The Lamb Inn Pub with rooms in Wartling, East Sussex

Prices from:
£95 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Country-rustic gem by church
  • Beams, antiques, winter fires
  • Eclectic vinyl collection
  • Seasonal menus; Sussex produce
  • Simple, comfortable rooms
  • Secret terrace; pizzas

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Overview

The Lamb Inn Wartling, East Sussex, BN27 1RY

The personal touch

Perched above the Pevensey Levels and set beside the church in pretty Wartling, the ancient Lamb Inn dates back to the 16th-century and thrives as a local and dining pub in this beautiful and unspoiled part of East Sussex. It was snapped up by auctioneer and BBC antiques expert James Braxton in 2012 and with the help of sons Charlie and Ned and daughter Annie they have successfully transformed the fortunes of the old coaching inn. Expect a warm, relaxing and informal atmosphere within the comfortably rustic timbered dining room, replete with head-cracking beams, wonky walls, a wood-burning stove, and brass candlesticks on old dining tables. In the cool bar area to the rear you’ll find two blazing winter fires, various antiques picked up by James on his travels, jugs of fresh flowers, rugs on oak floors, soothing heritage hues, leather easy chairs and a chesterfield sofa for pre-dinner drinking, and a raised booth seating area with painted benches draped in faux rugs. Evening candles enhance the laid-back charm of the place and feel free to flick through the brilliant vinyl collection and put a classic album on the deck by the bar. Enjoy a quiet drink by the fire in the snug bar. Craft beers, cracking wines, good seasonal food, pizzas on the secret summer terrace, and cosy upstairs rooms complete the picture at this rustic-smart inn country inn.

Sticky fingers

Children of all ages are allowed in pub – smaller portions, great pizzas (summer), highchairs. An extra bed can be accommodated in the larger rooms.

Muddy paws

Dogs are warmly welcomed in the bar and overnight in all the bedrooms (£10 per dog).

Alfresco

The rear terrace comes as a real surprise, so arrive early to bag a bench and make the most of this fabulous alfresco space on warm summer days. There are smart teak tables and chairs, a flower festooned pergola, olive and fruit trees in big pots and a wood-fired oven delivering freshly baked pizzas – perfect fodder for kids after a day on the beach.

 

What’s the Damage?

5 doubles £95-£130

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (not Amex)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & dining room only
  • Parking – – small car park to side and space to front
Sleep

The Lamb Inn Wartling, East Sussex, BN27 1RY

Do not disturb

Watch your head as you wind up the steep staircase from the bar to reach the five cosy rooms that ramble across the first floor. Due to the age of the building, rooms and/or bathrooms are compact as any reconfiguration of space proved impossible, so expect head-cracking beams, wonky floors and clever use of space to fit neat tiled en suite bathrooms into some of the rooms. They may be small but all are simply yet tastefully designed and decorated with latch doors, soothing heritage colours, bespoke panelled headboards painted, quality fabrics, interesting paintings, and antique tables, chairs and objet d’art (sourced by James on his travels). Comfortable Mattisons mattresses topped with thick feather duvets guarantee a good night’s sleep and added touches include a Robert’s radio, bottled water and Noble Isle toiletries. Room 4 has the largest bathroom with a roll-top bath and quieter Rooms 3 and 5 overlook the rear terrace. Front rooms may suffer from early morning traffic noise.

 

What’s the Damage?

5 doubles £95-£130

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (not Amex)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & dining room only
  • Parking – – small car park to side and space to front
Eat & Drink

The Lamb Inn Wartling, East Sussex, BN27 1RY

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £7-£8; Main Courses: £14-£24; Desserts £7; set lunch/early supper Monday – Friday: 2 courses £16, 3 courses £20)

