The Fountain Inn is a 16th Century Grade 2 listed country pub. It was Sir Lawrence Olivier’s local, his home was just south of the village. Sussex author/poet Hilaire Belloc wrote about the pub in his novel The Four Men (mentioning how good the beer was). It featured in the 1979 Classic Paul McCartney and Wings Christmas Song “(simply having a) Wonderful Christmas Time”.
West Sussex Drinking Song, by Hilaire Belloc
They sell good Beer at Haslemere
And under Guildford Hill.
At Little Cowfold, as I’ve been told,
A beggar may drink his fill:
There is a good brew in Amberley too,
And by the bridge also;
But the swipes they take in at Washington Inn
Is the very best Beer I know, the very best Beer I know.
With my here it goes, there it goes,
All the fun’s before us;
The tipple’s aboard and the night is young,
The door’s ajar and the Barrel is sprung,
I am singing the best song ever was sung
And it has a rousng chorus.
If I were what I never could be,
The master or the squire:
If you gave me the hundred from here to the sea,
Which is more than I desire:
Then all my crops should be barley and hops,
And should my harvest fail
I’d sell every rood of mine acres, I would,
For a bellyful of good Ale, a bellyful of good Ale.
It has a large inglenook fireplace, a garden with decking next to the pond and a skittle alley. All of which make it a great place for a summers evening or winters lunchtime.