Welcome to The Stonemasons Inn and an exciting new chapter in its long history.
Under new management from April 2013, The Stonemasons Inn has undergone a major refurbishment programme that truly celebrates its rich architectural features whilst providing a relaxing and stylish venue in which to relax and enjoy high quality food and drink, sourced wherever possible from the county of Sussex.
The Stonemasons Inn is truly proud to be a country pub, first and foremost. It's a place where you are always amongst friends, whether you come in on your own or in a group. A warm welcome awaits every visitor whether it's for a quick drink, a light bite or to enjoy a full a la carte dining experience. A programme of exciting events take place throughout the year including live music, quiz nights, beer festivals and much more. Check the Events page for more details.
We welcome guests from all over the world, some of whom stay in our magnificent en-suite accomodation. Each room, which has had its own individual make-over, has an identity taken from past residents - Gentle Harry, Dolly Daintry, Lazy Larry, Mrs Smith and Uncle Jed.
The illustrious history of The Stonemasons Inn is not fully known except as a row of seventeenth century buildings, probably all cottages. It is uncertain when the buildings were first used as a hostelry but the position, on the outskirts of the town and on a busy arterial route, would have been a prime one for many centuries.
The present use certainly dates from at least 1780 and the Inn has variously been called Vinson's, The Mason's Arms, The Trap and, latterly, The Stonemasons Inn.
Petworth itself predates The Domesday Book (1086) and was earlier known as Peteorde. In medieval times, it was a busy market town and much of its prosperity has been linked to its proximity to Petworth House, built for the Percy family in the fourteenth century and rebuilt by Charles Seymour, Duke of Somerset, between 1688 and 1696. Many of the most outstanding buildings in the town were built many centuries ago and together represent a rich architectural history of England.