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Historic timber-framed hostelry

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
Kids play area
Free Wi-Fi

Once described as ‘one of the finest examples of a timber-framed building in Sussex’, this Grade I listed 16th-century village inn dominates Mayfield’s High Street. It has been here since 1575, when it was built for Sir Thomas Gresham, Elizabeth I’s Keeper of the Privy Purse and founder of the London Stock Exchange. The entrance hall features a large ornately carved wooden fireplace by master carver Grinling Gibbons. Wattle-and-daub infill, a splendid oak-panelled restaurant and secret priest holes complete the period appeal. A private residence until the 1920s, it is now a family-run business. Real ale drinkers do well here; the handsome choice embraces half a dozen of the nation’s favourite brewers, from Harvey’s in Lewes to Theakston in North Yorkshire via Adnams in Suffolk. As in all good kitchens, the meats, poultry, game and vegetables come from local farms and producers. It is not just the building that has been described in superlative terms – the private chapel in the restaurant is regarded as ‘one of the most magnificent in England’. Step out onto the lovely terraced gardens to enjoy views of the rolling countryside.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: Monday to Thursday 12-2.15, Friday to Sunday all day
  • Dinner: Monday to Thursday 6.30-9.30, Friday to Sunday all day

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter, Greene King Abbot Ale, Black Sheep Best Bitter, Theakston Best Bitter, Adnams Southwold Bitter, Sharp's Doom Bar, Fuller's London Pride
  • Real ciders: Aspall

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden


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

Getting here

East of A267, south of Tunbridge Wells

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