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“A restful night with the Giant”
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The Giants Rest
Reviewed January 13, 2012

A great pub to stay at. We had eaten there lots of times before as the food is so good and now we can recommend the accomodation as well. A lovely big room with a comfortable bed and nice touches like the bottled water and filter coffee.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2011

We've been here a number of times over the years and whilst the beer is good and there's a lovely ambiance, the toilets are in dire need of a spruce up and I'm sorry to say the food is lacking.

The menu hasn't changed in years, perhaps even a decade. The prices are now on a par with good restaurants but the food is not of the same standard. Portion sizes are large but it's not value for money. The veggie sausages were disappointing for such a price. They're the sort you buy in the freezer section and made from mashed potato. The vegetable pie had a soggy base, the ploughmans was piled on the plate with no consideration for presentation. The apple was left whole, the stick of celery the same. A lot of the dishes are far too salty and why oh why are there no cheaper lunch options?

If the menu became seasonal and a good selection of lunchtime snacks/meals were offered, I'd be singing its praises. As it stands, it's stuck in the past and no longer offering value for money. Such a shame.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 20, 2011

This is a cracking little pub nestling at the foot of the Sussex Downs and at the feet of the 'Long Man of Wilmington' the famour chalk giant. The pub itself is almost entirely about dining-in as there's not many seats at the bar, but the tables are a fun mixture of different styles and numbers of seats, and all have little traditional wooden games on them to have a go at while waiting for your food. Menu is extensive and crammed with traditional English dishes. I particularly recommend Ham with Bubble and Squeak and chutney... sublime! The food prices are reasonable and worth it, but like all pubs a few drinks can push the bill up. On the whole a highly recommended pub, with a nice atmosphere, really enjoyed it. Booking recommended for weekend evenings.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 20, 2010

We stayed B&B for four nights having eaten here many times before. The Giant's Rest is in a great position for walking on the South Downs and exploring the nearby towns like Alfriston, Lewes and Brighton. We have always received a warm welcome here and nothing is too much trouble for the young and likeable staff. Our double room was large and comfortable and, with breakfast, was good value for £60 per night. The bathroom, with large bath and separate shower, might have to be shared with one other room if other guests are staying. The pub itself is warm and cosy with wooden games on each table and Beryl Cook prints on the walls. The food on the varied menu is excellent with good portions at reasonable prices. Well worth the 300 mile round trip! Recommended.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 27, 2010

Stopped here for lunch on a day out. On entering the place, I was immediately struck by the smell of damp. It was all pretty 'rustic', odds and ends of furniture. Sat at one table and found that the chair was broken and unsteady. Moved to another table and looking around the place could see that a lot of the chair legs were covered in damp and mildew. Hence the smell. The table tops even though clean felt very sticky. Had to wait a fair while for our meal, even though the place was not really busy. When it did come it was 'ok'. Nothing special, filled a gap, but that was it. Don't think I would return for another lunch.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 3, 2010

Having eaten at the pub on and off for the last 10 years or so it it is heartening to return on a wet Sunday evening in October to find the bar and restaurant buzzing and nearly full. A reflection that if you provide good, homely food and wine at a sensible price then people will still support you.
Each table even has a wooden puzzle to amuse you while you wait for your meals to arrive.
Advisable to book, particularly if it is their quiz night when the bar is overflowing!

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 2, 2009

We were travelling through England on the motorbike and hadn't booked a B&B - we had been looking for a stop for ages and were given a recommendation by a pub we passed by.
It looked immediately inviting and both rooms were thankfully available. The room was clean, comfy and roomy and so was the bathroom - huge bath and good shower.
The offer of food was extremely good and the quality was excellent. The staff were very friendly and helpful and it was packed full, so obviously very popular.
The breakfast in the morning was good as well, all in all such a welcome rest, we were so glad we came across it and we would stop there again if we're in the neighbourhood.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Giants Rest

Address: The Street, Wilmington BN26 5SQ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Wilmington
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Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Wilmington
Price Range: $80 - $88 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Giants Rest 3*
Number of rooms: 2
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