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Old inn with contemporary feel

At a glance

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

Perfect for visitors to the South Downs National Park, within which The Bull stands, this cosy 450-year-old inn has been sympathetically restored with open fires, bare floorboards and candlelit scrubbed tables. With three bars and dining areas, locals and visitors alike settle comfortably in their chosen spot. Choices continue with The Bull’s drinks list: 13 craft beers and local ales include Bedlam from the pub’s own brewery, and there’s a London stout on draught too; ciders are well represented with the county’s own Silly Moo as well as those from the West Country; wines served by the glass exceed 20 in number; and there are even half a dozen house cocktails. If it’s good food you’re after, the friendly, knowledgeable staff will help you order from head chef Dion Scott’s AA-Rosette menu, which showcases local produce from Sussex farms and estates, as well as vegetables, fruit and herbs from the pub’s own abundant kitchen garden. Starters could include braised rabbit pappardelle, cider and rosemary sauce, Parmesan; or cider and tarragon mussels. Pork belly, apricot, mustard mash, spinach and wild mushroom is a warming main course, although seafood fans may be drawn to the brill, pea and sorrel croquette, bisque, fennel and mussels. On Sundays, there are four roasts including leg of lamb with mint sauce. You can walk it all off with a trek over the South Downs – routes recommended at the bar will take you beyond the village and up onto the hills of Ditchling Beacon.

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Opening hours

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

Food and drink

  • Real ales: Bedlam Benchmark, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Dark Star
  • Real ciders: Cornish Orchards, Orchard Pig, Silly Moo Cowfold Cider
  • 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

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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