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.

Make your weekend wonderful with a visit to the Shepherd & Dog

 

Everyone seems to be living their lives at breakneck speeds these days, but it’s so easy to introduce a change of pace when the weekend comes around. The pressures of work and home can take their toll on all of us, but Saturdays and Sundays represent a golden opportunity to step back from the chaos for a while.

 

Here amid the picturesque beauty of the South Downs National Park, the pace of life is fairly slow, and that’s just the way we like it. This glorious corner of south-east England lends itself perfectly to the gentle art of creating the perfect weekend, no matter how stressed you might be feeling.

 

Our pub represents a sanctuary from the pressure, and we provide the warmest of welcomes to all our visitors. Whether you’ve been hiking in the hills, shopping in the city, inching along in the traffic or working too hard in the office, we offer a stunning range of refreshing drinks and a food menu that’s packed with temptations.

 

The perfect location for the perfect escape

 

We love the location of the Shepherd & Dog, because it gives us a unique opportunity to provide a retreat from the outside world. We’re nestled snugly in the idyllic village of Fulking, yet we remain pleasingly close to the exciting city of Brighton and within an hour from the very centre of London. There are many good restaurants in Brighton, and we feel we are as good as any in the region.

 

Every week, we cater to the needs of a pleasing mix of locals, visitors to the National Park and tourists from all over the world. We like the fact that our customer base is so diverse, and although each of our customers is different they all leave with the opinion that time spent in the Shepherd & Dog is as rewarding as it gets.

 

If you’re in the area in the coming weeks, come and say hello and discover a luxurious sanctuary away from your other, more hectic life. Whether you’re here for a quick drink or a multi-course banquet, we look forward to seeing you. Here in the Sussex countryside, it’s all about having a good time free of worry and stress.

 

The Shepherd & Dog is a traditional country pub and restaurant located in the heart of the Sussex countryside, offering superb food and a comprehensive range of cold and hot drinks. We offer the type of fine dining Sussex can be proud of.

Five great reasons to visit the Shepherd & Dog

 

There are thousands of pubs in the UK, of course, and just like anything else they can vary in quality. Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we’ve been welcoming customers for many decades, and we know what makes people come back time and time again. Here are five factors that can turn a good pub into a great one.

 

  1. A tempting selection of drinks

 

Every customer is an individual, and each of them will have their own tastes when it comes to ordering a drink. We offer a comprehensive range of beers, lagers, ciders, wines and spirits, not forgetting a refreshing selection of soft drinks, so there’s always something that will fit the bill perfectly.

 

  1. A reputation for mouth-watering meals

 

Pubs need to be able to offer fine dining, light bites and bar meals these days. We believe in making the most of our world-class locally sourced ingredients from both land and sea, and our chefs offer a wonderfully tempting range of meals, designed to impress from the first mouthful to the last.

 

  1. A location to sigh for

 

Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we are understandably proud of our prime location in the heart of the Sussex countryside. In the winter months, our roaring fire provides a sanctuary from inclement weather, and in the summer our picturesque large beer garden offers the finest spot for taking in the views while you relax.

 

  1. Keeping things fresh

 

We don’t believe in standing still and resting on our laurels. Our superb range of drinks is augmented on a regular basis by guest beers and wines, so you’ll always find something that hits the right spot. Our food menu is constantly updated, and the specials boards bring diners something a little different for both lunch and dinner.

 

  1. The warmth of the welcome

 

Perhaps the most important factor for all successful Sussex pubs is the way they make the customer feel from the moment they walk through the door. A smile goes a long way, of course, and we know from the size of our regular customer base that the Shepherd & Dog is a place people want to come back to over and over again.

 

The Shepherd & Dog in Fulking is a highly popular pub and restaurant located in a tranquil village to the north of Brighton.

Make your Valentine’s Day extra special at the Shepherd & Dog

 

The concept of celebrating Valentine’s Day goes back many centuries, but the celebrations as we know them today are a little more modern. While the more cynical among us will point to the over-commercialisation of a specific random point in the calendar, it should be noted that, despite rumours to the contrary, it wasn’t simply invented by the greetings card industry.

These days, Valentine’s Day represents an opportunity to spend some time with those we love, and perhaps to exchange cards and gifts. For some, the best way to celebrate is with a cosy night in and a romantic movie, but for others nothing beats a night out in a Sussex gastropub, especially if there’s a thick, juicy steak on the menu along with a great selection of fine wines and craft beers.

