We love our perfect South Downs location

 

Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we’re understandably proud of our location right in the heart of the South Downs National Park. This is a truly beautiful part of the world, and it’s one that lends itself perfectly to the gentle art of relaxation. Whether you’re in the area for long, lonely rambles or a friendly stroll with the family, the chance to call in and see us surely shouldn’t be overlooked.

 

This is the UK’s newest National Park, having been given this official status in 2011, but of course the countryside that surrounds us has remained blissfully unspoilt for many centuries. If you’re ever in the mood for a VERY long walk, the South Downs Way runs from Winchester in the west to Eastbourne in the east for a distance of around a hundred miles.

 

Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we’ve been providing refreshments to walkers and ramblers for many decades, and we’re understandably proud of the welcome we offer to a diverse cross-section of people throughout the seasons. Our unique location in the picturesque village of Fulking places us in the ideal position to offer superb drinks and fine dining to locals and visitors from all over the world.

 

Proud to offer the evening dining Brighton people love

 

We enjoy a peaceful spot at the foot of the fabled Devil’s Dyke, a 100m deep valley which has been an important tourist attraction for a number of years. Of all the pubs in Sussex, we feel ours is in a truly fabulous location. Devil’s Dyke has an interesting mythology about it, having been named after an ancient tale concerning the digging of a ditch by the devil himself in order to flood the valley.

 

In Victorian times, Devil’s Dyke was a hugely popular tourist attraction, and was home to a fairground and a couple of bandstands. These days, you’re more likely to see paragliding enthusiasts looking to make the most of the winds, and many of them pop into the Shepherd & Dog after their adventures have come to a close for the day.

 

We offer a superb lunch menu here, and on summer days many of our patrons head into our large garden to make the most of the warm weather. When the evenings come around, our dinner menu tempts visitors from across the region, as our talented chefs create the type of fine dining Sussex has become increasingly famous for. Why not pay us a visit and find out for yourself?

 

The Shepherd & Dog is a large, friendly and welcoming pub and restaurant in the South Downs National Park. We pride ourselves on being one of the most iconic pubs in Sussex.

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.

 

The Hills Are Alive – With Sussex Walkers

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Hope you read that title with the tune going on in your head!

Now we finally seem to be enjoying something like a summer, we’re really seeing more of you heading off up the hill to enjoy some of the spectacular scenery we’re blessed with around the pub.

While there are some really nice walks starting from the car park, we have the advantage of also being in easy reach of Devils Dyke (well, easy if you’ve got the legs for the climb up the hill).  So you’re not limited to just the dog walks or hikes around us here, there’s plenty of scope for roaming further afield and you can just use us as a base or a pit stop.

If you’re feeling energetic just head South out of the beer garden, climb up to the top of the Downs and you’re only half a mile from the Devils Dyke.   For the hardy souls walking along the South Downs Way (which runs along the escarpment just behind us) we’re an ideal place to drop down for a spot of lunch or a well earned pint.

Dog Friendly – Walker Friendly – And Just Plain Friendly

sussex country pub, dog friendly and walkers pubIf you do decide to stay,  the garden is coming into it’s own again in the fine weather.  It’s the ideal place to take a load off once you’ve clocked a few miles and dog Walkers and Hikers all get to appreciate the outdoor bar.  So whatever your plans for the day, its well worth stopping by.

For some walking ideas try:  http://shepherdanddogpub.co.uk/local-walks

or:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/activityandadventure/walkingholidays/8120709/Devils-Dyke-South-Downs-walk-of-the-week.html