Perhaps it is because pub food here in Canada generally tends to be somewhat ho-hum that I was consistently surprised at the quality of food served in many of the pubs in England. On a recent trip, we ate in almost half a dozen different pubs over a ten day period and each was at least good and one in particular was outstanding. We were nearing the end of our trip and we invited my brother and sister for a farewell supper. I suggested to my sister Joanne that she select a location. She asked me if I remembered The Gun at Chiddingly. I didn’t even have a clue where Chiddingly was, even less any of its pubs. In my youth, I would have known it for sure, since I spent a lot of time travelling the highways and byways of East Sussex. For those in the know, Chiddingly is located off Upper Dicker on the London Road North West of Hailsham in East Sussex.
This evening, I had decided to leave my camera behind and had no intention of writing this review. I was going to take an evening off, just relax and go with the flow. However, the locale, the food and the service changed my mind. By the time we got to dessert, I felt that it would be an injustice not to make mention of this particular meal, since it was one of the best that we had during our visit. Thus I belatedly borrowed my wife Dorothy’s camera and took a couple of shots of our desserts since they were one of the best parts of the meal.
In real estate, they say that the most important features are location, location, location. Well, in this instance, it is perhaps a double-edged sword. Chiddingly is definitely somewhat out of the way! However, the pub itself is quite charming and the drive is bearable.
I cannot go into chapter and verse about the food, since as I mentioned earlier, I didn’t take pictures before dessert but I will simply say that the food was good and that you should try it for yourself.