Just had a day's outing up to Sissinghurst and had already identified a pub we decided to head to for lunch. However, we got a bit loss, and just carried on when we "stumbled" across this pub. As we did not even have our car road atlas with us, we were not even sure what village we were in nor our whereabouts.
What a goldmine of a find. We were warmly greeted by a very friendly bar maid who had a laugh about our lost status, so gave us some instructions as to where we should head for after we had some lunch.
The menu was just terffic, but after she informed us that the chef had just finished making some home made pasties, we both immediately went for these. I had not had a pasty for ages, and the last one I had was quite forgettable. But this was in a category of its own. Not only was the filling terrific and very nicely seasoned, but the pastry was the best I ever had - light and very tasty. And the home made fries were equally impressive. Even though the meal was quite filling, I could not resist a dessert and opted for a mince lattice pie - just terrific, served with a side jug of hot custard.
Not only was the meal absolutely great, but the pub and atmosphere was terrific. And to top it all, we were given a card that announced it as being England's oldest haunted pub! The bar maid was more than willing to share the history of the pub and haunting with us, including her personal experience! And then, having come back home and read up more on the pub, discovered it was used in "The Darling Buds of May".
What a great experience finding this pub was, and even though we live down in Eastbourne, about 40 miles away, we will go back. The evening dinner meal menu would be worth sampling sometime!!!!
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