Review on The Griffin Inn
A focal point of village life in Fletching since the sixteenth century, the gentrified Griffin is every inch the traditional English inn – with a few extra attractions for good measure. A splendid tiered garden (complete with herbs and a barbecue) is a major plus, likewise the glorious setting and magnificent views over Sheffield Park and the Sussex countryside.
Regular crowds testify to the enduring popularity of the pub, but standards rarely falter and the whole place runs at the top of its game: no wonder it was recently named Sussex Dining Pub of the Year 2008 by the Good Pub Guide. Inside, it's split into two halves, each with its own character and menu. The attractive beamed bar – complete with an open fire – is the setting for real ales, decent wines by the glass and a blackboard menu of finely tuned, modern pub food along the lines of salt-and-pepper squid, slow-cooked pork belly with caramelised apple and mustard mash, and local venison and Guinness cobbler with purple sprouting broccoli.
Fish gets top billing on the separate restaurant menu, and the kitchen goes to work on dishes like seared Rye Bay scallops with pumpkin purée and pancetta, or saltimbocca of monkfish with soft polenta and roasted pepper jam. As for desserts, expect classy offerings like vanilla and grappa pannacotta with spiced apricot and almond compote. The 100-bin wine list is equally impressive, with monthly specials adding to the enthusiastically chosen treats on offer.
The Griffin Inn is also featured in: Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Modern British / Mediterranean
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm (3.00pm Sat & 3.30pm Sun)
Dinner: 7.00 - 9.30pm (6.30 - 9.00pm Sun bar only)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express