This Grade II listed inn commands lovely views of the South Downs. The decor matches the beautiful location, with the inviting entrance leading through to an interior where period features such as wooden beams and an inglenook fireplace are sure to impress.
The Kings Arms offers a cosy, convivial pub atmosphere, while the menu offers much more than traditional pub fare. The chef keeps a keen eye on the provenance of her ingredients, so dishes are crafted from the freshest local produce. I chose to start with confit duck parcels, accompanied by hoisin sauce and a fresh spring onion and cucumber salad. The flavours and textures balanced
each other well. My companion selected Welsh rarebit, which was paired with a rich Worcestershire reduction, and was a perfect example of the classic dish. This he followed with the venue’s signature Kings Arms Burger – succulent beef topped with bacon and Cheddar, and served with thick hand-cut chips, which completed the dish. Meanwhile, I tucked into beer-battered fish and chips – delicious flaky fish in perfectly light and crispy batter, served with thick hand-cut chips and homemade tartare sauce.
We rounded the meal off with grapefruit and vanilla panna cotta and a couple of scoops of locally made ice cream – one scoop of salted caramel and another of espresso. We paired these with an Americano each, sourced from a local coffee supplier in Brighton.