Best Sussex Restaurants & Country Pubs

Brighton, and the surrounding Sussex countryside offer endless restaurant and pub food options. For this list we have taken a look at the Sussex countryside and the Sussex seaside. There are Sussex restaurants and proper country pubs. The choice, as they say, is yours.

The Crabtree, countryside dining, Horsham, Sussex

The outside of The Crabtree Pub, Sussex

Book a table at The Crabtree in Sussex. The Crabtree is a family run public house, located in the beautiful Sussex countryside south of Horsham. They pride themselves in serving great local, seasonal food, organic wines and fabulous real ales in warm and welcoming surroundings.

Highly recommended if you’re after a drive into the Sussex countryside for top notch gastro pub dining. About 25 minutes drive from the outskirts of Brighton.

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The Sussex Ox, Country Pub, Polegate

Steak at The Sussex Ox

The Sussex Ox is possibly the quintessence of Country Pub. Situated within acres of its own rolling farmland, which literally provides the meat and potatoes on the menu, the Sussex Ox can lay claim to a boast about serving locally sourced produce that few others can match. The pub itself is warm, family and community orientated with three main bars and extensive gardens. The Old Bar, is a cosy traditional space with coster festooned beams and an open fire, serving local and national beers, ales and ciders and with a focus on bio-dynamic wines. The Garden Room is light with spectacular vista and an opportunity to watch the sun set over Firle Beacon, whilst the ample Front Room seats forty with views over the gardens towards Lullington. Review.

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 The Shepherd & Dog, Fulking

Pouring a red wine

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.

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The Crown Inn, Gastro Pub, Horsted Keynes

Table ready for dinner

The Crown Inn is situated at Horsted Keynes, just past Lindfield around 35 minutes from Brighton. There’s a friendly and relaxing atmosphere at The Crown Inn, and with head chef Simon’s years of experience in fine dining you’re in for a real treat! There’s also accommodation with four delightful rooms making it an ideal place to say if you’re exploring Sussex for a few days. The menus at The Crown Inn change regularly reflecting the seasons and food available at the time, being locally sourced where possible.

The Rose & Crown, gastro pub, Cuckfield

Dessert at The Rose & Crown, pub

The Rose & Crown is situated in the picturesque village Cuckfield, around 35 minutes from Brighton. It is a family business run by Simon & Mark Dennis, who also run the popular sister venue the The Crown Inn at Horsted Keynes. Serving modern British food and a great selection of drinks there’s a fabulous beer garden, a lounge or the main restaurant you can enjoy your food in.

The Schooner, gastro pub, Southwick

Schooner Southwick


The Schooner is an independent gastro pub on the Sussex shoreline between Hove and Shoreham. Book a table at this Southwick venue that offers locally sourced meats, fish and seafood. The menu at The Schooner changes with the season. As well as providing delicious fresh food they also offer great gluten free choices.
Their set price menu runs 12 – 9.30pm Monday – Saturday and Roasts are served Sunday’s 12-6pm. (The Schooner on a map)

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The New Inn, Hurstpierpoint

Summer evenings in the New Inn Hurstpierpoint
Wood fire at The New Inn, Hurstpierpoint

Enjoy a fine selection of locally sourced foods, wines and ales in this Grade II listed gastro pub situated on the edge of the South Downs national park. With a beautiful 1/3 acre beer garden, a generously proportioned restaurant, and three bar areas ranging from the social front bar to the intimate ‘snug’ The New Inn offers a traditional pub feel with contemporary dining. Their drinks menu includes many local craft ales and a carefully selected, reasonably priced wine list.

The Sportsman, Goddards Green

Back Entrance to The Sportsman Pub, Goddards Green, West Sussex

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.

Stanmer House, Stanmer Park

Stanmer House, Stanmer Park, Restaurants Brighton

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.

The Glass House Restaurant, Albourne

Try The Glass House Restaurant at Wickwoods, located just 15 minutes outside of Brighton. Set in the South Downs National Park, sample the fantastic Modern European menu and take in the views of landscaped gardens and woodland. Offering include mid-week dining, afternoon teas as well as Sunday lunch. See the Review.

The Wheatsheaf, Henfield

Co owners Nilton and Matt have created a cosy and friendly venue offering a home cooked, home grown, unpretentious menu. The beautifully kept gardens are great for summer days and warm evenings, whilst the roaring fires and comfy furnishings makes for braving inclement conditions worthwhile. The Wheatsheaf is a welcoming pub to families and dog owners, and caters well for vegetarians, vegans, and those with dairy and or gluten free diets.

