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.

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.

The Goddess Of Beer – And No – It’s Not The Barmaid

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I know of several candidates who consider themselves God’s gift when it comes to beer, but I have recently come across evidence that in ancient times the heavenly brew was in fact the purview of a Goddess.

The ancient Sumerians counted among their most revered Deities the Goddess of Beer – Ninkasi.  As evidence of this an ancient hymn to Ninkasi was written some 4000 years ago, and as well as being the lovelorn ramblings of an early boozer, it contains the recipe for the Middle Eastern beverage of the time.

The Hymn provides wonderful evidence of the fact that beer was in fact a staple of the culture of that time around Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) and archaeologists have also discovered chemical traces of beer in a fragmented jar dating from the mid-fourth century BC.  At the same site they also found evidence for early wine-making and it is thought that the idea of brewing beer arose from baking, perhaps discovered from the fermentation process that was seen with grains that had been left out too long.

As only fresh water was used in making beer, and it had to be boiled as part of the process, it may have been a case that, quite by accident, they discover it was healthier to drink than the water from the local canals which could be polluted by human and animal waste. The beer also contained nutrients other drinks didn’t and when included as part of a staple diet of the Mesopatamians, they realised they felt better, and not just because of the alcohol.  From the evidence of art works also found throughout the region dating from ancient times, it’s clear that beer was consumed daily in great quantities by the people.  No wonder they gave prayers of thanks to Ninkasi.

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So there you have it – official confirmation that the ladies of the bar at not in fact encroaching on a traditional male domain, but are simply re-claiming their ancient rights as the heavenly appointed village boozers –  but we kind of knew that already ;0}

http://www.ancient.eu/article/222/

Remember the Summer?

Despite having just had the warmest December on record, winter finally seems to be arriving, so I thought it might be nice to just remind you of the lovely summer we had (no it’s ok – no need to thank me).  That way you can while away the soggy afternoons remembering those lazy afternoons in the beer garden in your favourite Sussex country pub.

Enjoy…………..

 

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