Monthly menus evolve with the seasons and draw inspiration from the rich larder of produce to be found in this unspoiled corner of East Sussex. Owner James and sons Charlie and Ned are sound shots so pheasant, pigeon and partridge dishes are often chalked up on the specials board during the winter months. Meat from Sussex farms is sourced from Gunne Butchers in Bexhill, while fish is delivered daily from Newhaven and the excellent bread comes from Bexhill Bakery. Equally, beers and ciders are very local, perhaps Vermont Pale Ale from Gun Brewery in Gun Hill, Harvey’s Sussex Ale (Lewes) and heady Silver Lining Cider from South Downs Cider in Ringmer, plus there’s a raft of decent wines, cocktails and mocktails. Tuck into a classic pub dish, perhaps Harvey’s beer battered cod with house fries, peas and tartare sauce or calves liver and bacon with onion and grain mustard gravy and roast seasonal vegetables. Winter may see root vegetable broth with parsley pesto, vension and beetroot carpaccio, and pan-seared pheasant breast with honeyed winter salad (butternut, red onions, parsnips) and a sundried tomato and basil oil. An April menu may deliver golden beetroot and wild garlic soup and sea bass with crushed new potatoes, samphire and a lemon beurre blanc sauce. To finish, try pumpkin pie with maple and pecan cream, rhubarb, apple and ginger crumble, or scoops of delicious BoHo Gelato (Dorset) ice creams. Don’t miss the roast rib-eye of Sussex beef, served with homemade horseradish sauce and all the trimmings, on Sunday lunchtimes, and the stone-baked pizzas fresh from the oven on the terrace in the summer.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10am
Lunch: 12 noon – 2.30pm (3pm Sunday)
Dinner: 7pm – 9pm

Time at the bar

12 noon – 11pm (12 noon – 5pm Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays)

What’s the Damage?

5 doubles £95-£130

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (not Amex)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & dining room only
  • Parking – – small car park to side and space to front
Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

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The Coal Shed, 8 Boyces Street, Brighton BN1 1AN

35-day aged steaks and fresh seafood cooked over charcoal. When it comes to the prime protein, choose your cut, pick a weight and select a sauce, or go for the catch of the day cooked on the bone.

6

Ridgeview Wine Estate, Ditchling Common BN6 8TP

Explore the vineyard where Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes grow in the Sussex sun, tour the state-of-the-art winery and, most importantly of all, sample their latest wines in the tasting room.

7

Middle Farm, Firle BN8 6LJ

A hive of activity, Middle Farm is a genuine working farm where you can watch the cows being milked, but there are also children's play areas, an impressive farm shop and a cider centre stocking over 100 draught and bottled ciders and perries.

11

Ginger Pig, 3 Hove Street, HoveBN3 2TR

Part of Ben Mckellar's group, which includes a restaurant and a couple of foodie pubs in the city, plus a country pub in Albourne, this lively pub (it's usually busy) is a short walk from the Hove seafront.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Lamb Inn

Activities

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Horse Riding, Ditchling Common Stud RH15 0SE

The South Downs Way is not restricted to walkers, horse riders can trot or canter along the trail. You can plan a ride here to fit your schedule, enjoying a half-or full-day's hack.

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Airworks Paragliding Centre, Glynde BN8 6SS

Learn to fly in the skies above Sussex with seasoned experts at premier sites in the depths of the South Downs National Park. Airworks Paragliding Centre is based at Glynde railway station, just a short drive from Firle.

Shopping

10

The Fifteenth Century Bookshop, Lewes, BN7 1XH

Specialising in children's and illustrated books, this Lewes bookshop also has shelves of books on a whole range of subjects - including historical fiction, gardening, architecture and theatre.

11

Leadbetter & Good, Cliffe High Street, Lewes BN7 2AN

Offering a wide range of books, ceramics, prints, textiles and occasional items of furniture, this unusual store can be found in Cliffe High Street. In fact, all across the town there are scores of independent retailers, quaint streets and hidden alleyways to seek out.

12

The Chalk Gallery, North Street, Lewes BN7 2PA

Situated in Lewes, the Chalk Gallery is run by artists and devoted to promoting artists and their individual styles and subjects. The work of a featured artist is showcased every three weeks.