The Duke of York, Sayers Common

The Duke of York pub, Hassocks, 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 Talbot, Cuckfield

Restaurant interior, 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 Fountain Inn, Ashurst

The Fountain Inn, Ashurst, Steyning, Country food pub, restaurant

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.

Chambers Bistro, Shoreham By Sea

Seafood platter

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. The Sussex sister to the House restaurant in Brighton. Chambers Review.

Chaula’s Indian Restaurant, Lewes

Chaula's of Brighton, Indian Restaurant, Curry House

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.

The Plough, Rottingdean

The Plough Inn, Rottingdean, Sussex Pub

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.

Fish dish at Limes of Lindfield

Book a table at Limes of Lindfield. 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. Just 2.2 miles from Haywards Heath, 2.7 miles from Borde Hill Garden and a 35 minute drive from Brighton, Lindfield is a quaint and scenic village with local buildings dating back to the 14th Century and plenty of country walks available in the surrounding area.

The Restaurant at Pelham House, Lewes

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 Garden at Pelham House - Lewes Restaurants

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.

 Royal Oak Poynings finalist Best Sussex Venue brighton restaurant awards BRAVO


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, WinehamRoyal 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, WarninglidHalf 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.

The Wheatsheaf, Plummers PLain, SussexWheatsheaf, 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, FindonSylvan 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, Country Pub, Henfield, SussexThe 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. Review 

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!

The Green Man Partridge Green SussexThe Green Man, Partridge Green

A bit of a drive outside of Brighton, but only 25 minutes or so and worth it. The Green Man isn’t your typical village pub with sports on the TV and gaming machines in the corner, but simply a stylish and relaxed establishment which serves good food and a well-stocked bar with a wide choice of drinks. Owners Becky and Nick say their mission is simple: To give you outstanding food, served with passion.


Half Moon Plumpton Halfmoon, Plumpton

Two hundred years old, the Half Moon is a truly traditional country pub situated at the foot of the stunning South Downs National park. Only 10 minutes both from the town of Lewes and the charming little village of Ditchling. Award winning chef, Richard Willis has been honing his skills in Sussex for many years. He uses the freshest local ingredients and changes the menu constantly to reflect the seasons. Menu includes game from local shoots.

the bull, ditchling, sussex, dog friendlyThe Bull, Ditchling

The Bull is a stylishly converted pub in the charming village of Ditchling, about 10 minutes north of Brighton. Think low timber beams, open fires and plush leather sofas. There’s also a terrace and a large garden with views of the South Downs for the summer months. The menu is affordable and changes daily including modern British classics, inventive fusion dishes and some lighter vegetarian fare. Great Sunday lunch menu and kids menu also.

homeTopImageThe Plough, Pyecombe

Situated on the beautiful South Downs Way, just 5 minutes north of Brighton off the A23 in the historic village of Pyecombe. Popular with walkers, riders and cyclists as it’s a perfect place to rest and re-fuel. The service is extremely warm and friendly and families are very welcome. The menu is extensive with a great selection of dishes for everyone and a slight Mediterranean influence.

a-frontThe Bell at Ticehurst

The Bell in Ticehurst, East Sussex blend three ingredients: people, produce and place and they make all three ingredients sing and shine. One of the most recommended country pubs in Sussex to eat, drink and to stay, the Bell serve uncomplicated, unrushed British food sourced from local Sussex farmers and suppliers. Full of character and quirk, the Bell is a must visit in the North East of our beautiful county.

banner1-900x420The Royal Oak, East Lavant

At heart, a restaurant with rooms rather  than a traditional drinking pub the Royal Oak promises a gateway for those wanting to get away from it all. The owners of the Royal Oak are dedicated to good honest food made with fine local ingredients, country warmth and personal service. At the foot of the South Downs it is the perfect place to refuel after a long walk across the hills. Near Chichester.

The Ram Inn, Firle, Firle Beacon, Sussex PubThe Corner House, Worthing

Brothers Matt and Tim Taylor have brought this North Londonesque, stylish yet relaxed pub to Worthing. Hearty home cooked with a focus of cooking from scratch you’ll find your pub classics such as homemade burgers, fish and chips and for a finer option there are dishes like gnocchi and pork fillet. Freshly baked bread is made daily in their kitchen along with delicious handmade ice cream all made on site too! The homely surroundings are perfect for a Sunday roast with the family all accompanied with some local ale. Photograph credit: The Corner House

