Ye John Selden, to give it its proper title, was built around 1910 on the site of a previous pub called The Spotted Cow. The original building is reported to pre-date 1879.


O U R  P U B  ―  A . . .


Tucked away at the bottom of Half Moon Lane is a gem of an old English Inn. For centuries The John Selden Pub has been a place where villagers meet and relax in a friendly real old alehouse. Folklore states, in 1620, local farmhand Richard Hobbs, decided to brew beer in the front room of his cottage, selling it to other farmhands working the farms and small holdings around Salvington.

Rose Cottage his dwelling, a tied cottage on the Offington estate is now our village bar, and the oldest part of the Inn. In the early part of the nineteenth century, the eastern extension was added which is now our lounge bar and a licence was applied for with the Inn to be called The Spotted Cow.

In 1902, The Half Moon Inn, which was located a little way up Half Moon Lane was closed down and the local magistrate transferred the full license over to The Spotted Cow limited by the condition that the vintners who then owned the Inn change its name to The John Selden, in memory of the famous jurist and parliamentarian, writer and historian who was born in Salvington village in 1584.

Over the years, essential changes have taken place to both of the bars, necessary to operate a modern public house, but the integrity of the building has for the most part remained completely unchanged. The comfortable lounge bar is adorned with old Salvington memorabilia, with some pieces hidden from view for years in nooks and crannies by previous licensees. Some, like gin traps, bridle bits and certain brass work were found in an ancient well that was once open by the side of the stable building to the north of the Inn. The wooden floored village bar is small and cosy and has a real open wood fire for cold winter nights. We’ve a good sized function room available, with or without catering, for private parties, fund raising events, firms outings and music nights.

We pride ourselves on the quality and value of the delicious meals that we offer on our extensive new menu of home cooked food produced by Stuart our chef and his assistant.

Landlord Emily, Rod and Pam, the owner licensees and Steve the manager are dedicated to never changing the principles on which they run The John Selden; That is, a clean, safe and friendly village pub in which people can relax. The Selden is renowned across Worthing for the brightness of their real ales, the freshness of their cool lagers and the quality of their house wines. So come and visit us, meet the team, and have a great time, in a genuine village local.



Planning on paying us a visit? Check out our hours below.

T H E  B A R S

Monday to Thursday  ―  11.00am to 2.30pm  &  5.30pm to 11.00pm

Friday and Saturday  ―  11.00am to 11.30pm

Sunday  ―  12.00pm to 11.00pm

T H E  K I T C H E N

Monday to Thursday  ―  12.00pm to 2.00pm  &  6.00pm to 9.00pm

Friday  ―  12.00pm to 3.00pm  &  6.00pm to 9.00pm

Saturday  ―  12.00pm to 3.00pm  &  6.00pm to 9.00pm

Sunday  ―  12.00pm to 4.00pm

Unwind and relax in traditional style in our historic British inn snug at the foot of the South Downs in West Sussex. Nestled at the base of High Salvington in Worthing and just to the north of the beautiful and picturesque village of Tarring, we are a local village inn with a cosy cottage style, that you can rest in and enjoy exceptional pub fare cooked by our chef.

We like to think of ourselves as a true village inn with a few individual touches thrown in, and we constantly take inspiration from our beautiful and historic surroundings. Whether you’re looking for a spot of lunch, an evening meal, or just a pint of real ale as you’re passing through, you’ll be sure to find a warm welcome with us here at The John Selden.


W E L C O M E  T O

Delicious Food



Open Fires

Room Hire

Family Friendly


Pub Garden

Dog Friendly

Free WiFi



We have a great range of facilities, and are able to meet the needs of almost any occasion.  Depending on your function or occasion, maybe a family

meal by our warm fire, a birthday party in our function room or even a celebration of marriage, we are confident we will be able to meet your requirements.

With disabled access straight from the car park to all areas of the pub including the function room we are sure that all your guests will be able to attend.


Samuel Johnson

A  G O O D

There is nothing which has yet been contrived

by man, by which so much happiness is produced

as by a good tavern or inn.

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W O R T H I N G ’ S  F A V O U R I T E  V I L L A G E  I N N



Half Moon Lane

Salvington, Worthing

BN13 2EN


Monday to Thursday

11.00am ― 2.30pm  /  5.30pm ― 11.00pm

Friday and Saturday

11.00am ― 11.30pm


12.00pm ― 11.00pm

(See About Page for Kitchen and Seasonal hours)


+44 (0) 1903 264 986


Written by ― Rodney Stoneham