About The Rose Cottage Inn

Situated in the Southdowns National Park we cater for a wide range of needs, from a ploughmans during a country walk, to a relaxing meal with something more formal in the evenings.

We still believe in the fresh daily ideal which we achieve with the fresh fish and homemade dishes. Our butcher, a local farmers cooperative, delivers the best Sussex Beef using traditional breeds with free-range Pork and Lamb and his sausages are particularly excellent. The farmer for Lamb grazes his sheep nearby at Charleston Farmhouse.

Chickens and Ducks are from a local poulterer and we try to buy all of our organic vegetables, if available, from a local market gardener. We also deal with a local baker who makes fabulous brown and white breads which are served with our dishes.

We also sell other items from these suppliers including local honey, eggs, pheasants and hare or duck if it is in season.

Our History

The original inn (The Half Moon) was at Bo-Peep to the south of Alciston until around 1860 when it closed and the Southdown & East Grinstead brewery bought Rose Cottage a 17th century flint cottage with oak beams, crooked walls and ceilings, and turned it into the village inn.

Comprised of four public rooms three with tables and chairs as dining areas and one as a bar area, the whole has a very relaxed, cottage’y feel with small well furnished front garden with views toward the Downs.

There is one old Sussex tradition carried on here, every Good Friday we hold ‘Long Rope’ skipping in the road outside the Inn. In the winter months we have real log fires and the occasional Darts night.

Our kitchen is run by our head chef, along with our second chef who have each been with us for over 18 years and over the years our reputation for fine food has grown and we have won many awards both national and local, with a good supportive and well motivated team, in the kitchen as well as the front of house.

The pub has recently welcomed new owners, Keith and Lesley, who come to us with years of experience in the pub and restaurant trade. Along with the existing team, we look forward to welcoming you to The Rose Cottage Inn.

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