Enjoyable days followed by quality time in our Sussex gastropub


There are so many ways to savour an extremely pleasant day around here, especially when you end the experience in one of the best pubs in West Sussex. Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we’ve provided a fabulous evening meal for so many people who have spent the day enjoying the local area. Here are four ways to have daytime fun followed by evening bliss.

Shop till you drop

Brighton is rightly famous for the quality of the retail therapy that it offers. You’ll find all types of shops here, from familiar high street names to independent boutiques. The Lanes is a particular pleasure, in part because it’s rightly seen as something rather unique. And you can finish your shopping day with a few well-earned drinks at the finest rural pubs near Brighton.

Soak up the sun

As soon as the sun comes out, the waterfront at Brighton comes alive. The only thing to do is go with the flow, so find a patch of beach, lay out your towel and savour the sunshine. And when you’ve had enough, head to the Shepherd & Dog and treat yourself to the type of fine dining Sussex people have been taking for granted for many years.

Check out the history

Brighton rightly boasts a wonderful sense of history, having been a popular seaside location for many centuries. Landmarks such as the Royal Pavilion and Preston Manor are well worth a visit, as are places such as the Brighton Toy and Model Museum. Then, when you’re ready to relax, family pubs near Brighton will be ready and waiting to help you unwind.

Savour a view from the skies

Brighton’s i360 is a must-visit for anyone who enjoys a dramatic vista. It’s located on the seafront close to the remains of the old West Pier, and stands at an impressive 162 metres high. If you have a head for heights, you’re sure to love this place. Afterwards, you can stop and watch the world go by with a cold drink and a tasty meal at a number of Devils Dyke pubs.


The Shepherd & Dog is a large, historic rural pub in Fulking. We’re proud to be regarded as one of the finest gastropubs in Sussex. Call 01273 857 382 to book a table.


Perfect cocktails in perfect Devils Dyke pubs


Summer is almost upon us, and like everyone else we at the Shepherd & Dog start to think about happy times and sunny days spent in our large beer garden. But sometimes it can be fun to forget the beers and focus on something a little more exotic instead. And what could be more exotic than a cocktail or two?


Some of the more popular cocktails have equally exotic names, but not many people know how those names came about. Did you know, for example, that a piña colada is so called because the phrase means ‘strained pineapple’ in Spanish? Thought to emanate from Puerto Rico, it usually consists of rum, cream of coconut and pineapple juice.


If you’ve ever wondered who Tom Collins was, and why he has a cocktail named after him, the truth is he doesn’t. Or at least, there was no Tom Collins in the first place. There’s a lesser known cocktail called a John Collins, allegedly named after a head waiter in London. It features London gin, lemon, sugar and soda. When the London gin was switched for Old Tom gin, the name Tom Collins was born.


So much to enjoy in pubs for families near Brighton


A refreshing combination of rum, orange curacao, lime juice and orgeat syrup, the Mai Tai is one of the best loved of all summer cocktails. Pronounced my tie, it was invented in either the 1930s or 1940s, depending on who you choose to believe. And as for the name, Mai Tai simply means ‘nice’ in Tahitian. Here at our idyllic Sussex gastropub, we think it’s pretty nice as well


Named after a village in Cuba, the daiquiri is a group of cocktails rather than a single drink. It generally consists of rum, lime juice and sugar, plus any of a number of fruits to give it a distinctive flavour. Some of the popular options are banana, strawberry and avocado. Named after the celebrated author Ernest Hemingway, a Hemingway daiquiri has white rum, lime juice, half a grapefruit, six drops of maraschino liqueur and no sugar.


The Shepherd & Dog in Fulking is the perfect venue for a relaxing summer afternoon. Ours is one of the finest family pubs in Sussex, and we look forward to welcoming you soon.