Good Pub Guide Recommended
This is a charming inn with comfortable bedrooms and good breakfasts, set in an idyllic spot by a secluded sloping village green lined with similar cottages. It's extremely popular with both chatty drinkers and those eating so do arrive early to be sure of a seat; they only take table reservations from October-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 and a couple of other old settles, nice old chairs and wooden tables on coir carpeting, and on the walls 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, or you can sit on the village green itself. 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
As well as offering breakfasts to non-residents until 10am, the much liked food includes lunchtime ploughman's, pâté of the day with home-made chutney, sausages with wholegrain mustard mash and roasted red onion gravy, barbecue chicken topped with bacon and cheese, a seasonal risotto of the day, duck breast with a sauce of the day, slow-roasted pork belly with black pudding mash, and puddings such as a cheesecake of the day and sticky toffee pudding.