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 sea bass with ratte potatoes, samphire and smoked mussel sauce, followed by rhubarb and custard baked alaska. There are small plates, big plates, sharing plates, and a cracking children’s menu. 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.