David and Christiane Butler have run and owned the Coach and Horses since 1985, David served his apprenticeship in the Ritz, London, and then worked in a number of top-class Hotels in Europe. His love of authentic Continental cuisine comes from this experience of working with and learning from inspirational chefs who hailed from the corners and culinary regions of Europe.
The Coach and Horses has quite some history. It was established as a coaching inn around 1660, serving the London to Portsmouth route. It sits on the main square of Compton, one of the most beautiful villages in West Sussex.
The front of the building that greets you today is an extension erected by the Victorians. If you stand in the bar, the original external wall faces visitors from behind the bar, and behind you the original patterned windows and shutters add to the character.
This photo lives behind the bar at the Coach and Horses. The words on the back of the photo explain:
“Fanny and Jim Evans and Daughter Pam with their adopted lamb from Edney’s Farm. West Marden. May 1953. Presented to Mr and Mrs David Butler and staff at the Coach and Horses Inn, Compton, in appreciation of their fundraising for St Michaels Church, Up Marden.”
Here's David, Christiane and their daughter Lydie feeding another lamb on the main bar ... recreating the scene.