This pub on the fringes of Ashdown Forest still offers reasonable food, but this has fallen in standard since the departure of Mark Raffan - late of Gravetye Manor. .
Lunch brings various sandwiches, coming with home-made potato crisps; plus the likes of 'Honey-Roast Ham, Egg & Chips'; 'Smoked Salmon Omelette with Asparagus Tips & Mixed Leaf Salad' and 'Beer-Battered Fish & Chips with Mushy Peas and Tartare Sauce' - plus the full evening carte, if you want to splash out.
This varies with the seasons, but a Spring menu listed 'Terrine of Braised Ham Hocks with Puy Lentils, Mustard & Shallot Dressing'; 'Warm Goats Cheese Tart with Pesto, Tapenade & Pea Sprouts' and 'Moules Marinière' (incorrectly including cream, but delicious at one inspection none the less) among the starters.
'Crispy Duck Confit with Crushed Potatoes & Braised Red Cabbage'; 'Fillet of Sea Bass with Spring Onion Potato, Leeks, Prawns, Capers & Lemon Herb Butter' and 'Butternut Squash & Parmesan Risotto, Crispy Sugar Snaps & Tomato' listed amongst the mains.
Daily specials are also listed on blackboards - these have included much enjoyed 'Rack of Lamb with Basil Mash & Seasonal Vegetables' and 'Roast Fillet of Cod with Cockle & Mussel Fricasee' .
If you still have room, you might be tempted by 'Rich Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Delice with Raspberry Coulis'; 'Sticky Toffee Pudding with Caramel Sauce & Vanilla Ice Cream' and the like.
Overall, a useful eaterie in the area.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Tues-Sun; mains from about £9 to £15
- Dinner: Tues-Sat; mains from about £12 to £15
- Wine: a concise list has modest mark-ups
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Haywards Heath Rail (4 miles)
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: all Mon, D Sun
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Mon 27th October 2014 by Unhappy Customer
What did you like about the Restaurant?
The girl behind the bar was lovely
What did you not like about the Restaurant?
Cold and unwelcoming
The quality of the food
The length of time you have to wait for the food
Over-cooked luke-warm vegetables
Trust me, there is no Michelin-star chef in the kitchen. However, whoever was responsible may once have had a job changing Michelin tyres
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