Pretty old pub with two little bars and a dining room, an informal and friendly atmosphere and own-brewed beers; bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
The walks to the coast and along the clifftops of the Seven Sisters and up to Belle Tout Lighthouse and Beachy Head are splendid, so this charming old pub is always packed. The delightful cottage-lined green position is also a big draw and in warm weather customers sit on the grass here or at picnic-sets on the flower-filled terrace. 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 their own-brewed Beachy Head Legless Rambler and South Downs Ale (brewery tours available on request), Harveys Best, Long Man Golden Tipple and Long Blonde and St Austell Tribute 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. Bedrooms are comfortable and breakfasts good.
Good Pub Guide Food
As well as breakfasts from 8am, the food includes sandwiches, deep-fried whitebait, pâté of the day, beer-battered haddock and chips, stuffed pepper on moroccan-style couscous, chicken in provencale sauce with green beans, a fresh fish dish of the day, rump steak with garlic butter and chips, and puddings such as lemon posset and chocolate brownie.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar