The Dorset Arms, Withyham
Muddy says: Organically-reared meat and game and a Winnie the Pooh connection are part of the Dorset Arms’ appeal. You can also stay over in the pub’s cottage.
The 18th century The Dorset Arms is part of the historic Buckhurst Estate on which the ‘100 Acre Wood’ from the Winnie the Pooh stories sits. Ashdown Forest, AA Milne’s home village of Hartfield and Groombridge Place are nearby.
Organically-reared meat and game from the Estate appears on the pub menu, including a Buckhurst Bar Steak and popular sausages made to Lord De La Warr’s favourite recipe. Roasts are offered on Sundays and the wider menu includes fish, oysters and Sussex cheeses. A garden room with retractable roof is among spots you can choose to dine.
Lunch and early evening menus (12.00 – 14.30 and 18.00 – 19.00 Mon to Thurs) are good value with two courses for £16.50 or three for £21.
Six recently refurbished ensuite bedrooms with nice touches like robes and Nespresso machines are available in a separate cottage. One room has an adjoining lounge and the cottage can be rented as a whole if you bag it early.
Weddings and country sports are offered on the wider Buckfast Estate.