Felons and miscreants were brought to face justice in this local courthouse centuries ago; today discerning drinkers and diners seek out this rambling, steeply-roofed old inn. Located high in the Sussex Downs, extensive views reward those who sit in the tranquil tree-shaded garden with a Musket ale or Biddenden cider in hand. Inside, lots of beams, wooden floors and open log fireplaces picked out in old brick characterise an interior dressed with rustic furnishings. A beautifully panelled dining room is a particular draw, whilst numerous hideaway niches and corners offer dining privacy. When surveying the menu, some get no further than the fish sharing platter with its king prawns, Shetland mussels, white anchovies, Gun smokie, fennel, radish and cucumber salad, coriander and garlic crème fraîche and crusty bread. Wood-fired sourdough pizzas are also much in demand. Beer-battered fish with chips followed by Bramley apple and Victoria plum crumble reassures the traditionalists.
First-class food in a charming setting
- Children welcome
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- Main course from: £1
- Open all year
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East Sussex, along with its western counterpart, is packed with interest. This is a land of stately homes and castles, miles of breezy chalk cliffs overlooking the English Channel, pretty rivers, picturesque villages and links to our glorious past. Mention Sussex to many people and images of the South Downs immediately spring to mind – ‘vast, smooth, shaven, serene,’ as the writer Virginia Woolf described them. She and her husband lived at Monk’s House in the village of Rodmell, near Lewes, and today, her modest home is managed by the National Trust and open to the public.
There are a great many historic landmarks within Sussex, but probably the most famous is the battlefield where William, Duke of Normandy defeated Harold and his Saxon army to become William the Conqueror of England. By visiting Battle, near Hastings, you can, with a little imagination, picture the bloody events that led to his defeat. East Sussex’s pretty towns such as Lewes, Rye and Uckfield have their charms, while the city of Brighton offers museums and fascinating landmarks, the best-known and grandest feature being the Royal Pavilion.
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