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Good Pub Guide Recommended
Well positioned for walks out to the coast and along the clifftops of the Seven Sisters and up to Belle Tout Lighthouse and Beachy Head, this inn has a picture-perfect location, with customers sitting out on the village green. As popular with drinkers as it is with diners, the atmosphere here is always chatty and relaxed and the staff are welcoming and attentive, though it can get busy; it does pay to get here early to be sure of a seat. The focal point of the little beamed main bar is the open woodburning stove in its brick inglenook, surrounded by polished horsebrasses, and 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, there are a couple of hunting horns above the long bar counter. Harveys Best and their own-brewed Beachy Head Legless Rambler, Lighthouse and a seasonal brew are available on handpump (brewery tours available on request), and several wines by the glass. Down a step on the right is a second small room with an exceptionally fine high-backed curved settle and a couple of other old settles, nice old chairs and wooden tables on the coir carpeting, and an ancient map of Eastbourne and Beachy Head and photographs of the pub on the walls; 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. The bedrooms are comfortable and the breakfasts good.
Good Pub Guide Food
Growing some of their own salads and vegetables, the much liked food includes soup, pâté of the day, goats cheese mousse with mediterranean vegetables, beer-battered cod and chips, fried duck breast, pork loin steak with champ mash and caramelised apples, sausage and mash, risotto of the day, and puddings such as steamed pudding of the day and cheesecake.