Change in store for popular pub


An award-winning pub in South Chailey has been bought by new owners.

The Horns Lodge Inn was put on the property market with Fleurets and was snapped up by Nigel and Janice Dengate, from Brighton, for a guide price of £450,000.

The Horns Lodge Inn is a renowned and traditional freehouse, which for the past three years has been crowned Local CAMRA Country Pub of the Year, as well as this year having been awarded Branch Cider Pub of the Year. CAMRA’s Pub of the Year is awarded against the criteria of quality of real ale, décor and atmosphere, service and clientele.

The Horns Lodge Inn reputedly dates back some three centuries, as the first records of the premises from 1713 describes the property as an ale house adjoining two cottages. However, there is speculation that the site is roughly 50 years older than this record. The original water well, which used to serve the buildings still exists in the garden.

The property has three bar/dining areas, a two-bedroom private accommodation, two B&B bedrooms, and a car park, beer garden and patio.

The Horns Lodge Inn is situated on the east side of the A275, approximately five miles north of the historic town of Lewes. Furthermore, the property is also close to a number of visitor attractions, including Plumpton Racecourse, Glyndebourne and the Bluebell Railway.

The former owners Mike and Linda Lethem purchased the property in 2008, and have sold due to a desire to further their respective careers as a full-time senior lecturer at the University of Brighton and in publishing.

Mike said: “We have been pleased with the way the pub has developed and the success it has achieved. We have both enjoyed our time here but have both got alternative career opportunities and feel it is the right time to move on.”

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