Some time ago I wrote about two of England's finest Pubs; The Hatch Inn at Coleman's Hatch, and The Boars Head at Crowborough. I was not wrong in my assessments.
However, I did omit to mention yet another of England's finest; The Shepherd and Dog at Fulking.
If you drive North from Brighton (as we did two days ago), cross The Downs at The Devil's Dyke, then down into the little village of Fulking; you will find one of the world's most delightful watering holes.
English Pubs are very special places; they really don't have a comparison elsewhere in the world. This building's use as a Pub' dates back to around 1800, but the house itself is much earlier; and is thought to have previously been three cottages. It's history is firmly linked to smuggling.
The interior is just as you'd expect; warm, welcoming, and with a log fire burning in the small brick fireplace in Winter.
It has everything you want from a country Pub'. Atmosphere, good local beers, and a fabulous menu if you're hungry.
I've often said to Lady Magnon; if the right cottage came up for sale in Fulking, I'd have my cheque book out in a flash.