Previously two farmworkers’ cottages dating from the 16th century, this flintstone building was an alehouse for 200 years, until around 50 years ago Harvey's of Lewes, Sussex’s oldest brewery, bought it and turned it into a ‘proper’ pub. The Grade II listed building, in beautiful cottage gardens, is close to many popular walks – the South Downs Way runs along the crest of the chalk scarp between here and the sea. Three beamed, music-free rooms with stone floors and open fires are simply furnished with old pine furniture. The bar menu of home-made food includes garlic mushrooms with blue cheese or warm smoked salmon with saffron mayonnaise and granary bread as starters. Their home-made burger is an ever-popular main course, as are favourites such as local pork and herb sausages with double egg and chips; poached smoked haddock with a rarebit topping; and confit of duck with plum sauce and mash potato. Nearby is Charleston Farmhouse, the country rendezvous of the Bloomsbury Group of writers, painters and intellectuals, and venue for an annual literary festival.
Closed: 25 December
Open all week
Opening times: Monday to Friday 11–3 6–11 Saturday 11–11 Sunday 12–9 (Easter to September Monday to Saturday 11–11 Sunday 12–10.30)
Lunch: October to April Monday to Friday 12–2.15, Saturday to Sunday 12–9, Easter to September all week 12–9
Dinner: October to April Monday to Friday 6.15–9, Saturday to Sunday 12–9, Easter to September all week 12–9
Food and drink
Real ales available: Sussex Best Bitter, Armada Ale and IPA, Adnams Old Ale
Real ciders: Westons Stowford Press, Cloudy Apple
Credit cards accepted
Coach parties welcome, notice required
Family room available
Allowed in bar
Allowed in garden
At crossroads on A27 (between Polegate and Lewes) follow Berwick sign, pub on right.