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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 While the cards we send today are manufactured from card, their predecessors were originally made with embossed paper lace.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.