Something for everyone, right here in our Sussex gastropub

 

Everyday life at the Shepherd & Dog is anything but everyday. Here in our idyllic rural bolthole, we offer everything from a quiet pint to an extravagant culinary journey and all points in between, and that’s just how we like it. If you asked us about a typical day in the life of our Sussex gastropub, we’ll tell you that, to put it simply, there is no such thing.

 

We pride ourselves on offering something for everyone. There are a number of excellent rural pubs in Sussex, of course, but we like to think we tick all the right boxes, not just some of them. On any given day, we could be playing host to cyclists, dog walkers, reunited families, works parties, first dates, birthday parties and individuals seeking a drink and a quiet corner in which to read the daily paper.

 

Thanks to our location amid the picturesque splendour of the South Downs National Park, we’ve always attracted significant numbers of dog walkers and ramblers. There are a number of superb walking routes in the park itself, of course, offering views of the countryside that can soothe even the most stressed of souls. And when the walk comes to an end, we’re ready and waiting to offer the finest refreshments.

 

One of the best pubs for cyclists in South Downs

 

In recent times, more and more people have taken to two wheels to explore the scenery of Britain. There are plenty of breath-taking rides to be enjoyed in our region, and as one of the more popular cycle friendly pubs in Sussex we have become a regular stopping point for groups of all sizes. It’s not uncommon to see dozens of bikes lined up outside our pub as their owners take a well-earned break.

 

We’ve built up a reputation for being one of the best Sussex pubs for families, and on any given day you’d be likely to see a number of family groups savouring a meal here. As well as an extensive menu for the grown-ups, we also offer a menu for kids that features a number of mouth-watering temptations. As far as we’re concerned, the fine dining Sussex is famous for applies to the youngsters as well.

 

Amid all the hustle and bustle of our popular pub on a busy day, you’ll often find a few individuals in quiet corners enjoying a read. Ours is one of the largest pubs in the South Downs National Park, so there’s always room for everyone. In our sizable garden and in the bars, we offer comfy seating that’s just perfect for some rest and recuperation. We all need a little sanctuary sometimes, after all.

 

The Shepherd & Dog is one of the finest Sussex country pubs. We’re located in the idyllic village of Fulking, and we offer a superb selection of food and drink to both regulars and occasional visitors. Call 01273 857 382 for more information.

The best place to eat in Sussex is close to so many attractions

The British Airways i360

 

The Shepherd & Dog enjoys an idyllic location in the rightly celebrated South Downs National Park, and we’re proud of offering a tranquil sanctuary to visitors from across the county and beyond. Our little corner of the south-east of England is regarded as one of the most popular tourist regions in the UK, and it’s easy to see why. Here are several much-loved tourist attractions that are within easy reach of our famous Sussex gastropub.

 

The British Airways i360

 

Officially opened in 2016, this 162-metre high observation tower has rapidly become a firm favourite with tourists and locals alike. It provides a slow, gentle ascent to its fullest height, bringing spectacular views of the English Channel, the Brighton waterfront and of course the picturesque South Downs.

 

The Royal Pavilion

 

Also known as the Brighton Pavilion, this is a former royal residence that’s steeped in fascinating history. Construction began back in the 1780s on what was to become a home for the future King George IV, and the building itself was one of the reasons for the increasing popularity of Brighton as a tourist destination.

 

The Brighton Dome

 

A celebrated arts venue that’s located in Church Street, the Brighton Dome famously played host to ABBA’s memorable Eurovision Song Contest win in 1974. The building itself has had a variety of guises, beginning life as a stable block for the Prince Regent. It has also been a temporary military hospital and a Victorian stable block. Past performers include the likes of David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix and Muddy Waters.

 

The Palace Pier

 

Brighton’s iconic Palace Pier is still as popular now as it’s ever been, and these days it offers a wonderful combination of heritage and modernity. Originally constructed in the 1820s, it’s more than 1,700 feet in length and was famously closed during World War Two to prevent any unwanted incursions from the sea.

