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user reviews of the Plough and Harrow, Litlington

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Visited this pub with my walking group last week. A stict 'Boots off at the Door' policy in force but fair enough! Made to feel very welcome by staff and locals alike - great atmosphere.

Six real ales on handpump: Harvey's Best,
Long Man Long Blonde, Copper Hop and Best,
Timothy Taylor Landlord
Burning Sky's Plateau

Between us we tried all of them and they were in great condition.

The food was a bit pricey but good quality and plenty of it.

All in all, a great local pub!
WipersTom - 13 Jan 2015 13:49
Impresses me every time I visit what is one of my local pubs. Can't remember ever having a duff pint. It can get very busy but usually the bar staff are up for the task and waiting to get served has never been a problem for me here. On the 3 recent visits Long Man Copper Hop was top notch. I guess it ought to be traveling all of 300 yards from the brewery. Compared to other pubs around, the prices are very competitive too !
persist_artist - 18 Apr 2014 11:01
Brilliant pub, great beer and awesome food. Especially good if you like fish as it's all caught fresh. Six real ales on, the Long man best bitter was particularly good.
alan_From_SAWW - 31 Jul 2013 14:42
I can see where Sexsadie is coming from, I havnt been in the pub for a while and was also disappointed this is the Brewery Tap to the Longman Brewery and the standard of the beer wasn't that good you can understand it if there is no customers in the pub to drink it.
dogtrain - 10 Feb 2013 11:53
Oh dear! As we were over this way and the last time we were here on a friday night we had such a laugh,so we thought we'd pop in.Where have all the customers gone? Pub has changed hands...manager looked like he was getting drunk with a few friends though the barmaid I think was the same.Asked a regular what has happened and he says the place has just gone downhill.We had a pint which was fine and went on to Alfriston.Disappointed.
sexysadie - 12 Dec 2012 11:40
18 months since my last review and still probably the friendlist pub in the Lewes and Seaford area...good range of ales and well kept as ever. The local 'Long Man' ales have moved in in force and although I would describe them all as apprentice works at present, they are all worth a try. The best of the bunch is their 'American Pale Ale' which is trying to carve a slice in Dark Star territory. 'Old Man' is an individual old ale and could mature well.

Great pub, great atmosphere, great beer and good food...what more could you want? Throw in great countryside and you have a winner.
ParsonDarby - 24 Oct 2012 19:55
Very pleasant, well run pub with great choice of local beer.
Floyd - 27 Aug 2012 13:37
It just keeps getting better here!!! Robin pulled us up a lovely pint of Long Man AMERICAN PALE ALE on its debut afternoon today. All 6 hand pumps working and apart from the Harvey's we tried them all. All in very good nick too. Proud to count this place as one of my locals.
persist_artist - 18 Aug 2012 09:18
A pleasant pub with comfy garden serving local ales. The landlord was very kind on my visit, explaining the quality of each of the beers. There’s a fabulous walk from here up to the White Horse chalk engraving and back through Alfriston if you’re keen.
BiffoBeer - 31 Jul 2012 14:03
Been a while since my last review, but a regular visitor here so time for an update. The Long Man Brewery, some 200 yards up the road is now in full swing and all 3 were on when I walked over today. The Sussex pride was Ok but near the end of the barrel and Robin changed it just after I mentioned it wasn't at its best. The new barrel was though, as where the Sussex Ale and the Long Blonde, (Father Son and Holy Ghost ! Posted a photo !). Didn't try the Hophead for once and I'm not a fan of Harvey's but well satisfied with the other 3. The pub is very dog friendly even when our one got a bit lairy after a few beers. Couple this with very reasonable prices (£3.00 to £3.20). Lots of diners here this lunchtime and the passing food looked very good although I didn't try any. Still one of my favourites. Thanks Robin and the gang, keep it up!
persist_artist - 24 Jun 2012 18:25
Been a while since my last review, but a regular visitor here so time for an update. The Long Man Brewery, some 200 yards up the road is now in full swing and all 3 were on when I walked over today. The Sussex pride was Ok but near the end of the barrel and Robin changed it just after I mentioned it wasn't at its best. The new barrel was though, as where the Sussex Ale and the Long Blonde, (Father Son and Holy Ghost ! Posted a photo !). Didn't try the Hophead for once and I'm not a fan of Harvey's but well satisfied with the other 3. The pub is very dog friendly even when our one got a bit lairy after a few beers. Couple this with very reasonable prices (£3.00 to £3.20). Lots of diners here this lunchtime and the passing food looked very good although I didn't try any. Still one of my favourites. Thanks Robin and the gang, keep it up!
persist_artist - 24 Jun 2012 18:25
this pub was the saviour of my life back in 2004 onwards. I was going through a painful divorce and the landlords who i will not name supported me through my pain. I went every friday to enjoy the live music and afterwards the doors were closed to all but the locals and true friends of th proprieters. I can honestly say that if I had not stumbled across this pub and the landlords at that time, i woul;d not be here now, such was their love and compassion. The only true friends I ever had were at this pub and i am so sorry that Ros and barry parted and went their seperate ways, The happiest time of my life was looking forward to going to this pub every friday. I have missed it so very much and wish I could walk in and expect to see my old friends like i used to. all my love to lisa, maggie, margaret, andy and everyone who knew me. I love you all. David
davidgrew - 8 Jun 2012 00:01
Great pub fantastic ale selection dissapointing food.

