Posts By: David Showell

Perfect non-alcoholic drinks for the designated driver

 

As the summer is fast approaching now, our thoughts often turn to the wonderful world of cocktails, and the refreshment they bring on a warm day. For designated drivers, however, there’s a great range of non-alcoholic offerings around, and they’re just as tasty and just as tempting. Here are a few you can enjoy and still get in the car at the end of your visit.

 

  1. Pineapple and Orange Sherbet Punch

 

This is an offering which really does taste as good as it sounds. It features softened orange sherbet, fresh or canned pineapple juice and ginger ale, and is even more delicious when served with crushed ice and a slice or two of orange as a garnish. On a summer afternoon, this is a drink that gets right to the heart of your thirst, especially if it’s accompanied by the type of evening dining Brighton has become famous for.

 

  1. The Real Shirley Temple

 

Named after the famous child movie star and reputed to have been served to her in Beverly Hills, it’s a mocktail that everyone will want to try. Served in a tall glass, it contains grenadine, ginger ale and plenty of ice with a slice of lemon to garnish. As well as being perfect for designated drivers, this is a drink that the children will love from the very first sip.

 

  1. Pomegranate mojito mocktail

 

The alcoholic version of a mojito has its roots in Cuba, and this delicious non-alcoholic variation has a distinctive Caribbean feel to it. The main ingredients are pomegranate juice and seeds, lemonade, fresh mint and, to add an exotic garnish, quartered and sliced limes. On a hot day, add as much ice as you can and savour every single taste.

 

  1. Pink grapefruit cooler

 

The sharp tastes offered by grapefruit are ideal in the summer, and this classic drink lends itself perfectly to time spent in the garden during the warmer months. It consists of pink grapefruit juice, lemon juice, soda water, sugar syrup, crushed ice and sprigs of mint. If you prefer, you can swap the soda water for bottled carbonated water.

 

  1. Orange iced tea

 

Iced tea is a lovely refreshing drink in the summer, and this exotic twist on the original brings you a glorious tangy citrus flavour. It consists of Earl Grey tea bags, sugar, orange flower water, sliced oranges and sprigs of mint. Serve with plenty of ice and get ready for a taste sensation that you will probably want to repeat time and time again.

 

Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we serve a stunning range of non-alcoholic drinks. We know that when it comes to fine dining Sussex is perfect for both lunches and dinners.

Make your weekend wonderful with a visit to the Shepherd & Dog

 

Everyone seems to be living their lives at breakneck speeds these days, but it’s so easy to introduce a change of pace when the weekend comes around. The pressures of work and home can take their toll on all of us, but Saturdays and Sundays represent a golden opportunity to step back from the chaos for a while.

 

Here amid the picturesque beauty of the South Downs National Park, the pace of life is fairly slow, and that’s just the way we like it. This glorious corner of south-east England lends itself perfectly to the gentle art of creating the perfect weekend, no matter how stressed you might be feeling.

 

Our pub represents a sanctuary from the pressure, and we provide the warmest of welcomes to all our visitors. Whether you’ve been hiking in the hills, shopping in the city, inching along in the traffic or working too hard in the office, we offer a stunning range of refreshing drinks and a food menu that’s packed with temptations.

 

The perfect location for the perfect escape

 

We love the location of the Shepherd & Dog, because it gives us a unique opportunity to provide a retreat from the outside world. We’re nestled snugly in the idyllic village of Fulking, yet we remain pleasingly close to the exciting city of Brighton and within an hour from the very centre of London. There are many good restaurants in Brighton, and we feel we are as good as any in the region.

 

Every week, we cater to the needs of a pleasing mix of locals, visitors to the National Park and tourists from all over the world. We like the fact that our customer base is so diverse, and although each of our customers is different they all leave with the opinion that time spent in the Shepherd & Dog is as rewarding as it gets.

 

If you’re in the area in the coming weeks, come and say hello and discover a luxurious sanctuary away from your other, more hectic life. Whether you’re here for a quick drink or a multi-course banquet, we look forward to seeing you. Here in the Sussex countryside, it’s all about having a good time free of worry and stress.

