The Griffin Inn
Set in Fletching, The Griffin Inn has been run by the Pullan family for over 40 years, and continues to impress regulars and visitors to this day. This restaurant exudes charm with its rustic furnishings and traditional oak beams. The friendly staff will make you feel instantly welcome, whether you’re sampling fine wine by the fire in winter, or taking in the stunning views while enjoying a local ale during summer. The skilled team of chefs is passionate about using the finest ingredients from the surrounding area, so the quality of every ingredient is guaranteed. The main menu is updated to reflect the best of the season, with highlights including the likes of the honey- and rosemary-baked Camembert starter with flavoursome quince jelly.
Follow this with an exceptional plate of beer-battered cod with hand-cut chips, minted pea purée and tartare sauce. This restaurant caters for everyone by offering tempting vegetarian options such as sweet potato and Puy lentil curry with cucumber and mint raita, and tomato and red onion salad. For dessert, the warming spiced plum, Bramley apple and cinnamon crumble with vanilla ice cream proves particularly popular during the winter months. In the summer, the two-acre garden at The Griffin bustles with locals and visitors alike, who make the most of the views of the National Trust’s Sheffield Park. The outside terrace features a built-in barbecue and wood-fired oven, so you can enjoy a freshly cooked al fresco meal.
The outside bar also serves a range of cocktails, wine and ale, making this a great spot in which to unwind with friends. The Griffin is renowned for its award-winning wine list, with over 120 types of wine available from all around the world. The Griffin is just a short distance from the Sussex coast, the Bluebell Railway and Ashdown Forest, making it the perfect place to stay if you’re looking to explore the area. With great service and delicious food, it’s easy to see why The Griffin Inn was awarded County Dining Pub of the Year 2019 by The Good Pub Guide.