its such a shame when you find such a gem of a pub with a great team of staff, friendly and polite and then discover the chef obviously thinks he is in some ponced up gastro pub. over complicated food done to a poor standard but priced cheaply, I just dont understand what the pub is trying to be!! either be over priced and gastro or clasic and good value. however I will go back for the beer!!
surreywalker1 - 2 May 2012 16:17
Agree with halfabitterman - Hophead was superb on a recent visit, after a walk from Alfriston along the Cuckmere.
ropey2 - 30 Mar 2012 21:44
Staff friendly, especially towards dogs. Shame about the music, particularly in a rural pub - Rap through crackly speakers does little for the ambience.
Sussexcrawler - 26 Mar 2012 18:41
The Harvey's Best wasn't at it's best, but the Hophead was fantastic, as was the food. Nice, relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff.
halfabitterman - 29 Jan 2012 13:03
A really lovely pub for either a quiet drink or for the superb food. Really good selection, especially the fabulous British dishes like rabbit and incredible ham. The staff are amazing, nothing is too much trouble, such a nice change to find a smiling happy face behind a bar and serving. Good selection of beers and wines too. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
sallya - 16 Nov 2011 18:12
The location of the plough and harrow is a little bit out of the way from where i was but i was recommended by a friend and IU'm glad I went, a beautiful pub, food was lovely 10/10 and presentation 9/10 the price was reasonable not to expensive, for what we had a good price. The service was good, quick,friendly and efficient. I would recommend to others if around the area at any point.
bwoodall - 7 Oct 2011 17:46
This was my first visit to the pub and I will certainly go again whenever I am in Sussex. There is a full and varied menu and the food was excellent. I can certainly recommend the Ploughman's. The manager and staff are friendly and approachable and I thoroughly enjoyed the visit.
CuckmereStroller - 3 Aug 2011 20:43
Fabulous pub! Nestled in the bosom of the South Downs in the village of Litlington this is a gem of a find. A cheery hello from both barman upon arrival set the tone for a very nice evening indeed.
A lovely garden area and then we moved indoors to eat. Good selection on offer and at reasonable prices too. Hophead, Harveys Best & Armada on tap and the Armada was top notch.
Food was absolutely delicious, extremely well presented and the field mushroom served with the sirloin steak was the best that we had ever tasted! The soup starter was also delicious.
A very nice pub in a fabulous location with friendly staff, great food and a great ambience.
We will most definitely be back and would recommend this pub to anybody!
chunkypetersplat - 23 Jul 2011 18:21
Really good pub with superb location. Good range of meals at variety of prices. Landlord knows how to keep his ale- usually three on offer; Harveys Best, Hophead and a guest. Best kept Hophead in the area. The atmosphere is always friendly and the landlord in good spirits. Altogether on of my favourite hostelries in the Seaford area.
ParsonDarby - 20 Jun 2011 20:09
Excellent pub, good beers,tasty well presented food and pleasant welcoming staff.A great improvement on our last visit a few years ago.
Dueller - 18 Sep 2010 14:48
This place is amazing - it's offer, interior and the beautfiul location of Litlington - don't miss it. We have been a number of times and have had lovely beer that is well kept, superb food that just makes us want to come back again and again. The landlord and staff are all very friendly, helpful and relaxed. We plan many day trips from London to eat here - it is that good. The home made pies are superb - the leek, cheese and broccoli (good for veggies) is nothing short of amazing and the sort of thing I wish more places would do. The plaice was superbly cooked as was the lamb and the game pie for the meaties. The whole family - adults, children and dog were made very welcome and fed and watered to a very high standard.
LindaT - 17 Aug 2010 19:28
I have been going to this Pub on and off for 10 years and have always been able to rely on the food (not cheap but real quality).The experience I had to day was a real shock.The food was pretentious and of very poor quality.My wife (definitely NOT a complainer) was appalled at what amountedto a very small dry trout.dry new potatoes, and a salad that if it had been washed still contained grit.It also came with olives which my wife had specifically said she did not want.My other guest had the same and concurred that it was very poor and certainly nowhere near value for money.When the waitress asked if we were happy with our food I explained why we were not and she became very defensive and a little hostile.My steak and ale pie was acceptable but unremarkable and expensive at £10.50.there was no apology or offer to try and put things right and frankly it spoiled a lovely day.
I would avoid this pub for food - the location is sublime -service at the bar good - and the actual pub very comfortable.Just eat somewhere else.
telecaster1 - 24 Apr 2010 17:40
Visited this lovely pub in the heart of Sussex countryside last week. Excellent food – had the ham hock – braised in white wine for 4 hours and served with a piquant cheese sauce and mash. Every bit as delicious as it sounds. Hophead and two Harveys (Best and Armada) on tap. Landlord cheerful and pub full of happy punters. One definitely going out of the way for.


