Restaurants, Country Pubs and Sussex Dining.
Our recommended Sussex restaurants and Sussex country food pubs include:
Baloos Kitchen & Bar, Woodmancote
Located just 20 minutes from Brighton and located very close to Henfield, Chris and Amanda have been providing a very warm welcome at Baloos Bar & Kitchen since 2007. Great for Light Bites for a midweek work Lunch, favourites with friends, or a Sunday Roast with the family. Comes with a roaring fire for the winter and plenty of alfresco space for the summer – so you’ll be happy year round. Review.
Stanmer House, Stanmer Park
A beautiful 18th Century Grade 1 Listed Country house set in acres of stunning woodland and parkland in the heart of Sussex, nestled between the sea and the South Downs just 10 minutes from Brighton. Ideal for breakfast, tea and cakes, lunches, dinner, a place to enjoy a pint and a great option for the family. A great venue also for private dining, business functions and weddings. Comes with stunning gardens. Review.
Limes Restaurant, Lindfield (NEW)
Situated on the Linden tree lined high street and nestled amongst an eclectic mix of independent shops and stores, this restaurant is in the heart of the charming village of Lindfield which is 35 minutes north of Brighton. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday and, on Sundays, lunch and afternoon tea is served.
The Shepherd & Dog, Fulking
An idyllic country boozer with the character and charm from a bygone era. Whether you’re combing your visit with a picturesque walk from The Devils Dyke, you’re making a countryside getaway from Brighton or you’re attending one of their regular events, The Shepherd & Dog has a lot to offer considering its nestled in quite a sleepy village at the bottom of the foothills of the South Downs National Park. Review.
The Glass House Restaurant, Albourne
Want to try something completely different and sample a new casual dining restaurant located just over the South Downs from Brighton? Every Sunday enjoy their delicious Sunday menu alongside a fantastic range of starters, roasts, popular main courses and irresistible desserts. Just 10 minutes outside Brighton. Review. Part of the Wickwoods Spa and country club.
The Talbot, Cuckfield
The Talbot sits in the heart of Cuckfield Village and serves a wonderful range of lunch, bar and dinner menus as well as the traditional Sunday lunch. It has an extensive wine list, regional ales, and a relaxed atmosphere. The Talbot is child and dog friendly and hosts the Cuckfield Food Market. Great for pub and restaurant dining. Good for large parties. Serves good pub classics along with restaurant quality dishes. Review.
The Sportsman, Goddards Green
Formerly, two pubs, the Magpie and the Sportsman, the Grade II listed buildings were knocked through into one over recent years and this traditional ‘beer house’ has been part of the villages heritage for some years. Situated north of Hurstpierpoint at Goddards Green, the Sportsman public house has been serving great food and real ales for some time. A lovely spot for a country walk in the nearby surrounding area.
The Fountain Inn, Ashurst
The Fountain Inn in Ashurst is a traditional homely Sussex pub, full of charm and character and is a must visit destination with an idyllic Sussex countryside setting. Located just off the Steyning By-Pass (A283), off the old Horsham Road, the Fountain Inn is well worth a visit if you want to escape to the country. Review. This venue has had a whole host of famous and prestigious guests in the past.
The Oak Barn Restaurant (NEW)
An Original 250 year old barn, lovingly restored to a family run bar and restaurant and a destination venue which offers something quite unique. Situated in Mid Sussex you will find the Oak Barn just 15 mins outside Brighton, just of the A23 at Hickstead. All of their dishes are freshly prepared in their kitchens using the finest local produce and ingredients. A great Sussex venue for a casual evening dinner, a special occasion or a Sunday roast.
Pelham House is a beautiful 16th century town house hotel in the heart of Lewes and one of East Sussex’s hidden gems just 10 minutes from Brighton. Whether it’s lunch on the sunny terrace or dinner in one of their beautiful restaurant rooms, Pelham House is the perfect setting for that special lunch or dinner. A real retreat of a venue which is also suitable for larger parties and events. Offers a real wow factor. Review.
The Rainbow Inn, Cooksbridge
The Rainbow is a historic, homely country pub, just north of Lewes on the A275, at the intersection of Resting Oak Hill and Deadmantree Hill. The Rainbow brings you a rustic country inn along with a great selection of food and drink – with a warm welcome to match. Boasting sheltered outdoor spaces to the front of the property and glorious secluded gardens to the rear. Review.
The Plough, Rottingdean
The Plough serves homecooked food, Sunday roasts and serves food every night of the week. It is also available for private bookings (they have a first floor function room) and events and it is advisable to book in advance just in case it is a busy day (particularly Sundays). Offering a classic pub menu along with a innovative Gastro Menu this venue caters for everybody, from kids to couples, from walkers to your everyday regular. Review.
The Royal Oak, Poynings
The Royal Oak is a popular Sussex country pub nestled in the beautiful hamlet of Poynings, at the foot of the famous Devils Dyke within the South Downs National Park. Think wood-burning stoves, timber panelled bar, oak beams adorned with hop bines – with a great selection of Sunday roasts to choose from. Country pubs don’t get much better than this. Review.
