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.

The Hills Are Alive – With Sussex Walkers

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Hope you read that title with the tune going on in your head!

Now we finally seem to be enjoying something like a summer, we’re really seeing more of you heading off up the hill to enjoy some of the spectacular scenery we’re blessed with around the pub.

While there are some really nice walks starting from the car park, we have the advantage of also being in easy reach of Devils Dyke (well, easy if you’ve got the legs for the climb up the hill).  So you’re not limited to just the dog walks or hikes around us here, there’s plenty of scope for roaming further afield and you can just use us as a base or a pit stop.

If you’re feeling energetic just head South out of the beer garden, climb up to the top of the Downs and you’re only half a mile from the Devils Dyke.   For the hardy souls walking along the South Downs Way (which runs along the escarpment just behind us) we’re an ideal place to drop down for a spot of lunch or a well earned pint.

Dog Friendly – Walker Friendly – And Just Plain Friendly

sussex country pub, dog friendly and walkers pubIf you do decide to stay,  the garden is coming into it’s own again in the fine weather.  It’s the ideal place to take a load off once you’ve clocked a few miles and dog Walkers and Hikers all get to appreciate the outdoor bar.  So whatever your plans for the day, its well worth stopping by.

For some walking ideas try:  http://shepherdanddogpub.co.uk/local-walks

or:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/activityandadventure/walkingholidays/8120709/Devils-Dyke-South-Downs-walk-of-the-week.html