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01323 870495

Food & drink

Open to all for lunch, drinks and dinner

The restaurant opens onto a pretty courtyard created for warm weather dining. 

The Inn

Lunch
The Inn opens everyday at 12 noon for coffee and drinks. Lunch is served from 12.30-3pm. Walk-ins are very welcome.

Dinner
Our dinner menu changes daily and is available from 6.30pm until 9pm.

Picnic & Hampers
The Star can provide picnics or full hampers whether you are walking on The Downs or going to Glyndebourne.
Picnic & Hamper menu

Children & dogs
Please let us know if your children (>7) or dog will accompany you when making a reservation. We will be happy to accommodate you in The Inn or Courtyard with the same menu as the Dining Room.

Large party reservations
Please call 01323 870495 to check availability.

Parking
Parking for lunch and dinner guests is available close by at The Dene public car park.

The Dining room

The dining room is decorated with a striking black and white Elizabethan design on the floor, painted by Alfriston artist Amanda Lawrence.

Tim Kensett, formerly of The River Café, is Head Chef and serves simple, unfussy dishes with a focus on clarity of flavour. The ever-changing highly seasonal menus utilise the abundance of exceptional Sussex produce.

FROM THE TABLE

SCRUMSHUS™

granola vg gf

NORTHIAM DAIRY

natural yoghurt

CUCKMERE

honey

HOUSE-MADE DAMSON JAM

POACHED & FRESH SEASONAL FRUITS

WHOLE NUTS & SEEDS

PASTRIES

CEREALS

Bran flakes | Weetabix | Puffed Rice

JUICE

squeezed in-house

ACV INFUSION

turmeric & ginger

MILK ALTERNATIVES

Oat | Soya | Almond

FROM THE KITCHEN

LOCAL CURED MEATS & SUSSEX CHEESE

grilled sourdough

FREE RANGE PORK SAUSAGE

smoked streaky bacon and local biodynamic eggs

CALCOT FARM BLACK PUDDING

savoy cabbage and onion hash, fried duck egg and spiced ketchup

SLOW COOKED TOMATO

on grilled sourdough, Court Lodge Farm labneh and dried oregano v

SPRINGS SMOKERY SALMON

scrambled local biodynamic eggs

OAT MILK PORRIDGE

spiced Cox apple and walnuts vg

SUSSEX GYPSY TOAST

whipped Northiam Dairy cream and Cuckmere honey

INN LUNCH

Monday-Saturday 12.30-3pm
Sample menu

LABOURER’S SOUP

a rustic, seasonal soup served with Poppyseed Bakery sourdough v

£12

BUFFALO MOZZARELLA

marinated pepper crostino, aged balsamic &rocket v

£12

GRILLED LOCAL MACKEREL

Jersey potato & violet artichoke salad gf df

£12

SUSSEX MAYFIELD & RED ONION TOASTIE

Ouse Valley chutney & rocket v £12

£12

WYE VALLEY ASPARAGUS & POACHED HENS EGG

tarragon dressing & pecorino Romano gf

£14

TODAY'S PASTA

please ask for details

£14/£21

‘FRITTO MISTO’

local seafood, Romesco sauce, rocket & lemon gf

£16

ENGLISH ROSE VEAL LOIN ‘MILANESE’

marinated tomato, house fries, aioli & lemon

£16

SIDES

HOUSE FRIES | AUTUMN LEAF SALAD | SEASONAL GREENS

all £6

TODAY’S BAKE

crème fraîche v

£8

HOLY COW! AFFOGATO

milk Ice cream and Groovy Goat espresso v gf

£6

SUSSEX CHEESE

house-made quince jelly and grilled sourdough v

£12

SUNDAY LUNCH

Sunday 12.30-3pm
Sample menu

SLOW COOKED TOMATOS & PORCINI SOUP

served with sourdough bread and Salvapiana olive oil vg

£12

BUFFALO MILK MOZZARELLA

chicory, hazelnut, marjoram & aged balsamic v gf

£12

MOON GREEN PROSCIUTTO AGRODOLCE

with Pear William & balsamico gf

£14

RIGATONI

with English Rose Venison Ragu’and Ubriaco cheese

£16/24

ROASTED CROWN PRINCE PUMPKIN RISOTTO

with Sage, Rosemary and aged Parmesan v

£24

GRILLED STREAM TROUT

with chickpeas, Rainbow chard and Salsa Verde df gf

£34

SUSSEX RED BEEF SIRLOIN

roasted potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, carrots & horseradish

£32

SIDES

WINTER LEAVES aged balsamic
SEASONAL GREENS lemon & olive oil
BUTTERED ANYA POTATOES

all £6

BLACKENED LEMON TART

served with crème fraiche v

£8

NORTHIAM DAIRY PANNA COTTA

poached pear William and biscuit crumbs vg

£8

HOLY COW! MILK ICE CREAM ‘AFFOGATO’

Groovy Goat espresso v gf

£6

SUSSEX CHEESE

Ouse Valley chutney & semolina crisp v

£12

STARTERS

Sample menu

CHILLED GARDEN PEA & MINT SOUP

creme fraîche & Arbequina olive oil v gf

£12

BUFFALO BURRATA

grilled asparagus, watercress & aged balsamic v gf

£14

SEARED SOUTH COAST SCALLOPS

purple aubergine, capers, marjoram & fresh red chilli df gf

£16

PROSCIUTTO DI PARMA

Charentais melon gf df

£16

HAND-ROLLED TAGLIOLINI

South Downs butter &fresh Umbrian black summer truffle v

£19/£28

MAIN COURSES

POTATO GNOCCHI

Isle of Wight tomatoes, capers, basil & herb pangrattato vg

£24

GRILLED SUSSEX RED CALF’S LIVER

roasted polenta, sage, speck & salsa verde gf

£34

ROASTED SOUTH DOWNS LAMB LEG

marinated beets, rainbow chard & black olive sauce gf

£38

GRILLED DOVER SOLE

on the bone, cannellini beans, dried porcini, parsley, lemon & rocket gf df

£38

FILLET OF WILD TURBOT

potato & violet artichoke ‘al forno’, wilted spinach & tarragon sauce gf df

£36

SIDES

all £6

SEASONAL GREENS

lemon and olive oil

JERSEY ROYAL POTATOES

butter & mint

MIXED LEAF SALAD

aged balsamic

DESSERTS

ENGLISH STRAWBERRY & ALMOND TART

crème fraîche v gf

£8

THE STAR TIRAMISU

Northiam Dairy cream, Marsala & cocoa v

£8

FLOWER MARIE & FRESH UMBRIAN BLACK TRUFFLE

semolina crisp v

£12

HOLY COW! MILK ICE CREAM AFFOGATO

Groovy Goat espresso v gf

£6

SUSSEX CHEESE

house-made membrillo and semolina crisp v

£12 for three, £17 for five

There is a discretionary 12.5% service charge added to your bill

The china used in the restaurant has been designed and decorated in England by Gabriella Shaw, and features leaves from native English trees.

The 15th century front of the hotel, known as The Inn, opens onto the High Street, and provides relaxed dining from 12.30pm until 3pm Monday to Friday, with local beers, open fires and oak beams. The library is a sanctuary for guests to enjoy a drink or a cup of tea, or play one of the board games. Its bookshelves are packed with poetry, short stories and novels by British authors, and there is a section dedicated to local history, flora and fauna. The library has a secret door that opens onto the restaurant.