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Great food in a lovely old building

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

The Crown dates back to the 16th century, and has been serving locals and travellers for more than 250 years. Back in 2003 a lightning strike caused serious damage, and large parts of the building were destroyed. Fortunately the oldest parts were untouched and, after being closed for five years, it finally reopened. In 2013 Mark Raffan, former co-owner of Gravetye Manor, took over and has brought elegant yet relaxed fine dining to this cosy, traditional inn. There are comforting real fires in winter and a glorious patio garden overlooking the village cricket green for warmer days. Have a pint of Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter while you check out the inviting menu. Kick off with warm roasted figs, pancetta and Stilton, port wine reduction and toasted pine nuts, and then enjoy creamy chicken, mushroom and leek pie, autumn greens, chips or mash. Finish with passionfruit and white chocolate cheesecake, mango chilli salsa and mango sorbet.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 December
  • Days closed: Monday
  • Opening times: 12-3 5-11 (Saturday 12-11 Sunday 12-9)
  • Lunch: Tuesday to Friday 12-2, Saturday 12-2.30, Sunday 12-4
  • Dinner: Tuesday to Thursday 6-9, Friday to Saturday 6-9.30

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales available: Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter, Sharp's Doom Bar

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From A272 at North Chailey (east of Haywards Heath) take A275 towards East Grinstead. In Daneshill left signed Horsted Keynes.

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