This good foodie pub belongs to the Brunning & Price chain, which sets high standards alround - and this pub certainly maintains them.
Expect a beautifully maintained timber-framed building, parts dating back to the 17th century, with plenty of beams, bare wooden tables and a lengthy bar - offering a wide assortment of top-quality beers from around the country. The form is to bag a table (all numbered) then order at the bar.
The menu, changing a little each day, has something for everyone - ranging from 'lite bites' (making a complete meal, such as 'Rump Steak Sandwich with Chips'; 'Mushroom & Spinach Quiche with Potato Salad'; 'Ploughman's Lunch (with Quicke's Cheddar & Sussex Blue) and 'Crab Linguine with Ginger, Red Chili & Coriander' to an à la carte menu.
On this, starters such as 'Spicy Carrot & Parsnip Soup with Crusty Bread'; 'Potted Salt Beef with Cress & Sourdough Toast' and 'Duck Liver Paté with Spiced Plum Chutney & Granary Toast' set the style.
Mains might include the likes of 'Deep-Fried Haddock in Beer Batter with Chips, Mushy Peas & Tartare Sauce'; 'Butternut Squash, Chickpea & Spinach Balti with Basmati Rice'; 'Confit of Duck Leg Salad with Pickled Ginger & Cashew Nuts and Soy & Sesame Dressing' and 'Pan-Fried Salmon Fillet with Sesame Bok Choi, Citrus Couscous & Herb Crème Fraiche'. Sunday lunch brings an assortment of well-cooked Roasts.
Desserts aren't forgotten, and nicely presented - with the likes of 'Crème Brulée with Shortbread Biscuit'; 'Summer Pudding with Clotted Cream' and 'Bread & Butter Pudding with Apricot Sauce & Clotted Cream' listed on an extensive summer menu.
Service is both professional and friendly, can can be over-stretched at busy periods - especially Sunday lunch, so arrive/book an early time, then relax.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.00-22.00, Sun 12.00-21.00; mains £10 to £18
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 12.00-22.00, Sun 12.00-21.00; mains £10 to £18
- Seats: 150, plus 60 outside
- Wine: a well-chosen list has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Yes
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Eridge Rail
- Directions: see the map at the top of the page
- Parking: Yes
- Outside eating