In the 18th century this charming free house was the infamous headquarters for a gang of smugglers who hid their casks of tea in the passages between the cellar and Groombridge Place, later home to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle made this 16th-century pub his local and today, its low beams and an inglenook fireplace are the setting for some great food and drink. Favourites include trio of local pork sausages, mash, kale and red onion gravy; beer battered fish and chips, peas and home-made tartare sauce, and daily specials based on fresh local produce. Eat alfresco during the summer months.
Open all year
Open all week
Open all day
Lunch opening: Mon-Fri 12-2.30, Sat 12-9, Sun 12-5
Dinner opening: Mon-Fri 6-9, Sat 12-9
Food and drink
Real ales: Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter, Black Cat, Larkins