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Horse and Groom, Rushlake Green

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New management in 2015 making a go of it. Looks promising.
sussexred - 20 May 2015 12:49
New management in 2012 making a go of it. Still a restaurant with a small lounge bar, rather than a pub.
sussexred - 7 Jul 2013 00:58
We popped in here on Saturday 15th October for a quick drink at about 6pm.Our dog was allowed in the bar area.There was Shepherd Neame Late Red,Spitfire and Harvey's Best on draught.The friendly barmaid served us a pint of Late Red,Spitfire,half Oranjeboom pint of lime and soda two packs of ready salted crisps and a bag of nuts for 12.20.We sat near the burning log fire which was topped up by the young barman.The pub has timber beams and horse brasses type decor which was not overdone.At one end of the pub looked like a restaurant area.There were food specials on the blackboards which looked tempting.We left just before 7pm and enjoyed our brief stop here.We would like to return and try the food.The beer was good.The gents toilet was clean and tidy with soap and cold water and a hand dryer.The wall mounted water heater did not seem to work.Our experience deserves a 7/10.
Chirple - 17 Oct 2011 13:55
Our first visit to Rushlake on reccomendation and to celebrate a friends Birthday, we were not dissapointed with the food quality, portion size, service or atmosphere of the `ye olde' Horse & Groom situated in front of the village green. The various `specials' boards grab attention (although a little difficult to read) with two of us opting for the `half' shoulder of Lamb with Roasties & the Liver & Bacon; both cooked perfectly; the Mustard Mash with the Liver was very good in a kind of `melt in the mouth' way. Our friends chose from the main menu, a curry that was tasty but had little or no heat and the `wait and see' Pie that simply got the better of our Birthday boy and he had to ask at the Bar of it's contents prior to placing the order. We didn't have to wait long for our (hot) food and our young waiter was on the ball, polite and a credit to the establishment. Being offered a jug of water is such a simple welcoming thing, yet invariably is missing from other `more expensive' eateries. Everyone cleared their plates (the Lamb clearly a challenge ..) and Pudding was a choice from the board from Panacotta, Pies, Cheesecakes and varied accompaniments that were hard to refuse. We had Chocolate cake, Meringue, Banoffee and Apple Pie with Custard, the sweet tooth brigade demolishing in near silence ... So overall a good experience and one that we all agreed we would repeat. Maybe in the summer to see how the change of season effects a change of choice on the Boards. The Bar is quaint (small) with a roaring open fire that draws in the needy on a cold January eve. In fact it snowed this evening, just for a minute or two, oh how we joked that we may have to stay a little longer had it persisted! My Beer was Oranjeboom, still a rarity, still a good pint. I thought the bill reasonable at just over 20 per head and as no service charge had been added (thank you), I gave a tip to show our appreciation.
Oh and in case you wondered? Steak and Mushroom. The filling for the `wait and see'...

BertiHedge - 22 Jan 2011 09:23
Beautiful pub, somewhat spoiled by overpriced food and dog mess absolutely everywhere in the garden. The pub's Labradoodle roams freely, so worth a look if you like dogs and their faeces.
gallon_at_lunch - 29 Dec 2010 16:07
Harveys! At last! This is only the second Sheps pub that I am aware of that now serves Harveys Best. Well done Fi!
sussexred - 14 Sep 2010 23:06
Found this pub by accident last week while on holiday in the area. It is nearly 12 months since the last comments and something must have changed for the better. Food was first class, both from the printed menu and the 7 or 8 options from the blackboards. The young girl serving the food was very polite, efficient and attentive . We dined there 4 nights out of the 6 and would have to say that it was the best combined service / quality and range of food that we have had anywhere in England. There were 3 adults (50s) in our party and we spend at least 1 week a year in a different part of your lovely country. Thank you to the staff for making our holiday in your area even better than we were expecting it to be.
AMICIBON - 29 Sep 2009 09:50
Food excellent - very high standard. Staff very helpful.
LouisXIV - 30 Aug 2009 16:46
Visited this fine village pub recently with a crew of weary travelling companions and found it to be a warm and welcoming hostelry. The choice of ales, lagers and wines was excellent with 3 Shepherd Neame offerings on tap. I opted for the Late Red, the virtues of which were extolled admirably by the bar man, so much so that I was salivating impatiently as he pulled my pint! The menu was eclectic and interesting and everything was served superbly and with a smile. Found the landlady to be very hospitable and seemed genuinely interested in our enjoyment and feedback. Will be back...soon.
irishalelover - 28 Oct 2008 18:17
No Harveys.
sussexred - 24 Oct 2008 13:28
Just wanted to say that The Horse and Groom Rushlake Green is without doubt one of if not the best places in Sussex for food and drink. I first came across this pub about 5 years ago and was always really pleased with everything. But I feel that within the last year this pub has gone up another level. The food now is without doubt Michelin Star quality. In fact the food there is Superb!! I went there the other day and had a beautiful meal. I had Halibut which was to die for and my friend had Fresh Broad Oak Lamb that was cooked to perfection!! Above all that I'm impresses me with with this pub is the service and welcome you get when entering The Horse and Groom. The Landlady is very welcoming and very Professional. I also found out that she used to run The Star Inn in old heathfield which was a beautiful pub but has I believe changed for the worse now since she has left. In fact her Head chef was the chef with her there and is now with her at the Horse and Groom. I've read the last few reviews about this pub and can only say that the people who wrote them must be in cloud cuckoo land and the comments must be taken off this site as they are just not true. I erge everyone that is a fan of superb quality food to go to The Horse and Groom. You will not be disappointed!! Robbie1

