Royal Oak Pub in Sussex

A good reason to visit Poynings!

Poynings is tucked away on a minor road passing along the back of the South Downs. The village pub – The Royal Oak –  is an ideal place to relax after a walk over the South Downs.  You can try one of their daily specials, with locally sourced ingredients, or choose one of your favourite pub classics.

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Every one is welcome at The Royal Oak, Poynings – both young (they are child friendly) and old.

In the winter you can sit by a wonderful roaring fire. In the summer you can enjoy barbecues in their large pub garden with views of the Downs.

The kitchen is open every day from midday until 9.30 p.m.

The pub is recommended as one of the best places to dine out on a Sunday in the Brighton area & has been featured in the magazine “Absolute Sussex”.

More details here

If you would like to stay in the area for a few days or more take a look at Rosebud Cottage in nearby Steyning ( a 20 minute drive away)

Reasons to visit Brighton in the Winter!

Have you ever seen an empty beach like this in Brighton?

Perhaps you have never been there in the winter months….

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This is my photo and I took it one February..

Brighton may be the UK’s most popular tourist resort for overseas visitors but they must stay in when it is warmer! Could the winter be the best time to visit?

Open All Year

The pier is open all year .. so is the splendid Brighton Royal Pavilion and the stunning new observation tower.

Steyning is within easy reach of Brighton .. just 10 miles away. Stay in cosy Rosebud Cottage!

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Local pubs with a real fire

Looking for local pubs where you can snuggle up in front of the fire?

You won’t have far to go if you are staying at Rosebud Cottage! There are several pubs I can recommend in the cooler months.

fountain inn brighton sussex

All the pubs in Steyning High Street have open fires: The Star, The Chequer Inn and the White Horse …

A few miles away you can take a seat and warm your toes at the Fountain Inn in Ashurst – seen here in the photo.

Just what you need after a walk on the South Downs!

Take a Canal Trip?

Wey and Arun Canal Cruises

wey and arun canal sussex

Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Wey and Arun canal starting from Loxwood .. a half an hour drive from Steyning. These usually take between 35 mins and an hour and a half
Trips usually start at the end of March and run every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday until the end of October, apart from Easter Sunday & Monday.
There can also be special Santa cruises each December .. including an evening cruise for adults (expect mulled wine and mince pies) Easter Bunny specials run each year too.
The cost is normally between £6 and £10 for adults and from £3 for children.

History

map: canal route london to the coast

In the 19th century it was possible to travel by boat from London to Littlehampton on the south coast  passing through Weybridge, Guildford, Pulborough and Arundel.

The route was via the rivers Wey and Arun, linked between by the 23-mile Wey and Arun Canal. This formed a vital link, the only one between the south coast and the river Thames, linking London and the English Channel.
Sadly the route fell into disuse when railways became established. Fortunately volunteers are now restoring the waterway…