Our Sussex gastropub offers so much more than a few drinks

 

We have been a part of the community here for so many years, and sometimes it’s easy to forget that we are so much more than one of the finest pubs in Sussex. Over the last decade or more, we have worked hard to earn and develop a reputation for the type of fine dining Sussex has become famous for, and our wonderful chefs and kitchen staff continue to provide mouth-watering culinary journeys.

 

But there’s more to it than that for us, of course. As the warmer weather starts to arrive, we become a focal point for the two-wheeled brigade as well. On any given Saturday or Sunday lunchtime, you might see a number of bikes leaning against our outside walls, proving yet again that the Shepherd & Dog is one of the most popular cycle friendly pubs in Sussex.

 

And that’s not all. Thanks to our prime location right in the heart of the South Downs National Park, we’re a natural stopping point for ramblers and dog walkers. We love the fact that there are a number of superb walkers pubs in South Downs, but few of them can match the welcome we provide, and of course the stunning views offered by our picturesque rural surroundings.

 

Rural pubs near Brighton have something for everyone

 

We’re always trying new things in a bid to offer more to both new and existing customers. In recent times we’ve offered scrumptious afternoon teas, special steak evenings and quiz nights. We’ve always been firm believers in the fact that different people visit rural pubs in Sussex for different reasons, and we love the diversity that we see in our customer base.

 

A good community pub should be able to offer something for everyone, whether it’s a chance to enjoy a couple of beers with friends, a romantic evening for two, a family get-together for all ages or simply an opportunity to find a quiet corner in which to enjoy a glass of wine and a good book. Take a look around our Sussex gastropub at any given moment and the chances are you’ll see all this and a whole lot more.

 

The Shepherd & Dog in Fulking is a wonderfully versatile rural pub set amid the splendour of the South Downs National Park. We’re seen as one of the finest gastropubs in Sussex, but we’re glad to be able to so much more than just food and drink to our happy customers.

Family pubs near Brighton are gearing up for a bumper summer

 

The summer of 2018 was a wonderfully warm one for people visiting pubs in the South Downs National Park, and here at the Shepherd & Dog we’re already getting ready for the warmer season. With spring fast approaching, we’re looking forward again to welcoming an eclectic mix of people from right across Sussex and indeed all around the world.

 

We consider ourselves to be in a particularly wonderful location, one that attracts a great many walkers, cyclists and motorists, all seeking some well-earned solitude right here in our idyllic rural retreat. And we’re fortunate enough to be in a region which attracts huge numbers of tourists, especially of course in the summer months when the area really comes to life. And of course we’re a true community pub, a fact that brings us into contact with a large group of loyal locals.

 

One of the reasons for our pub’s popularity in the warmer weather is of course our sizeable garden. We offer the perfect spot for a few drinks in the sunshine, accompanied by some fabulous views of the South Downs. And as if that wasn’t enough, you can make the occasion even more special by enjoying a mouth-watering meal and prolong the feel-good factor in the process.

 

A Sussex gastropub that should be on everyone’s must-visit list

 

When it comes to fine dining Sussex is able to offer a fabulous selection of eateries, from cafés on the waterfront to town centre restaurants endorsed by famous name chefs. Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we like to feel that we offer a unique combination of stunning food, a pleasant atmosphere, peaceful surroundings and a tempting selection of drinks.

 

Whether you’re in the mood for a hearty sandwich, a crispy salad or a stunning multi-course banquet, you’ll find it right here in rural Sussex. There are some fabulous pubs in East Sussex, West Sussex and right along the south of England, but we think ours is always able to stand out from the rest.

 

If you’re looking for somewhere special this spring and summer, we hope to see you. When the temperatures are high and the sky is blue, come along and soak up the sun in our picturesque garden, and if there’s some rain in the air we have plenty of room for you inside. Happy summer!

 

The Shepherd & Dog is a large country pub in the heart of the South Downs National Park. We’re proud to be regarded as one of the finest pubs in Sussex.

One of the finest pubs for walkers in Sussex is waiting to welcome you

We are understandably proud of our surroundings here at the Shepherd & Dog, with the spectacular South Downs National Park right on our doorstep and the exciting city of Brighton just a few miles from here. On any given day, we welcome walkers, cyclists, tourists and locals, and that’s just the way we like it.

This is superb walking country, thanks to the stunning scenery and the pleasantly undulating terrain. The summer is a popular time for ramblers in the local area, but even in winter we see plenty of happy wanderers coming through the door. Many of them follow tried and tested routes through the region, while others just like to head off in a certain direction to see where the paths take them.

Needless to say, when they come to our superb country pub they find the warmest of welcomes, a great range of refreshing drinks and the type of fine dining Sussex has become famous for. After a long walk, they’re suitably invigorated and ready to relax in style.

In the mood for a picturesque two-mile stroll?

While there are walking routes to suit all standards and abilities, there’s one that ticks all the right boxes even for the more inexperienced ramblers. It features moderate undulations, superb views and is around two miles in length. If you fancy giving it a try, you’ll be pleased to hear that it starts and finishes at the Shepherd & Dog. If you click here you’ll find details provided by the National Trust.

There are several highlights on the walk, including an iconic old lime kiln which dates back to Victorian times. There’s a snaking path which offers dramatic views of the countryside, the remains of an old smallpox hospital and of course plenty of wildlife. It’s a good idea to bring a camera to capture the vistas.

After a couple of miles, of course, you’ll be back at the Shepherd & Dog. Here in one of the finest gastropubs in Sussex you can savour a delicious meal and a few drinks while you reflect on the glorious wanderings that you have just enjoyed. We have a feeling you’ll also be planning your next visit to what we feel is the best place to eat in Sussex.

 

The Shepherd & Dog is located in the tranquil village of Fulking, at the foot of the famous Devils Dyke. Ours is one of the best pubs in Sussex, and we look forward to welcoming you in the near future. To book a table, call 01273 857 382 and have a chat with our friendly team.

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.

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.