Busy, gently upmarket inn with a fine wine list, real ales, bistro-style bar food and a big garden; pretty bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
This is a handsome village and this civilised inn is very much its focal point. The beamed and quaintly panelled bar rooms have blazing log fires, old photographs and hunting prints, straightforward close-set furniture including some captain's chairs, and china on a delft shelf. A small bare-boarded serving area is off to one side and there's a cosy separate bar with sofas and a TV. The place gets pretty packed at weekends. Harveys Best and guests such as Beachy Head Legless Rambler and Gun Scaramanga on handpump, plus 20 wines by the glass from a good list (including champagne, prosecco and sweet wine); they hold a monthly wine club with supper (on a Thursday evening). At the bottom of the two-acre garden behind the pub is an outside bar and wood oven, tables and chairs under parasols and a stunning view over Sheffield Park; there are more seats on a sandstone terrace. The bright and pretty bedrooms are comfortable and the breakfasts good. There are ramps for wheelchairs.
Good Pub Guide Food
Food is first class and includes lamb kofta with minted broad bean, green bean and lentil salad, tempura monkfish with spicy red pepper jam, butternut squash linguine with spinach, tomatoes, chilli and parmesan, wild boar and apple sausages with mustard mash and claret jus, fresh crab pasta with fennel, capers, chilli and garlic, duck breast with parmentier potatoes, chorizo and jus, and puddings such as vanilla pannacotta with limoncello syrup and chocolate brownie with chocolate sauce.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar