Four things that make the best pubs in East Sussex such a pleasure

 

We at the Shepherd & Dog are always happy to be regarded as one of the finest Sussex pubs of them all, but our pleasure never turns into complacency. We work hard to set the highest standards, and we believe there are four key aspects that need to have the highest priority at all times. Without them, we have no doubt that we’d be far less popular than we are.

 

  1. A warm welcome, all the time, every time

 

There’s something truly wonderful about some of the best rural pubs in Sussex, and we think the warmth of the welcome is key to everything. When customers come through the door, we offer a friendly hello and a warm smile. We want to be loved by our regulars, and we want occasional visitors to become regulars as well. After all, there’s a good reason why places like ours are called public houses.

 

  1. The fine dining Brighton people have come to expect

 

While we love our rural location, we’re always acutely aware that we’re close to the city of Brighton & Hove, a place that has become synonymous with exceptional culinary journeys. Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we enjoy a reputation for superb food served in convivial and comfortable surroundings, and that’s just how we like it. Next time you’re hungry come and savour the type of fine dining Sussex is famous for.

 

  1. Drinks for all occasions and for all customers

 

Every customer we welcome has his or her own unique take on what makes a drink perfect for that particular moment. The best pubs in West Sussex offer a comprehensive range of refreshments and we’re no exception to the rule. Whether you’re in the mood for craft beers, elegant wines, well-aged whiskies, exotic cocktails or you just fancy a cup of tea, you’ll find it right here at the Shepherd & Dog.

 

  1. A location to sigh for

 

There are a number of lovely pubs in the South Downs National Park, but few can boast a location that’s as lovely as ours. The idyllic village of Fulking is tucked away in a quiet corner of the park, and our fabulous pub plays host to a large garden that offers dramatic views of the surrounding countryside. In the summer months in particular, you can almost feel as though you’re in paradise.

 

The Shepherd & Dog in Fulking is one of the very best family pubs near Brighton, and we look forward to welcoming you soon. If you’d like to join us for a meal, call 01273 857 382 to book a table.

Beer festivals bring out the best in Sussex gastropubs

 

As one of the most popular pubs in the South Downs National Park, we’ve always been a big fan of beer festivals. If you’ve never been to a beer festival before, you probably don’t realise what you’re missing out on. These days, there are some fabulous small breweries in the UK, each of them offering a tasty and distinctive range of craft beers covering everything from zesty lagers to dark bitters and all points in between.

 

We love the fact that these occasions attract customers from all across the south-east of England, including a pleasing selection of familiar faces and newcomers. Those in the former group know that we go to great lengths to provide the variety that such occasions deserve, while those in the latter group are embarking on a journey of discovery that they are highly likely to enjoy.

 

The Shepherd & Dog is of course rightly regarded as a highly respected Sussex gastropub, and we pull out all the stops to make sure the food is as wonderful as the beer at these events. We’ve been offering the type of fine dining Brighton has become synonymous with for many years, so if you like to eat well and drink well too, the next beer festival here deserves to be a must-try.

 

Everything you need for an unforgettable day

 

We hold beer festivals throughout the year, and those in the spring and summer come with the added attraction of a garden that ticks all the right boxes. Just imagine watching the world go by with a beer and a bite to eat, surrounded by the most glorious countryside. The views from here are spectacular, so why not come and find out for yourself?

 

There has been a growing trend towards lager for several decades now, but beer festivals are a great way to rediscover an interest in beers, porters, stouts and mild ales. The world of beer can be just as diverse as the world of wine, with all the nuances and subtleties that make it so wonderful. These are drinks to be savoured from the first drop right through to the last.

 

We love being a pub that offers something for everyone. We remain one of the most popular rural pubs near Brighton, of course, but events such as beer festivals enable us to reach out to customers from right across the region. Keep an eye on our events page for details of these festivals and other wonderful occasions.

 

The Shepherd & Dog in Fulking is one of the finest Sussex pubs for families, and we play host to a number of exceptional events throughout the year. Call 01273 857 382 for more information.

