Where to stay: SE England

Deans Place ***
Alfriston, East Sussex on the South Downs
Mid range
14th century hotel committed to cutting food miles and energy consumption


The 14th century Deans Place Country Hotel is set in four acres of gardens and lies between Brighton and Eastbourne in the heart of the Sussex Downs on the edge of the beautiful village of Alfriston with its quaint buildings and narrow streets.

It has 36 bedrooms of which some are refurbished executive rooms, have four posters and all have private bathroom, satellite TV, internet access and tea/coffee making facilities. Special needs equipment is also available.

In 2007 Harcourt’s Restaurant which specialises in locally sourced produce was awarded its first AA rosette.

There is a public Friston bar and lounges, an outdoor heated swimming pool, croquet and mini putting green; and a large terrace for alfresco dining during the summer months.

Green features

Deans Place has been highly commended in the respected Considerate Hoteliers Association awards. Managing Director Peter Bramich highlights the restaurant’s food purchasing policy. “We consider and discuss with the suppliers the mileage involved in delivering the food from where it originated. Attention to food miles is just as important to us as reducing our energy consumption.”

It has a green team which regularly monitors energy usage. Following a Carbon Trust audit a number of saving were made for instance by insulating hot water cylinders, and in the kitchen where a grill which was kept lit all afternoon in case any customer required a toasted tea-cake was replaced with an electric toaster. Low energy light bulbs were installed extensively and in the restaurant are switched off when natural daylight can do the same job. In addition, the hot plates are automatically turned off at the same time.


Deans Place Hotel
Seaford Road
East Sussex BN26 5TW
Tel: +44(0)1323) 870248