 

The Shepherd & Dog is a traditional country pub and restaurant located in the heart of the Sussex countryside, offering superb food and a comprehensive range of cold and hot drinks. We offer the type of fine dining Sussex can be proud of.

Five great reasons to visit the Shepherd & Dog

 

There are thousands of pubs in the UK, of course, and just like anything else they can vary in quality. Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we’ve been welcoming customers for many decades, and we know what makes people come back time and time again. Here are five factors that can turn a good pub into a great one.

 

  1. A tempting selection of drinks

 

Every customer is an individual, and each of them will have their own tastes when it comes to ordering a drink. We offer a comprehensive range of beers, lagers, ciders, wines and spirits, not forgetting a refreshing selection of soft drinks, so there’s always something that will fit the bill perfectly.

 

  1. A reputation for mouth-watering meals

 

Pubs need to be able to offer fine dining, light bites and bar meals these days. We believe in making the most of our world-class locally sourced ingredients from both land and sea, and our chefs offer a wonderfully tempting range of meals, designed to impress from the first mouthful to the last.

 

  1. A location to sigh for

 

Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we are understandably proud of our prime location in the heart of the Sussex countryside. In the winter months, our roaring fire provides a sanctuary from inclement weather, and in the summer our picturesque large beer garden offers the finest spot for taking in the views while you relax.

 

  1. Keeping things fresh

 

We don’t believe in standing still and resting on our laurels. Our superb range of drinks is augmented on a regular basis by guest beers and wines, so you’ll always find something that hits the right spot. Our food menu is constantly updated, and the specials boards bring diners something a little different for both lunch and dinner.

 

  1. The warmth of the welcome

 

Perhaps the most important factor for all successful Sussex pubs is the way they make the customer feel from the moment they walk through the door. A smile goes a long way, of course, and we know from the size of our regular customer base that the Shepherd & Dog is a place people want to come back to over and over again.

 

The Shepherd & Dog in Fulking is a highly popular pub and restaurant located in a tranquil village to the north of Brighton.

Make your Valentine’s Day extra special at the Shepherd & Dog

 

The concept of celebrating Valentine’s Day goes back many centuries, but the celebrations as we know them today are a little more modern. While the more cynical among us will point to the over-commercialisation of a specific random point in the calendar, it should be noted that, despite rumours to the contrary, it wasn’t simply invented by the greetings card industry.

These days, Valentine’s Day represents an opportunity to spend some time with those we love, and perhaps to exchange cards and gifts. For some, the best way to celebrate is with a cosy night in and a romantic movie, but for others nothing beats a night out in a Sussex gastropub, especially if there’s a thick, juicy steak on the menu along with a great selection of fine wines and craft beers.

There are an estimated one billion Valentine’s Day cards purchased around the world each year, with around 25 million in the UK alone. While the cards we send today are manufactured from card, their predecessors were originally made with embossed paper lace. During Victorian times, postage costs were exceptionally low, and this helped the sending of cards to become increasingly popular.

If you’re thinking of proposing, be careful!

Valentine’s Day seems to bring out the romantic in many of us, although this is the case with some more than others. Every year, somewhere around 10% of all marriage proposals occur on February 14th, although a recent survey suggests almost 90% of women think it’s not a good idea to use this particular day for that all-important proposal.

It’s commonly accepted that the first Valentine was created by Charles, Duke of Orleans, during his time as a prisoner in the Tower of London. He’d been captured at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, and he remained incarcerated for 24 years. His message to his wife started and finished with:

I am already sick of love,
My very gentle Valentine,

This year, we celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Shepherd & Dog in style. Our mouth-watering streaks from Trenchmore Farm in Cowfold are cooked to perfection on our coal-fired barbecue. Needless to say, we also offer a comprehensive range of alternatives on our menu, along with a superb selection of drinks to complement the whole occasion.

The Shepherd & Dog in Fulking offers the type of fine dining Sussex is famous for. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic meal.

