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)

Visit Brighton in the Winter

Visit Brighton in the winter: Avoid the crowds and find plenty of things to do!


The observation tower!

The British Airways observation tower operates throughout the year. Choose a day with good visibility and you can see fantastic views over Brighton, the Sussex coat and the surrounding countryside. You will glide up to 450 feet in a fully enclosed glass viewing pod.

British Airways Observation Tower

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Brighton Beach and Pier

Walk along the promenade and enjoy the empty beaches. I took this photo in February.

Brighton Pier is open every day of the year (apart from Christmas Day) and admission is free.

brighton royal pavilion ice rink

Visit Brighton in the winter: The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink

The Royal Pavilion is another fascinating place which is open all year.

Outside each winter you will find a magical ice rink – open to the public each year from early November to mid  January.

It’s beautiful, twinkly, romantic and child-friendly… if you don’t want to skate you can enjoy beautiful food in their rink side bar and restaurant.

Winter visits

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

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

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Rosebud Cottage in Steyning

Pubs with real fires in and near Steyning

Pubs with real fires are close to Rosebud Holiday Cottage. There are three within a ten minute walk where you can enjoy the heat in the winter 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!

All the pubs in Steyning are within a short walk from Rosebud Holiday Cottage

West Sussex Canal Cruises

West Sussex Canal Cruises run along the Wey and Arun canal starting from rural Loxwood .. a half an hour drive from Steyning. These usually take between 35 mins and an hour and a half.

wey and arun canal sussex

These leisurely trips usually start in early April 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.

Canal 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…

West Sussex Canal Cruises from Chichester

Trips also run from time to time on the Chichester Ship Canal. They offer special Fish and Chip, Afternoon Tea and Pie and Mash cruises.

Read more about the Chichester Ship Canal

Read some reviews about Rosebud Cottage in Styening.

Steyning Jazz Club

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Steyning Jazz Club at the Steyning Centre

jazz steyning

The jazz club is closed at present due to the coronavirus.

Steyning Jazz Club is a popular event attracting both locals and visitors. Enjoy excellent performances on the first Friday of the month from 8.30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Relax with a drink from the bar!

Go along to Fletchers Croft, Church Street, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3YB

ADMISSION: Members £7.00, Guests £12.00 & Students £7.00 (Correct 1 Jan 2020)

Find out who will be performing at  upcoming events

Ropetackle Centre

I also recommend jazz events at the Ropetackle Arts Centre in nearby Shoreham

This arts centre has regular jazz events which can feature some well known musicians. They also have blues, folk and world music events and run ukelele and harmonica workshops.

Check their programme: Ropetackle Centre

Just 5 miles from Steyning with a regular hourly bus service to take you there from the High Street.

Read more about the nearby accommodation at Rosebud Cottage

Steyning Farmer’s Market is on the first Saturday of the month so it is often possible to combine an evening of jazz and shopping the next morning.


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