What they say…
Fiona Duncan, Hotel Expert.
“it’s the real thing: a genuine, much-loved pub in a genuine, much loved village”
The Ram Inn is an East Sussex hotel offering stylish bedrooms, good pub grub, a lovely walled garden and characterful interiors, within the South Downs National Park. It was 5.30pm and the Ram Inn, in the engaging, mildly raffish village of Firle, was heaving with happy, muddy people, most of them in plus-fours: a shooting party, winding down.
Two of the throng in The Ram turned out to be friends which made it an unexpected delight. “We can guess what you’re doing here,” said Kim. “Watch out, The Ram,” she added.
But The Ram needn’t watch out, because it’s the real thing: a genuine, much-loved pub in a genuine, much loved village. It’s full of characters and after the shooting party had departed, there remained a constant flow of locals at the bar: a great mix of artsy types, estate workers and gamekeepers. a genuine, much loved village.
Read Fiona’s full review here.. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/hotel/153374/The-Ram-Inn-hotel-Firle-East-Sussex-review.html
CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLER
The Great British Lock-in ENGLAND
The wonky beams, heavy puddling curtains and charcoal-grey palette here work just as well during the winter months as the pretty walled gardens and quintessential cricket pitch do in the summer. Right in the heart of the South Downs, this pub has a big catchment area: creative types scoot up from Brighton, a media-savvy crowd schleps down from London. The snug bar, with a dartboard and cricket bats, is where you warm up with a pint of Sussex bitter, and there’s relaxed, candlelit dining in the stable room. There’s nothing predictable about the menu, with seriously good game from the Firle estate and fishermen delivering their catch each morning. When the pub recently had a spruce-up and opened four bedrooms in the ramshackle eaves, the village collectively sighed for fear that their secret was out, but so far the place has kept its integrity. Rooms have village views through huge (although slightly drafty) sash windows. One is tongue-and-groove panelled, another has a free-standing bath. This isn’t high design but it’s concise and comfortable, and leaves the pub and stable room to take centre stage. Employ some restraint at breakfast (locally made sausages, eggs from the village) if you plan on staying for a Sunday roast – unless you sandwich a blustery country walk in between.
FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES
‘BRITAIN AND IRELAND’S BEST PUB GARDENS’
It’s the essence of summer: a good pint in the beautiful gardens of a smashing little pub. Here are our favourites
NO. 1 ‘THE RAM INN, FIRLE, EAST SUSSEX’
Some of the rural bohemian sorts who populate this corner of East Sussex are none too pleased that The Ram Inn, previously a
ramshackle, kooky watering hole, has tidied up both its act and its orchard.
This is now a pub garden for all ages, belonging to an establishment that caters to our modern desires — for good food, interesting drinking and cheery service. In a beautiful, fiercely preserved village at the foot of the Downs, the sprawling Ram is hugged on two sides by plum and apple trees, with two dozen wooden tables in the shade and a kids’ garden set aside, complete with pirate ship.
You can sit and sample the top-end pub menu or the guest beers, and if the midsummer crowds are too much, don’t despair: the pub backs onto a wonderful escape valve – one of the prettiest village cricket pitches in England.
THE SUNDAY TIMES
‘THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY’
I loved the Ram Inn in Firle as well — full of farmers’ faces and elderly men with sticks, laughter breaking in waves. After several days, pub food all begins to taste like scampi. Not here — this was the best-cooked venison I have ever eaten, and as for Harvey’s real ale… words cannot suffice.
‘SOME BLOOMSBERRIES WITH YOUR BANOFFI PIE?’
Bloomsberries can visit Charleston, the murals in Berwick Church and the plain but evocative Monks Cottage in Rodmell where Virginia Woolf lived. Firle Beacon was one of her regular walks. THIRSTY WALKERS descending Firle Beacon should head for the Ram Inn (01273 85822), a village local with a walled garden. There are benches against the wall where older villagers sit in the sun with a quiet pint. The ploughman’s comes with home-cooked ham or good cheeses and the puds are true Brit. They sell the hoppy beers from Harveys, brewed in Lewes, and Breaky Bottom which is made a little further along the Downs that you see at the end of the village. This wine’s notes of flint and honey are very much in tune with the landscape.