The Royal Oak, HookswayThis conventional Sixteenth-century pub with a pastel-pink façade within the tiny village of Hooksway, a couple of miles north of Chichester, is a good spot for these strolling the Satan’s Jumps, a set of 5 massive bronze age barrows nearly a mile away on the South Downs Manner. It has a big, sloping entrance garden and the selfmade meals is unpretentious and scrumptious, like hen and ham puff pastry pies and jacket spuds heaped with cheese. The Royal Oak additionally serves native visitor ales usually. royaloakhooksway.co.ukThe Cricketers Arms, BerwickThe tiny village of Berwick, 9 miles east of Lewes, is finest recognized for its church adorned with a sequence of putting, vibrant murals painted by Bloomsbury artists Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and Quentin Bell, who as soon as lived at close by Charleston. It’s additionally house to this cottage-style pub, a substitute for the busier watering holes in close by Firle and Alfriston. It’s set in two small, Seventeenth-century brick and flint homes, with a fairly entrance backyard, an inviting spot in spring when it’s in full bloom, and there are South Downs views and benches in sunny and shady spots. It’s owned by native brewery Harvey’s, so ale is served straight from a barrel within the cellar room behind the bar. There’s a small menu of good-quality pub favourites, like native ham, egg and chips and ploughman’s lunches, and basic desserts, comparable to sticky toffee pudding. cricketersberwick.co.ukThe Eight Bells, JevingtonThis thoughtfully renovated 350-year-old pub is ready on a quiet stretch of nation street, a pleasing five-mile/two-hour stroll from Birling Hole within the Seven Sisters nation park, which – though lovely – will get rammed in summer season. The shady, gravel-terraced backyard overlooks the light slopes of Hayward’s Backside valley and Folkington Hill past. On the menu, alongside substantial dishes like beef bourguignon puff pie with creamed potatoes, Jevington wild garlic risotto and Sunday roasts are snacks that take bar meals to the following degree – bacon, leek and cider Scotch egg, for instance, or cheese and beer pickled onion tart (each £4). Holy Cow! ice-cream made in close by Seaford can also be accessible. An out of doors bar and grill serving sizzling canines and burgers is ready to open from 11 June. eightbellsjevington.comThe Half Moon, PlumptonNext door to the well-known Plumpton Faculty and two miles south of Plumpton prepare station is that this laid-back, family-friendly pub set in a gorgeous Nineteenth-century teaching inn. Its paved yard terrace makes a quiet week-night spot for a crisp, chilled glass of Ashdown rosé from native producer Bluebell Winery Estates. The pub’s most distinguishing characteristic, nevertheless, is a sprawling paddock backyard past the terrace and automobile park. There are benches, a play space, swings, and two rusty outdated tractors of mysterious origin which can be slowly being reclaimed by nature. The lined bar right here is open at weekends for alcohol, in addition to sizzling drinks and muffins. thehalfmoonplumpton.co.ukAbergavenny Arms, RodmellMost vacationers drive straight previous the Abergavenny Arms, maybe as a result of it’s on a little bit of a clumsy bend alongside the busy street between Lewes and Newhaven. Except after all they’re visiting Virginia Woolf’s house, Monk’s Home, in the identical village, or climbing the Ouse Valley or South Downs Manner, which cross paths right here. Those that do cease right here discover an unpretentious, pleasant place with a loyal native clientele. There’s a peaceable paved backyard out again surrounded by tall timber, reached through a gated aspect entrance minimize right into a hedge. Meals contains Sunday roasts, beginning at £14, and the favored “Sussex longhorn” beef burger with all of the trimmings. abergavennyarms.comThe Ginger Fox, close to Henfield {Photograph}: Sophia Evans/The ObserverLocated on the fringes of the South Downs Nationwide Park, seven miles north-west of Brighton, the Ginger Fox is the closest nation gastropub to the town. It’s set in a stunning, thatched constructing – be aware the fox on the highest – with a secluded backyard overlooking the distant Newtimber Hill. Meals is fantastically introduced and seasonal, made with components both grown on web site or sourced domestically: suppose stream trout with watercress, candied hazelnuts, celeriac remoulade and pickled apple, adopted by chocolate delice, with pecan and sea salt brittle and banana ice cream. It’s additionally famend for its Sunday roasts, which begin at £16.50. The drinks menu contains Sussex wines by Ridgeview and Albourne, and beers by native breweries Bedlam and Lengthy Man. There’s a young children’s play space on the finish of the backyard, and cycle racks out entrance. thegingerfox.comThe Three Moles, SelhamThis tiny red-brick inn in-built 1872 occupies an idyllic woodland setting alongside a leafy lane within the coronary heart of affluent polo nation, three miles from Cowdray Park Polo Membership. Whereas different pubs within the space have boutique rooms and fancy menus aimed on the spectator crowds, the Three Moles is extra down-to-earth, and an everyday hang-out for the polo gamers, patrons and grooms. It was additionally voted Pub of the 12 months in 2019 by readers of the native newspaper, the Chichester Observer. There’s a newly landscaped three-tier beer backyard on the again, with an outside pool desk, and video games like playing cards, Jenga and dominoes accessible to play. In summer season, the house owners organise beer walks to pop-up bars arrange alongside the route by way of the close by woodland and barbecues. Solely kids over 14 years are allowed within the pub. thethreemoles.comThe Foresters Arms Inn, GraffhamBuilt in 1609, that is an inviting, unpretentious pub cherished by locals. There are a couple of benches for watching village life play out, and a small, secluded again backyard. It won’t provide sweeping South Downs views, nevertheless it’s handy in the event you’re pitched up at Woodfire Tenting a few miles away, or climbing across the heathland at close by Lavington Widespread and thru the woodlands of Lavington Plantation, each Nationwide Belief nature reserves. There are sandwiches for lunch, and extra filling dishes, like fish and chips, pie and mash. (Notice: closed on Monday and Tuesday). forestersarms-pub.co.ukThe Three Horseshoes, ElstedViews over the South Downs panorama don’t get a lot better than from the backyard of this Sixteenth-century inn. It’s a memorable spot for a lightweight summer season lunch – smoked salmon, prawn and avocado salad, maybe – when you gaze east throughout fields in the direction of Midhurst and ponder a hike as much as Harting Down, a couple of miles away. This Web site of Particular Scientific Curiosity is legendary for uncommon species of natural world with fascinating names, like cheese snails and cuckoo bees. 3hs.co.ukThe Duke of Cumberland Arms, HenleyLike the Royal Oak in Hooksway, that is one other South Downs nation pub so hidden, it’s unlikely you’d cross by chance. To search out it, you need to take a pointy flip off the primary street (the A286 between Haslemere and Midhurst), down a tiny little monitor that you just’ll doubt appears to be like proper. Go along with it and ultimately a red-roof inn emerges on the left, obscured by timber and hedges. There’s a stunning, tiered lawned backyard, with hearth pits for cold nights and a water characteristic working the size of it. Each day dishes use native components like Selsey crab and South Downs lamb. dukeofcumberland.com Ellie Seymour is the creator of Secret Sussex and Secret Brighton (Jonglez Publishing)