 

The South Downs National Park

 

The Shepherd & Dog is one of the most impressive pubs in West Sussex, and one of the reasons for our success is our popularity with walkers and ramblers. The South Downs National Park is right on our doorstep, so we can offer fine dining Sussex-style with dramatic views of the countryside. The park was officially designated in 2011 and is more than 1,600 square kilometres in size.

 

One of the finest gastropubs in Sussex, the Shepherd & Dog provides the perfect base for exploring the local tourist attractions. When it comes to evening dining Brighton has a number of impressive eateries, and we’re proud to be one of them.

A warm autumn welcome awaits you at the Shepherd & Dog

 

Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we’ve enjoyed a wonderful summer in 2018, full of long, lazy days under blue skies and warm evenings that sometimes never seemed to end. Our idyllic little corner of Sussex, like just about everywhere else in the UK, really has had a summer to remember this year.

 

As the autumn season is now upon us, we take comfort in the fact that our Sussex gastropub is just as wonderful and just as welcoming in October as it is in June. While we might see fewer customers savouring an al fresco pie and a pint in the garden at this time of year, there’s still plenty to enjoy inside.

 

We’re lucky that the rightly popular South Downs National Park is right on our doorstep, and of course a picturesque masterpiece like this becomes uniquely attractive as the colours of autumn start to emerge. As a result, we always have a steady stream of ramblers, hikers and dog walkers coming through our doors.

 

Come in from the cold, make friends with the warm

 

On days when the weather is at its worst in both the autumn and winter seasons, a warm welcome can always be found here. There’s something wonderfully reassuring about a hearty hello, a crackling log fire and a sumptuous hot meal, especially if you’re just coming in out of the storm.

 

We are always fully aware of the fact that when it comes to fine dining Sussex foodies have a wide range of eateries to choose from. We’ve always worked hard to become something of a haven for diners in recent years, and we now enjoy a reputation for culinary journeys which are always enjoyable.

 

Needless to say, many of our customers pop in for a drink or two rather than to sit down and eat. We serve a great selection of craft beers these days, so we’ve become used to newly arriving customers taking a minute or two before deciding what to order. Variety is the spice of life, after all!

 

The Shepherd & Dog is one of the finest rural pubs in Sussex. We’re based in the picturesque village of Fulking.

Four reasons why locally-sourced produce is a speciality at the Shepherd & Dog

 

Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we take great pride in the fact that we source a significant proportion of our food ingredients and produce from local suppliers. There are a number of excellent reasons to think more in terms of ‘going local’ these days, and we continue to support as many businesses in our region as we can. Here are four good reasons for doing so.

 

  1. Boosting the local economy

 

Here in the south-east, well away from the hustle and bustle of London, we are fortunate to be in a region that plays host to a large number of independent suppliers. From fishing fleets along the Sussex coast to remote farms in the South Downs National Park and all points in between, we’re able to provide much-needed business to a great range of highly-respected organisations.

 

  1. Keeping a close eye on quality

 

By engaging with local suppliers on a regular basis, our kitchen team is able to monitor quality at all times. We can liaise directly with suppliers as and when we need, and this close contact is a major help in maintaining good, mutually beneficial relationships with butchers, bakers, farmers and just about everyone else. We see this as a very important aspect of providing the type of fine dining Sussex can be proud of.

 

  1. Helping the environment

 

We take our environmental responsibilities very seriously, as evidenced by our recycling programmes which cover materials such as glass, cardboard, cans, plastic and vegetable waste. Our commitment to local suppliers is also an important factor, because it cuts down on the pollution caused by the long distance journeys carried out by national providers.

 

  1. Pride in what we ALL do

 

The Shepherd & Dog is an important hub in the local community, and we are understandably proud of our idyllic rural location and our links to businesses in the region. We genuinely enjoy the role we play in the supply chain of produce sourced in Sussex and the surrounding area, and in the coming years we plan to cultivate more relationships that bring rewards to all of us. We’re rightly seen as one of the finest gastropubs in Sussex, and we have many local suppliers to thank for that.

