Tucked down a country lane, the Plough and Harrow instantly charms, thanks to the warm glow that emanates from the leaded windows of this 17th-century pub. This is a pub where locals come to sup real ale under rich oak beams. A pub where the staff are welcoming, and the menu inclusive – we were impressed by the selection of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options on the blackboard menu, which boasts dishes made from fresh, seasonal produce.
From the varied choice of starters, my partner began with the smoked mackerel pâté, while I had the chargrilled halloumi with puy lentils, roast peppers and hazelnut. The starters raised our expectations for the mains – and they did not disappoint. The whole baked sea bass was succulent and beautifully served. The Sussex lamb cutlets also caught our attention, and arrived beautifully seasoned alongside spinach and sweet potatoes. A red wine and redcurrant sauce gave the dish a velvety depth. The dessert menu ensures that every meal can be rounded off in style.
Whatever the occasion, the Plough and Harrow is a great choice. Its location on the South Downs Way means that it’s also a haven for walkers and cyclists looking to stop off for a refreshing drink or a slap-up meal.