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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.