Original beams, open fires and panelling strike an archaic note in this atmospheric 16th-century inn, but the food is bang on-trend. Most produce is sourced locally from Fletching’s market gardens, the Rye day boasts or neighbouring farms, and the sophisticated restaurant deals in seasonal ideas ranging from Portland crab ravioli with samphire, green beans and cockles to wood-roasted rack of Romney Marsh lamb accompanied by cannellini beans and salsa verde. Meanwhile, a chalked-up slate in the casual but gentrified bar offers simpler dishes along the lines of organic chicken, leek and mushroom pie or char-grilled rib-eye steak and chips, while wines are sympathetically chosen from small producers and less well-known regions. The Griffin also boasts a glorious terrace and garden overlooking Sheffield Park (NT), complete with sizzling Sunday BBQs in summer. Excellent accommodation too.