THE RAM INN
A TRADITIONAL SUSSEX COUNTRY PUB
There is nothing better than a Sussex pub, and, certainly, there is nothing more cosy and inviting than a rambling wooden oasis, with eccentric little hidey holes and a huge garden so you can lose your kids in it. The Ram Inn at Firle has all these ingredients and more. This interesting old house, once the law courts complete with a holding cell in the basement, is under new management. The pub has been refitted in traditional style and now boasts a superb new menu to tempt your taste buds with generous portions at reasonable prices.
Sitting on a quiet tree lined lane in the tranquil backwater of Firle, The Ram Inn is an attractive, unspoilt country pub that remains relatively unchanged since it was built in the 16th century. There is a main bar, a quiet non-smoking snug area and a large family room provided with games, toys and high chairs. In the summer, food and drink can be enjoyed in the delightful sheltered gardens, where there is a children's play area and a separate hidden garden, ideal for quiet dining. In winter months the log fires in the bar and snug create a warm and friendly atmosphere.
The Ram Inn - Firle, Sussex
The proprietors Shaun and Hayley invite you to sample the delights of the Sussex countryside. The Ram Inn is not far from the famous Glyndebourne Opera House near Lewes.
The Ram serves traditional pub food prepared to an exceptionally high standard every day, from midday until 9pm, with a scrumptious Sussex cream tea available from 3pm until 5.30pm. As well as the delicious, wide-ranging menu, there is also a special children's menu and tins of babyfood available, with all the facilities you may need for heating up bottles and food. The bar stocks three real ales, including Harveys, and a traditional hand-pulled cider. Guinness and Budweiser are also available. There is a large range of soft drink and a selection of children's drinks too.
A Traditional Sussex Country Pub
Mon-Sat 11.30-23.00; Sun 12.00-22.30
Traditional pub food served all day
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Children's play area, beer garden, parking, excellent baby facilities
THE RAM INN
Firle, Nr Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6NS
Tel: 01273 858222
Directions: From the end of the M23, follow the A23 towards Brighton. When you reach the A27 turn left and follow it to Lewes, and then on towards Eastbourne. About 4 miles beyond Lewes, past the turning for the A26, Firle is signposted on the left.
Firle Place, Charleston Farmhouse 2 miles, Glyndebourne 3 miles, Lewes Castle 5 miles, Michelham Priory 8 miles, Brighton 12 miles, Seven Sisters Country Park 10 miles
Apology for burning gypsy effigy - Monday, 3 November, 2003
The bonfire society which burned an effigy of a gypsy caravan has apologised for its actions.
Firle Bonfire Society issued a statement after the torching of the tableau sparked controversy and claims of racism. The statement said: "Firle Bonfire Society wish to apologise unreservedly to anyone who has been caused any distress by what has happened. "It was emphatically not a racist comment."
The chairman of the society was being questioned by Sussex Police on Monday.
Caravan tableau led to a number
of complaints of racism
Public Order Act
Richard Gravett met officers who are investigating the display and was questioned about whether any of the actions on the night breached race hate legislation. Sussex Police said they received a number of complaints after the caravan with Gypsies painted on it and the number plate P1KEY was towed through the town and then torched.
The bonfire society has denied racism and said that during the summer travellers had moved onto privately owned land and the effigy was a symbolic reminder of the events.Other figures such as President Bush and Osama Bin Laden had also been burned in the past, the society said. But the gypsy effigy has been condemned by the Commission for Racial Equality.
Chief superintendent Paul Pearce, said: "Sussex Police is overtly hostile to those who discriminate on the grounds of race, religion, skin colour, sexual orientation, disability, gender, social class or any other inappropriate factor. "
Firle Bonfire Society was re-formed in 1981 to encourage and promote traditional bonfire festivities in the village. Local records show bonfire activities going back to the 1870s.
Each October the Society hold an annual Bonfire Night with torch-lit processions and fireworks display in commemoration of the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605. The group also visit other Sussex Bonfire Celebrations as well as attending Lewes Bonfire Night on 5th November.
It has a lovely location in the South Downs, great for going on walks in, and buildings in the village include The Ram Inn and Firle School. The church is pleasant to visit, and there is a WWII Memorial.
Every year shortly after 5th November it holds the Firle Bonfire Society (FBS), which got in trouble two years ago for blowing up an effigy gypsy caravan made of cardboard.
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