between Lewes and Polegate
Mon-Fri 12-3, 6-11, Sat 11-11, Sun 12-3, 7-10.30
A very traditional pub with rustic charm. The pub is covered in wisteria and the covered seats outside make a good summer stop off. Inside there are tables and chairs and cushioned pews.
The walls and ceiling are covered with brass and iron and bric-a-brac. In one corner there is an etched window. There is a devotion to fresh locally grown organic produce. Landlord Ian shoots pheasants at nearby Firle and his brother-in-law brings in venison, to be braised with port and Guinness. The pub's own chickens provide eggs. The bar menu is traditional too: ploughman's, honey-roast ham, courgette and rice strudel. Fish specials vary from day to day. Sunday lunches are popular. The real ales are Harveys plus there is a monthly changing guest ale; on at the time was Hook Norton Best.
Food served 12-2 & 7-10, 9.30 on Sunday.
Access is OK for the disabled.
No B&B accommodation here I'm afraid - though there is a self-catering flat for rent. The nearest we could find was: Ash Farm, Filching, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 5QA. (01323) 487335. Single B&B £30; Double/Twin B&B £30-40 per person.
Had an excellent meal - 13 of us - at the Rose Cottage in Alciston, East Sussex. Can recommend it - excellent well kept beer too. Had great charm, a no nonsense kind of place. Food excellent - wide variety at lunchtime and in the evening from 18.30 - 21.30. Worth a Diversion. (Michael Keil)
S: £39-£80; D: £50-£85 pr.