Poynings is tucked well away in the South Downs National Park. It's not difficult to find this pink-painted village pub but should you fail you might regret it, especially after working up a thirst and an appetite walking in the nearby deep valley called Devil’s Dyke. Inside, it's all oak floors, old beams and some undoubtedly welcome plush sofas. From a seasonal menu kick off with pan-fried wood-pigeon breast, or tempura king prawns, and continue with wild mushroom, thyme and pomegranate risotto; or a Sussex smokie of smoked haddock with a cheese gratin topping. Puddings are tempting too – perhaps, from a winter menu, poached pears in mulled wine. In summer, the wonderful garden offers barbecue facilities and fine downland views.