True to its name, this idyllic pub feels like a traditional cottage, with roses around the door in summer, apples in the orchard garden in autumn and glowing wood burners indoors in winter. It is set in the tranquil village of Alciston, in the heart of the South Downs, and offers two self-catering flats for a country break. The bar and restaurant serve pub classics at lunchtime and more sophisticated dishes in the evening. Meat and sausages come from a local butcher, fish and bread are fresh each day and vegetables are organic – and local whenever possible. On the dinner menu, expect the likes of grilled salmon with cherry tomatoes, balsamic and fresh chives, and local Selmeston partridge with cider, cream, ham and brandy. Accompany your meal with one of the pub’s real ales and ciders, and save room for the divine homemade chocolate and Baileys cheesecake.