Family-owned Historic Sussex Hotels is to reopen its new acquisition The Black Horse in Climping, West Sussex in spring 2020 after an extensive refurbishment.
The group, which has added the 17th century property to its three-strong portfolio following a sale from the Ei Group, will work with local architect James Wells to redesign the interiors and style of the Grade-II listed property before reopening to the public next year.
Joint managing director Pontus Carminger, who runs the HSH group with his wife Miranda, said they had ‘had our eye’ on the pub for a ‘number of years’, before the opportunity to take over the business arose before Christmas.
Pontus Carminger said: “Being easy walking distance from Bailiffscourt it makes perfect sense to offer our guests another style of eating in different surroundings. And we of course also look forward to giving residents a new place to eat and drink.”
Martin Hadden, group executive head chef of Historic Sussex Hotels since 2003, will oversee the new menu with support from Bailiffscourt head chef Russell Williams and his team.
The Black Horse joins Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa, Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa and The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa in the 60-year-old Historic Sussex Hotels portfolio.