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The Shepherd & Dog Fulking

Award winning, idyllic countryside pub and restaurant. Serving a selection of top quality pub favourites and fine dining dishes. All produce is locally sourced and prepared by top chefs.

The Shepherd & Dog, South Downs Country Pub

The Shepherd and Dog in Fulking is a long standing Sussex country pub with masses to offer. In 2020 The Shepherd and Dog won the Brighton Restaurant Award for Best Sussex Venue.

Location, Location!

Whether you’re combining your visit with a picturesque walk from Devils Dyke, making a countryside getaway from Brighton or attending one of their regular events, The Shepherd and Dog is a thriving venue nestled in the sleepy village of Fulking at the bottom of the foothills of the South Downs National Park.

The Shepherd and Dog in Fulking - South Downs Pub

A Charming Blend of Old and New

The Shepherd and Dog is an idyllic country boozer with the character and charm from a bygone era, if you’re after a proper taste of Sussex with a Sussex Walk included, then look no further.

Exterior space - The Shepherd and Dog Fulking

Toasty indoors with the backdrop of the South Downs outdoors

Think toasty Sussex fireplaces, low beamed ceilings and a wooden rustic panelled interior – then combine this with a backdrop of the South Downs with ebbing stream running through the spacious family garden with acres of space for all to enjoy. The Shepherd and Dog Fulking can trace its history back to the 18th Century and retains the ramshackle charm of the original cottages that made up the building in years gone by.

Situated on the South Downs National Park

Enjoy a broad selection of both cask and keg traditional ales, spectacular gins, premium whiskeys, local and world wide wines combined with the modern and traditional dishes.  Add a splash of the relaxed, easy going atmosphere, friendly and knowledgeable staff, we guarantee you will want to be making this pub your favourite destination..

The Shepherd & Dog Fulking gives you the chance to escape the hurly-burly of central Brighton pubs, for a cosy getaway or a chance to work up a thirst and an appetite after walking the South Downs this hospitable venue will make you glad you came.
The venue is also excellent for both couples and families and is a Sussex dog friendly pub all year around. During the summer visit the large Sussex beer garden with BBQ menu or attend one of its many functions.

Food at the Shepherd & Dog Fulking

Meals here are hand made using the finest locally sourced Sussex produce and prepared by the award winning kitchen team.

Pheasant dish

Sussex produce & seasonally changing menus

From classic pub lunches (like fish and chips) and fine dining, a meal at the The Shepherd and Dog Fulking will always be just that little different. Take a browse at their website to check their latest menus for lunch, evening dining, children’s menus and Sussex Sunday Roasts.

Tuna maincourse at The Shepherd and Dog

Private Hire, Weddings & Events – The Shepherd and Dog Fulking

During the summer months visit The Shepherd and Dog Fulking Garden Bar, and eat from their BBQ menu whilst enjoying the sun and letting the children have fun in the play area, just perfect for those lazy afternoons and evenings, so a super friendly option as a family friendly Sussex pub. 

Carpaccio dish at The Shepherd and Dog

The Shepherd and Dog Fulking hosts an annual Beer festivals, Gin & Jazz festival and plenty of other events to attend during the year keep an eye on their website and social media for events.

pubs with fires, Interior at The Shepherd and Dog


  1. Lucy

    We arrived wet and tired after 2 days walking the south downs way.
    We were welcomed by Sian even though close to closing at 4 pm. Tea and delicious taste arrived along with helpful numbers for taxis to get us back to our car. She and team could not have been more helpful and kind.
    Then Kara went well above and beyond and offered to take us to our car 20 mins away which we accepted.
    Will definitely recommend and hope to sample more of the food another time . But also a wonderful.location with lots of character and friendly super helpful people. Yummy tart too!

  2. claire

    After a long walk on the South Downs trail we ended up in this lovely pub in Fulking. The staff was extremely welcoming when we came in dripping from the rain, asking for tea and cake (delicious apple and gooseberry crumble) just before the kitchen was being closed. As we couldn’t find any taxi to take us back to the place where our car was parked the general manger offered to take us there. What a lovely thing to do! Highly recommended place to go.

  3. Megan Davis

    Our favourite place for a walk on the Downs and the best Sunday roast in Sussex!! Have also had fantastic steak dinners and a brilliant NYE murder mystery night here. Always great food and lovely staff and atmosphere.

  4. Tom

    From the outside it looks like the quintessential country pub, with an amazing setting and surrounded by beautiful spots for a walk. Inside there is a superb selection of real ales, craft beers and spirits, not to forget the delicious food. Few better spots for a Sunday roast in the local area

  5. Emma Harrel

    The Shepherd & Dog has one of the best beer gardens with beautiful views. I love going for a Sunday Roast in the summer and eating outside, sometimes they have live music playing.

  6. Emma Clare

    A Sunday tip – book in for a roast at the Shepherd and Dog, park the car at Devil’s Dyke and amble the half hour down the hill to the pub! Only issue is getting back up with a full tum! Great locally sourced meat and vegetables.

  7. Angela Simmonds

    What more do you want? Country walks, amazing food and amazing service!

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