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At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
Garden
Kids play area
Dog friendly

Felons and miscreants were brought to face justice in this local courthouse centuries ago; today discerning drinkers and diners seek out this rambling, steeply-roofed old inn. Located high in the Sussex Downs, extensive views reward those who sit in the tranquil tree-shaded garden with a Musket ale or Biddenden cider in hand. Inside, lots of beams, wooden floors and open log fireplaces picked out in old brick characterise an interior dressed with rustic furnishings. A beautifully panelled dining room is a particular draw, whilst numerous hideaway niches and corners offer dining privacy. When surveying the menu, some get no further than the tapas sharing board with its wild boar Scotch egg, chipolatas and prunes, chilli tiger prawns, devilled whitebait, and flatbread along with a salad of apple, celery and walnuts. Wood-fired sourdough pizzas are also much in demand. Beer-battered fish with chips followed by Bramley apple and quince crumble reassures the traditionalists.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 11.30-3 5.30-11 (Sun 11.30-10.30)
  • Lunch opening: Mon-Fri 12-2.45, Sat 12-9.30, Sun 12-8.30
  • Dinner opening: Mon-Thu 5.30-9, Fri 5.30-9.30, Sat 12-9.30, Sun 12-8.30

Food and drink

  • Real ales: Sharp's Doom Bar, Harvey's, Musket, Timothy Taylor, Guinness
  • Real ciders: Biddenden, Aspall

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Play area available

Dogs

  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From Heathfield on A267 after Horam turn right into Chiddingly Rd (signed Chiddingly). Follow to pub on left

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