With the closure of the adjacent Bridge Inn, this is now one of only two pubs in Upper Beeding, the other being the Rising Sun further east.
The pub is the oldest building in the village after the church, having been built in 1504. It is mentioned as an inn in records dating back to 1788, when meetings of the Burbage Hundred Court were held there. The mostly 18th and 19th century exterior covers the older timber frame beneath.
The overall impression is that of a large but typical village pub, and the interior also lives up to expectations with lots of low timber beams and some very low doorways. There's a large car park at the side and a very large beer garden at the back, with a covered dining area.
We only had a drink there, and found two ales on tap, Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter and London Pride, which were reasonably kept. The barman on our visit was friendly and efficient. The menu looked interesting enough (several veggie options, too) and clearly they get a lot of diners, so we may try it some time.
There's a bus stop opposite the pub with an hourly service to Shoreham and Brighton.
In my experience The King's Head Inn is the best pub in Upper Beeding. This alone serves as small praise as Upper Beeding and Bramber seem to suffer something of a shortage of good drinking establishments. This is perhaps due to the abundance of great pubs in Steyning a stone's throw away. But aside from all that the Kings Head Inn has enough attributes to stand in league with many of Sussex's best. They have a well proportioned, if not a little regimented, beer garden and play area that sits with a truly pleasing view of the river Adur and an inviting little patio area closer in to the back of the pub. The Pub its self is a low ceilinged oak beamed affair with little hidey holes dotted about the place to enjoy a more private drink. On my last trip to The King's Head, late on one Sunday evening, there were a clutch of locals huddled around the bar who were quick to greet my friend and I. The bar staff on the other hand did little to enhance the ambiance but given that it was the end of what was probably a busy weekend it's easy to extend them a little sympathy.
this place has a minus 5 star rating not made to feel welcome and had to wait an hour &three quarters for a cheese ploughmans and a bowl of chips with no sorry for the wait very rude landlord and will not be dining there again
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