Henfield Village

Yesterday we were in the town of Worthing doing a bit of shopping and other errands, and by the end of the day the British Bride was not very keen on cooking dinner (note that I do my fair share of meal prep!) so she decided we would pick up fish and chips at one of the “chip shops” in a neighboring village. There’s a chip shop in our own village, but unfortunately their chips are, in her words, rubbish. I’ve tried them, and she’s right!

Parenthetically, just in case you’re a Yank like me and are unfamiliar with British terminology, “chips” are “french fries”. And what we call “chips” (potato chips) are called “crisps” here in England.

So we popped in at King Fish and Chips in Henfield. We’ve been here before and they make good food.

Like most chip shops, this is for “take out” only

Henfied is a cute little village, although it’s not quite as bucolic as others, being that a semi-major road passes through it (the A2037). It’s quite on the track between Worthing and the towns northwards, so it can get busy at certain times during the day.

Here’s a short video of the traffic of Henfield in the late afternoon:

Traffic down the A2037 around 5:30 pm. Notice how the cars are driving on the left! That’s the custom in the United Kingdom.

Since the shop has limited seating, we went outside to enjoy the fresh air and the ambiance of the village. While we were communing with the traffic flowing along the road, waiting for our order to be completed I noticed a cottage on the opposite side of the street with a VERY odd brick chimney! I wondered if this had been made this way deliberately, but of course it had to have been. It actually curves in two horizontal directions, not just one. I didn’t notice the additional curve until we were driving away, too late to get a better photo!

Whoever built this chimney must have gotten quite a kick out of imagining the startlement that future generations would get upon noticing this for the first time!

Right next door to the cottage with the sinuous chimney is The White Hart, a really classic English pub! I haven’t been inside yet, but when I do I will be sure to get some photos — even better I’ll sample the food! In case you’re wondering if they are misspelling “heart” on purpose, or if it was just the way they spelled it back in 1777 when the pub was opened, that would be a “No.” “Hart” is actually an old English word for “stag deer”, which you can see in the pub’s sign of business.

If you’re not familiar with the British Isles, this pub name is extremely common, in fact the 5th most popular pub name, possibly because of the wonderment that people would have greeted the discovery of an albino deer, a very rare phenomenon indeed. But more likely it is due to the white hart being the personal badge of King Richard II.

” The historical White HartĀ Henfield dates from the 16th century and is a classic oak-beamed pub with a wealth of detail that will delight lovers of genuine English architecture. ” — From the website of Henfield’s White Hart.