North Sussex

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale


  • Alfold Bars
    • Sir Roger Tichborne Loxwood Road Alfold Bars RH14 0QS Telephone(01403) 751873

      Familiar to all those who once completed the King & Barnes Ale Trail, this small country pub, whose origins date back to medieval tmes, reopened in 2009 after a period of closure followed by complete refurbishment. The restaurant enjoys extensive views of the surrounding countryside. It is now an attractive free house selling a variety of mostly local guest ales. Happily much of its original rustic rural charm remains.

  • Ashurstwood
    • Maypole 76 Maypole Road Ashurstwood RH19 3RE Telephone(01342) 824061

      Established over 100 years ago, on the eastern edge of the village, this pub had only three landlords in a period of 82 years. It was altered in 2010 to produce a smaller, cosy bar retaining some of the original etched glass windows. A free house with a welcoming landlord and friendly locals, there are three handpumps serving mainly local beers, Harvey's Sussex Best plus two guest ales. Seven minutes walk along Woods Hill Lane from the 291 bus route. The pub is also a café open 8.30-3 Mon-Fri, 9-1 on Saturdays. Full breakfasts are available, also filled rolls, either eat in or takeaway. Licensed to sell alcohol from midday.

  • Barns Green
    • Queens Head Chapel Road Barns Green RH13 0PS Telephone(01403) 730436

      Cosy 17th century village pub, with old timber beams and a large inglenook fire place used in winter. It is mainly open plan with three seating areas and a small separate room. Garden with covered seating area at back. Pub holds a quiz night 2nd Tuesday of the month, open mike night 1st Thursday of the month and charity coffee morning last Friday of the month from 10am to 12noon.

  • Billingshurst
    • Kings Head 40 High Street Billingshurst RH14 9NY Telephone(01403) 782012

      Former enterprise pub that is now a free house, enjoying a resurgence after many years out of the guide, boasting a wide range of real ales from the 8 handpumps. A large town centre pub dating from the 18th Century, with plenty of space for drinkers and diners. Great pub for watching sports.

  • Bolney
    • Bolney Stage London Road Bolney RH17 5RL Telephone(01444) 881200

      The Bolney Stage is a large pub which was formerly on the A23 but is now by-passed and is situated on a quiet local road. The emphasis is on dining and there are three separate ample dining areas. The bar is in the middle of the pub and there is space for seating. The pub has a large enclosed garden to the rear and is very popular in the summer months. There are two large open fire places with real fires during the winter months. The pub has a "Pie and Ale Week" each March, regular "Meet The Brewer" sessions, and beer festivals are held (see website). Charity Fun Days are held in the summer. There are no regular beers. The six changing real ales provided are almost invariably sourced from local brewers.

    • Eight Bells The Street Bolney RH17 5QW Telephone(01444) 881396

      An attractive village pub in the main Bolney street, close to the A23 London to Brighton road. Dating from 1753 original fireplaces are retained in two separate bars and are in use during the winter. There is a separate restaurant. 4 star rated B & B accommodation is provided in a cottage opposite the pub. A beer festival is held annually in August. Other events celebrated here include Burns Night, St Georges Day, a Summer Party and Halloween.

  • Broadbridge Heath
    • Broadbridge Heath Village Centre Wickhurst Lane Broadbridge Heath RH12 3LY Telephone(01403) 217177

      Local community social club in Broadbridge Heath. There are two lines with Fuller's London Pride as the house ale, with a second line purveying a rotating guest, most recently St. Austell Tribute. The bar also serves some bag in box cider.

  • Chelwood Gate
    • Red Lion Lewes Road Chelwood Gate RH17 7DE Telephone(01825) 740836

      On the edge of Ashdown Forest, the Red Lion has been a pub since 1874. In 1963 President Kennedy and Harold MacMillan enjoyed a pint here, and it was filmed as Arthur Dent's local in the TV series, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. There is a welcoming bar with log fire and a dining area with garden views, plus a large garden to the rear. Children and dogs are welcome but not on Friday and Saturday evenings. There are occasional seasonal ales in the winter months. Regular beers: Harveys Sussex Best Bitter,Shepherd Neame Spitfire,Shepherd Neame Whitstable Bay

  • Cowfold
    • Hare & Hounds Henfield Road Cowfold RH13 8DR Telephone(01403) 865354

      Convivial village local where you can be sure of a warm welcome. It has a large stone-flagged bar area, a separate carpeted dining space, and an adjacent area for drinking. The log fire creates a cosy feel on chilly days. This free house frequently offers Dark Star beers along with other local ales; often a mild or dark beer is available. An annual beer festival is held in July, and food is served at all sessions. A pub that welcomes diners and drinkers alike. There are 3 hand pulls. Harvey's Best is the house beer, the other two lines server rotating guests from local breweries.

