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A popular destination deep in the downs

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Beer festival
Open all year
Kids play area

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.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 11–11 (Sunday 12–10.30)
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12–9, Sunday 12–8
  • Dinner: Monday to Saturday 12–9, Sunday 12–8

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival
  • Cider festival


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required
  • Wedding receptions


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Play area available
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From A23 onto A281 signed Henfield and Poynings.

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