Records have been found dating back to 1760 showing a Public House on this site, the original pub occupied the front bar area and the small section around the bar with an outhouse. Today the pub has been extended to include the restaurant and summer room.
The extensive views from the restaurant, summer room and patio are some of the most beautiful in Sussex, and give a large sweeping panorama of the Vale of Ashburnham immortalised by the painter William Turner (1775 – 1851) in his painting of the same name in 1816, a watercolour painted in the romanticist style. The painting was commissioned as part of a series by local eccentric MP John (“Mad Jack”) Fuller. Fullers’ intention was for Turner to paint a record of the county. Although 13 paintings were commissioned, only 6 were published in Part 1 – “Views of Sussex” 1820. Today the painting hangs in the British Museum London.
The gardens and local area are a haven for wildlife and frequent visitors include robins, wrens, blackbirds, barn owls, tawny owls, finches, numerous butterflies and our most popular visitors, roe deer. Slowly the gardens are becoming established with many unusual plant specimens being grown including a large specimen of the Australian Tree fern Dicksonia Antarctica, and the giant Echium piniana from the Canary islands (if you would like seeds or a cutting of a particular plant in the garden then please ask and we will try and accommodate requests where possible). The gardens also contain children’s play area, and BBQ area which is popular on summer evenings.
The premises, restaurant or summer room are available for private functions and are popular for birthdays and other family celebrations and corporate events. 2008 saw our first wedding, on a beautiful summer’s day allowing the wedding party and guests to enjoy a meal, evening buffet and fantastic pictures of their special day in the garden with panoramic views.
Within the garden, is a self contained modern two bedroom bungalow with its own fenced garden and patio area, The bungalow sleeps up to four people and is available for holiday let, pets are welcome. For further information please ask to speak to Sean.
Sean and staff offer you a warm welcome and hope you enjoy your visit, and look forward to seeing you again soon.