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First-class food in a charming setting

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
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 Severn and Wye smoked salmon, king prawns, Szechuan pepper and coriander squid, pickled herring, Sussex smokie, fennel, samphire and orange salad, paprika and lime crème fraîche and crusty bread. Wood-fired sourdough pizzas are also much in demand. Beer-battered fish with chips followed by Bramley apple and strawberry 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

Food and drink

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

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden


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


  • 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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