The landscape surrounding The Crab and Lobster and its pretty village of Sidlesham is enchanting: salt marsh and woodland interlaced with watery creeks stretching across Pagham Harbour to the distant sea. Despite its spanking new interior, this 350 year-old building offers, with its slate floors, cream painted or bare brick walls and open fire, sophisticated charm.
  There are four bedrooms. Our inspector stayed in one under the eaves - smartly decorated with white walls and black beams, but too small and awkward a space, perhaps, to justify its £140 price tag. The telescope was a thoughtful touch, though the business-like, wall-mounted plasma TV seemed out of place and detracted from the cosy hideaway feel. The elegant bathroom has a velvet chaise longue (great touch), but was lacking in shelf space.
  But these are niggles. The Crab and Lobster is a stylish waterside hideaway, and what's more the food is excellent. Dinner was a great success: local crab and lobster, superbly dressed, plus sea bass that had been brought to the door that day by a local fisherman, a fine mushroom risotto with wild ceps and a couple of bottles of Sancerre - perfect.
  The Royal Oak in nearby East Lavant is under the same ownership (01243 527434).