Birthday celebrations have been held at The Highlands Inn, Uckfield, to mark a year since the Ridley family opened its doors after refurbishment.
So there was plenty to celebrate when a party night was held last week with live music from the band South of Saturn.
Townspeople took the revamped Highlands to their hearts as soon as it re-opened. That was obvious from the number of cars that packed into the car park from day one, and by March the restaurant was fully booked for this year’s Christmas Day and Saturday Christmas parties.
Sunday lunches are usually fully booked too with family groups of six, ten and 12 being comfortably accommodated in the restaurant.
Good Pub Guide
The pub is in the Good Pub Guide and has been awarded Cask Mark for its Real Ales and the Ridley family are pleased that people like to come in for a drink, and to socialise at the bar, as well as enjoy a meal there.
Forty-five people are now employed at the Highlands and improvements continue to be made to the premises with attention turning to the front garden next year.
Matthew Ridley said the aim was to add something new for children, making the garden a safe haven for them in the summer as well as a place where parents could enjoy themselves.
The menu at The Highlands reflects the seasons and at the moment you will find lots of game and squashes, stews, soups and pies on it.
Matthew Ridley said: “It is good, hardy, homemade food, pub classics done well at a good price”.
He added: “We have so much to offer that there is something for everyone and to suit every budget. We want to be known as an honest, safe choice for eating out.”
Ian Ridley said: “This first year has been nothing short of fantastic, far exceeding our expectations. The response from the town has been amazing. This was exactly what the town needed and everyone is really pleased with the refurbishment.”
• A charity quiz is to be held at The Highlands on Sunday (October 25) starting at 7.30pm. Funds will go to Restless Development, a youth-led development agency.
New Year’s Eve
• New Year’s Eve celebrations at The Highlands will be hosted by the Noble Jacks band. This will be a bar-only event and tickets will be £15 each to include a free arrival drink.