The Star

Alfriston, Sussex

‘Olga and Alex Polizzi are the real stars here, after pulling off an amazing renovation of a 16th-century pub in a charming village in the South Downs national park,’ a Guide insider writes. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Olga and Alex Polizzi are the real stars here, after pulling off an amazing renovation of a 16th-century pub in a charming village in the South Downs national park,’ a Guide insider writes. A first joint venture for mother and daughter, it is ‘a friendly place for locals to drop in for a pint or all-day dining’, in the 16th-century bar ‘full of character and beams’, while bedrooms, in the main building and new block, are ‘classic Polizzi, mixing contemporary furniture with antique finds and a dollop of panache’. Dog-friendly rooms have a patio; those above, a Juliet balcony. A reader was happy to have a ‘comfortable chair, small sofa’ and ‘kettle with teas’ but noted there was ‘no coffee option’. In the dining room, with its Elizabethan-design floor, Tim Kensett devises menus of seasonal British dishes with a Mediterranean twist. ‘All the food was delicious,’ from a ‘simple pasta dish’ to ‘pink South Downs lamb’. On fine days you can dine in the welcoming courtyard. Relax in the library with its wood-burner, borrow boots to go walking; don glad rags for Glyndebourne. See also Hotel Endsleigh, Milton Abbot, and Tresanton, 
St Mawes. (Kevin Seymour, JK)

Hotel details

Address

Alfriston
Polegate
Sussex
BN26 5TA
England

Telephone

01323 870495

Bedrooms

30. 1 bedroom suitable for wheelchair-users (no wet room).

Open

all year.

Facilities

bar/lounge, library, restaurant, courtyard (alfresco dining), in-room TV, parking, EV charging, restaurant wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed, extra bed £30.

Dogs

allowed in ground-floor bedrooms (£25 a night) and inn, not in restaurant.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £190. 
À la carte £54. 1-night stays refused 
at weekends.