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Nestled within the South Downs National Park lies the historic and picturesque village of Alfriston, one of the many situated along the famous South Downs Way a popular destination for walkers and ramblers.

Lisa and her team welcome you to the ‘Ye Olde Smugglers Inne’ steeped in history and situated in Waterloo Square.

The Smugglers has long been a popular watering hole for visitors and regulars alike. Serving award winning local ales from micro-brewery “Burning Sky”(Firle) “Longman” (Littlington) to the traditional “Harvey’s” of Lewes.  Guest ales from the above make seasonal appearances.

A varied collection of bottle beers and larger is also served with a selection of wines and spirits and soft drinks, which are great by themselves or compliment to a great meal.

Darren Sandalls is the Head Chef at The Smuggles and has worked his way up the ranks over the past 30 years.  Darren actively sources local produce, meat, fish and vegetables that sit at the core of our traditional menu, reflected in our Spring/Summer – Autumn/Winter options and daily specials.

The Smugglers supports local charities through the monthly quiz night.


Apart from the spacious bar and dining area we have additional conservatory, terrace and garden space.

Accommodation is comfortable and reflects the quirky and eclectic nature of a historic building.  Bed and breakfast is available to book through

Upcoming Events 



We have worked very hard to ensure the safety of our customers and staff following the government guidelines  for Covid-19


Check out the new additions on the weekly menu

  • Sunday Roast Dinner Special  

  •           . Freshly roasted joints every Sunday, served with seasonal vegetables  and the most amazing roast potatoes and gravy 


  • Booking Advisable 

  • Come and try our daily specials all cooked fresh on the day 


Venue for Event

Planning a party?

Celebrate with us!


We cater for all events and Celebrations

Parties- Retirement-Leaving-Family


Funeral Wakes-Bar meals

Sunday Lunches/Dinners-Baby Showers-Cream Teas-Small Exhibit


Booking essential pre orders taken with a deposit.


Please phone to book on 01323 870241 or email

Sussex Guide 2018

It’s always a thrill to come across such an historic pub. A traditional wood-fronted building in the picturesque village of Alfriston, Ye Olde Smugglers Inne dates back to 1358 and was once, as the name suggests, a den for smugglers.


Owner Lisa Thompson has put the pub back on the map.  


VOTED RURAL PUB OF THE YEAR        For the second year running we have had the CAMRA award for the selection of locally-brewed real ale 

and the care we take to ensure that the perfect pint is served to our guests.

We pride our selves on the great selection of local real Ales we serve along with the local ciders... our gin selection is pretty good too! 



  • 29th October 2019 7.30 Camra award for being voted   Rural Pub of the Year

Bar & Restaurant

All our guests can enjoy our traditional bar and restaurant seating.  Enjoy a book by the 18th century fire place or a family board game around the table, with access to tea and coffee facilities.

Eating In

Join local and guests alike in the recently 

refurbished bar and restaurant. Where contemporary and traditional mix seamlessly to create a cosy and inviting atmosphere.

Enjoy traditional well cooked local sourced food or just a glass of your favorite tipple next to the 

15th Century inglenook.


Enjoy our secluded walled garden and terrace area.  Lunch dinner or just drinks?   


Maybe plan a brisk walk or visit the local attractions.

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