The Bull Ditchling
“Eat, drink and admire the South Downs” - AA Inspector
DITCHLING, EAST SUSSEX
One of the village's oldest buildings, now sympathetically restored, it's got the lot – gnarled old beams, bare floorboards, real fires, scrubbed candlelit tables and three bars and dining areas. And there's more – a garden with tables and parasols, night-time fire pits, twinkling lights and a wood-fired pizza oven. At nearby Plumpton Green is Bedlam, its very own solar-powered brewery, with hops grown on site; another 11 real ales join its Benchmark on the bar. Modern British food comes from the pub's kitchen garden, local farm estates and short-range fishing boats on the coast 20 minutes away. Should you stay here in one of the individually designed bedrooms, breakfast on home-made granola, yoghurt and honey, or push the boat out with a full English. Lunch and dinner menus offer both small plates – rabbit ballotine and black pudding with baby leeks, for instance – and large ones, such as Madras-spiced monkfish, crispy mussels and pilau rice; hay-smoked venison haunch with chervil, chanterelles and kale; ham hock and chicken shortcrust pie; and 'cookhouse classics', perhaps steak, ale and mushroom pie. To finish, those with room to spare could surely manage home-made ice cream; or rhubarb citrus cheesecake, with brown butter and Muscat.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- Main course from: £1
- Open all year
- Micro Brewery Ale
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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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