Closed for refurbishment until early 2016
Although this fusion of two Victorian pubs is certainly large, the Crown & Greyhound is also surprisingly cosy, split up as it is into various dark wood-panelled rooms with robust tables, carved wooden seating and nicotined ceilings.
Black and red tiles chequer the floor around the semi-circular bar, where a guest ale sits alongside London Pride, Sharp’s Doom Bar and Harveys Sussex Best to tempt the all-and-sundry collection of mums, nippers, builders, students and tourists who gather here.
At the rear, alongside a restaurant section with a nice conservatory, solid outdoor tables make light work of the substantial portions of food brought by the amiable staff (there’s also a Sunday carvery).
Two black-hooded barbecues await orders when summer brings hordes to a back garden in which an enormous, seen-it-all-before horse chestnut tree holds sway.