mjc - 1 Apr 2010 16:37
We arranged a special Birthday meal here recently for a small walking group. We were well cared for, with excellent food and included some of the staff singing Happy Birthday to the lady that mattered that day!
As a result we have so far been in twice more, and plan to continue.

The new management/ownership is to be congratulated, for we visited this pub a few years ago and were left with a completely different impression. That visit left such a bad after-taste that it stayed with us whenever we saw the building for months afterwards. A shame . . . so we now are pleased to see this lovely pub back on the up-and-up
legs2x11 - 17 Jan 2010 22:20
On a route linking the A27 and Cuckmere Haven Country Park, this pub appears to cater mainly for diners but does not forget beer lovers. A wide menu of quality food is available complimented by 4 Sussex beers on our visit from Harveys, Dark Star and WJ King at a slightly high price for the area. Worth visiting if in the area.
foamy - 4 Aug 2009 18:20
Three of us got to The Plough and Harrow at Littlington at about 12.45 pm after a 6 mile walk on a recent Wednesday lunchtime and it was very busy, seemed only 1 person serving for a while and we had to queue for 10 minutes with 6 others while the one person battled with a coffee machine on the bar.

When served the beer was ok if a tad warm (we are regular real ale drinkers and don't expect lager type chilling but this was a bit too warm.)
On hand pump and all at the same temperature, (we sampled 3 of the 4) were, Harveys, Sharp's Doombar, Hop Head, and another we did not try called "Summer ale"
Other than the temperature, they all seemed well kept.
Prices ranged from £3.10 for Doombar to Harveys at £2.80.

Food was not slow coming considering the bussiness of the pub but only one of us was satisfied with the quality, price and quantity of the food.

The GOOD result was the Ham Egg and chips (not cheap though at £8.50)
Ham was thick and home cooked and chips were readily exchanged on ordering for new potatoes, plenty of everything my companion said and in his opinion his meal rated 8 10

The Not So Good meals were the Lamb shanks in Minty gravy with Mash and Veg which 2 of us did not enjoy.

At £13.95 we excpected it to be filling and as the blackboard said the meat was "falling off the bone" we expected it to be tender.

It was NEITHER,
I think it was overcooked as it was hard, rather tough, fatty and mine was rather grisly.
I should have complained but we Brits never do, do we? We just don't go back .......
The mash was good but was rather drowned by the rather glutinous VERY minty gravy.
The veg for 2 people arrived in one small dish and my share seemed to be 2 slices of courgette, a small spoon of carrots and a spoon of swede cubes or maybe it was turnip (it had no real taste.)

There was a big sign at the bar saying that they did not charge for service and that tips were at the diners discretion.
I considered that at £13.95 for my not very nice lamb shank and veg, that they could take any tip due for the average service out of the over the top price charged for the food.

SO, for us just 6 out of 10.
Maybe they were having a bad day but this is the second below average meal out of 2 in the last 6 months, so maybe NOT! (LAST time, very small portion of Belly Pork, pitiful lack of crackling and nothing but tough meat)

Will not be returning again, certainly not till next year when we will perhaps try a different season of the year, maybe when the pub is less busy and they have more time to do the job properly.

