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Sloop Inn Scaynes HillSloop Lane, Scaynes Hill, East Sussex, RH17 7NP
What were built as lock keepers cottages, were turned into this pub when the River Ouse became unnavigable for the larger vessels of the time. This long before Sussex was divided into West & East down the middle of the road!
A recent change of ownership has brought much-needed improvements in all departments, so as well as being a 'local', the food on offer has become a magnet for those living further afield. Physically, the ground floor is effectively divided into two, one end being geared to bar stools and the immediate locals, and what would have been the saloon bar - and incorporates a wood-panelled dining room - has unintentionally become the territory of 'visitors'.
On the food front, you can eat in this dining room, or in fair weather, the pleasant well-tended garden.
What's on offer ranges from lunchtime Sandwiches and filled Jacket Potatoes through light meals such as 'Free Range Ham, Egg & Chips' and 'Local Sausages, Mash & Onion Gravy' to a short à la carte menu - which is also offered in the evening. A summer version listed 'Roasted Pepper Stuffed with Onions, Garlic Mushrooms, Basil & Cheese'; 'Warm Bacon & Black Pudding Salad with Tomato Salsa' and 'Goats' Cheese, Cherry Tomato & Olive Salad with a Balsamic Reduction' among the starters.
'Wild Mushroom, Red Onion & Taleggio Tart with Salad & New Potatoes'; 'Homemade Burger with Chips, Salad & Caramelised Red Onion Chutney'; 'Rack of Lamb with Fresh Vegetables, Mashed Potato and Minted Gravy' and 'Grilled Sardines with Garlic & Herb Butter' listed among the mains.
Service is friendly, and informal.- rather than slick and polished.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.00; mains £8.95 to £14.50
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.30-21.00; mains £8.95 to £14.50
- Wine: a concise list has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Yes, including short menu
- Nearest station: Haywards Heath (4 miles)
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Parking: Yes
- Outside eating