13

Lewes Forge, Fisher Street BN7 2DG

A traditional blacksmith's forge in the heart of Lewes where Ben Autie accepts commissions for sculptures and decorative items, architectural ironwork, gates and fences.

15

Brighton Lanes BN1 4A

This corner of Brighton represents a tightly packed network of narrow lanes and twisting alleyways where you’ll find countless independent shops, boutiques and jewellers. The accent here is on the quirky and eclectic.

16

W.F. Bruce's Antique Clocks, North Street, Lewes BN7 2PA

Expect an impressive stock of good quality antique clocks from the early 17th century to the 19th century at this Lewes business. However, these are clocks with a difference – stylish and often rare and unusual. In addition, you’ll often find various long case clocks made by Sussex clockmakers.

Places to visit

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Charleston Farmhouse, Firle BN8 6LL

Virginia Woolf spotted this remote settlement on the South Downs while out walking one day in 1916 and Charleston became the home and country meeting place for the writers and artists of the Bloomsbury group. The Bloomsbury artists painted furniture, ceramics, and murals, which can be seen at the house from March to November, along with a collection of paintings by Picasso, Derain, Sickert and Delacroix.

5

Firle Place, Firle BN8 6LP

Surrounded by parkland, this 500-year-old house includes a significant collection of Old Masters, with works by Reynolds, Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Rubens. Items of English and French furniture are also on display.

6

Battle Abbey TN33 0AD

William the Conqueror vowed that if God gave him victory, he would build an abbey on the site of the battle at Senlac Field. This he did, with the high altar set up on the spot where Harold died. Today Battle Abbey is in the care of English Heritage and is a hugely popular visitor attraction.

7

Lewes Castle and Museum BN7 1YE

Climb to the top of this historic 1000-year-old castle for a breathtaking view of Sussex and the South Downs. The adjacent Barbican House is home to the Museum of Sussex Archaeology, which explains the story of Lewes from the prehistoric era to the medieval period.

8

Clergy House, Alfriston BN26 5TL

Near the church in pretty Alfriston is the charming oak-framed Clergy House, built around 1350 to provide shelter for parish priests following the Black Death. It was the first property to be acquired by the National Trust.

9

Clinton Lodge, Fletching TN22 3ST

The glorious garden at Clinton Lodge in Fletching is a riot of colour. Covering about six acres, the garden includes hedges, an Elizabethan herb garden, a wild flower meadow and many other horticultural features and flourishes.

17

Firle Cricket Club BN8 6NS

Firle Cricket Club dates from the mid-18th century and is thought to be one of the oldest clubs in the world. In a very English setting, just 50 metres from the front door of the Ram Inn, enjoy one of the UK’s great sporting traditions.

Walking

Cuckmere Haven, Firle Beacon, the River Ouse and the chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters are just some of the cherished South Downs landmarks popular with ramblers and walkers. The South Downs Way starts not far away at Eastbourne and is a spectacular way to take in this fine landscape.

Cycling

www.cyclelewes.org.uk
www.sustrans.org.uk
There are numerous cycle routes right on the Lamb’s doorstep, while around Lewes there is a great network of country lanes and some of the best off-road cycling in the south of England. Another option is to combine a pleasant half-or-full day’s cycling with a trip by train, getting on or off at any of the stops on the nearby Brighton/Hastings line.

Events

www.lovesussex.com
There are numerous festivals and events around the South Downs and along the Sussex coast throughout the year. The Eastbourne Festival in April and May delivers a programme of music, visual arts and dance; Shoreham’s Summer Food and Drink Festival is in June; and in June and July there is the chance to catch a movie at Brighton’s Big Screen at the Beach.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Wartling is located between Bexhill and Polegate, signed north of the A259 coast road at Pevensey and south of the A271 just east of Herstmonceaux

By Rail: Nearest railway station is Pevensey Bay (3 miles). For quickest links to London use Polegate or Hailsham stations (8 miles)

Address:

, Wartling, East Sussex, BN27 1RY

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