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.

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.

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.

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.