The Bull Hotel



Just an hour from London, in the East Sussex village of Ditchling, with Brighton 20 minutes away and the South Downs literally in your sights, The Bull brings together all the best bits about a British overnight stay in one 16th-century characterful building. The historic pub has just six bedrooms, each of them individually designed with king-sized beds, Roberts radios, mini bars and all the modern luxury bells and whistle you’d expect from a self-respecting gourmet bolthole. Two of them can even be turned into a family suite if needed.

On the food and drink front, there’s a well thought out wine list and some hearty British fare, but not without a touch of flair too. They go super-local where possible, including organic eggs from a farm in the village. But with the likes of marmalade-glazed smoked ham, chicken, wild mushroom and tarragon pie, Welsh lamb rump and Scottish mussels, they also use the best from across these shores.

All in all, it’s the perfect fuel for tackling the South Downs countryside, and you’re spoilt for great walks on the doorstep. If, for you, that involves bringing your four-legged friend, you’ll be well catered for, as dog-friendly rooms, come complete with doggy beds or blankets and tasty treats.

Doubles from £143. 01273 843147,

Words by Alex Mead.

This review was taken from the August/September 2022 issue of Food and Travel. To subscribe today, click here.


Get Premium access to all the latest content online

Subscribe and view full print editions online... Subscribe