  • Crawley
    • Brewery Shades 85 High Street Crawley RH10 1BA Telephone(01293) 514255

      Arguably the oldest building in Crawley High Street, dating back to 1400 and complete with two active ghosts. As befits such a building, the pub has a great range of real ale and ciders, complemented buy a traditional food offering. The licensee has a true passion for the trade, demonstrated by the positively inspired range of guest ales available, always in excellent condition. The haunted upstairs room is now available for meetings. Good food is served during the day and evening - try the mixed grill. Gives CAMRA discount, also runs additional loyalty scheme. Surrey & Sussex Regional Cider Pub of the year 2018

    • Frogshole Farm Maidenbower Drive Crawley RH10 7QF Telephone(01293) 885081

      Originally a 16th century farmhouse, it was rebuilt in 2008 following a fire. The original part of the building survived the fire and has been carefully renovated and restored, retaining features such as the big inglenook fireplace. The pub is food lead, there are normally 5 real ales on at a time from the Mitchells & Butlers portfolio.

  • Danehill
    • Coach & Horses School Lane Danehill RH17 7JF Telephone(01825) 740369

      This traditional country pub dates from 1847 and retains many original features. The public and saloon bars feature real fires and simple farmhouse-style furniture. Locally produced Black Pig cider is always on the bar, occasionally their perry too. The separate restaurant area serves locally sourced, high quality food. The large garden is a delight in summer and includes a children's play area. Dogs are welcome. Regular beer is Harvey's Best and they serve a changing guest beer from various local breweries, including 360, Dark Star, Franklins, Larkins and Long Man.

  • East Grinstead
    • Engine Room The Old Mill, 45 London Road East Grinstead RH19 1AW Telephone(01342) 327145

      A bar operating as the brewery tap for High Weald. Located up a path between the shops close to Whitehall bus stop in London Road. The pub is a downstairs labyrinth of small seating areas, good for small groups to hold conversations. There is live music on Thursday evening. There is a dart board and a selection of board games. All real ales here are on gravity. There are normally five rotating beers from Surrey & Sussex all served on gravity. There are also six or seven ciders.

      Be advised that due to the location downstairs access is not disability friendly.

    • Ounce & Ivy Bush Little King Street East Grinstead RH19 3DJ Telephone(01342) 335130

      The Ounce & Ivy Bush recalls one of East Grinstead's former inns, and the coat of arms of the Sackville family, which were leading local landowners. The closure of the Dorset's Head allowed the Cat Inn, also on High Street, to change its name to the Dorset Arms. The Cat had been called The Ounce & Ivy Bush. An ounce is a species of wild cat and an ivy bush was a symbol used to denote a high-class inn. Two cats support the coat of arms of the Sackvilles. Robert Sackville, second earl of Dorset, founded Sackville College almshouses, on High Street, in 1605. The college is East Grinstead's most important historic building.

    • Sportsman 9-11 Canteloupe Road East Grinstead RH19 3BE Telephone(01342) 459541

      Small pub down side road off the High Street. A main bar and a 'snug'. Upstairs is a large room for families or meetings. Quiet pub and a meeting place for the locals who welcome strangers. There is a small outside area to the rear of the pub.

      There is normally one real ale on, often on gravity (despite the had pull) this will be Harvey's Sussex Best.

      Opposite is the Museum and in the foyer the sign from the demolished 'Guinea Pig' pub that commemorated the Queen Victoria hospital plastic surgery unit for burnt Spitfire pilots.

  • Faygate
    • Frog & Nightgown Wimland Road Faygate RH12 4SS Telephone(01293) 852764

      Coral and Ritchie bought the pub in December 2015 and spent several months refurbishing it. It is now being run by their son Lewis. Regular events include quiz nights, classic car meets, live music, open mic nights. Street food is often available on a Friday night. The pub is known as the fastest pub in West Sussex due to its motorsport connections. The regular customers scour charity shops in search of ceramic frogs and similar items, to add to the large collection within the pub.