The Duke of York, Sayers Common
The Duke is a great country pub to visit and only fifteen minutes or so outside of Brighton. Ideally located if you are planning a trip to the Sussex countryside and the South Downs, this venue is just around the corner from Hickstead Showground with lots of country walks in the area. Classic pub dishes, a cosy venue and a very warm welcome. A great venue if you want to go and explore Sussex. Review.
The Chambers Bistro, Shoreham By Sea
Chambers Bistro in Shoreham-By-Sea is an independent and modern style British bistro, serving all the popular classics in this elegant and centrally positioned venue. This well known destination restaurant boasts the splendour of a Grade II listed neo classical building with super swish and stylish interiors. Review.
Chaula’s Indian Restaurant, Lewes
Curry can be enjoyed on any day of the week. Try the food of India and not just Indian food here at Chaulas in Brighton or Lewes. With recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation, Chaula and her talented team have been catering in Sussex for close to 20 years. Rated as one of the best Indian restaurants in Sussex and it doesn’t get much better than this. Review.
Country Man, Shipley
Traditional, cosy pub in the tiny West Sussex village of Shipley, the Country Man Inn serves great quality meals in stunning surroundings. With 3,500 acres of farmland as a backdrop, you can’t get more peaceful. There’s a fantastic beer garden great for families. Local beers on tap including organic Horsham ales. Not one for cutting corners the team use the freshest, most seasonal ingredients availables. Pub classics, fresh fish and the more adventurous.
The Jolly Sportsman, East Chiltington
Situated on a quiet, no-through lane in rural East Chiltington, Sussex by the South Downs, 20 mins from Brighton. Since 1998 it has been run by Bruce Wass who was the Chef / Proprietor of the highly acclaimed Thackerays House restaurant in Tunbridge Wells. They aim to serve good reliably sourced food in a relaxed setting where you can enjoy a bar snack and a pint of local ale or a three course meal with fine wine from our their extensive list. Review.
Royal Oak, Wineham
A black and white timbered 14th century building with brick floors, low beams and an original old fireplace. Situated in the lovely quaint little hamlet of Wineham surrounded by farms and countryside, it’s a lovely little pub to visit with outstanding food on offer. Quality and source is extremely important to the team at the Royal Oak sourcing most of their excellent produce from neighbouring farms and businesses.
Half Moon, Warninglid
In the heart of the pretty village of Warninglid, the Half Moon is a traditional, cosy pub with a lot of character and warmth. Dating back to early 19th century, it’s still got a historic charm about it with a few modern nuances. The glass covered well in the restaurant for example is an unusual but interesting feature. Offering hearty, home-cooked food made with local ingredients, they do not do things by halves.
Wheatsheaf, Plummers Plain
This is one of those pubs where there are so many interesting things to look at, you never want to go home. Quirky and full of character, this beautiful country pub in Plummers Plain, near Handcross is a great place to come with family or friends for good food, and good fun. A fantastic play garden for kids, they will literally be entertained all day long. Traditional pub classics.
Sylvan Oak, Findon
Located on the foot of the South Downs in a small village called Findon, this Sussex restaurant is open for weekday lunches, evenings and weekends and offers quite a varied menu, all delightfully prepared. The owner Sinan is somewhat of an exhibitionist when it comes to presentation and his food would be best described as a fusion of European flavours. Try it on a summers day and make sure you sit outback under their vines.
The Ginger Fox, Albourne.
Ben McKellar, chef-owner of the Gingerman group of restaurants and pubs, doesn’t know it, but he’s responsible for our frequent outings to the Sussex countryside and he provides great reasons to do so. This pub is a twist on the Gingerman restaurant and the food feels a lot more assured. Can get a little busy on popular days so please book in advance. Perhaps combine it with a trip to Devils Dyke. Ben and his team have been setting the standard in Brighton and beyond for quite some time now.
The Anchor Inn, Barcombe
Near Barcombe, is a picture postcard Sussex country pub and restaurant set on the west bank of the River Ouse. It is one of the most unspoilt parts of rural Sussex, four miles or so away from Lewes. Built back in 1790, the Inn has a long history, and today offers two cosy bars and two restaurant rooms, serving real ale, bottled lagers, fine wines and freshly prepared food from our menu. Boats can be hired to explore the surrounding river and countryside. A delightful little spot to visit in our opinion with good quality food and it makes you feel like you’ve been out for the day! www.anchorinnandboating.co.uk
Since arriving in Brighton in 1999 we have always been big fans of travelling far and wide, to find some of the best eateries, village pubs, walks, cycle routes and we have travelled the South Downs from Winchester to Eastbourne. Here are just a few of the Sussex villages and restaurants that we have visited and they are great for a summers evening after work so it feels like you have made the most of the evening, alternatively they may be locations that help you make the most of a weekend day in the country.
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