The Cuckmere

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The Cuckmere Inn in Seaford is a country pub oozing rural charm and rustic character. Our picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub-food on our menu, and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines gracing our bar.

The remote shingle beach at nearby Cuckmere Haven has seen many a smuggling run. In the Middle Ages, Seaford was one of the main ports serving Southern England, but the town's fortunes declined due to coastal sedimentation silting up its harbour and persistent raids by French pirates. Between 1350 and 1550, the French burned down the town several times.

With panoramic views over National Trust marshlands, our inn is a magnet for ramblers on the area's many trails. It has lovely gardens and an attractive gated entrance by the Exceat Bridge over the River Cuckmere.
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East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was Shut So I would not have a clue I think your service is awful So will not be using you again please could you stop emailing me with rubbish

H
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Booked table previously as did not want to wait as I had a knee replacement a few weeks previously. When we arrived it was very busy but we were told we had to wait for the manager to check our booking and seat us. We must have waited ten minutes before getting to our table. I appreciate that it was a busy time and that there are now quite a few tables outside which require service but I was disappointed with the service this time. We have eaten here before and even when busy the service was never this slow. Perhaps it might be possible for other servers to be able to seat people as well as the manager as this would have been much better. Hope you haven't over extended and the service will suffer. Food was good and served promptly although the lamb and turkey roasts had sold out.

RC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I had booked a table for 7 people for Sunday lunch. After driving for over an hour to get to cuckmere luckily I rang to see if there was any chance of moving my booking to a little later to be told that I didn't have a table. I was told they had my reservation but there was no space.

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Great staff , average but totally eatable food

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

As a comfortable pub after a long walk this place fits the bill but doesn't quite deliver on cosy ambience or quality food. Everything form the lack of menu options available to the lackluster service from some staff was a bit of a disappointment as I wanted to enjoy it much more. Free mini pud deal via the restaurant website a bonus but didn't quite save the day!

OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

- food was below average compared to other times we’ve been there. Mu husband had Wagyu burger which was tiny and way overcooked. I had steak and ale pie which was very average.

- food took way too long to come out- we had to ask several times and still waited unacceptable levels. Bearing in mind we had a toddler who actually got his meal- ate it, and then had breakfast WAY before we got our meals is unacceptable

OT
West Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

This was probably the worst meal I have ever been served in a restaurant. I cannot believe that a professional chef was in the kitchen -if there was he or she should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. The Christmas menu looked excellent with lots of choice however a lot of items were not available including Christmas Pudding! The starter arrived without any dressing, the main course of beef was thrown on the plate with over cooked carrots, burnt sprouts and missing the dumplings - it was inedible. The main course was deducted from the bill but considering the price being charged for this disgusting three course meal it was still overpriced. The company that own this restaurant are Vantage and I certainly wouldn’t use any other restaurants in their chain if this is the standard.

s
London
13 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A lunchtime visit to a busy restaurant, plenty of customers indoors and outdoors, very popular with the walking set due to its location. We were greeted by a very friendly waitress who took us to our table and we ordered drinks which were served very efficiently. The three of us chose different dishes, all were served at the same time and the food was very good, no complaints from this party. The only small issue is that the restaurant did not add my visit to my profile and I do not appear to have received my 100 points for the visit which is a little annoying !!

SB
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my Mother there for Mother’s Day really busy but lots of very friendly and helpful staff and great food. The views are lovely with great outside seating when the sun is shining.

OT
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food, great menu choice, yummy puddings....very attentive staff....very impressed, definitely improved since my last visit there 2 yrs ago

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Easy to find, plenty of parking. Good choice of food which was very tasty, excellent chips!!! The service was excellent, lovely waitress with a great sense of humour.

OT
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We went for our anniversary. The service was good but our meals were a bit disappointing. I had scallops with black pudding and mushy peas. Looked lovely but didn’t taste of much. Then I had a veggie burger with sweet potato fries. Unfortunately these were cold. My husband had prawn cocktail which he felt was also tasteless for his main he had hunters chicken. The chicken was
dry and not tender. It was a shame because we had a lovely lunch in the summer. We were refunded our sweet potato fries.

s
London
13 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Returned to this restaurant after a previous bad experience some time ago. We were pleasantly surprised that it had improved a good deal. The food we had was very tasty, although the 2 main dishes (Roast Chickand and Lamb Shank) were not available to order early on a Wednesday evening which was quite a surprise. Service was a little slow but the servers were very pleasant and polite and as we weren't In any hurry it didn't matter much. With a bit of polish this could be a great venue, particularly as it is in such a fabulous spot with great views.

NG
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I came to the Cuckmere Inn after a lovely long walk along Seven Sisters country park. The pub is in a fantastic location right near the main road and the river cuckmere. Unfortunately the decor and location couldn't make up for what was a very average meal. The table service was very slow and we were waiting around 20 mins to even order a drink after being seated. The food service was equally slow and the quality of the meal (beef roast dinner) was poor and didn't merit the £11 price tag. In addition to this i had to find my own cutlery and napkins as the table wasn't laid. The check back came so late in the meal that we were pretty much finished and i chose against asking for the salt and pepper i had been hunting for. Paying proved difficult as the card reader was playing up which happens but we were still left waiting quite a while for the waitress to return. Me and my girlfriend worked out that our dining experience had last 1 hour and 40 minutes for a meal that was frankly the worst roast dinner i've ever had.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good service - we asked for variations from the menu, and there was no problem from the very pleasant server. I booked easily through the website, but my lunching companion had tried to book by phone and there was no callback. This, and the fact that that there were a number of menu items already unavailable even at 12.30, was our only negative from a very pleasant experience.