Horse & Groom, Heathfield

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This grade-II listed property, which dates back to 1650, has been called The Horse and Groom since at least 1777. An award-winning pub, beautifully situated on a village green in the heart of the East Sussex countryside, the excellent restaurant is listed by Michelin, The Good Food Guide, Which and Alistair Sawday.

As well as being a friendly and comfortable village pub, The Horse and Groom attracts foodies from far and wide. The freshly prepared food features many seasonal fish dishes and the pub’s famous signature dish of half shoulder of slowly roasted lamb with herb crust. The specials board is usually burgeoning with extra choices too.

The pub has a beautiful walled garden offering stunning lake views, with pretty herbaceous borders and hand-made carved picnic tables. Miniature ponies and donkeys graze in the field next door – a magnet for children!

Nestling among prime walking country, the dog-friendly Horse and Groom is the perfect place to take a break. It is situated close to many interesting and inspiring castles, houses, gardens and historical properties such as the National Trust Bateman’s house and gardens and Rudyard Kipling’s home six-and-a-half miles away.