The Roebuck Inn

3.8
53 reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
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The Roebuck Inn is an historic coaching inn with rooms, in the heart of the Sussex countryside where the South Downs meet the woodlands of the Sussex Weald.
We have an extensive range of beers with an emphasis on Sussex Brewers, ably supported by the best small brewers from further afield, and a daily changing menu incorporating wonderful local ingredients, many supplied by our neighbours in the village.
What 53 People Are Saying
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3.8based on recent ratings
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3.7
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3.9
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3.6
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Kent
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

My daughter summed it up 'Everything cheap except the prices!' Management welcome was poor bordering on the hostile & surly. Staff generally cheerful & pleasant but clearly inexperienced, lacking training and proper management. Made allowances for the fact that this is a fairly new opening but at their prices the food offering needs to be a lot better than it is. We will go back but much improvement is needed.

JL
JanL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ate outside in large garden, good service. Only complaint, shredded cabbage had some yellow and black leaves in the serving. This should have been picked up by the chef before serving, otherwise the food was excellent and priced reasonably well for a country pub. Definitely go back to taste other dishes on the menu.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service good, staff attentive and friendly

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Darren
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Food was fantastic. Definitely recommend.

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Paddypaws
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Glorious sunny afternoon at a garden table in this lovely pub. Fantastic for the kids to run around whilst the adult relax.

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Laughtonite
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

There's still a way to go with the food and service at the newly reopened pub. It's great to see it operating again and freshly painted.

The Ploughmans had by two of us was disappointing. It was trying to be fancy, which is OK, but the amount served for £13.50 was measly. Just one piece of bread and one small piece of cheese (it was local cheese but to be honest I'm not sure most people would really care so long as it was nice), plus half a gherkin, a few halves silver-skin onions, a small pot of ham hock pate, a small portion of celeriac remoulade, a tablespoon of pickle, and some watercress. I'm glad I'm not a ploughman as I would not have been able to do another furrow on those rations.

My other friend's £14 ham and chicken pie was fine, if rather lacking in chicken, but the asparagus served alongside was limp. There were no other accompaniments.

Neither dish was what you would call good value or memorable.

The serving staff, one in particular, need training in how to talk to customers. Rather abrupt, no hint of a welcome, absolutely no warmth or friendliness. The cutlery and litter under the table when I sat down (outside) was inexcusable as it should have been removed by staff when they cleared the table. The trouble with little sachets of condiments is that they end up on the ground.

I will be going again as it's my local and I want to support it. This is intended to be constructive so I hope the new landlord will take it as such.

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runningregalr
Cancun
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Probably my favourite local pub.
The only real down side being that I have to drive there, and back.

Lovely vibe, great space.

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Jenn
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a very enjoyable family lunch in the garden. The staff were very friendly, the food was tasty and my 5 year old grandson loved playing in the children's play area.

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LeanneS
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food. Lovely staff
Easy to book
Condiments brought before the meal which I appreciated as many places you have to ask and wait
Good drink selection

CL
CatL01
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the garden with friends and had a lovely lunch and plenty of good value wine. The children had a great time playing in the play zone. A lovely pub with a relaxed vibe. Would highly recommend for lazy sunny days.

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Martha
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Under new owners . Much smarter than it used to be and lovely kids play area . I found the food good but not quite as good as it used to be. Lovely staff. Will definitely go again

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Longwalk
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall4food3service1ambience5

Great place and excellent for families but very short staffed and on a sunny day a severe lack of umbrellas for the outside. Hopefully these are teething problems but really good otherwise.

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Sassy
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

A lot of teething problems that I hope this beautiful pub sorts out soon! Very understaffed, slow and unattentive service. Food over salted, overpriced and lacking.

JT
JulieT
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We booked our table well in advance, the restaurant was virtually empty but we got sat on a tiny round table which was not really big enough for 2 to eat at, drinks and a snack, yes but not a relaxing meal. The table felt like we were squashed in. We asked to move but we’re told tables were all booked out by one waitress, I asked again and someone showed us a table round the other side of the bar with 4 other tables, much quieter. We moved there, the other tables near us remained empty all evening.
Following this the staff were excellent.

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NajS
Bath
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Great food and friendly waiting staff, although an officious greeting at the door. Was very noisy, due to being busy, and acoustics not quite right. However, a delicious meal!

SJ
SirJon
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food we have had for ages, clean and friendly

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Localyokel
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A chilly May evening so great to be able to eat inside. Warm and welcoming-even a log fire. Really good fresh fish and chips enjoyed by all. Maybe a bit more pea puree next time please as it was delicious!

