A 16th-century tile-hung pub in a great walking area, set high on the Sussex Weald close to the Ashdown Forest. In the old bar you’ll find two inglenook fireplaces, oak beams, fine panelling and wooden floors, and the sort of buzzy atmosphere village pubs are so good at generating. Local breweries in Groombridge (Black Cat), Litlington (Long Man), Lewes (Harvey’s) and Chiddingstone (Larkins) deliver the excellent beers. The well-lit dining rooms are furnished with wooden dining chairs and tables on pale wood-strip flooring, while hops, china platters and brass and copper ornaments decorate the walls in homely style. Glass doors from the contemporary garden room open onto a terrace. The menu tempts with an excellent choice of English or cosmopolitan flavours. Starters, for example, include a curried lamb Scotch egg, mango and butternut squash chutney, coriander and red onion salad; or harissa and dill mussels with beer bread. Follow on with something like the wild skate wing, crushed potatoes, broccoli and caper butter. Youngsters over seven are welcome.
Open all year
Open all week
Open all day
Opening times: 12–11.30 (Sunday 12–10.30)
Lunch: Monday to Thursday 12–2, Friday to Sunday 12–2.30
Dinner: Monday to Thursday 6–9, Friday to Saturday 6–9.30, Sunday 6–8.30
Food and drink
Real ales available: Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter, Black Cat, Larkins, Long Man, Firebird Parody Session IPA, Firebird Bohemia Pilsner
Real ciders: Silly Moo Cowfold Cider, Eden Cider, Hurstwood Cider
Main course from10.50
Credit cards accepted
Ramp access available
Allowed in bar
Allowed in garden
From East Grinstead centre take A22 towards Forest Row. Into left lane, into B2110 (Beeching Way) signed Turners Hill. Left into Vowels Lane signed Kingscote and West Hoathly. Left into Selsfield Road, forward into Chapel Row, right into North Lane.