  • Forest Row
    • Brambletye Hotel The Square Lewes Road Forest Row RH18 5EZ Telephone(01342) 824144

      The bar area that is open to the public is known as 'Black Peter' and the hotel featured in Sherlock Holmes' 'The Adventure of Black Peter'. Prior to takeover by Fuller's, this prominent building in the centre of the village was part of Gale's estate. It has since been tastefully re-furbished, providing a large dining area. A function room is also available. The bar area features a display of old bottled beers. Aside from the regular beers, a third handpump is used for another changing beer from Fullers. Fuller's bottled beers are also stocked and a selection of Belgian beers. The hotel makes a good base for exploring Ashdown Forest. 3 Handpumps selling mainstream ales

    • Hop Yard Brewing Co Hartfield Road Forest Row RH18 5AA Telephone07769 313410

      Modern pub converted from a disused food store. Two hand pumps and a lareg number of cask taps, plus wide range of wine and cocktails. House ale is made by Westerham Brewery Guest ale tends to be from Westerham, eg Alta Ego Cask als are from teh likes of Kiln, Beavertown, Kernel, Pig & Porter, Lost * Found etc.

  • Handcross
    • Red Lion High Street Handcross RH17 6BP Telephone(01444) 400292

      Spacious pub near the centre of Handcross Village. Emphasis is on food. Two guest beers usually available. The original house dates from 1280 but was rebuilt in 1540. Very well known centuries ago as it was one of the best known coaching inns on the famous Brighton road. It was also known for its foreign liquors which seemed to appear during the night with unpaid duties! There is also a small panelled room where Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton used to have secret liaisons

  • Horsham
    • Anchor Hotel 3 Market Square Horsham RH12 1EU Telephone(01403) 250640

      Previously known as the Anchor Hotel in 1898 and it was 'Temperance'. In the twenties the building was used as the Town Hall. In the early 1990’s the site was a Lloyds Bank. Then renamed Bar Vin (Punch Taverns - Spirit Group). Renamed the Anchor Hotel (Punch Taverns - Taylor Walker Pubs) 03/11. After separating from Punch, Spirit have taken over Taylor Walker 2012. Now part of Greene King. The pub encourages ales from local brewers and is "Locale" accredited. Beer Festivals are held occasionally. Discount available for card carrying CAMRA members.

    • Anchor Tap 16 East Street Horsham RH12 1HL Telephone(01403) 713085

      Now free-of-tie, this popular pub continues to offer customers an eclectic choice of brews. The Knowledgeable team behind the bar source interesting beers both local and from afar. There are six handpumps in use, plus a backbar offering ten keg beers. The pub regularly hosts tap takeovers, so it is advisable to check the Facebook page for details of these and additional opening hours. Bar snacks are available lunchtimes. The modern Anchor in East Street was built in 1898. It was the 'tap' of the Anchor Hotel. In January 1975 a Horsham Branch of CAMRA was formed at this pub. Having been closed for 30 years, this pub was reopened in February 2016 by Dark Star Brewery, but with the sale of that brewer to Fuller's in March 2018, the pub became free-of-tie. It continues to be popular with customers both local and from afar. Refurbished in an early-20th century style. A cask beer club offers 20% off all cask beers between 4p and 6pm Tue-Fri.

    • Kings Arms 64 Bishopric Horsham RH12 1QN Telephone(01403) 451468

      This was the King & Barnes brewery tap and is situated in The Bishopric some 100 yards from the site of the former Brewery. A comfortable two-bar pub, an 18th century coaching inn, which has long been popular with locals. It was once frequented by K & B Brewery workers. It is a locals pub popular for sports on TV at the weekend. October 2017: Taken over by Richard Grady, Peter Birdsall and an other of North & South Leisure Ltd. There are 5 handpuls with at least 3 rotating local ales and also a keg line, which serves Brolly ale.

    • Lynd Cross 1 Springfield Road Horsham RH12 2PJ Telephone(01403) 272393

      Situated at the end of West Street opposite the site of Shelley's Fountain. The Lynd Cross occupies premises that were formerly The Horsham Pine Shop. A large and popular and unpretentious family friendly open plan town pub. Local ales feature here and the pub hosts 'Meet the Brewer' and several beer festivals throughout the year.

    • Malt Shovel 15 Springfield Road Horsham RH12 2PG Telephone(01403) 252302

      Situated near to the town centre the pub may serve up to 6 or 7 real ales, including local beers. 1 or 2 real ciders/perries may be available. The bar is warmed by a real fire in winter and live rugby and football events are screened. Live music is very popular and there are quiz nights. Springfield Hotel at the back of the pub is part of the establishment where accommodation can be booked.

