Smack-bang in the middle of Steyning High Street, this pub is a rather historic looking 15th century coaching inn. Conveniently, it's walking distance from our house, which gives it extra points, as we can enjoy a beer or two.
We ate there on a dark November evening and found the pub cosy and welcoming, if slightly weathered. A kind gent gave up his table for us, as he was about to leave and saw us in search of a seat. There were some interesting paintings, including a couple which can look like an old lady staring out to sea or a man with a beard smoking a pipe, depending on how hard you squint. Lots of oak beams and old lanterns, as well as an old fireplace. We sat in the snug restaurant area, but there is also a bar area around the other side that hosts live bands and has a 3/4 size snooker table.
A good selection of real ales on tap - 4 to be precise, including old favourite Dark Star Hophead. They sell Old Mout Cider in bottles in a few fruity flavours and have a decent wine menu.
We both opted for burgers: one with bacon and cheddar; one with egg and brie. They were excellent, very thick, made with steak mince, accompanied by coleslaw, onion rings and chips. The only criticism is that we were both overfull and had no room for dessert! Other courses included steak, fish & chips, pie of the week and omelette.