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RobT
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing and nice clean restaurant.
Eclectic decor 👍

CH
ChrisH
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice ambiance, tasty food offering good value all served charmingly

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Localgirl
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

No welcome. Slow service. Brought the wrong dish ( shepherds pie instead of fish pie!) which, when it eventually arrived was accompanied by a paultry serving of boiled cabbage. Ordered coffees with dessert but had finished coffees before dessert arrived. And no acknowledgement as we left. Pretty poor.

JP
JessP
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

First visit, really enjoyed and will definitely come back. Great meal and service

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Fifi
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Great for eating out as a family with younger children as having a small playground keeps them entertained. The welcome and initial service was poor but once we’d finally go menus and drinks the service improved.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked this place by chance but really glad we did. The beef roast was simply fantastic, probably one of the best I’ve had in a long while. The decor and garden were lovely and the staff were super friendly and accommodating. I paid £33 for my roast and 3 alcoholic drinks which I thought was excellent value - would definitely return!!

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natalieM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing roast
Great venue for families - play area great

LD
LuisaD
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food, I had the sunday roast (3 meats) the meats were tender and each individual vegetable was flavoured really well. The Cauliflower cheese croquet was a great touch and extremely moorish And the giant yorkshire pud was light, crisp and tasty. There were six of us and we all agreed it was a great roast and worth the trip out. We asked for extra gravy and sauces which were brought out quickly. We'll be back to taste more of the menu.

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lessismore
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful to see this newly renovated pub open. Lovely garden.

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trencherwoman
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Really good, creative menu, beautifully cooked. Friendly service, though quite a long wait for the food...first time eating out since lockdown so all in all a great experience!

DC
DanC
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Decent little plot in lovely setting, only gripe I had was it was bloody freezing as it was all outdoors in accordance with lockdown regulations. Could have done with a patio heaters.

Staff was good, food was good and the champers was delivered in ice, can’t go wrong

AB
AimeeB
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly and efficient service. Lovely food.

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Tilly
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Menu was great and food delicious however, the service was quite poor. We weren’t asked if our food was ok and my husband fancied a pudding but we never got asked so he never had one. We also had to shout over for a second drink. It was a Monday and we were only one of two tables eating so a bit of a worry about how service would be when it’s busy!

GS
GeorginaS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

The vegan options needs some work! Thank you so much for having them, but they just need a bit of spice and a bit of love and they could be great! Salmon burger was apparently good.

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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Lovely vibe in the garden. Staff were lovely and friendly, drinks were great. Glad to have you back open again!

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STEPHEND
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Roebuck has just re-opened under completely new management the menu is much better & the garden a massive improvement over the previous rubbish tip! The service was slow & our order delivered incorrectly but all in a very pleasant manner. So why have I given it 5 stars? Because it has only been open for a couple of weeks & clearly everyone is finding their feet. We are going again tomorrow & I would expect to see an improvement.

JT
JaniceT
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My husband and I visited the Roebuck Inn for lunch on Saturday. The service was excellent and the food was delicious; however I felt that £7.50 for the Whipped Goat cheese appetizer with a mere 3 pieces of arugula and a tiny quenelle of goat cheese, was overpriced.

My beef shin ragu with pappardelle was very tasty, as was my husband’s venison burger.

It’s unfortunate that our enjoyment of our lunch was marred by screaming children who were running in between the tables but I realize that there is nothing Management can do except perhaps a polite sign asking for non-excessive noise? Just a thought...

LM
LisaM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

was a little slow in serving but where very apologetic about it and then looked after us well

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Holly
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely, spacious pub garden with tropical style bar in the garden. Food quickly produced, lovely meals. Pretty pleased all round.

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Laughtoner
London
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The decor etc is amazing since the pub has been re-opened but the menu is not great (where’s the normal pub grub like shepherds pie, chilli con carne?) and both times I’ve eaten with friends we’ve rated the food very low. It’s such a fab pub, so come on guys improve the menu/food!

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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious and the service was great. Everyone was very friendly and the garden was lovely. Would highly recommend!

AR
AlisonR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Well organised, very friendly staff and great food. So pleased to have the pub open with a strong team.

CM
ColinM
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

First time back since lockdown and it changed hands. We were a bit apprehensive as it had previously been so good but were pleasantly surprised. We arrived at midday and at that stage were the only ones there. We were warmly greeted. Menu was fine, my wife had the vegetarian burger which was different and very good. I had steak and ale pie, which I admit I had expected to be a "proper pie" enclosed in pastry. It came with puff pastry top and bottom but to be quite honest that didn't matter as the whole dish was very tasty. Will be back.

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The Roebuck Inn is rated 3.8 stars by 53 OpenTable diners.

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