You can’t miss James, he’s 6 foot 6 inches tall and seems to be here 24/7.

Originally from Bermuda, James moved to England in 2008 to study Hospitality and Catering at Chichester College, before starting his full-time career at the local Ockenden Manor hotel, which held a Michelin star at the time. After enjoying a year in Canada Skiing alongside a position at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, James returned to the local area to continue his career in some of the local fine dining restaurants.

James started at the the Rose and Crown in 2015 as the assistant manager, before taking over as manager 2 years later. A further 2 years later, the current owners decided to sell and James saw it as the perfect opportunity to fulfill a life long dream of owning his own restaurant and bar.

Unusually for front of house staff, he started his training in the kitchen, wanting to be a chef. This experience has added to his understanding of food and menus when helping and guiding customers, as well as working with the chefs to develop new creations.

Passionate about the industry as well as the local community, James hopes to further develop the reputation that has been built here over the years while working with the community and supporting and showcasing some of the best of what Sussex has to offer.




Originally from Sussex, Simon trained at the Gable School of Cookery in Bristol before starting his career at Jack’s, also in Bristol. Positions at In Vino Veritas and Café Delice in Brighton followed, prior to returning to Bristol once more at The Glassboat.

Simon returned to Sussex in 2011 to take on the role as sous chef at Jeremy’s restaurant in Borde Hill, before opening his own restaurant here at the Rose and Crown with his father Mark in 2014. To which they later sold to James in 2019 when Mark retired, with Simon remaining as head chef.

Simon is passionate about produce and is happiest when putting together a plate that showcases seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. In addition to cooking full time, Simon also enjoys spending his spare time foraging for wild berries and unusual mushrooms.

Upcoming Events

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    Steak Night

    We are glad to welcome the return of our monthly steak nights! First Friday of every month!

    Our steak night – Choose from a selection of the best cuts of prime meat including Rib-Eye, Sirloin and Fillet. We also have large sharing steak such as Cote de Boeuf or Tomahawk Steaks! Alongside a mix of exciting and interesting starters and sides for all.

    There is also a fish and vegetarian option available!

    And if you can’t wait, our sharing Cote de Boeuf steaks do regularly feature on the menu. However, there is always a tasty ‘steak of the day’ option available.


    Date: 05.11.2021
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    Old Crocks -London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

    Every first Sunday of November!

    Join us to watch the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run and treat yourself to a bacon butty or sausage sandwich and a glass of mulled wine. all served roadside.. along with Harvey’s Best and many local beer,! Or book in for our Breakfast Menu or Sunday Lunch at the same time!

    We are an official stop on the RAC’s route following the old, original London to Brighton road.

    Always proving to be a busy and exciting day! For more information about the Veteran Car Run please Click Here to visit the official website.


    Date: 07.11.2021