Although I have never wanted to give anything top billing this gastro pub / restaurant / attraction/venue comes pretty close. I believe a bus route is nearby on the Lewes road but beg steal or borrow a driver to take you there. Ours lost his way slightly and also hit a diversion so we were more than happy to reach our destination.
The pub part is friendly, staff are very professional . Lunch must be the best part of the day as we have been there before just for a drink when space per person is at a premium. This time it was a special birthday occasion and we had a meal in the restaurant part that looks like it has had its day as an Edwardian bordello. After a few gins we had Trocken something fizz served in a glorious bucket on a ricketty stand. Two of us had a salmon and prawn rondo absolutely great but we were slightly disappointed as on their website they advertise an enormous seafood platter which was nowhere to be seen. Slightly confusing is they have all their menu scrawled on blackboards in the bar so that when you sit down you have to remember what you've seen.
But main course was superb! Steak, chicken and the best scored porkbelly ever with plenty of vegetables.
Pudding took a little bit of time thank goodness. But the best homemade knickerbocker glory came out and an amazing strawberry tart with icecream.
We finished on the terraced deck with more fizz and a view of the duckpond.The place was very quiet by then and we felt part of the family as the barman put on his waders and started clearing weed.
Have voted this slightly down for value even though tempted to give it top billing along with the rest but as it was a special day we spent more than we would have. The food was worth every penny but obviously restaurants have to make money on the drink.
Thankfully the driver knew the quickest wasy back to Eastbourne.
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