    • Piries Bar Piries Alley - The Carfax Horsham RH12 1NY Telephone(01403) 267846

      In a building dating from the 15th century wth exposed timber beams, the pub is tucked away down a narrow alley adjoining Horsham's Carfax. It comprises a small downstairs room, an upstairs lounge bar and a small modern extension in character with the building. Regular charity events are organised. Evenings here can be lively, with karaoke on Sundays, occasional live music and late opening until midnight. With two cask ales and several craft keg beers always available, this bar is well worth a visit. Also a fantastic range of Gin!

  • Kingsfold
    • Owl Dorking Road Kingsfold RH12 3SA Telephone(01306) 628499

      Large friendly pub set back from the road with a large car park. It features a long bar with Horsham Stone flagstones, in front and red tiles. The restaurant area is carpeted. The pub has an open aspect but some areas do give some privacy. Old wood beams indicate the age of parts of the pub. In the past, when it was known as the Wheatsheaf, it served the smugglers who came up from the coast with their contraband.

  • Kirdford
    • Half Moon Glass House Lane Kirdford RH14 0LT Telephone(01403) 820223

      The Half Moon is located in the heart of Kirdford, a picturesque village between Wisborough Green and Petworth in West Sussex. The 17th century building is packed with charm and character – in the winter the restaurant is cosy with a crackling log fire in the inglenook fireplace. The pub welcomes children as well as dogs on a lead. The spacious gardens allow plenty of room for a relaxed and fun environment. In the summer of 2017 the pub was taken over by Jodie Kidd and half of it is now reserved for dining. The gardens are huge and ideal for families. They have done a deal with soon to start Brolly brewing to supply them with a house best.

  • Lambs Green
    • Lamb Inn Lambs Green RH12 4RG Telephone(01293) 871336

      Lovely old pub with a mixture of flagstones and wood floors interspersed with wrought-iron work, low-beamed ceilings and exposed brick walls. Furnishings include high-backed settles and soft sofas, and a real fire adds warmth in winter. This welcoming pub with a friendly landlord and staff is committed to LocAle - all beers come form within 25 miles. Real cider is available. Both landlords are chefs, serving quality home-made locally sourced food.

  • Lower Beeding
    • Plough Leech Pond Hill Lower Beeding RH13 6LT Telephone(01403) 891277

      Two room pub with collections of bottles, fishing rods and a stuffed Badger! This biker friendly pub is a stop on the annual Pioneer Run in March.

  • Maplehurst
    • White Horse Park Lane Maplehurst RH13 6LL Telephone(01403) 891208

      Under the same ownership for 37 years, this splendid and welcoming country pub has featured in the guide 34 times. Popular with locals, cyclists and walkers. The cosy interior with its unusually wide wooden bar, boasts real fires and many interesting artefacts and bric-a-brac. While good honest pub fare is provided. The emphasis is on beer and conversation. Many local beers feature with a good selection of dark ales. Local JB cider is also available.

  • Nuthurst
    • Black Horse Inn Nuthurst Street Nuthurst RH13 6LH Telephone(01403) 891272

      Multi-roomed village free house on various levels. Dating back to 17th century when it was three cottages built for the local estate workers. Original features include timber beams, flagstone floors and the main bar area is dominated by an inglenook fire place which is used on cooler days. There is a paved seating area to the front and a garden at the back with a stream running along side. Quiz night on a Wednesday.

  • Rowhook
    • Chequers Inn Rowhook Road Rowhook RH12 3PY Telephone(01403) 790480

      A pleasant and popular 15th century country pub, with a large garden, part of which is used to grow vegetables used in the pub food. Three handpumps, one regular and two guest beers. Small bar room, larger 'top bar' and large dining room. This dining room is integral but separate from the pub and is in a barn type building constructed, during the last war, of corrugated sheeting; this part of the pub is listed. There is also a seating area at the front of the pub. The pub has an excellent reputation for its food. The owner/landlord is an award winning master chef of Great Britain and also achieved three AA rosettes whilst head chef at the South Lodge Hotel in Lower Beeding.

  • Rudgwick
    • Kings Head Church Street Rudgwick RH12 3EB Telephone(01403) 822200

      This 18th century low-beamed pub can be found at the northern end of the village. The pub is opposite the Norman Church and is in a conservation area. Food is freshly prepared and has an Italian menu. There is a restaurant at one end of the pub and a bar with a wood burning stove and leather sofas at the other. The Downslink footpath passes nearby.

