Pretty old pub with two little bars and a dining room, an informal and friendly atmosphere, own-brewed beers and tasty food; bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
The delightful cottage-lined green makes a perfect setting for this long low tiled pub; the green acts as an overflowarea when the pub is busy - which it often is. You need to arrive early to be sure of a seat and they only take table reservations from October to March. The focal point of the little beamed main bar is the open woodburning stove in a brick inglenook, surrounded by polished horsebrasses; there are just a few rustic tables with benches, simple wooden chairs, a window seat and a long cushioned wall bench. The walls are hung with fish prints and a stuffed tiger's head, and a couple of hunting horns hang above the long bar counter. Friendly, attentive staff serve Harveys Best, their own-brewed Beachy Head Legless Rambler (brewery tours available on request) and a guest beer on handpump, and nine wines by the glass. Down a step on the right is a small room with an exceptionally fine high-backed curved settle, a couple of other old settles and nice old chairs and wooden tables on coir carpeting; on the walls there's an ancient map of Eastbourne and Beachy Head and photographs of the pub. The dining room to the left of the main bar has a cream woodburner and hunting prints. There are picnic-sets on the terrace among the window boxes and flowering climbers. Bedrooms are comfortable and breakfasts good. The pub is well positioned for walks to the coast and along the clifftops of the Seven Sisters and up to Belle Tout Lighthouse and Beachy Head.
Good Pub Guide Food
Breakfasts are usefully served to non-residents from 8am. Other food includes pâté of the day with home-made chutney, sausages with mustard mash and sweet red onion gravy, a seasonal risotto of the day, beer-battered cod and chips, gammon and eggs, duck breast with rhubarb and ginger sauce, pork loin with champ mash, caramelised apples and cider and mustard sauce and puddings such as a cheesecake and a steamed pudding of the day.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar