Find this good foodie pub/restaurant, slightly off the beaten track between Uckfield and Crowborough - but it's well worth seeking out.
Expect a proper local, offering a selection of real ales, bare boards and tables,an open fire in cooler months, a few comfortable sofas - but tables formally laid for those who book.
The kitchen offers an interesting menu, based on seasonal, mainly local, ingredients - although these are prepared in a more Mediterranean than Sussex style.
A late Spring menu offered 'Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup with Truffle Oil & Homemade Focaccia'; 'Chargrilled Local Asparagus with Shaved Parmesan, Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Vincotto'; 'Homemade Potato Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Sauce, Toasted Pine Nuts & Rocket' and 'Pan-Fried Cuttlefish with Rice Noodle Salad of Carrot, Cucumber & Chili & Lime Dressing' among the starters.
'Slow-Roast Belly of Pork with Spring Onion Mash, Baby Carrots, Green Beans, Apple & Roquefort Sauce & Red Wine Jus'; 'Pan-Fried Fillet of Sea Bass with Sautéed Potatoes, Asparagus, Green Beans, Tarragon & Chorizo, Toasted Hazelnuts & Toasted Sesame Seed Oil' plus a much enjoyed dish of 'Crab Linguini with Chili, Garlic, Fennel, White Wine & Parsley' among the mains.
A short list of desserts offering 'Dark Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream'; 'Lemon Posset with Walnut Shortbread' and the like, is backed up by a selection of local cheeses.
Service, is both friendly and professional - and there are nice touches such as the automatic 'appearance' of fresh water, table night-lights and fresh flowers.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.30; mains £11 to £15
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 19.00-21.30; mains £11 to £15
- Seats: 40, plus 20 outside
- Wine: a concise, but carefully-chosen list has modest mark-ups. Plus a few interesting Digestives
- Wheelchair access: A few steps at entrance
- Nearest station: Buxted Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes, but very limited
- Closed: D Sun
- Outside eating