Robbie1 - 22 Oct 2008 15:17
Used to be a fantastic pub but seems to have gone through some changes for the worse in the past year. what's happened to the regulars? Good place to go if you smoke!
inntrawler - 28 May 2008 12:54
Went there on a cold February weekend as we had visited a couple of years previously whilst in Sussex for a short break. What a shame! It has none of busy, cosy atmosphere we remember and as for the food, well it is obviously under new ownership because the menu and quality is nothing like we remember. The service was OKish, but the food was of the usual, dreadful, chicken-in-a-basket and cheesy chips variety - OK for 5 year old kids but not for us. We will not be returning!
pubgourmet - 11 Apr 2008 12:10
Unfortunately this pub has gone from private ownership into the hands of Shepherd Neame and now comes under the scrutiny of the corporate accountants . . . .
sussexred - 21 Feb 2008 11:14
I have in the past enjoyed many meals here it WAS great food and lovely atmosphere. We hadn't been for a year and went back to celebrate an anniversary in the place where we met. I don't know if the place has changed hands in the last year, but . . . having booked in advance we arrived for our meal, the large blackboards that did offer a full range of fresh and changeable food had been replaced with standard issue album style menus and we were be directed to the smallest table in the pub. It had a huge central post and you couldn't get your feet under it, positioned with the garden door opening onto my seat and my boyfriend and I getting the full view and smell of the ladies toilet. I went to the bar to see if there was another table we could be moved to or if there was one that was about to become free that we could wait for and I was told bluntly no, but that the lady would lock the door so people would walk round and use the other door (it was a nice day and there seemed to be a constant stream of people coming and going and leaving the door to slam) a few minutes later she then came to ask if we were ready to order and we weren't - and still no door locked and people still coming and going. So we decided to leave, we went to the bar to pay for the drinks and explained why it was that we were leaving - it was our anniversary and we wanted a quiet and enjoyable meal - one we were clearly not going to get there, and they still made us pay full price for drinks that we hadn't touched as seeing that one of us was driving it would have been nice to have that one drink with the meal. I will stop recommending the pub and would NOT go there again.
Hol - 21 Feb 2008 10:26
Decided to give this place a second chance,ordered a coffee and was charged 3.10 when questioning this I was told that it was real coffee. Granted it was served in a small cafetiere but this only held enough for a mug. Being that I like my coffee and can usually tell good from bad, this one didn't match the price tag. I've had better coffee from from Brighton Station for 1.30. The lager my partner had (Oranjeboom) was ok at 2.70ish so being the responsible driver and going for the non-alcholic drink I felt a bit cheated, and no it's not that posh in there but I have to say a very nice cosy setting. Something strange we did notice, many of the men wear pink or red, is this some sort of bizarre club or have we missed out on the latst fashion craze?
sussex - 25 Feb 2007 09:45
lovely cosy pub with a real fire in a thriving village (and yes it has a green!)
The food here is excellent, small restaurant (probably the other bar in an earlier life)but always busy. booking very advisable
city maiden - 19 Feb 2007 21:45
Arrived on Boxing Day, trying to find a pub that was open through the afternoon. Noticed several cars outside so wandered in to see if still open. Took some time to get out of anyone if they were still serving as landlord just stood there and finished his cigarette instead of apologising straightaway and explaining to us that they were now closed. What did he think we were standing there for?
sussex - 1 Jan 2007 14:25
This is one of my locals and visted for the first time in a while this week. Dissapointed to see the Harveys Sussex Best Bitter gone now all three pumps have Shepherd Neame ales. The Kents Best Invicta Ale was in good condition but the Spitfire was firing blanks! Tired and lifeless. The other ale was Master Brew which I didn't try. Food is priced higher than normal pub food but it is good quality. Best thing is the location - over looking the pretty village green.
Highbury - 12 Jul 2006 13:03
A most enjoyable Sunday lunch first class food which was not to pricey for this type of Pub. The portions were generous and the menu offered a choice which would suit most tastes. Although now tied to Shepherd Neame there is a wide range of beer and lager with three real ales kept in top condition and a good selection of wines at sensible prices.The Landlord and staff made us very welcome and I will be back in the not to distant future, if not for a full meal,but just to sit in the idyllic gardens on a sunny day with a decent pint of proper beer!
leggless - 9 Jul 2006 19:07
This pub sitting below the village green is noted for its food. When we arrived last Saturday, shortly before last food orders at 2, the landlord was busy taking food orders for one group while pulling the drinks for another and adding to their respective tabs. Our bill was correct at least. Food was excellent with both fishes and the duck being well cooked and having plenty of flavour. Well worth the 15 cost. Shepherd Neame and Harveys on offer
lout_from_the_lane - 14 Sep 2005 17:16

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