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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Historic inn with culinary ambition

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass

One of the oldest buildings in the village, The Bull has been central to this community for hundreds of years. Real fires, gnarled old beams: it's got the lot, and outdoors there's a garden with some raised beds to fuel the kitchen. Expect local ales at the pumps and plenty of regional ingredients on the menu of updated old favourites alongside more refined options. Ham hock terrine with piccalilli shows technical nous, followed perhaps by roasted duck breast with rösti potato and griottine cherry sauce, or fillet of wild sea trout with orzo pasta. Finish with poached rhubarb, orange curd and coconut sorbet.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Steve Sanger

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 14
  • Wines over £30: 22
  • Wines by the glass: 20

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 75
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 12
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 75
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 12

Getting here

Exit A23 signed Pyecombe, left onto A273 signed Hassocks. Up hill, pass Pyecombe Golf Club on right, 2nd right into New Rd (B2112) to Ditchling. Right at mini rdbt, next left into car park

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