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The Griffin Inn

Popular for its huge gardens and lovely country views

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Microbrewed ales
Wheelchair access
Dog friendly

The unspoilt village of Fletching overlooks the Ouse Valley. This imposing Grade II listed inn has landscaped gardens with views over Ashdown Forest, the Sussex Downs and ‘Capability’ Brown-designed Sheffield Park Gardens. You might just hear a steam whistle, for the heritage Bluebell Railway is little more than a mile away. The 16th-century interior simply oozes charm from its beams, panelling, settles and log fires. The bar’s handles dispense the best of local ales, while the already generous wine list has grown since the introduction of the pub’s highly popular wine club, which organises tastings, special dinners and excursions. Walkers and cyclists arriving to join destination diners will revel in the menu, created from the freshest of local produce. Look out for gambas crostini, garlic, chilli, white wine and parsley, or Devon crab cakes to start; follow with king prawn, chorizo and squid ink spaghetti; pan-roasted skate wing; or harissa lamb shank and buckwheat pie. On fine summer days the barbecue is fired up and food can be served on the terrace.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 December
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 12–11 (Saturday 12–12)
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday 12–2.30, Saturday 12–3, Sunday 12–3.30
  • Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6–9.30, Sunday 6.30–9 (Sunday before bank holiday 6–9.30)

Food and drink

  • Microbrewery ales

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required
  • Wedding receptions


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs


  • Ramp access available


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

M23 junction 10, A264 to East Grinstead, then A22, in Maresfield take A275. Village signed on left.

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