The Highlands Inn
“A relaxed family pub” - AA Inspector
UCKFIELD, EAST SUSSEX
The nearest real highlands are the South Downs, their highest point locally being 219-metre Firle Beacon, a few miles south of here. This Highlands, owned by the Ridley family, who also own The Cock at Ringmer, has a light and modern feel to its spacious, largely open-plan interior, and seating varying from chesterfield-style sofas to leather-clad armchairs, tartan-clothed banquettes and high stools. On hand-pump in the bar are resident Harvey's of Lewes, and a guest, such as Brighton-brewed Holler Boys, or Dark Star from Partridge Green, all rested for five days before serving; spirits are hand-measured, so no optics here. The menu is essentially home-made pub fare, with steaks, burgers, salads, 'funky fungi', Mexicana beef patties, and such favourites as pie of the day; and smoked Sussex haddock in cheddar with leek and mustard sauce. Vegetarian options include sweet potato, spinach, cauliflower and chickpea curry and rice. Treacle and ginger tart and custard, and chocolate and coconut torte are two of the desserts. Sports fans may well find that the match they really must see is showing in the bar. A home-cooked children’s menu and a choice of three roasts on Sunday complete the picture.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Sports TV
- Open all year
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About the area
Discover East Sussex
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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