Built in the 1800s, Red Lion successfully blends the modern and the traditional, with the contemporary grey and white colour scheme complementing the ﬂagstone ﬂoors and wooden beams. It’s located in the beautiful Ashdown Forest, making it a popular watering hole for walkers. The family-friendly pub has a large and attractive garden with a children’s adventure playground, plenty of benches and tables, and a barbecue area. It serves lunch, tea, dinner and buffets as well as a highly rated Sunday roast – for which booking is recommended – and particularly good desserts that are attractively presented on large white dishes and slate platters. The friendly and attentive staff are happy to cater for private parties and meetings, and in summer a marquee is available for weddings and other special events. A motto on an external wall states: ‘These are the good old days’, and here I can well believe it.