The Cock

“White-painted, weatherboarded free house” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

RINGMER, EAST SUSSEX

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Experts believe that the inn was built towards the end of the 16th century and it takes its name from the time when a cock-horse was a spare animal hitched up to provide extra pulling power, in this case for the long haul up to Tunbridge Wells. The famous nursery rhyme Ride a Cock-Horse to Banbury Cross now makes sense. A mustering point for soldiers during the Civil War, the main bar is pretty much unaltered since Cromwell’s time, with oak beams, flagstone floors and a lovely fire in the inglenook. Harvey's Best Bitter, the house real ale, is well supported by others, mostly from Sussex, but sometimes Kent. As far as eating is concerned, there's something for everyone, with ham, egg and chips; home-made steak and ale pie; and pan-fried liver and bacon with mash and onion gravy at the simpler end, and more adventurous specials, such as pheasant breast with bacon, mushrooms, parsnip purée and Savoy cabbage; sea bass fillet wrapped in Parma ham with watercress sauce; and sausage en croûte with dauphinoise potatoes, red cabbage, greens and cider gravy. Among vegetarian options is sweet potato, spinach and chickpea curry with rice, chutney and poppadom. Curry nights are held monthly.

The Cock
Uckfield Road,RINGMER,BN8 5RX
Phone : 01273 812040

Features

Children
  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
Facilities
  • Free Wifi
  • Parking available
  • Coach parties accepted
  • Garden
Opening times
  • Closed: false

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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