New Year, new you – healthy alternatives for drinkers

 

For some, the New Year represents a fresh start, a time to make a few lifestyle changes and perhaps to usher in a completely new person. This is the time of year when gyms and health clubs experience a major spike in popularity, of course, and when takeaway food outlets suffer a noticeable dip.

 

Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we have always offered viable alternatives for those seeking to eat and drink more healthily. Complete abstinence is always an option, but in truth it ought to be remembered that life is for living. There’s a happy medium here, and it’s one that we’re always pleased to support. The fine dining Sussex has to offer is always a pleasure, at any time of the year.

 

It’s not difficult to swap your usual tipple for something a little more healthy. Red wine is a popular choice because it contains antioxidants which can be good for your heart, although if you’re counting the calories white wine is lower. As always, a couple of glasses now and again won’t cause too much harm to the diet.

 

Cocktails with care can make a big difference

 

If you’re a fan of cocktails, there are several ways to make your favourite drinks more beneficial to your health. A bloody Mary, for example, will be better for you if you use fresh tomato juice rather than the bottled variety. Sangria is a popular choice, especially at parties, but standard mixes often contain a significant amount of sugar. To alleviate this, multiply the fresh fruit content instead.

 

If you’re keen to drink more healthily, it’s always a good idea to think about the ingredients in your favourite cocktails. If they include syrup or sugar, it might be best to give them a wide berth. Even swapping tonic water, which is high in calories, with club soda can make a significant difference.

 

If you’re a beer drinker, you don’t need to give up altogether to get healthier. Many of those in the know switch to Guinness in order to cut the calories. The legendary Irish stout packs in fewer calories than most bitters and lagers, so turn to the black stuff if you’re looking to drink more wisely.

 

Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we provide a huge variety of beers, spirits, wines and cocktails.

 

Winter walks, tasty food, refreshing drinks – what’s not to love about this time of year?

 

This is a much-maligned time of year, but it’s always worth noting that the warmest welcomes await in your favourite Sussex pubs. There’s something wonderfully welcoming about a pub that offers a superb range of drinks, some mouth-watering food and a crackling log fire.

 

Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we like to think of our establishment as a sanctuary from the elements in the cooler months. Judging by the smiles on the faces of our customers when they step in from the cold, we know that we’re not alone. When the temperature drops outside, there’s nothing quite like time spent at the best place to eat in Sussex.

 

Our location has a lot to do with the welcome we can offer, of course. Fulking is an extremely pretty English village, and the fact that the celebrated South Downs National Park is all around us simply adds to the sense of wonder. On a weekend lunchtime, nothing beats a long walk in the countryside with the dog, followed of course by some suitable refreshments.

 

Head outside for exercise, then inside for relaxation!

 

England’s newest national park – it was formally established in 2010 – covers around 1,600 square kilometres, and it’s home to some exceptionally impressive walks. For many of our regulars in the winter, a wander through the rural beauty of the park simply has to be followed by a pint or two of real ale and a hearty hot meal.

 

One of the nicest things about local walks is that the terrain is either extremely flat or it often tends to rise gently. Thanks to this, long walks can be enjoyed by families with young children, without the kids getting tired too soon. If a wonderful meal awaits at the end of it, a rural Sussex gastropub will fit the bill perfectly.

 

There are many good restaurants in Brighton and Hove, of course, but there are times when you just have to get away from the city for a while instead. The air is crisp and fresh in Fulking, especially in the winter, making this area the perfect location for some well-earned escape.

 

The Shepherd & Dog is the perfect place for winter relaxation, whether you’re eating, drinking or simply watching the world go by.

Five ways to make the office Christmas party a big success

 

At this time of year, thoughts turn to how best to turn the works Christmas party into an unforgettable event. There are a number of ways to make it a special occasion, of course, but perhaps the most important issue is the choice of venue. Moving the event away from the workplace is key, because it allows party-goers to relax more. Here are five reasons to choose the Shepherd & Dog.

