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.