To the North, but in an easy and beautiful 50 min walk is Horsted Keynes and The Crown. It probably has the best chef in walking distance and has a pretty nice garden too
From the website
“The Crown Inn at Horsted Keynes is an historic building dating back to the 16th century. It has now been serving locals and travellers for over 250 years. In July 2003, lightning struck a power line to the building which resulted in very serious damage and large parts of the building were destroyed. Fortunately the oldest parts were untouched and after being closed for over 5 years, it was finally reopened in 2009.
The Inn has recently been taken on by Simon and Mark Dennis who also run the Rose and Crown at Cuckfield. Their aim is to create a friendly atmosphere where you can either drink by the bar or dine in the welcoming restaurant. Larger parties are also catered for.”
The Green, Horsted Keynes, Haywards Heath, RH17 7AW