The Earl of March, LavantThe Earl of March, Lavant

Historical pub, The Earl of March dates back to the 18th Century and is situated in the heart of picturesque village, Lavant, Chichester. A must visit pub for it’s exceptional ‘county plush’ ambience, fabulous cuisine and drinks, but not forgetting the superb backdrop of Goodwood and the South Downs! With food made by former executive head chef of The Ritz Hotel, London, you’re sure to have some exceptional food. The seasonal set menu is one to try, ideal for a pre-theatre meal! Photograph credit: The Earl of March

The Woodman Arms, Pub, Angering, SussexThe Woodman Arms, Angmering

This traditional thatched roof pub dates back to 1541 where it started life as two estate workers’ cottages, later becoming an alehouse 100 years later. It’s the perfect stop off to refuel after your countryside walk, with gorgeous surroundings that can be viewed from the Woodman Arms’ garden area (which has won awards!). There’s traditional pub favourites such as Steak & Ale pie, and a selection of beer on tap. Photograph credit: The Woodman Arms

the Ram Inn, FirleThe Ram Inn, Firle

The Ram Inn is in the quintessentially beautiful English village, Firle. It’s just off the A27, and with easy access to over 100 miles of walking and cycling along the South Downs, the Ram Inn is a perfect stop off point! Having built a reputation for excellent local food as well as locally produced cask ales, The Ram Inn isn’t one to miss if you’re over that way. You can read up on exactly where their ingredients are sourced from over on their website. Photograph credit: The Ram Inn

The Mermaid Inn, RyeThe Mermaid Inn, Rye

The Mermaid Inn is in picturesque Rye and is a venue that has a lot of history. Built in the 15th century with some parts dating back to the Norman Conquest, and there’s even a priest’s hole hidden in the chimney breast to look out for! You can opt for either some fine dining at the restaurant that’s been awarded two AA Rosettes, or for something more casual, there’s the lounge bar that serves food and has a log fireplace. Photograph credit: The Mermaid Inn

The Royal Oak, Pub, West Lavington, SussexThe Royal Oak, West Lavington

Situated on the southern edge of Midhurst, the Royal Oak is set in a beautiful location in the South Downs National Park and the pub enjoys spectacular views of the Downs. The menu consists of pub classics, but also takes advantage of the abundant seasonal produce found in and around West Sussex and Hampshire, so offers a wide range of fish, meat, game and vegetarian dishes, cooked in a modern style with influences from around the world. Choose a drink from the Royal Oak’s extensive beverage menu to accompany your local food. Photograph credit: The Royal Oak

Crab & Lobster, Sidlesham, Sussex, Bar & RestaurantCrab & Lobster, Sidlesham

Nestling on the banks of Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve, this 350-year-old pub is a stunning hideaway. With a comfortable blend of old and new, the atmosphere is relaxed. The restaurant combines excellent service with stylish décor and a friendly ambience with food of the highest quality. With an emphasis on fresh fish, crab and lobster, there’s also traditional English and Mediterranean dishes to tempt the taste buds. Photograph credit: Crab & Lobster

The George, Burpham, Sussex, Pub & RestaurantThe George, Burpham

The George is set in the heart of a traditional Saxon village, Burpham, just over two miles from Arundel. The pub has an inviting contemporary interior serving freshly-cooked food with ingredients sourced locally. Voted “No. 1 Pub to Walk to” by the Sunday Telegraph and awarded AA Rosettes for outstanding food. Photograph credit: The George

The Griffin Inn, Fletching, Restaurant & Bar, SussexThe Griffin Inn, Fletching

The Griffin Inn has a restaurant seating 60 people, their menu is ever changing based on what’s available locally and seasonally. Modern European best describes the menu, with strong influences from London’s River Cafe. There’s an excellent wine list with a selection of Italian and English wines, perfect for some alfresco dining in their spectacular garden. And with Ashdown Forest a short distance away there’s a great walking opportunity to be had! Photograph credit: The Griffin Inn

The Fox Goes Free, Charlton, Restaurant, Inn & BarThe Fox Goes Free, Charlton

400-year-old country pub overlooking the Southdowns of West Sussex, The Fox Goes Free is charming and full of character. Oak beams, brick walls and blackboards brimming with home cooked temptations, real ales and handpicked fine wines. Regularly visited by newcomers and regulars for it’s excellent service and attention to comfort. Don’t miss their roast if you’re about on a Sunday!

