The high standard of cooking at this foodie pub, partly dating from the 16th century, draws people in from many miles around – so much so, that eating at the weekend has to be planned a little ahead.
Expect bare wooden tables, a series of little dining areas and a buzzy atmosphere – although weekday lunches can bring peaceful seclusion.
Lunch brings everything from good sandwiches to a toned-down version of the evening's à la carte menu – with perhaps mains ranging from 'Locally-Smoked Ham, Egg & Chips' to 'Pan-Fried Calves Liver with Crisp Pancetta, Mash, Greens & Red Wine Sauce'
During the evening the menu's ambitions expand further, with perhaps 'Black Pudding Duck Scotch Egg with Piccalilli Potato Salad'; 'Caramelised Comice Pear with Stilton & Walnut Salad'; 'Portobello, Cepe, Pistachio & Cashew Paste with Toast & Dressed Leaves' and 'Smoked Salmon, Cod & Prawn Fishcakes with Aioli & Dressed Leaves' amongst the starters.
Perhaps 'Traditional Harvey's Beer Battered Fish & Chips with Peas & Tartare Sauce'; 'Rye Bay Brill with Brown Shrimp & Piquillo Pepper Salsa with New Potatoes & Sprouting Broccoli'; 'Macaroni Cheese with Black Truffle, Wild Mushrooms, Garlic Bread, Truffled Rocket & Parmesan' and 'Pan-Fried Duck Breast with Dauphinoise Potatoes, Greens and Port & Orange Sauce' on the list of mains.
There are always the additions of interesting Blackboard Specials.
Puds maintain the high standard, with maybe 'Triple Chocolate Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream'; 'Panna Cotta with Apple Purée & Sorbet'' and 'Steamed Ginger Sponge, with Coconut Butterscotch Sauce & Ginger Honeycomb Ice Cream' there to tempt you.
Cheese lovers are offered a selection of local artisan varieties.
Service is both friendly & helpful.
If you plan ahead, you could stay-over in one of their comfortable bedrooms.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Mon-Thurs12.00-14.00, Fri-Sun 12.00-14.30; mains about £10 to £19
- Dinner: Mon-Thurs 18.00-21.00, Fri-Sat 18.00-21.30; mains about £14 to £20
- Wine: a well-chosen list kicks off at around £18
- Children's portions: Phone ahead for evening visits
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Three Bridges or East Grinstead Rail
- Directions: See map on page
- Parking: Yes
- Outside eating
- Rooms available