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Village hospitality at its best

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
Wheelchair access
Dog friendly

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 pan-fried pigeon breast with heritage beetroot, goat’s curd, blackberries and hazelnut dressing; or harissa and dill Cornish mussels with beer bread. Follow on with something like the marinated spiced buttermilk cod fillet, tomato and ginger brown lentil dhal and spinach. Youngsters over seven are welcome.

Opening hours

  • 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

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions


  • Ramp access available
  • Accessible toilets


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

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

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