The Parsons Table, Restaurant, Arundel, SussexThe Parsons Table, Arundel

Situated in the heart of West Sussex in the beautiful town Arundel, The Parsons Table is owned by accomplished chef Lee and his wife Liz. The restaurant showcases Lee’s deep passion for classic cooking, exceptional flavours with a strong ethos around local and seasonal food, so expect the menu to change according to what’s available! Relaxed dining, impeccable service and a incredible flavours! Photograph credit: The Parsons Table

The Star Inn, Restaurant & Bar, Alfriston, SussexThe Star Inn, Alfriston

The Star Inn resides in the South Downs National Park not far from Eastbourne. The head chef and his team at The Star Inn pride themselves on creating excellent Modern-British style food. Expect to find crackling log fires in the Winter and alfresco dining in the Summer, a great place to visit all year around for lunch, dinner or just a drink from their extensive drinks list. Photograph credit: The Star Inn

Thai Terre, Restaurant, East Dean, SussexThai Terre, East Dean

Having opened business five years ago in East Dean, Thai Terre have built up an impressive reputation for the quality food and service the provide. Contemporary decor with an Eastern twist with Thai artwork and ambience. Beautifully presented dishes with clean and aromatic flavours, you can really see the craft and care in the cooking here. Photograph credit: Thai Terre

The Leconfield Restaurant, Petworth, SussexThe Leconfield, Petworth

Situated in the heart of Petworth, The Leconfield is a AA 2 Rosette awarded restaurant and bar offering friendly and welcoming dining. Set in the surroundings of a beautifully restored 17th century building the restaurant offers a la carte and set menus, a relaxing bar and a pretty courtyard for the sunnier days. Also listed in the 2017 Tatler Restaurant Guide and the 2016 Good Food guide. Photograph credit: The Leconfield.

Gravetye Manor, Restaurant, SussexGravetye Manor, West Hoathly

Gravetye Manor is celebrating its first Michelin star. Head Chef George Blogg’s menu takes homegrown and seasonality to a whole new level. You can choose to have an unhurried classical dining experience in the restaurant or a leisurely lunch in the garden. Don’t be surprised if you’re surrounded by diners in their Sunday best as there’s a sense of occasion when dining at Gravetye. Photograph credit: Gravetye Manor

Samphire, Restaurant, East Wittering, SussexSamphire, East Wittering

English kitchen in East Wittering, Samphire, describe their food as simple, honest and fresh. They’ve been voted into The Good Food Guide for the fifth year running along with the Michelin Guide and Best In Sussex! Samphire work hard to ensure all of their ingredients are from a sustainable source. Photograph credit: Samphire


The Dorset Arms, Restaurant, SussexThe Dorset Arms, Withyham

The Dorset Arms Public House in Withyham is an 18th century alehouse situated in the outstandingly beautiful Sussex Weald. It has a traditional village pub feel, whilst offering high quality food all of a seasonal nature. Buckhurst Estate produce is included on the menu to create a greater connection with the local community. Sunday roasts are served weekly and on their main menu you can find pub classics, grills and salads all made with quality ingredients and much care. Photograph credit: The Dorset Arms

The Loft, Restaurant & Cafe, Arundel, SussexThe Loft, Arundel

The Loft is a California-inspired restaurant on the third floor of Arundel’s Sparks Yard General Store. Hearty breakfasts, leisurely lunches or a quick coffee, The Loft has everything covered. Family friendly with a lift and spices baby changing facilities along with a kids menu with activities to keep the little ones occupied. Thursday-Saturday’s are open for dinner, cocktails and live music nights too. A cool, casual, American style dining experience that’s great for all the family. Photograph credit: The Loft

The Blacksmiths, Restaurant & Bar, Sussex,The Blacksmiths, Donnington

The Blacksmiths is a newly renovated pub situated on the outskirts of the historical city of Chichester in the old village of Donnington. Relaxed and comfortable with a few quirks, there’s a homely bar with a fire roaring in the Winter or the elegant dining room for some delicious food. The Blacksmiths has its own herb and salad garden and children can visit the chickens where all the eggs come from. Seasonal British ingredients, innovative menus and a great selection of drinks including organic wines and local sparkling wine. Photograph credit: The Blacksmiths

The Pass, Restaurant, South Lodge, SussexThe Pass, Horsham

The Pass restaurant is Situated at South Lodge, a country house hotel with an abundance of experiences to indulge in, including Ian Swainson’s tasting menu. Up to 28 diners can experience the 3 AA rosette award-winning restaurant with all the culinary theatre you’d expect to find in a top restaurants kitchen. Try the seasonal, carefully executed tasting menus accompanied with a wine flight chosen by expert sommeliers. The aim of The Pass is to provide you with a fascinating journey of flavours and dining experience you won’t forget. Photograph credit: The Pass, South Lodge.

