Well run country local in quiet hamlet with easy-going atmosphere, real ales, well liked bar food and seats in pretty back garden
The good pub guide review
This friendly little free house is just half a mile from the A21 and near an attractive old church. To the right of the door is a small bare-boards area with a few tables and chairs, a woodburning stove and shelves of books. The main bar has hops on beams, farmhouse and wheelback chairs, settles with scatter cushions and scrubbed tables on floorboards; background music and board games. Harveys Best and guests from breweries such as Cellar Head, Dark Star, Long Man and Old Dairy on handpump, farm cider, several malt whiskies and eight wines by the glass. There's also an upstairs private dining room for hire. The charming, cottagey back garden has views over the Rother Valley and there's a terrace with metal chairs and tiled tables under a vine-covered arbour; outdoor table tennis.
The good pub guide food review
Tasty food includes dishes such as moules marinière, chicken liver parfait with tomato and chipotle chutney, slow-cooked roast pork with roast potatoes and cider gravy, cottage pie, Thai red duck curry with Asian peanut salad, fish stew (bass, red mullet and mussels), and puddings such as salted caramel torte with clotted cream and bread pudding with butterscotch sauce. They also offer themed menus (Greek, for example, with the likes of chicken souvlaki or spinach, mint and feta filo pie), burger evenings, fish and chips Fridays, plus pizzas from the wood-fired oven once a week in summer.