The Brushmakers Arms
The Brushmakers Arms is a picturesque 600-year-old free house run by Nicky Roper and head chef Reece Taylor. Perched on the edge of the Southdown National Park, it was the home of the travelling brush makers who fashioned hedgerow hazel into domestic brushes. We headed to the venue, which is packed with charm, cheery staff and delicious food, for a three-course feast. As we approached the pub, ramblers and cyclists were seated at rustic tables enjoying pints of real ale, while indoors, eager locals and their dogs assembled around the well-stocked bar. I began with crisp whitebait garnished with lemon and parsley – the perfect accompaniment to chilled pinot grigio. My partner particularly enjoyed the rack of lamb on a bed of puréed carrot, sweet roasted onions and rosemary potatoes, while my favourite course was the homemade panna cotta decorated with blood oranges. All in all, The Brushmakers Arms offers a delightful dining experience not to be missed.