We at the Shepherd & Dog are always happy to be regarded as one of the finest Sussex pubs of them all, but our pleasure never turns into complacency. We work hard to set the highest standards, and we believe there are four key aspects that need to have the highest priority at all times. Without them, we have no doubt that we’d be far less popular than we are.
- A warm welcome, all the time, every time
There’s something truly wonderful about some of the best rural pubs in Sussex, and we think the warmth of the welcome is key to everything. When customers come through the door, we offer a friendly hello and a warm smile. We want to be loved by our regulars, and we want occasional visitors to become regulars as well. After all, there’s a good reason why places like ours are called public houses.
- The fine dining Brighton people have come to expect
While we love our rural location, we’re always acutely aware that we’re close to the city of Brighton & Hove, a place that has become synonymous with exceptional culinary journeys. Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we enjoy a reputation for superb food served in convivial and comfortable surroundings, and that’s just how we like it. Next time you’re hungry come and savour the type of fine dining Sussex is famous for.
- Drinks for all occasions and for all customers
Every customer we welcome has his or her own unique take on what makes a drink perfect for that particular moment. The best pubs in West Sussex offer a comprehensive range of refreshments and we’re no exception to the rule. Whether you’re in the mood for craft beers, elegant wines, well-aged whiskies, exotic cocktails or you just fancy a cup of tea, you’ll find it right here at the Shepherd & Dog.
- A location to sigh for
There are a number of lovely pubs in the South Downs National Park, but few can boast a location that’s as lovely as ours. The idyllic village of Fulking is tucked away in a quiet corner of the park, and our fabulous pub plays host to a large garden that offers dramatic views of the surrounding countryside. In the summer months in particular, you can almost feel as though you’re in paradise.
The Shepherd & Dog in Fulking is one of the very best family pubs near Brighton, and we look forward to welcoming you soon. If you’d like to join us for a meal, call 01273 857 382 to book a table.
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.
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.