South Chailey Pub is Country Pub of the Year

Cheers! Mike and Linda Letham kept a firm grip on their crown
Cheers! Mike and Linda Letham kept a firm grip on their crown

The Horns Lodge at South Chailey has been toasting success yet again.

It has been named as the Country Pub of the Year by the Brighton and South Downs branch of the Campaign for Real Ale – for the fourth year in a row.

Owners Linda and Mike Lethem were as delighted as ever to receive the award from members of the branch, who they thanked for their support along with their regular customers.

There will be plenty of opportunity to celebrate the award during the pub’s annual charity beer and cider festival, which starts today (Friday) and continues until Sunday.

Once again it will be in aid of St Peter and St James Hospice at Chailey and it is hoped to break last year’s total of £2,345. With a marquee set up in the pub garden, the festival will feature more than 20 real ales along with ciders and perries.

A special minibis service operating in Lewes, Barcombe and Plumpton offers transport to and from The Horns Lodge.

Admission, including a souvenir glass, is £5 for a day ticket and £7 for a weekend pass. Tickets are available on the door. Visit or email to find out more.

Elsewhere, Lewes Saturday Folk Club welcomes The Claque to The Elephant and Castle, Lewes, on Saturday, July 26 (8pm) – five strong, beautiful and distinctive voices blending in unusual traditional songs. Free admission.