The Horse Guards InnThe Horse Guards, Tillington

Located in the sleepy village of Tillington, the Horse Guards is a 350 year old pub in the South Downs National Park. Serving a small but seasonal menu which changes daily according to what’s sourced from local suppliers, what’s dug out of their own vegetable patch and foraged from the wild hedgerows or shores nearby. Roast locally foraged chestnuts on the open fire in winter or relax outside on straw bale seats in summer. Rooms available. Near Petworth.

gallery-04The Duke of Cumberland, Midhurst

A 16th Century pub situated on the side of a hill with fantastic views. Still retaining most of its original charm the Duke has flagstone, wooden scrubbed tables and local ales served straight from the barrel. There are even fresh trout swimming around in one of the many garden ponds. The emphasis on the menu is simple and delicious. Award winning head chef and owner Simon Goodman is a big believer of local produce.

sussex restaurants and country food pubsThe Bolney Stage, Bolney

The Bolney Stage is an absolute treasure. Centuries old, it is literally like stepping back in time. Imagine giant inglenook fireplaces, ancient flagstones, comfy worn furniture and crooked beams snaking across the ceiling. The staff welcome you as if you’re family. The menu is packed with good honest British dishes. Try the Braised Feather of Beef with red wine, caramelised shallots, celeriac boulangère and watercress purée.

sussex restaurants and country food pubsThe Cat Inn, West Hoathley

A 16th century freehouse, the Cat Inn is set in the picturesque hilltop village of West Hoathley, only 25 minutes from Gatwick. It’s a perfect haven both in the winter and in the summer, with two cozy inglenook fireplaces for a bit of winter warmth and a terrace for the balmier months. With an extensive menu featuring local dishes such as the Roast Partridge, Dauphinoise Potatoes, Braised Red Cabbage, Cavolo Nero, Jus.

sussex restaurants and country food pubsThe Snowdrop Inn, Lewes

Taking full advantage of the plentiful local ingredients in the area, the Snowdrop is a gorgeous pub and restaurant in the heart of Lewes. The menu features some fantastic local produce including game from South Brockwell Farm, Brookland White chicken, Holmansbridge Farm sausage, Plantations Pigs pork and South Downs lamb. Not forgetting local ales Harveys and Dark Star as well as guest appearances from Thornbridge and others.

sussex restaurants and country food pubsThe Crown Inn, Dialpost

Near Horsham in West Sussex, the Crown Inn has a strong reputation for it’s excellent quality home-cooked food. Big on supporting their local farms and suppliers and big on seasonality, owner and head chef James is often out and about either visiting his neighbours for meat, vegetables and eggs or out foraging himself for local delights such as blackberries, chamomile and wild garlic. Check out the Crown, they’ll give you the royal treatment.

sussex restaurants and country food pubsThe George, Alfriston

Listed in Sussex Life magazine as one of the ‘Top 20 Cozy Winter Pubs’, the George is a perfect place to get away from it all. A stunning 14th Century Inn, it oozes character and charm. Oak beams, open log fires and a warm and friendly welcome, the George caters for all people and all occasions. A refreshing local pint after a walk on the surrounding South Downs or a romantic candlelit dinner with your loved one.

sussex restaurants and country food pubsThe Chequer Inn, Steyning

Having served locals and visitors for over 600 years, the Chequers Inn must have some stories to tell. Warm and welcoming, the Chequers is a proper traditional pub with a lot fo  history. They have a slightly separate restaurant though you can also eat in the bar. Supporting the plentiful local suppliers in the area, their menu is simple and classic with no fuss, but created with the best of ingredients.

sussex restaurants and country food pubsThe Jack and Jill, Ditchling

Jack and Jill went up the hill….and found a pale of ale and a delicious home-cooked meal. The family run Jack and Jill Inn in the historic village of Clayton near Ditchling is a gem of a find. Unpretentious and cozy, it’s a great place to enjoy a good local meal and a refreshing pint. Try the Ashdown Forest venison burger,melting Gruyere, apricot and juniper chutney, chips, green salad.

sussex restaurants and country food pubsThe Fox Inn, Rudgewick

The Fox Inn is a pretty historic pub set in the beautiful West Sussex countryside between Horsham and Guildford. Combining British tradition with the more exotic Asian fayre, they serve proper pub grub as well as an exciting selection of Chinese dishes. Slow roasted lamb shoulder or Penang Chicken curry. Whatever you decide, wash it all down with a Dorset Ale. Lovely jubbly.

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