There are an estimated one billion Valentine’s Day cards purchased around the world each year, with around 25 million in the UK alone. While the cards we send today are manufactured from card, their predecessors were originally made with embossed paper lace. During Victorian times, postage costs were exceptionally low, and this helped the sending of cards to become increasingly popular.

If you’re thinking of proposing, be careful!

Valentine’s Day seems to bring out the romantic in many of us, although this is the case with some more than others. Every year, somewhere around 10% of all marriage proposals occur on February 14th, although a recent survey suggests almost 90% of women think it’s not a good idea to use this particular day for that all-important proposal.

It’s commonly accepted that the first Valentine was created by Charles, Duke of Orleans, during his time as a prisoner in the Tower of London. He’d been captured at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, and he remained incarcerated for 24 years. His message to his wife started and finished with:

I am already sick of love,
My very gentle Valentine,

This year, we celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Shepherd & Dog in style. Our mouth-watering streaks from Trenchmore Farm in Cowfold are cooked to perfection on our coal-fired barbecue. Needless to say, we also offer a comprehensive range of alternatives on our menu, along with a superb selection of drinks to complement the whole occasion.

The Shepherd & Dog in Fulking offers the type of fine dining Sussex is famous for. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic meal.

Winter walks, tasty food, refreshing drinks – what’s not to love about this time of year?

 

This is a much-maligned time of year, but it’s always worth noting that the warmest welcomes await in your favourite Sussex pubs. There’s something wonderfully welcoming about a pub that offers a superb range of drinks, some mouth-watering food and a crackling log fire.

 

Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we like to think of our establishment as a sanctuary from the elements in the cooler months. Judging by the smiles on the faces of our customers when they step in from the cold, we know that we’re not alone. When the temperature drops outside, there’s nothing quite like time spent at the best place to eat in Sussex.

 

Our location has a lot to do with the welcome we can offer, of course. Fulking is an extremely pretty English village, and the fact that the celebrated South Downs National Park is all around us simply adds to the sense of wonder. On a weekend lunchtime, nothing beats a long walk in the countryside with the dog, followed of course by some suitable refreshments.

 

Head outside for exercise, then inside for relaxation!

 

England’s newest national park – it was formally established in 2010 – covers around 1,600 square kilometres, and it’s home to some exceptionally impressive walks. For many of our regulars in the winter, a wander through the rural beauty of the park simply has to be followed by a pint or two of real ale and a hearty hot meal.

 

One of the nicest things about local walks is that the terrain is either extremely flat or it often tends to rise gently. Thanks to this, long walks can be enjoyed by families with young children, without the kids getting tired too soon. If a wonderful meal awaits at the end of it, a rural Sussex gastropub will fit the bill perfectly.

 

There are many good restaurants in Brighton and Hove, of course, but there are times when you just have to get away from the city for a while instead. The air is crisp and fresh in Fulking, especially in the winter, making this area the perfect location for some well-earned escape.

 

The Shepherd & Dog is the perfect place for winter relaxation, whether you’re eating, drinking or simply watching the world go by.

A Sussex Country Gastro Pub

sussex country pubs, brighton gastropub

 

 

We are most definitely a “GastroPub”.  Fine dining in a great country pub atmosphere is what we’re all about, but where did the term Gastro Pub come from?

Well, pencils at the ready all you pub quiz types because this is good hostelry trivia coming your way.

The term “gastropub” was originally coined in 1991 when David Eyre and Mike Belben took over The Eagle pub in   Clerkenwell in London.  It was a time when the country was going through a bad recession and a lot of struggling pubs were going under.  To try and stand out from the crowd, Eyre and Relben had the idea of keeping the casual pub atmosphere while serving the kind of Mediterranean-inspired fare you’d find in a good restaurant along with cask ales.  So they brought gastronomic dining to the local – hence the name.

Brighton GastroPub for Fine Dining

The idea proved such a success that the concept breathed new life into the great British pub and the rest, as they say, is history.  And just to prove its here to stay, in August 2012, “gastropub” was added to Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

So if you’re in Sussex or Brighton and fancy some fine dining, then swing by – our gastro pub credentials are definitley worth checking out.