Welcome to The Selsey Arms

Kenny, Belinda and Piper (our faithful hound), welcome you to the Selsey Arms.

The Selsey Arms is a traditional 16th Century country pub. Located in the rural hamlet of Coolham, near to RAF Coolham, a historic site of interest used during WWII.

  • Family and dog friendly (service dogs only in our restaurant please)
  • Private hire available - hold your event here.
  • Fresh, locally sourced produce
  • Large Beer Garden
  • Marquee for outside dining - Come rain or shine!

Sunday Roasts - served Sundays from 12:00

Roast Beef - £19

Half Roast Chicken - £17

Slow Cooked Pork Belly - £17

Braised Lamb Shank - £22

Vegetarian Roast - £16

Small Roast - £13

All Served With Roast Potatoes, Yorkshire Pudding, Seasonal Vegetables, Cauliflower Cheese and a Rich Red Wine Gravy

News & Upcoming Events

Quiz Night Proceeds

With massive thanks to Tim & Sophie at Platinum Ambulance

for their very kind donation of a defibrillator and with the box being funded by donations from our quiz nights, we are proud to announce the installation of a defibrillator at the Pub. This life saving device is a great addition to our local community.

Thanks to Tim, Sophie and to the generosity of our customers who helped make this happen!

Further donations made to:

Chestnut Tree House - £363.50
St Catherines Hospice - £363.50

Hire The Selsey Arms Coolham for your Private Event!

Private Hire available for parties.

Inside and outside facilities available for small private parties (up to 60 people).

  • Wedding receptions, Business meetings, Small Conferences and Wakes.
  • BBQ and Marquee available
  • Ample parking

Local Attractions

Coolham Airfield

The site of a former Advanced Landing Ground, a temporary airfield built to support the D Day landings in 1944 and only used for a few months. Construction began in August 1943 and was complete by the beginning on March 1944. Coolham airfield was one of seven Advanced Landing Grounds which were built in Kent and Sussex in 1943 and 1944 to ensure air superiority during the greatest coastal invasion in history, as the Allied Forces landed in France on June the 6th 1944 to begin the task of freeing the oppressed nations of Europe from Hitler’s armies. The first mission was flown on April 26th. Missions were flown virtually every day during May and June. Activities on the Airfield were terminated on the 15th of July 1944. Altogether some 7 fighter squadrons were based at Coolham.

Horsham Heritage Trails

New Beginnings

This is a walk that will give you a brush with history, that spans continents and the centuries. You will be made welcome at the Selsey Arms pub which has stood at Coolham for over 300 years, with links to smugglers and more recently with the allied airmen who served at the Coolham airbase in 1944. In the late 1820’s the road from Cuckfield to Billingshurst was pegged out by Sir Charles Burrell of Knepp and your walk will start on the straight section of road from Coolham towards Billingshurst. At the first bend , you will follow the signs to the Blue Idol, the Quaker Meeting House founded by William Penn. Penn’s legacy went on to include the founding of Philadelphia and the colony that became the State of Pennsylvania. The garden is always open in daylight hours, and visitors are welcome to the Meeting House on Fridays between March and November.

Knepp Estate & Castle

Knepp is a 3,500 acre estate just south of Horsham, West Sussex. Since 2001, the land – once intensively farmed - has been devoted to a pioneering rewilding project. Using grazing animals as the drivers of habitat creation, and with the restoration of dynamic, natural water courses, the project has seen extraordinary increases in wildlife. Extremely rare species like turtle doves, nightingales, peregrine falcons and purple emperor butterflies are now breeding here; and populations of more common species are rocketing.

The vision of the Knepp Wildland Project is radically different to conventional nature conservation in that it is not driven by specific goals or target species. Instead, its driving principle is to establish a functioning ecosystem where nature is given as much freedom as possible. The aim is to show how a ‘process-led’ approach can be a highly effective, low-cost method of ecological restoration - suitable for failing or abandoned farmland - that can work to support established nature reserves and wildlife sites, helping to provide the webbing that will one day connect them together on a landscape scale.

