The Cross Inn
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
At the heart of this pretty village dating back to the Middle Ages lies one of the oldest inns in Sussex. Built in 1479, it retains its huge inglenook fireplace and secret priest hole. Its huge wooden beams, now trimmed with hops, were taken from original Armada ships.
Robin and his family extend a wonderful welcome to locals and passersby alike, offering a good, solid selection of homemade pub favourites accompanied by ales like Whitstable Bay Blonde from neighbouring Kent, locally produced juices and a selection of world wines. The versatile chefs offer vegetarian and gluten-free dishes on a daily basis and are happy to take requests for vegan dishes. On my visit I relished a delicious home-crumbed wedge of deep-fried Brie served with salad and cranberry, the melted cheese oozing from the crispy crust. This was followed by an impressive homemade quiche Lorraine with buttery new potatoes and salad. I was already more than satisfied when it came to dessert, but I could not resist the choice of almond, apple and strawberry tart, homemade kiwi and strawberry ice cream, and hot chocolate brownie, finally opting for the deliciously gooey brownie.
Seasonal parties and breakfast mornings attract an eager following, and weekly Friday pizza nights see the iconic Italian favourite stone-baked to perfection in the outdoor oven. To the rear of the pub is a pretty garden for bright days, and dogs are welcome outside and in the bar area.