Location:Alfriston, East Sussex, South Downs National ParkSee map here
More info:Minimum stay of 2 nights over the weekend. Some rooms can accommodate 1/2 camp beds for children at a cost of £20 per child.
Description of Alfriston pub with B&B, South Downs, England
A beautiful 14th century inn set in the South Downs National Park. First licensed in 1397, this charming, grade II listed building in the old village of Alfriston is a lovely inn to visit whatever your reason. Stay for the weekend as you explore the surrounding area. Stop off for a night stop as you walk the South Downs Way. Enjoy a delicious evening meal with locally sourced ingredients or relax with the locals in the pub or enjoy the evening air whilst keeping warm under the heaters in the garden. The surrounding trees and flowers attract plenty of birds and butterflies to add to the picturesque views of traditional downland countryside.
The village of Alfriston has a lovely history to learn about; visit The Cathedral of the South Downs located very nearby and built on a Saxon burial ground. Or venture slightly further afield and visit Charleston House, The English Wine Centre and Drusillasí Zoo. Enjoy cycling fishing and walking in the area or take a trip to Glyndebourne for the opera or a blustery walk along the chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters Country Park. With so much to do with your days youíll be welcomed back to the warm open fire, ready to warm your toes.
Rooms, food and facilities
Stay in one of 5 double rooms or a single room. The Suite and The Red Room also include a comfortable lounge area. If required camp beds can be added to accommodate children at £20 per child; The Suite can accommodate 2 camp beds and The Red Room can accommodate 1 camp bed.
Choose from prices including just breakfast or upgrade and have dinner included. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, televisions, DVD player with a library of free films on offer to borrow, tea and coffee trays and hairdryers.
The nearest train stations are Berwick and Polgate. From Berwick there is a cycle route that takes you all the way to Alfriston village. If you arrive to Polgate Station, cross the road and jump on the number 126 bus towards Seaford. It takes about 15 Minutes to get to Alfriston, jump off at Market Cross and itís about a 1 minute walk from there.
Responsible tourism: Alfriston pub with B&B, South Downs, England
The building is one of the oldest in the village, built in 1250 at the same time as the church. Originally it was high voltage medieval hall. It later had 2 rooms built above it as it was on the south coast coaching route and was first licensed as an inn in 1397. As a grade II listed building the pub is still in keeping with the original style, with slight modernisation of bathrooms for the comfort of guests.
As The South Downs Way dissects the village, lots of guests arrive by foot walking from Eastbourne to Winchester or vice versa. Depending on their direction itís normally the first or last stop on their journey. There are other environmentally friendly methods of transport to get to the inn, with Berwick and Seaford stations equal-distance away. A handy cycle route from Berwick stations all the way to the village. From March onwards the Cuckmere Valley Rambler bus service runs throughout the summer on weekends and bank holidays. This is a circular bus route that runs every hour from Berwick station and takes you to Alfriston, Seaford, the Seven Sisters Country Park and Wilmington. Itís a really handy way of getting around and you can hop on and off throughout the day at different destinations.
The inn is really central to the community in Alfriston as the large restaurant area doubles as a meeting room when itís not being used. Various groups meet at the inn to use this space including the Allotment society, the parish council and the amateur dramatics society. As a result of this we've both become involved in the amateur actors in the dramatics society.
The inn provides a range food from the breakfast youíll be served in the morning to the delicious range of lunches and dinners that you can enjoy in the restaurant, pub or on the heated terrace. All the food is locally sourced and of a great quality. The fish youíll be served depends on what fisherman has caught that day. All the fish is caught in Newhaven and comes from Paulís Plaice in Seaford. Local meat comes from Ashmore farm in Heathfield and local fresh fruit and veg is also served.
There is plenty to visit nearby Alfriston with plenty of towns nearby; Lewes, Newhaven, Seaford and Eastbourne. Iíd recommend a trip to Drusillas zoo with the family and for the adults, visit Charleston Hose and Gardens and find out about the writers painters and intellects of the Bloomsbury group. Head to the coast for a walk in the Seven Sisters Country Park and get a lovely view of the sea. Or In land there are 10 walking routes that go right from Alfriston itself.
The 14th century village outside the front door is beautiful with the twee village road containing lots of beautiful buildings. If you look out the back of the inn you can see the garden surrounded by Day, Sycamore, Holly and Ash trees. Beyond the trees you look across to the traditional downlands landscape. There are fields of farmland in the lower parts with grassland scattered with sheep on the upper parts of the landscape.
As Alfriston is dissected by the South Downs Way there are plenty of lovely walks in the area. My favourite walk that I would particularly recommend is along Lullington Heath National Nature Reserve and up to the head of the Long Man of Wilmington. People generally tend to visit his feet, but the view from his head is tremendous with views of the sea to the south and Ashdown Forest to the north. Lullington Heath itself interesting in itself as itís made of rare chalk heath and chalk grassland.
Alfriston has some great history that we love to share with visitors. It was originally a Saxon settlement and the name originated from a Saxon settler Aelfric. The name is almost a direct translation with tun meaning farmstead and Aelfricís name, as it belonged to him. Alfriston was home to a famous smuggler Stanton Collins, whom one of the rooms at the Inn is named after. Stanton Collins was the leader of the Alfriston gang; the gang lived at a nearby building now known as The Smugglers, but there were secret passages connecting the two the building to the Inn where Stanton Collins would often escape to for a drink through the secret passages and back again.