Nyetimber Vineyard

The story of Nyetimber is one of decades of craftsmanship, passion, and a pioneering spirit. Our uncompromising attention to detail and singular desire to produce wines worthy of the most joyous of celebrations, drives us to create the very finest expressions of the Estate.

Spread across several separate sites, our vines are perfectly suited to the greensand and chalk soils of Sussex, Hampshire and Kent. The gentle south-facing slopes allow for the best possible exposure to the English sunshine, ensuring our grapes achieve the optimum level of ripeness before harvest.


What they're saying about us

Just had a Sunday roast, and it was the best roast dinner we have had in years. Great portions, all really tasty. The vegetarian option was different and very good. Friendly staff and pub dog. Will definitely go again. They squeezed us in today, but it's obviously popular, so probably best to book.

"Tara G"

September 2023

The place was very welcoming and warm plus the meals were fabulous. But most of all the staff went out of their way to help me when I suffered an asthma attack during lunch. I would like to say thank you to all of them , especially Abby who calmed me down when I was panicking and gasping for breath. Lovely place. If you are in the area I totally recommend you go there Thanks all xx

"Katherine B"

December 2023

Only had dinner here, but it was a delicious meal and lovely service. Would definitely visit again. Beautifully decorated and a lovely atmosphere - lots of local history and war memorabilia as the decorations.

"Steven E"

November 2023

Fantastic! Awesome staff, friendly and fun owners, great setting and delicious food. A superb English pub in a lovely area

"Andy W"

April 2023

Food & drinks: Lovely roast dinner, friendly staff and good value highly recommended

"Nick A"

April 2023

We had an amazing meal and the staff are lovely and very accommodating! Would definitely recommend. We have only been on Sundays and I would recommend booking.

"Natalie B"

April 2023

Visited today for lunch, the food was sublime and the service excellent, will definitely return.

"Louise W"

April 2023

We took my mum here for mother's Day lunch. What a brilliant pub. Staff all really friendly (including the beautiful pub dog, Piper!). Food was amazing and very fairly priced. Nice clientele. Interesting ties to RAF Coolham with lots of RAF memorabilia in the pub. If you like traditional, down to earth, British pubs then you can't really do any better.

"Chris C"

March 2023

Omg . . I’ve passed this pub so many times . It wasn’t until a neighbour said what a great Sunday lunch she’d had . , we thought we’d try it. Midweek. It was absolutely delicious. We will definitely be back . ❤️❤️❤️

"Jo S"

March 2023

Popped in here on way home from Gatwick. We had a great lamb pie and fish and chips in proper pub.

"Terence F"

March 2023

Amazing food, very friendly landlady and landlord lovely pub Foods always amazing! Landlady and landlord are really lovely people staff are always extremely polite and helpful. Best pub in the area!


March 2023

We offer two Double En-Suite rooms situated adjacent to the pub.

Each double en-suite room features a TV and tea & coffee making facilities

  • £85.00 per room / night
  • Continental Breakfast
  • 2 rooms available
  • Sorry, no pets allowed (except for service dogs)
Contact us for availability

Meet The Team


Your Host


Your Host


Head Chef


Contact Us


Cowfold Road, Coolham, Horsham RH13 8QJ

Bar Open:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 15:00-21:00
Wednesday: 12:00-23:00
Thursday: 12:00-23:00
Friday: 12:00-00:00
Saturday: 12:00-00:00
Sunday: 12:00-22:00

Food Served:
Please note our kitchen will be closed from 7 February to 11 February 2024

Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Friday 12:00-15:00 and 18:00-21:00
Saturday: 12:00-16:00 and 18:00-21:00
Sunday: 12:00-17:00

Please note:

- We add a service charge of 10% for parties of ten or more

- We welcome dogs, but not in our restaurant. If you would like to bring your dog, please let us know when making your booking so we can ensure you are seated in our bar area.