All Aboard the 11X bus Brighton
Leave the car keys at home and grab your sunglasses, this is the bus journey you’re going to want to get on.
Roam around Rottingdean/ Saltdean/ Ovingdean
First stops on the Restaurants Brighton food and drink bus tour of Sussex are Rottingdean, Saltdean and Ovingdean. All villages only a short walk apart from each other, you can quite literally eat your way around them. Visit Nomad Coffee for a local home-roasted coffee and service with a smile. Pick up an artisan pizza at Wild Flour Pizza, or brunch at Sea Spray on the beach; with stomach lined you’re ready for a swift pint at The Plough.
Next up on the 11X is the beautiful village of Firle, we’re talking pub grub, country estates, breweries and big hills. Visit The Ram Inn for fuel and refreshments after a brisk climb to the top of Firle Beacon; or visit Firle Country Estate for a more gentrified pace with afternoon tea, art, architecture and quintessentially English gardens.
The 11X also stops off at Middle Farm, where you can enjoy local produce shopping, cider tasting, cow milking, plant buying, a butcher, a deli, tea rooms, a gift shop and an open farm. Middle Farm promotes ethical British farming, and fun can be found for all ages here all year round.
Described as ‘more than a museum’, Charleston offers guests a stunning country house with individually designed, hand-painted rooms and picturesque gardens created by Bloomsbury group members, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. Have tea and homemade cakes in the Threshing Barn Cafe and on your way out take a moment to peruse in the beautiful Charleston Shop.
The mysterious figure of The South Downs, The Long Man of Willmington, is a landmark dating back to the 1700s. There are plenty of walks around the area, including a circular route taking you past The Sussex Ox pub; visit for a gastropub menu, local craft beers and the best beer garden in Sussex. If you get a chance, head a little further inland to Alfriston and check out renowned Badgers Tea Rooms, set in a 500-year-old village bakery, for the quaintest spot for afternoon tea on the map.