 

  1. Make sure the food is fantastic

 

Whether your event involves a sit-down meal or perhaps a running buffet, the quality of the food is a hugely important factor. Fresh, seasonal ingredients are a must, as is a choice of options to make sure every taste is catered for. Don’t forget there will be some people who have specific dietary needs. Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we specialise in the type of fine dining Sussex has become famous for.

 

  1. Offer a wide range of drinks

 

During the yuletide festivities, drinks can be as important as food, of course. If you’re organising a Christmas party for the office, the chances are you will need to think about the needs of a diverse group of people. Be sure to offer an extensive range of beers, wines and spirits, not to mention soft drinks for those all-important designated drivers. Needless to say, a choice of teas, coffees and indulgent hot chocolate is also a must.

 

  1. Never underestimate the importance of atmosphere

 

The atmosphere at any Christmas party is crucial, and sometimes it’s so good you barely notice its existence at all. If you have music playing, it’s best to make it noticeable but not overly intrusive. Your chosen playlist should be familiar to the majority of party-goers, and of course you should include a smattering of festive classics. Merry Christmas, Everybody!

 

  1. Tell us what you want

 

Christmas parties at the Shepherd & Dog are always events to remember, and over the years we have become used to providing the customers with what they want. If you’re planning a special occasion with us, be sure to talk us through the details of the celebration. If there’s anything we can do to make it extra special, feel free to shout.

 

  1. Finally, don’t forget to enjoy yourself!

 

Sometimes, being the party organiser can be a thankless task. Everyone seems to have their own ideas about how to make it a special occasion, and the one who has to do the donkey work often finds it more stressful than celebratory. With our help, the organiser can relax from the start and enjoy the occasion just as much as everyone else.

 

Happy Christmas!

 

The Shepherd & Dog plays host to a significant number of Christmas parties every year. If you’re thinking of joining us at this special time of year, get in touch today for more information.

Autumn drinks to warm the cockles of the heart

 

Autumn is upon us and there will be times in the coming weeks and months when an ice cold lager may not appear to be as welcoming as it did in July. For many of our regulars, this is a time that’s more about the warmth of the welcome than the chill of the wine, so here are a few drinks ideas to help you to keep out the cold.

 

Foaming pints of bitter

 

Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we serve an extensive range of bitters, ranging from familiar names to lesser known craft beers from across the globe. And while bitter remains popular throughout the year, it becomes the number one choice for many more people as soon as September comes to an end. One of the best things about exploring various bitters from different brewers is the subtle taste differences from one to the next.

 

Irish coffee

 

While many of us would think of coffee as a mid-morning boost or a pleasant way to finish a meal, an Irish coffee is something a little more different. In essence it’s a cocktail that provides a wonderfully warm feeling from the first taste to the last. It generally consists of hot coffee, Irish whiskey and sugar, topped off with a thick layer of cream. The secret is to drink it slowly through the cream.

 

Mulled wine

 

While many people associate mulled wine with Christmas, there’s no reason for anyone to wait till December to enjoy its delicious taste. Served warm or sometimes piping hot, it’s usually made with red wine and a selection of spices. One of the more pleasing aspects of this drink is that there’s no definitive recipe, so a glass of mulled wine can often be something of a pleasant surprise.

 

Hot buttered rum

 

Hot buttered rum

 

This is one of the more indulgent winter drinks. There are a number of variations which can be added to the standard ingredients list of rum, butter, hot water and spices. A thick slice of orange peel is a good addition, and some people like to replace the hot water with hot cider instead. In the USA, this is a particularly popular winter drink.

 

The ultimate hot chocolate

 

Hot chocolate is guaranteed to bring you a lovely warm feeling just when you need it most, and to satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time. For added luxury, try making it with a mixture of double cream and milk, and be sure to add a generous sprinkling of marshmallows before serving. Grated chocolate on the top completes the indulgence.

 

Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we serve a tempting range of hot and cold drinks to bring you the ultimate autumn experience. Our bar and restaurant provide the perfect location for autumnal relaxation.

