The Black Swan Pub

Black Swan pub, Pease Pottage

One of the oldest surviving buildings in Pease Pottage, the Black Swan was known as the James King for several years in the 1980s and 90s in honour of one of the founders of the Horsham-based brewers, King and Barnes. When King and Barnes were bought out and closed down, the pub reverted to its original name.

The Black Swan is now one of more than 200 pubs owned by the Hall and Woodhouse organisation. Hall and Woodhouse closed down and demolished The Grapes, leaving the Black Swan as the only pub in Pease Pottage. The nearest non-chain pub is the Royal Oak Inn in Handcross, about three miles to the south.

Barry Ray’s Slaugham Archives website includes many old photographs of the Black Swan dating back more than 100 years.


The Black Swan has been renovated and extended, with an olde worlde, timber-beamed theme throughout.

The pub features:

Opening Hours

Meals are served:

(Opening hours are correct as of May 2018.)

Christmas Opening and Menu

The Black Swan is usually open on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, and closed on New Year’s Day.

The Black Swan usually offers a Christmas party menu throughout the festive season. For up-to-date details, phone the pub on 01293 612261.

Reviews of the Black Swan, Pease Pottage

Location and Directions

From the M23 (at junction 11) or the A23:

  1. Follow the signs towards Pease Pottage.
  2. Go past the motorway service station.
  3. Take the third exit (i.e. turn right) at the small roundabout.
  4. As you cross the bridge over the A23, you’ll see the Black Swan ahead of you.

Similar, but not Identical

The Black Swan in Horsham Road, Pease Pottage, is not the same animal as the Swan in Horsham Road, Crawley, about 3 miles to the north.

As of May 2018, the pub’s website describes the Black Swan variously as a “pub restaurant in Crawley”, a “pub restaurant situated in Crawley”, and “a Pub Restaurant in Old Brighton Road, West Sussex, UK.” Hmm.

Contact Details

01293 612261
Horsham Road, Pease Pottage, Sussex, RH11 9AJ

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