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Eat, drink and admire the South Downs

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Microbrewed ales
Open all year
Garden
Kids play area

One of the village's oldest buildings, now newly and 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.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 8am–11pm (Sunday 8am–10.30pm)
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday 12–2.30, Saturday 12–9.30, Sunday 12–9
  • Dinner: Monday to Friday 6–9.30, Saturday 12–9.30, Sunday 12–9

Food and drink

  • Microbrewery ales

Price guide

  • Main course from £13
  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Play area available
  • High chairs
  • Baby change

Accessibility

  • Ramp access available

Dogs

  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From Brighton on A27 take A23, follow Pyecombe/Hassocks signs, then Ditchling signs, 3 miles.

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