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First-class food in a charming setting

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 fish sharing platter with its king prawns, Shetland mussels, white anchovies, Gun smokie, fennel, radish and cucumber salad, coriander and garlic crème fraîche and crusty bread. Wood-fired sourdough pizzas are also much in demand. Beer-battered fish with chips followed by Bramley apple and Victoria plum crumble reassures the traditionalists.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 11.30–3 5.30–11 (Sunday 11.30–10.30)
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday 12–2.45, Saturday 12–9.30, Sunday 12–8.30
  • Dinner: Monday to Thursday 5.30–9, Friday 5.30–9.30, Saturday 12–9.30, Sunday 12–8.30

Price guide

  • Main course from12.50
  • 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 restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

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

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