It sounds a bit fictional, The Lamb Inn at Wartling, like something from a TV comedy, which is fitting, since the owner is on telly himself, and full of humour too. On Antiques Road Trip, James Braxton nips round the country in an open-top car, searching for bargains, but this pretty corner of Sussex, overlooking Pevensey Levels, is home. When the village pub came up for sale, he and his wife bought and decorated it beautifully (plenty of antiques), including the five simple, charming and inexpensive bedrooms upstairs. It’s run by their sons, Charlie, 26, and Ned, 23, who cheerfully preside over a place full of warmth and atmosphere, with good food courtesy of an equally young kitchen team. Charlie’s collection of vinyl records gets aired on a turntable in an alcove; milk churns double for stools along the bar; there are cosy and elegant eating areas, including a courtyard. A great spot, full of fun. Doubles from £95.
Name to Know: Head chef Nelson Prudencio, who is passionate about using local produce on his menu. The fish comes from just a few miles away off the South coast.
See: Perched on the edge of Pevensey marshes between Herstmonceux Castle and Pevensey Castle, The Lamb Inn makes a great base to explore both the South Coast and the South Downs.
Eat: Order the local Sussex steak from the grill. It’s a classic.
Buy: Some Lamb Inn chutney and chilli jam.
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