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The Star, Alfriston

Alex Polizzi's Tudor boutique Sussex hotel offers beautiful rooms, local culture creds, and high quality food.

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A one-two punch of heritage and modern class, The Star is the latest point in Alex ‘The Hotel Inspector’ Polizzi’s triangle of gorgeous hotels. You’ll have to schlepp it over to Devon and Cornwall to complete the set — but why bother, when our own Sussex offering is so damn lovely? A 15th century inn with 30 rooms in the quaint, quiet village of Alfriston, just a few miles from the coast, it’s perfectly situated: Eastbourne is 10km to the east, Brighton 20km to the west, and the South Downs Way skirts the village. If you follow the nearby meandering rivers you’ll come to pretty, pebbly local beaches.

And the hotel itself? Positively aches with Tudor charm. A heavily beamed upper storey bows onto the high street and urges passers-by to stop in for a drink, meal, or overnighter. The interior feels like flipping through a country interiors magazine: period features and Tudor nods (the restaurant’s painted floorboards were stencilled to an Elizabethan design) are blended with bright, current fashion. There are plenty of charming quirks, from a ‘secret’ door leading out of the library to the restaurant’s slightly inexplicable life-size, cut-out sheep.

Head chef is Tim Kensett, formerly of The River Café, and the menu comes with the expected promise of local produce and unfussy dishes. It’s seasonal, of course, and simply balanced: 32 day aged Sussex sirloin with tarragon butter, pumpkin gnocchi with walnuts, a daily offering of fresh pasta — trendy, ingredients-led, modern European eating. You don’t have to be a hotel guest to come for lunch and dinner, and dogs and children over seven can both be accommodated for. Music to our ears!

The multi-faceted appeal is part of the hotel’s success, of course. Romantics will feel at home with the intimate vibe here and stylish spaces, while families will relish the children’s menus, board games, and interconnecting rooms. Pooch lovers will like the easily available dog beds and bowls. You can stay in and revel in the luxury, or borrow a pair of wellies and head out to hike through mud. Decisions, decisions!

Want the whole thing? You can take over the hotel for weddings or private parties, and can pretty much expect a gorgeous time — just be sure to invite us, yeah?

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Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5TA
01323 870495

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