One of my absolute favourite things to do is discovering new quaint villages I’ve never been to before and then seeking out all their cosy pubs. A few weeks ago I did just that when I visited the beautiful East Dean and its very cosy pub, the Tiger Inn, with my family.
A traditional and historic British pub, the Tiger Inn is situated in a big village green with a cosy inside room (fireplace and all!) and plenty of place on the outside for those beautiful sunny days. We situated ourselves in one of the tables in the garden, but, if you wanted, you could take your drinks on the grass too, picnic style!
East Dean itself is a tiny village in East Sussex, about an hour’s bus drive from Brighton or only 20 minutes from Eastbourne. We visited the village in conjunction with visiting the white cliffs of Seven Sisters (Birling Gap, a good starting point with a big cafe, viewing platform and a beach, is only a 25 minute walk from East Dean) and the pub was the perfect place resting place to visit after going up and down the hills in Seven Sisters for a good part of the day!
The menu at the Tiger Inn is very traditionally pub-y – you’ve got all the classics on the menu from fish and chips and sausage and mash to, of course, Sunday roast. Luckily, we visited on a Sunday, so my family (who were visiting from Finland) got to try their first ever Sunday roasts. They went down well, though they weren’t quite sold on the Yorkshire pudding (in general, not just here), which I found shocking – after 6 years of living in England I’ve become quite fond of them myself!
I ordered the vegetarian Wellington which was everything a veggie Wellington should be: crispy and buttery on the outside, and rich and comforting on the inside. The roasted potatoes were fab too, as were the gravy and, of course, that Yorkshire pudding.
The portions were huge – the people in our neighbouring table were eating the fish and chips which were massive, too!
Whilst I was waiting for the food (doesn’t it look good?!) I had a little walk around the village green and was very snap happy with all the adorable cottages around the village. I thought I’d share a few below in case you still needed more convincing why you needed to visit this beautiful village!