Village so pretty that it was banned from the ‘Best Kept Village’ competition to give other places a chance to win

Imagine being banned from a competition because the judges are so sure that you are going to win.

This is exactly what happened when the idyllic village Lindfield, West Sussex, was banned from entering a competition called the “Best Kept Village in Sussex” in order to give other places in Sussex a chance to win.

Lindfield is a gorgeous little village tucked away in the heart of Sussex, perfect for those who admire the wonders of nature.

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High Street, Lindfield

It is classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so there is plenty of natural beauty in the village to admire.

You can stroll around its luscious countryside, which runs through Kent, Sussex and Surrey. Or explore the Eastern Road Nature Reserve, off Lewes Road, which is a nine-acre reserve alongside the Scrase Stream, providing a wetland area for birds, butterflies and aquatic insects such as dragonflies.

The village is no doubt a magnificent beauty spot, perfect for a summer’s day out with your closest family and friends, full of incredible things to discover.

However, Lindfield has even more to impress.

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The town is full of rich history, which is sure to leave you fascinated. The town’s High Street which follows an ancient north–south track that has existed for thousands of years, long before the Romans even existed!

It also has royal links – King Edward III acknowledged the significance of medieval Lindfield and in 1343 granted the town a royal charter to hold a market every Thursday, as well as two annual eight-day fairs.

The Church, All Saints, is situated at the top of the High Street overlooking the picturesque setting of the village, and its story goes back to 1098.

Near to the church is the oldest building in the village, which was an inn for travellers in need of food and lodging, Church House, also called “The Tiger”.

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There’s pubs aplenty

Where to eat

The town also has an array of fabulous pubs and restaurants for visitors.

For some quick refreshments, you can pop over to The Stand Up Inn, a local pub, perfect to unwind and relax.

Or if you’re staying for dinner, you can find some delicious food as Lindfield offers an array of diverse cuisine to choose from.

For example Limes Thai Kitchen, which is a local restaurant offering the most delicious Thai food imaginable. The restaurant has racked up a whopping 4.5 stars due to its authentic cuisine and relaxing atmosphere – you’re guaranteed to not be disappointed!

From the town’s natural beauty, to its traditionally historic heritage, to its High Street and variety of restaurants and pubs, it is no wonder it is known for being the best village in Sussex.

And best of all? This is all within the magical golden hour of London commuter-land and you can reach Lindfield in just over an hour!

Londoners can get the train from Victoria to Linfield via Haywards Heath, or alternatively take the motorway via the M23 and A23 – only a 45 minute drive from areas of South London like Croydon.

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