  • Rusper
    • Plough & Attic Rooms High Street Rusper RH12 4PX Telephone(01293) 871215

      Situated in the centre of Rusper village opposite the church. A traditional low-beamed one bar pub with a raised restaurant area and an attic room upstairs where food is also served. Parts of the pub date back to the 15th Century. There is a very extensive garden to the rear of the pub. The pub is roofed with Horsham stone. Guest beers tend to be local.

  • Sharpthorne
    • Fox Eating & Drinking House Top Road Sharpthorne RH19 4PJ Telephone(01342) 810644

      Free House that sells Harvey's Best as well as 2 Guest Ales. Friendly pub, great interior and knowledgeable staff.

  • Southwater
    • Hen & Chicken Worthing Road Southwater RH13 9BH Telephone(01403) 730349

      The Hen & Chicken is situated at the north end of the village of Southwater approximately three miles outside Horsham in West Sussex. The building has existed for over 250 years and has been a public house for the last 160 years. The interior of the pub reflects its age with a wealth of exposed beams and open fires which are lit throughout the winter months. The aim of the owner and staff is to provide a warm welcoming environment where customers can enjoy good value home prepared food at lunchtimes, with a wide selection of well kept ales, lagers and wines. After the take-over of the King & Barnes brewery in 2000 by Hall & Woodhouse, Bill King set up his own brewery. The Hen & Chicken was the first outlet for his beers and they have been on sale ever since, currently serving a Firebird beer, this is the one untied line, the other two lines serve beers from the Punch list, one changes regularly. Normally there is one Firebird beer, the other beers come from the Punch list.

  • Staplefield
    • Jolly Tanners Handcross Road Staplefield RH17 6EF Telephone(01444) 400335

      On the north corner of the village green, this welcoming pub combines all the best elements of a village inn. The spacious bar is divided into two distinct areas with two log fires adding to the cosy feel. There is an extensive range of guest beers and real cider is also served. A mild is always available. A good range of tasty food is available at all sessions. This is a friendly place and still very much a local's pub.

  • Turners Hill
    • Red Lion Lion Lane Turners Hill RH10 4NU Telephone(01342) 715416

      A regular entry in the Good Beer Guide. It's still very much a village local, offering a warm welcome to all who enter. Split-level and featuring a large inglenook fireplace. Good value and High quality food is available lunchtimes (not Thursdays). There is a popular fortnightly quiz (Wednesday). The local CAMRA branch held its first meeting here in 1974. Children and dogs are welcome in the pub. Newspapers are available for customers.

  • Warnham
    • Sussex Oak 2 Church Street Warnham RH12 3QW Telephone(01403) 265028

      Large, popular village pub, open plan but with a separate dining area and four other seating areas. Eight handpumps dispense three regular beers and one or two guests, usually local. LocAle is actively supported. An extensive menu of high quality reasonably priced food, mainly local, is available. It has a large garden with plenty of seating and is dog friendly. There is also a heated and covered smokers' area. Jazz nights are on the second and last Thursday of the month, and beer festivals are held on bank holidays. The pub has featured in the Guide for the past 10 years.

  • Warninglid
    • Half Moon The Street Warninglid RH17 5TR Telephone(01444) 461227

      Dating back to the 16th century and recently enlarged, the focus is on quality home-cooked food at this village pub. The original part of the building has wooden floors and open fireplaces, whilst the more recent conservatory area is mainly used for dining and features a covered and illuminated well in the floor. Dog friendly, but no children under 14.

  • West Hoathly
    • Cat Queen's Square, North Lane West Hoathly RH19 4PP Telephone(01342) 810369

      The Cat Inn is a 16th century free house, with four bedrooms, set in the picturesque village of West Hoathly, a hilltop village set in the heart of the Sussex countryside. It is within easy distance from the towns of East Grinstead and Haywards Heath and only 25 minutes from Gatwick Airport. Sitting high on a spur of the Sussex Weald, the village is a haven for walkers, ideally placed on the Western edge of the Ashdown Forest. There are a number of attractions within easy reach of the pub, including Wakehurst Place, Borde Hill Gardens, Nymans, The Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park, Lingfield Race Course, Standen, Pooh Bridge and the Priest House and Museum in West Hoathly village. The pub retains oak beams and two inglenook fireplaces. There is a terrace where drink and food can be consumed in the summer months. This free house prides itself in the quality of its real ale, and concentrates on local breweries, such as Harvey's of Lewes and other micro breweries. Food is cooked to order, using fresh, seasonal and where possible locally sourced ingredients. Menus change on a regular basis and a small selection of seasonal specials are available on a daily basis. The Cat is reputedly the oldest building in the village and comprises a maze of cosy rooms.