The Restaurants Brighton guide to the best beer gardens in Brighton & Sussex

Brighton boasts many lovely beer gardens, but we all know we have asked the question before on that one glorious sunny day – where is the nest beer garden that’s near? We have compiled a list for you across Brighton, Hove and Sussex to help you find the perfect alfresco spot on the next warm sunny day.

The Shepherd & Dog

The Shepherd and Dog in Fulking has been serving West Sussex and the surrounding areas for some years now. The Shepherd & Dog has a lot to offer considering it’s nestled in a quiet sleepy village at the bottom of the foothills of the South Downs National Park.

Alfresco vibe: The best alfresco views in the South Downs!

Beer Gardens in Sussex

The Talbot

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.

Alfresco vibe: Idyllic country village setting.

Street view, The Talbot, Cuckfield


The Fountain Inn

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. A lovely venue to escape to the countryside and get right amongst the nature in it’s gorgeous garden s

Alfresco vibe: Vintage countryside setting.
The Fountain Inn, Ashurst, Steyning, Country food pub, restaurant

Sidekick Kitchen at The Mash Tun

Sidekick is based at the popular pub The Mash Tun. They serve delicious ‘dirty’ burgers made with the freshest of ingredients and have a loyal following. It’s a great location being bang in the middle of the North Laine area, with outdoor seating on the bustling pedestrian promenade. In the summer this place is heaving, there’s live music and performances often happening at eye view from this spot. Peruse Sidekicks quirky menu with themed burgers and tasty wings!

Alfresco vibe: Relaxed vibes, great burgers and the occasional street entertainment

Sidekick Burgers at Mash Tun pub, Brighton

Caxton Arms

The Caxton Arms is one of Brighton’s best kept secrets with their two-level beer garden and balcony. It’s tucked away in the heart of the city centre, just a short hop from Brighton station. The traditional pub inspired menu focuses on tasty authentic food, made by their passionate chefs. They use local butchers and fishmongers to ensure they have the freshest ingredients and cater to vegetarians and vegans.

Alfresco vibe: Traditional pub in central Brighton, two-level garden and balcony

The Bull Inn

Located just north of Henfield, this traditional style pub welcomes the whole family (including the dog!). With plenty of space and a delicious menu specialising in freshly baked pizza we think this is a venue that will please the kids and adults alike! The spacious beer garden is an ideal space to dine al fresco during the summer months or just to relax & enjoy a drink. There is a children’s play area which the kids can enjoy whilst the parents sit back & rest.

Alfresco vibe: Traditional pub with kids play area

Pizzas at the Bull in Henfield

The Black Lion

One of Brighton’s well known pubs, The Black Lion, is situated in the heart of The Lanes just near the seafront on Black Lion Street. Not only does The Black Lion have a good reputation for a music filled night out, it’s amazing food is also the attraction to many people. Enjoy the large covered garden with heated booths, an outside bar and BBQs available for parties. Oh and there are garden DJs all Summer!

Alfresco vibe: Heated beer garden with DJs and BBQs for parties


The Royal Oak

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. The Royal Oak is a great venue if you are looking to explore the English Countryside or just escape from the busy city.

Alfresco vibe: Sun soaked gardens and terraces.

Royal Oak, Poynings, Sussex, Country Pub, Restaurant

The Sportsman

Situated north of Hurstpierpoint at Goddards Green, the Sportsman public house has been serving great food and real ales to the heart of West Sussex for some time. With gorgeous outdoor settings, perfect for Sunday walks, it’s a great place to rest for a refreshing drink in the sun.

Alfresco vibe: Relaxed, country feel.


Hove Place Bistro and Gardens

The Hove Place is a popular casual Bistro Pub in the heart of Hove, close to the seafront located just off Church Road in the Palmeira Square area on First Avenue. Renowned for one of the best beer gardens in the area, this Italian inspired garden is perfect to enjoy one of their cheese and charcuterie boards, or a gourmet pub meal.

Alfresco vibe: Italian gardens, social but relaxing.

The garden at Hove Place gardens and Bistro

The Cricketers

The Cricketers is a city centre traditional pub, full of charm, history, warmth and character  – and one of the few Brighton pubs that still retains its Victorian splendour. Enjoy a drink or two in their internal courtyard, which opens out to the street in the warmer months. Alternatively there are seats out the front which is great for watching passers by.

Alfresco Vibe: Rustic and characterful.

The Duke 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.

Alfresco vibe: Homely, like stepping back in time.

The Duke of York pub, Hassocks, Sayers Common


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