The Griffin Inn

Fletching, Sussex

The Griffin is a local institution, a quirky village inn with huge views from its big garden over Ashdown Forest, home of Pooh Bear


13 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


It’s not often you end up discussing the death of Athenian democracy with a barman, but that sort of thing is quite common here. The Griffin is English to its core, a posh inn with a streak of scruffiness, a community local that draws a devoted crowd. They come for the lively bar, the attractive restaurant and the club room for racing on Saturdays. In summer, life spills onto a smart terrace for local food cooked in a wood-fired oven. There’s a bar in the garden, weekend barbecues, deckchairs scattered across the lawns for ten-mile views over Pooh Bear’s Ashdown forest to Sheffield Park. Quirky bedrooms are nicely-priced. Some have wonky floors, others a four-poster, you’ll find timber frames, lovely old furniture, then robes and free-standing baths; those in the coach house are quieter. Seasonal menus offer tasty rustic food, perhaps rabbit gnocchi, local pheasant, dark chocolate tort with honey ice cream; excellent wines help you wash it all down. The pub has three cricket teams that travel the world in pursuit of glory – you may find them in the bar on a summer evening after a hot day in the field.


  • 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

Booking restrictions
Minimum two nights bank holiday weekends.
Christmas Day.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Bar meals from £6.50. Dinner, 3 courses, £30-£40.


Nightly price
from £85
Singles £70-£80 (Sun-Thur).
7 Four-posters
From £85
6 Doubles
From £85


Superb inn Great atmosphere, super tasty food, welcoming, comfortable, well run, lovely log fire to warm the cockles, good service. Would recommend to anyone with good taste

Christine, Taplow maidenhead

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