 

 

The Shepherd & Dog is a large country pub in the South Downs National Park. We are regarded by many as the best place to eat in Sussex, so come along and see for yourself why we remain so popular.

 

The perfect spot for a wonderful family lunch

 

During those long, lovely days of summer, there are few things more enjoyable, more fulfilling and more rewarding than family time. Spending a few precious hours with loved ones can be life-affirming, especially when everyone has the opportunity to relax and forget all about the pressures of everyday life.

 

Here in the south-east of England, there are plenty of things to see and do when you have a family get-together, and one of the finest activities is a long walk in the sunshine followed by a mouth-watering pub lunch. The Shepherd & Dog is in a prime location for walkers, with the spectacular South Downs right on our doorstep.

 

And when it’s time to settle back and savour the type of fine dining Sussex has become famous for, what will you choose from our extensive menu? There’s something for everyone to enjoy here, ranging from tasty light bites to hearty main courses and all points in between.

 

So many temptations to choose from…

 

Whether you’re in the mood for a traditional favourite with a twist (perhaps line-caught cod and hand cut chips) or you fancy trying something a little different (how does pumpkin, ginger and potato rosti sound?), you can find it right here. These are the type of lunch options that make you want to stay awhile and soak up the ambience.

 

A lunch menu has to have something to suit all tastes for a large family group, with options for vegans and vegetarians, and of course for those with intolerances and allergies. Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we have a menu that appeals to everyone, and we’re understandably proud of the fact that so many of our customers come back to us time and time again.

 

There are a number of superb Sussex gastropubs in our area, but very few of them can boast a large garden in the heart of a celebrated National Park. At weekends and during school holidays, we welcome many large family groups as they seek refreshment after a long walk in the surrounding countryside. Sometimes nothing beats a few drinks and a delicious meal when you need a little rest and recuperation.

 

The Shepherd & Dog is a lovely Sussex gastropub with a great reputation for fine dining and a warm welcome. Come and see us soon and discover for yourself why we remain so popular.

Celebrating beers with a difference at the Shepherd & Dog

 

Large country pubs become something of a magnet when the summer months come around, thanks to a combination of fine weather and a large garden. Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we like to try something a little different sometimes, and of course we like to make the most of our setting amid the natural splendour of the South Downs National Park.

 

This July, we’re hosting our Wild Beer Tap Takeover, a celebration of all that’s wonderful about traditional yet innovative brewing techniques. It’s free to enter this event, there’s no need to book in advance or to buy a ticket, you just turn up with a thirst and perhaps an open mind about which ingredients could and should be included in certain beers. For some people, this could turn out to be something of a journey into the unknown.

 

The Wild Beer Company is based on a farm in rural Somerset, where they brew with imagination and flair against a backdrop of picturesque countryside. They have a passion for brewing with unorthodox yeasts and somewhat alternative fermentations, and the end result is a range of beers which have to be experienced to be believed.

 

Glorious ingredients, glorious beers

 

Their current range includes beers flavoured with ingredients such as limes, salt, pineapple, rhubarb, honey, ginger, chocolate, seaweed, vanilla, coffee, pepper, sourdough and so much more. We love the way they combine what might be seen as unusual ingredients with an appreciative nod to traditional brewing processes, resulting in a stunning selection of beers which cover the whole taste spectrum.

 

Needless to say, here at the Shepherd & Dog we are synonymous with the type of fine dining Sussex has become famous for, and our superb summer menu will be available to complement the Wild Beer event. Here’s a golden opportunity to give your summer a bit of a twist, and to celebrate the union of fabulous beer and exquisite food.

 

 

The Wild Beer Tap Takeover is on July 26th at the Shepherd & Dog in Fulking, one of the finest gastropubs in Sussex.

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.

 

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.