Local Information

The Pilstyes is situated in the north end of Lindfield in an enviable position close to all the village amenities. Lindfield village is a conservation area and the picturesque High Street of Lindfield is well known for its variety of period houses and cottages. The High Street has brick pavements and grass verges (covered with crocus and daffodils in spring) on both sides interspersed with our lovely lime trees, which have been recently pollarded. The village amenities include an excellent selection of independent shops, an historic church, a village pond with swans and ducks and a large common. Promenading up and down the High Street is a pleasurable occupation especially on a warm summer’s afternoon followed by tea in one of the tea rooms.

Even more pleasurable is a early evening stroll followed by a pint in one of the pubs. There are 5 pubs within easy walking distance with three cooking lunches and suppers. The shops offer a wide choice of services:  a butcher, chemists, supermarket, newsagents, bakery, greengrocers, bookshop, violin maker, shoe shop, dress shops, toy shops, pretty present shops, art galleries and florists etc.

Paolino Italian Restaurant

Tufnells of Lindfield

Swalk

Field and Forrest 

Lindfield Coffeeworks

The Stand Up Inn – Thai restaurant and good local ales

The Red Lion – good pub food

The Witch Inn – British cuisine

Lindfield Horticultural Society

High Weald Dairy

A tour of the dairy to see how we do it on a larger scaleA family owned business in the nearby village Horsted Keynes. From locally sourced cow, sheep and goat milk, their talented cheese makers craft a range of multi award winning artisan, some  organic, cheeses. Cheese making courses are also run at the dairy. Why not stay at the Pilstyes and learn how to make cheese? Courses include cheese tasting, a Dairy Tour and your finished cheeses to take home.

The Garden Chef

Pilstyes is the ideal base for a number of days out in Sussex and beyond.

Forthcoming Events:

South of England Show, Ardingly June annually

Many Sussex gardens are within easy reach

Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath

Heaselands, Haywards Heath

High Beeches Gardens, Handcross

National Trust Nymans Gardens, Handcross

National Trust Sheffield Park

National Trust Standen

Wakehurst Place, Ardingly

National Trust Sissinghurst (1 hour’s drive)

You are also close to:

Ardingly Activity Centre – watersports

Ashdown Forest – home of Winnie the Pooh

Bolney Wine Estate
Bolney Wine Estate is a local award-winning vineyard, keen to share their enthusiasm for English Wine. The estate offers a number of different tours on which you get taken into one of the vineyards, view the state of the art winery and sample a selection of Bolney wines. And if you are feeling really indulgent, why not treat yourself to a tour that includes a scrumptious afternoon tea or a charcuterie-style lunch?

Bluebell Railway

Deers Leap Park

Haywards Heath Golf Club

Hickstead Showground

Jeremy’s Restaurant and Cafe Elvira at Borde Hill Garden

Jill Windmill, Clayton

Plumpton Racecourse

South Downs National Park

Tulley’s Farm

Washbrooks Farm

Walking

If you enjoy walking, there are many short country walks around the village. Click here for details of walks in Lindfield and other local villages.

The Sussex Ouse Valley Way

This is a 42 mile long distance footpath which broadly follows the River Ouse from its source near Lower Beeding to the sea at Seaford Bay. It is a popular walk through the heart of the Sussex countryside, a route that takes it through Slaugham, Handcross, Staplefield, Lindfield, Newick, Isfield, Barcombe Mills, Hamsey, Lewes, Rodmell, Southease, Piddinghoe and Newhaven. The Pilstyes in Lindfield is very conveniently placed for an overnight stop and also has copies of the route for sale.

See also Village Life which lists local businesses to visit including eating out.