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Iconic Sussex restaurant closes

Published:  11 January, 2012

One of the most famous restaurants in the south east of England has closed down.

The Hungry Monk in Jevington, near Eastbourne, has been transformed into three holiday cottages after 44 years as a restaurant.

Banoffi pie was invented at the Hungry Monk in 1972, a fact celebrated with a blue plaque on the flint wall of the building, which dates back to the 14th century.

The restaurant is listed in the current Michelin guide and was last year visited by Queen Sofia of Spain. The success of the menu led to a series of Hungry Monk cookbooks being published.

Sue and Nigel Mackenzie, who have owned the Hungry Monk throughout its life, hope to capitalise on the tourist potential of its location in the East Sussex countryside near the eastern end of the South Downs Way.