Summertime in Sussex – Escape to a fabulous pub with rooms

30 July 2017

From fine walking across the dramatic South Downs escarpment with far-reaching Wealden views or through the open and breezy heathland of the Ashdown Forest, to idyllic villages of tile-hung houses, magnificent country homes and summer gardens, and vibrant seaside towns, Sussex, whilst remarkably close to London, the M25 and Gatwick Airport, is packed with interest. Book a cosy room at one of these very special pubs with rooms and explore the beautiful and unspoilt counties of East & West Sussex.  For more inns in Sussex and the South East of England, visit Inn Places.

The Dorset Arms, Withyham, East Sussex

Estate-owned treasure deep in the Ashdown Forest, worth finding for traditional charm, menus brimming with estate produce, walks to Pooh Sticks Bridge, and gorgeous rooms in the refurbished old school house. If you can bear to leave, visit nearby Groombridge Place Gardens, enjoy a steam train ride through stunning Sussex countryside on the Bluebell Line, or go shopping in Lewes or Tunbridge Wells.
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The Griffin Inn, Fletching, East Sussex

A cracking 16th-century village inn serving Sussex ales and inventive food – menus brim with local produce. When the sun shines, dine on the terrace or quaff a pint in the gorgeous garden with its stunning views across Sheffield Park Gardens (NT) towards the South Downs. Don’t miss the memorable barbeques & jazz on the lawn on summer Sundays. Perfect for wonderful walking in the Ashdown Forest and Brighton is a short drive away.
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The Ram Inn, Firle, East Sussex

Firle is a timeless village set down a dead-end lane at the foot of the South Downs. At its heart stands the 500-year-old Ram Inn, a proper community pub with rustic-chic rooms, Sussex ales on tap, daily menus brimming with local produce, a gorgeous walled garden for summer sipping, and a clutch of simple, contemporary bedrooms upstairs. Perfect for the Opera at Glyndebourne, set in a sublime setting in magnificent countryside.
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The Cat Inn, West Hoathly, West Sussex

The Cat stands opposite the parish church in a beautiful rural village setting on the edge of the Ashdown Forest. Rejuvenated without spoiling the period charm, it offers innovative menus that champion local produce and four smart bedrooms offer contemporary comforts. A great base for garden lovers, with such gems as Nymans Garden (NT), Wakehurst Place (Kew Garden’s Millennium Seed Bank) and Borde Hill Garden just minutes away.
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The Halfway Bridge, Lodsworth, West Sussex

Set back from the A272, this lovingly restored old inn is much more than a roadside pit stop for weary travellers. Peaceful rooms are housed in a stunning converted barn hidden down a track, the pub is a warren of little rooms and cosy corners with real fires and candlelit tables, and the food is good, honest and makes sound use of local ingredients. Close to Petworth (antiques), Cowdray Park and super walking on the South Downs.
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The Horse Guards Inn, Tillington, West Sussex

The 350-year-old Horse Guards Inn is a magnet for locals and foodies alike, and it’s always bursting at the seams. Inside, it’s a topsy-turvy, quirky sort of place with original beams, low ceilings, cottage windows and an eclectic, eye-catching decor. You’ll find hammocks, deck chairs and roaming chickens in the gorgeous, flower-festooned garden – the place to be having visited Petworth House and estate, just over the wall opposite the pub.
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The White Horse, Chilgrove, West Sussex

Set beneath the South Downs north of Chichester, this wisteria-clad former coaching inn is the perfect place for foodies and wine lovers to be fed and watered in style, as well as being a base for visiting Goodwood and exploring the glorious downland landscape. Tradition combines with a contemporary rustic-chic feel throughout the rambling bar and dining rooms, and the 15 quirky bedrooms tucked away behind the inn.
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