One of the best Sussex pubs of them all, but don’t take our word for it

 

We are proud to be thought of as one of the finest gastropubs in Sussex, and we get a great deal of pleasure from playing host to customers who are visiting for the first time. Whether people are just popping in for a couple of drinks before leaving to explore the area, or just settling in for a long afternoon accompanied by a fabulous meal, we are always happy when they tell us how impressed they are by the Shepherd & Dog.

There is no such thing as a typical day in the life of our country inn. At weekends, we cater for a huge number of ramblers, dog walkers and cyclists. In recent times, we have become one of the most popular pubs for cyclists in South Downs, for example, and we are understandably proud of the reputation we have earned among the two-wheeled community. Cycling has attracted many more men, women and children over the years and we love the fact that our pub has become a regular refreshment stop for riders from across the south-east of England. On a daily basis, we compete with some wonderful pubs in Sussex, and we feel that we can match the very best of them.

 

Warm weather, cold drinks and happy times in family pubs near Brighton

 

If you enjoy a few drinks alfresco when the weather is good, the chances are you will fall in love with our large pub garden. There are a number of superb rural pubs in Sussex, but few offer outside facilities that can match ours. On a warm Sunday afternoon, the ultimate quality time can be found at the Shepherd & Dog, where comfortable seating, refreshing drinks, a warm welcome and some stunning countryside views can be enjoyed by all.

Needless to say, our evenings are spent providing the type of fine dining Brighton has become famous for. The region has a reputation for superb food served amid the most convivial of atmospheres, so if you are yet to see why our reputation is so well deserved, pay a visit soon to perhaps the finest of all Sussex gastropubs. As we take those first tentative steps towards the spring season, the need to unwind in style becomes ever more pressing.

The Shepherd & Dog is an award-winning Sussex gastropub located in the tranquil and picturesque village of Fulking.

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.

Perfect non-alcoholic drinks for the designated driver

 

As the summer is fast approaching now, our thoughts often turn to the wonderful world of cocktails, and the refreshment they bring on a warm day. For designated drivers, however, there’s a great range of non-alcoholic offerings around, and they’re just as tasty and just as tempting. Here are a few you can enjoy and still get in the car at the end of your visit.

 

  1. Pineapple and Orange Sherbet Punch

 

This is an offering which really does taste as good as it sounds. It features softened orange sherbet, fresh or canned pineapple juice and ginger ale, and is even more delicious when served with crushed ice and a slice or two of orange as a garnish. On a summer afternoon, this is a drink that gets right to the heart of your thirst, especially if it’s accompanied by the type of evening dining Brighton has become famous for.

 

  1. The Real Shirley Temple

 

Named after the famous child movie star and reputed to have been served to her in Beverly Hills, it’s a mocktail that everyone will want to try. Served in a tall glass, it contains grenadine, ginger ale and plenty of ice with a slice of lemon to garnish. As well as being perfect for designated drivers, this is a drink that the children will love from the very first sip.

 

  1. Pomegranate mojito mocktail

 

The alcoholic version of a mojito has its roots in Cuba, and this delicious non-alcoholic variation has a distinctive Caribbean feel to it. The main ingredients are pomegranate juice and seeds, lemonade, fresh mint and, to add an exotic garnish, quartered and sliced limes. On a hot day, add as much ice as you can and savour every single taste.

 

  1. Pink grapefruit cooler

 

The sharp tastes offered by grapefruit are ideal in the summer, and this classic drink lends itself perfectly to time spent in the garden during the warmer months. It consists of pink grapefruit juice, lemon juice, soda water, sugar syrup, crushed ice and sprigs of mint. If you prefer, you can swap the soda water for bottled carbonated water.

 

  1. Orange iced tea

 

Iced tea is a lovely refreshing drink in the summer, and this exotic twist on the original brings you a glorious tangy citrus flavour. It consists of Earl Grey tea bags, sugar, orange flower water, sliced oranges and sprigs of mint. Serve with plenty of ice and get ready for a taste sensation that you will probably want to repeat time and time again.

 

Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we serve a stunning range of non-alcoholic drinks. We know that when it comes to fine dining Sussex is perfect for both lunches and dinners.