lane. Follow the bend round to the right and take the right turn onto Church Lane. You’ll find the church and school on Church Lane. Continue south along Church Lane. Turn right again onto the High Street and then right back on to Gribble Lane. In other words, just keep turning right, ignoring all cul-de-sacs, and you’ve got it!

The Old School is a grade II listed, flint, schoolhouse, built in 1839 in the Tudor Gothic Style, designed by the architect, John Elliot. It consists of both the school itself and the house of the school master but it now a private dwelling.

The lovely medieval village church of St. Andrew’s in Oving was built around 1220.

For an online map of the route visit Sussex Walks Maps.


How to get to The Gribble Inn

By road: Take the A259 connecting Chichester and Bognor. At the Oving roundabout head north on Drayton Lane (B2144). Just after the level crossing take the first right towards Oving, then the first left and you’ll see the Gribble Inn. There’s a small car park around the back.

By train/bus: The nearest railway stations are at Chichester and Bognor. From either station take the 700 bus and alight at Merston Corner (about a 15-minute ride). From here it is a one-and-a-half-mile walk (30 minutes). At the roundabout turn north onto Drayton Lane. Just after the level crossing take the first right towards Oving, then the first left and you’ll see the Gribble Inn.



Hello, I’m the writer, photographer, and walking guide, behind Sussex Walks. I was born in West sussex and have lived here all my life (apart from a few years in Bristol while at university studying Zoology, Botany and Psychology).

As well as leading guided walks, I am a complimentary therapist, art teacher and travel blogger. I love having this variety in my work and being able to share all my passions with others.

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