Salehurst Halt

Salehurst, Sussex

Good Pub Guide - Recommended

Good Pub Guide Recommended

Contact Details

Church Lane, Robertsbridge, Salehurst, Sussex, TN32 5PH

(01580) 880620

www.salehursthalt.co.uk

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 12-11.30 (10.30 Sun)

Saturday: Contact pub for details

Closed: Mon (except bank holidays)

Directions

Village signposted from Robertsbridge bypass on A21 Tunbridge Wells--Battle; Church Lane

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Good Pub Guide Recommended

Bustling country local in quiet hamlet with easy-going atmosphere, real ales, well liked bar food and seats in pretty back garden

As ever, this particularly well run, chatty local gets warmly enthusiastic reports from our readers. To the right of the door is a small bare-boards area with a couple of tables, a settle, a TV and a woodburning stove. Furniture includes a nice long scrubbed pine table, a couple of sofas and a mix of more ordinary pubby tables and wheelback and mate's chairs on the wood-strip floor; occasional background music, board games and books on shelves. Harveys Best and guests such as Dark Star American Pale Ale and Franklins English Garden on handpump, farm cider, several malt whiskies and eight wines by the glass. The cottagey and charming back garden has views over the Rother Valley and there's a terrace with metal chairs and tiled tables.

Awards

Good Pub Guide Recommended

Beer Award

Beer Award

Price Award

Price Award

Information

Accepts Credit Cards

Accepts Credit Cards

Meals & Snacks

Meals & Snacks

Sandwiches

Sandwiches

Cask Ales

Cask Ales

Background Music

Background Music

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed

Dedicated children area

Dedicated children area

Children in the restaurant

Children in the restaurant

Ratings and Reviews

4 / 5 - 69 votes cast



Previous Reviews


I love this pub unreservedly. It has a great friendly atmosphere, a good selection of well kept ales - mostly Dark Star, but also guest beers - and the Sunday roast is the best you'll find. All the meat comes from the farm next door - you can virtually hear it oink - and is served in generous portions with beautiful vegetables and a gravy that my daughter likes to drink from the jug. We don't really go anywhere else if we can help it.


If proof were needed that it is possible to be a pub that does excellent food without turning to gastropub minimalism or touristy chintz then it is all you need to do is come here. A relaxed welcoming place with good beer and a cracking view out back. A proper pub that does great food, a mix of good British grub with the interesting exotic thrown in like the Mexican pork and beans I had on my last visit.


This is a true story. I have no affiliation with this pub whatsoever. I walked into this pub today, with 3 other people. It was a lovely day. The pub is beautiful. Tiny, but with beautiful wooded panels, wood fireplace, little bookcase filled with games......right out of the 19th century. The place was busy, full, really full. But the clientele....it was full of dogs......lovely dogs, big, little, tiny even. And babies.....but none crying....everyone somehow mesmerised by the laid back attitude of the place. I wanted a table....."fat chance" I thought. The joint was full....packed. But nobody stressed.....nobody jostling........sound levels really low.......... "Forget it" my wife said, "no chance." I walked up to the bar. The bar staff smiled at me warmly...."any chance of a table?" Slowly a little scrum formed behind the bar......whispers and people scratching their heads......"We are full.........but I'm sure we can find you a place." Within a minute or two we were shown to a table that had been occupied the last time I looked. It was clean, relaid, as if it had been sitting there vacant all morning. I can assure you it had not been. We were escorted over and seated courteously. We placed our drinks orders and although the bar was heaving, they appeared magically with a minute or two of being seated. "The lunch menu is on the blackboard, " we were informed. We sipped our drinks while one of our group took an iphoto of the board so as to allow all of us to review it at our table. Won't bother you with the details, but everything sounded really good and more importantly, prices for full on meals, lamb, fish, etc. were really fair, with main courses ranging from £6 to £9. A few of us in the group were saving ourselves for Sunday dinner at home. The lovely lady came over to take our order (no queuing at the bar required). " Any chance of ordering off menu?" I asked hesitantly. ""Absolutely no problem", came the friendly reply! "What were you thinking of? "Gee, I dunno...any chance of, like......just a few sandwiches and nibblies? Pardon my North American parlance. I know its a weakness. They still understood what I was trying to say. ""No problem. What are you thinking of?" came the reply! "Well just a some ham and cheese and onion and mustard and salad and whatever else you can slap together" I said. "No problem", I was told by the lovely lass serving us..."Be right back..." And within 10 minutes she was.. with everything that we had ordered, done to perfection. So there you have it.....we were perfectly served by being seated immediately in a pub that had no vacancy with food that 4 of us requested, but that had none of it on the menu. Half way though the meal, I walked up to the bar and asked for an additional half pint of Harvey's in my used pint glass. Magically, my pint glass came back to me filled within an inch of the top. "A half pint sir, here you go" If that was a half pint, then Father Christmas was a light weight. I walked back to my table......disoriented, dazed even. This was not just a pub........more like some kind of way station between the Earth and Heaven......where one hopes to stay if you have been good and awaiting entry through the pearly gates. I paid, like £43 quid for a full pub lunch for 4 people, including dessert for 3 of us. I just had coffee. Tips were not requested, just a box on the bar, I kid you not. I think this is the best pub in England. Nuff said.


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