South East Sussex

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Olde Smugglers Inn

Waterloo Square
Alfriston
BN26 5UE
Telephone(01323) 870241
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Opening times: Mon–Sat 12:00-23:00; Sun 12:00-22:30; Autumn: Mon closed; Tue–Fri 12:00-15:00, 17:00-23:30; Sat 12:00-23:30; Sun 12:00-22:30

See more about this pub on WhatPub, CAMRA's national pub guide.

Nestled in the South Downs this historic, friendly, cosy village pub was built in 1358 and still holds its character today with its impressive, dominating inglenook fireplace, oak beams and brick floor in the main bar area. It is Grade II listed, a series of small rooms at various levels lead through to a conservatory, a large sun trap patio and tranquil walled garden with picnic tables. Good quality pub food is offered, often locally sourced, accommodation is also available. Several Sussex traditional themed nights are held throughout the year, Toad in the Hole is played, an old Sussex game. In its day it is said to have had six staircases, twenty one rooms, forty eight doors and numerous corridors and hiding places and was known to have been the meeting place for smuggling gangs. It is unusual in that it bears two names, the Market Cross, which can be seen on the swing sign, as well as Ye Olde Smugglers Inn. The pub was a finalist in the local CAMRA Branch Pub of the Year competition in 2019 and was awarded Country Pub of the Year; the presentation picture shows the award.