Find this pub/restaurant, with rooms, hidden away from the world and modern traffic. A true destination - and even then, it might be a struggle to find.
Although for many years, this has been a draw for many miles around - so in that respect run on the lines of a commercial business - it's still very much the village local, especially during the cricket season.
Food here is fairly ambitious, and the bar menu alone has enough interesting choices to satisfy most appetites. A late spring visit might bring char-grilled local asparagus or properly executed Mediterranean Fish Soup (although our two wafer-thin croûtes were a little mean, for lovers of rouille) - and these are just bar starters. Fine for a good light meal, if you don't mind a bare wooden tables, rather than the more formal dining room.
The restaurant menu expands into the likes of 'Sweet Onion Soup with Mussels & Thyme'; 'Seared Rye Scallops, Caponata, Crispy Prosciutto, Vincotto'; 'Deep-fried Crab Cakes with Rocket Mayonnaise' and 'Game Terrine with Peach Chutney' as starter offerings.
'Roast Rack of Lamb with a Herb & Mustard Crust'; 'Pan-Fried Fillet of Sea Bream with Creamed Celeriac, Spinach & Tapanade'; 'Spiced Duck with Stir-fried Noodles & Ginger' and 'Char-grilled Vegetables & Goats' Cheese Pithivier with Basil Oil' among the mains.
If you have room, perhaps finish with the unusual 'Banana & Chocolate Crème Brulée'; 'Treacle Tart with Stem Ginger Ice Cream; 'Pannacotta with Roast Pears' or a local cheeses.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week; 12.00-14.30; set L Sun £30 (children half-price); mains about £15 to £25; there's also a versatile bar menu displayed on a blackboard
- Dinner: Mon-Sat; 19.00-21.30; mains about £15 to £25 (Bar snacks are available D Sun)
- Seats: 60 (plus 30 outside)
- Wine: a well-thought-out wine list, kicking off at around the £15 mark, ranges from good basic offerings to some top-quality bottles
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but with difficulty, and not lavatory. But rooms for disabled customers.
- Nearest station: Haywards Heath or Uckfield Rail
- Directions: in the centre of the village, between the A272 and A275. See the map on this page.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: Sun D; 25th Dec; 1st Jan
- Outside eating
- Rooms available