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.

A Sussex Country Gastro Pub

sussex country pubs, brighton gastropub

 

 

We are most definitely a “GastroPub”.  Fine dining in a great country pub atmosphere is what we’re all about, but where did the term Gastro Pub come from?

Well, pencils at the ready all you pub quiz types because this is good hostelry trivia coming your way.

The term “gastropub” was originally coined in 1991 when David Eyre and Mike Belben took over The Eagle pub in   Clerkenwell in London.  It was a time when the country was going through a bad recession and a lot of struggling pubs were going under.  To try and stand out from the crowd, Eyre and Relben had the idea of keeping the casual pub atmosphere while serving the kind of Mediterranean-inspired fare you’d find in a good restaurant along with cask ales.  So they brought gastronomic dining to the local – hence the name.

Brighton GastroPub for Fine Dining

The idea proved such a success that the concept breathed new life into the great British pub and the rest, as they say, is history.  And just to prove its here to stay, in August 2012, “gastropub” was added to Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

So if you’re in Sussex or Brighton and fancy some fine dining, then swing by – our gastro pub credentials are definitley worth checking out.

The Beer Prayer

sussex country pubFollowing along from the theme of my last post – As many regulars will know, attendance at the bar in a Sussex Country Pub like the Shepherd and Dog  can be become what can only be described as sacred duty for those who take their drinking seriously.  So when I came across the following it took me back to the heady days of my youth, when I had the pleasure of travelling in a sky blue uniform that required me to drink in bars around the world in the service of Queen and Country.

At many of the more formal occasions this would be recited by a man of the cloth in addition to the normal prayers and set the tone for what inevitably turned in to a bit of a session.

Enjoy………….

Our lager,
Which art in barrels,
Hallowed be thy drink,
Thy will be drunk,
(I will be drunk),
At home as I am in the tavern.
Give us this day our foamy head,
And forgive us our spillages,
As we forgive those who spill against us,
and lead us not to incarceration,
But deliver us from hangovers,
For thine is the beer,
The bitter and the lager,
Forever and ever,
Barmen.

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Spring Weddings at Your Favourite Sussex Country Pub

It’s that time of year, the weather is warming up and couples start to think of tying the knot.  As a Sussex Country pub we’re very lucky to have a fabulous location for wedding receptions – nestled at the foot of the Downs just below Devils Dyke.  The garden, with the outdoor bar and easy access to the main pub is an idyllic setting, and if you get lucky with the weather makes for a perfect day.

Love Is In The Air

wedding at sussex country pub

Last year we hosted several receptions, and each one was a pleasure for us here at the pub.  Everyone’s happy, it’s always a great occasion, and it makes coming to work worthwhile – really doesn’t get much better than getting to share in such a special day for the couple and their families.

Hope to see more of you joining us this year.

 

 

 

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Spring Is On The Way

It’s the first day of spring and time to look forward to the lighter evenings, warmer weather and the call of the great outdoors – as in out of the back door and in to the beer garden!

dog friendly pubs sussexAfter the success of the re-vamped garden and bar last summer, we’re planing even more events to make the most of the stunning surroundings and family atmosphere of the garden.  Music nights, weddings and good old relaxing with the family and friends – can’t wait.

 

Coping With The New Year Hangovers

For everyone who may be feeling a bit jaded out there, and you’ve lost the will to find you way to your favourite Sussex country pub to revive yourself, here’s an oldie from our archives.  A classic detox drink to start you off on the 2016 health kick!