I don't LIKE giving bad reviews, particularly when they are at odds with others who enjoyed their meal bu I MUST speak as I find or this website is pointless.


roberttherambler - 9 Jul 2009 14:51
Loved this place. Walked here via High and Over and what an oasis. 4 good real ales on the go and 2 of them were spot on. Would have tried the other 2 as well but had to walk home. The food looked good too. Heard the barman explaining to a prospective luncher that the bass was caught yesterday immediately off Beachy Head. Comfortable, inviting, friendly and helpful staff and good beer too. Please don't tell anyone about this place, lets just keep it as our secret shall we. Don't want it to get to popular and crowded like the Golden Galleon down the road.
persist_artist - 17 Jun 2009 09:09
i rate this as the best country pub in the area. although the food is fantastic, it is also completely unpretentious, unlike most of its rivals. pat and paul have done a fantastic job here... they are so welcoming and are really pleasant people. the beer garden is perfect for relaxing on a summer's afternoon.
magnusrogers - 21 Mar 2009 11:27
We were way off the beaten track and on the spur of the moment on a friday night passed the pub and decided to drop in.Have'nt had such a great night in years.Had a small snack each of us which was fresh and tasty and the beer was good.The place was packed,not only for the food but the live entertainment too.A solo guitarist/singer who told a good joke too and was quite a hit with the locals who were all up dancing and singing.Fabulous atmosphere all round and we will return one day.Superb pub.
sexysadie - 4 Oct 2008 16:29
We wnet this Friday eveining for dinner and we were all very impressed, it was good, service superb, friendly,informative and the right balance of attentivness. Food was excellent good local produce well cooked interesting dishes well flavoured and presented. The menu was short enough to know it was fresh, no microwaves or frozen rubbish. Their is a new landlord and chef within the last sic months who is turning thepub back into a village pub with good wine beer food and service.
lawhouse - 9 Dec 2007 17:47
Fine selection of well kept ales, including 2 from the local brewers Harveys and W J King. I found the staff to be extremely polite, friendly and attentive. The food was excellent on both my visits as was the beer. The menu was certainly not over-fussy. It was simple, varied and well cooked. It was also much cheaper than the pubs in Alfriston village by about 3 or 4 quid a main. All in all a better bet than the pubs in the village if you want a good meal and a decent pint in friendly surroundings.
anonymous - 29 Jun 2007 10:58
Highly enjoyable place. Friendly laid-back staff who care about their beer and the quality of their food. I went in on my own whilst walking in the area and found it easy to relax there unlike the pubs in nearby Alfriston. Came back later with other hosellers and was treated like a regular. The food looked fantastic - sadly I'd booked a meal elsewhere so missed out but the other hostellers
ordered and theirs was fab and well hearty - I was so jealous. The torchlight journey back to the YHA was fun too. Go if you want excellent seasonal and local food in interesting dishes - don't go if you like Harvester style or boiled to death veg.
maybe.arts - 10 Apr 2007 13:15
Perfect conditions to impress new customers - late summer lunchtime and very busy - but, oh dear, the Plough and Harrow contrived to cock things up pretty badly. The aforementioned, over fussy, menu was well and truly found wanting and parts of it, well and truly, overpriced. When I got my meal I thought they had made a mistake and given me a child's portion but no! Lamb undercooked, fish undercooked and what was that melon granita thing? Customers moaning left, right and centre. Shame really. It's a nice looking pub, the staff work hard, beer is fine. They probably survive off walkers who don't come back.
I might go back, as it's on my regular route now, but only for a drink and crisps!!
paulusrobbo - 11 Sep 2006 16:28
A really busy and popular pub for drinking and eating. Rightly so too.
In my experience, extremely friendly staff, great beers on tap, including Harveys (Local Lewes Brew) and although we are yet to eat there, the food looked exceedingly good as it whizzed by us.
Great mellow atmosphere in the evening. No uptightness or snobbery here, get the feeling the landlord and his staff are a fairly laid back bohemian bunch. Which is nice as the local YHA is only across the river and lots of students, walkers and families would find this a good watering hole without being frowned upon for having muddy boots which we did get in the Chablis serving pubs of Alfriston.

Barney1 - 17 Apr 2006 21:33
This used to be a busy little village pub with simple pub-food, a good atmosphere and decent beer. The landlord and his wife worked hard to give it a real 'local' feel (we were hailed as regulars on only our second visit - 'your usual sir?' - nice touch).

The new landlord has managed to completely muck it up. Severely over-fussy (and expensive) menu might work in a London bistro but is out of place in this setting. And how's this for welcoming? When I (politely) asked for a replacement for a glass of vinegar masquerading as the white wine my wife had ordered, I was told that there was nothing wrong with it, it was passed from bar-staff to landlord who each tasted it like it was a fine Chablis, each shaking their head at my ridiculous request. Eventually I was given a new glass, but only after this pathetic charade was played out for five minutes, making me feel like an idiot. Am I likely to go back? Am I hell. And the fact that there was only one other couple in the bar on this Friday evening would suggest others have reached a similar conclusion.


Salty - 23 Sep 2005 13:49
A very charming and friendly pub located close to local foot paths.
McH - 22 Sep 2005 09:44
Excellent atmosphere in a charming location in the Cuckmere Valley.
bmch - 19 Sep 2005 16:24

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