 

Time to celebrate all things German at Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

 

Oktoberfest has become synonymous with drinking, eating and all-round good times in the UK in recent years, and as you probably know the roots of this cultural phenomenon lie in Germany. What you may not know, however, is the sheer scale of modern-day Oktoberfest celebrations.

 

The original, and still the largest, event takes place every year in Munich. It attracts somewhere around six million visitors from all over Germany and across the world. In 2013, more than 7.5 million litres of beer were consumed over the 16-day period, not to mention a huge range of traditional German food items, including:

 

  • Hendl (roast chicken)
  • Brezen (pretzels)
  • Schweinsaxe (ham hock)
  • Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes)
  • Steckerlfisch (grilled fish served on sticks)

 

The start and finish dates of Oktoberfest in Munich will change slightly from year to year, but since German reunification it has been timed to include German Unity Day, which is celebrated on October 3rd. As well as food and drink, the event also includes fun fair rides, stalls, games and a variety of street entertainers.

 

A little slice of Germany in rural Sussex

 

While there’s nothing quite like being in Munich during this spectacular occasion, the next best thing is to experience one of the many British Oktoberfest events instead. On Sunday 5th October, the Shepherd & Dog are hosting a day that celebrates German culture mixed in with a traditional Sussex welcome. A day that features mouth-watering food and superb beers in a glorious rural pub deserves to be on every wish-list.

 

The first Oktoberfest events as we know them today were held in the early 19th century to celebrate the wedding of Kronprinz Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildurghausen in 1810. The original festivities were centred on horse races which attracted thousands of people from across southern Germany.

 

There are a number of important links between Sussex and Germany. The Brighton Pavilion was built at the behest of King George IV, a prominent monarch from the House of Hanover. Many Sussex towns, including Hastings, Lewes, Uckfield, Crawley and Hassocks, are twinned with German locations.

 

If you’re keen to find out why German food and drink has become so popular at this time of year, be sure to visit the Shepherd & Dog for Oktoberfest. There is something wonderful about superb food and iconic craft beers when they’re enjoyed in a beautiful rural setting. This promises to be an occasion not to be missed.

 

The Shepherd & Dog’s Oktoberfest celebrations are to be held on Sunday October 5th.

Broaden your craft beer horizons with us

Craft Beers

 

In recent years, the popularity of craft beers has risen and risen, and it’s so easy to see why. The days when the only beers we could find were made by a handful of large breweries are long gone, and consumers are now able to choose from a huge range of suppliers of all shapes and sizes. It really is all about variety now.

 

A large number of micro-breweries have been created over the past couple of decades in all parts of the world, and the discerning consumer is now blessed with a superb range of craft beers to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a stout from Staffordshire, a bitter from Belfast or even a porter from Pennsylvania, the chances are you’ll be able to find it somewhere.

 

One of the more intriguing aspects of craft beers is the subtlety of flavours that can be savoured. The final taste of a beer is dependent on a number of things, such as the ingredients included and the brewing process that’s used. Those in the trade will tell you all about the importance of the water source, because it’s often the water that makes a crucial difference.

 

Travel the world of craft beer without leaving Sussex!

 

Craft beers offer delicious flavours, subtle after-tastes and a chance to explore a whole new world of pleasure. The Shepherd and Dog Summer Beer Festival provides the perfect excuse for exploration, with almost sixty different offerings from around the world to try.

 

The extensive range of breweries featured at the event includes Hawkshead Brewery from the Lake District, Hacker-Pschorr from Munich, Kona Brewing Company from Hawaii and Lervig Aktiebryggeri from Stavanger in Norway. If you’re planning a world tour of beer, you can do it from our garden!

 

The festival brings you bottled, keg and cask beers from across the globe, and is accompanied by live music sessions and of course a superb range of foods to add to the occasion. If you’re keen to find out more about the wonderful world of craft beer, come along and enjoy every single drop.

 

The Shepherd & Dog Summer Beer Festival runs from Friday 25 to Monday 28 August.