The Bull

Ditchling, Sussex

A small inn, full of character, that brews its own ale, serves lovely local food and has stylish rooms that keep you happy


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


This 16th-century inn on the South Downs has won awards and with good reason – a cracking bar, beautiful bedrooms, tasty local food and an excellent array of ales and craft beers. Step inside where all is freshly and carefully made-over with extra space to dine among the many happy locals who gather for a pint of Bedlam, the pub’s own brew. From the spanking new kitchen: menus using meat from Sussex farms, game from local estates, fish from short-range boats – try hay-smoked venison haunch with chervil root, chanterelles and kale, followed by rhubarb and citrus cheesecake with brown butter and Muscat. After dark, the big garden glows with light, fire pits are lit and blankets offered. Upstairs are stylish bedrooms with bags of character. Expect Farrow & Ball colours, chic fabrics, old-style radiators and comfy beds. Bigger rooms have sofas, all have digital radios, flat-screen TVs, rain showers in sparkling bathrooms, and freshly-baked cookies. Bring walking boots and mountain bikes, and scale the Ditchling Beacon for big views. Brighton and Gatwick are close. Don’t miss Sunday lunch.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
10am Monday-Friday, 11am Saturday-Sunday
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Lunch & dinner from £13. Dinner, 3 courses, £25-£35. Sunday lunch from £15.


Nightly price
from £115
Damage deposit
Full payment required upon booking
4 Doubles
From £115
2 Twin/doubles
From £155


The Bull is beautiful, very much on the boutique end of the pub spectrum but with the heart of the building still reflecting its history. The room was fabulous, real luxury, and the food was excellent. All in all a great anniversary weekend away and we'd return.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Molly Raftery

  • We are placed at the foot of Ditchling Beacon, which has previously hosted the Tour de France, and will this year host the closing stages of the Tour of Britain
  • The Village is within the "South Downs National Park", and is only a few hundred yards from the paths that take you from Winchester to Eastbourne and anywhere in between !!
  • The village High Street is the only "Grade Listed" High Street in Sussex, with most of the buildings dating from either the 16th or 17th century
  • We are directly on the "London to Brighton" cycle route that takes place on Fathers Day every year, with an estimated 50,000 cyclists coming through the village, it's a truly amazing site
  • During the month of May, the village hosts an Artist's Open House's event every weekend. It's part of the Brighton Festival and you can expect to see around 20 venues taking part with over 50 Artists exhibiting
  • We are only 15 minutes drive from Brighton and Lewes, along with several National Trust Estates such as Sheffield Park, Nymans and Wakehurst Place. Not forgetting the Beaches along the South Coast. Hassocks Train Station is only 45mins from Victoria