Get ready for a superb summer at our fabulous Sussex gastropub

 

We all feel the need to get away from the hustle and bustle now and then, and where better to do that than in the finest rural pubs near Brighton? Here in our delightful little corner of Sussex, the pace of life is slow, the food is wonderful and the drinks are refreshing. We like to think that the pubs around Devils Dyke serve as a form of sanctuary in an increasingly hectic world, so come along and find out for yourself.

 

If you work hard from Monday to Friday, why not get away from it all when the weekend comes around? Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we have a large and very beautiful garden, and it’s ready and waiting to bring you a golden opportunity to recharge the batteries of life. Not all the cycle friendly pubs in Sussex can offer you comfy outside seating, but ours can.

 

When it comes to evening dining Brighton offers a number of exceptional eateries, but it’s reassuring to know you can savour an incredible culinary journey without having to travel into the heart of the city. There are a number of gastropubs in Sussex to choose from, but we feel the plus points that we bring cannot be matched in other places.

 

And while we welcome plenty of visitors in the autumn and winter months, like many other Sussex pubs we come alive completely when summer comes around. As one of the finest walkers pubs in South Downs, we have plenty of foot traffic during the day, but we’re also able to provide a sanctuary for motorists, cyclists and dog owners. It’s all about having something for everyone for us.

 

If you are yet to sample the delights of the Shepherd & Dog, why not make the change this summer? Whether you’re looking to soak up the sun or shelter from the occasional shower, we can make it happen. Here in the chocolate box village of Fulking, one of the finest pubs in the South Downs National Park is ready to make your summer an extremely special one.

 

The Shepherd & Dog is one of those Sussex pubs for families that everyone should visit at least once. Call 01273 957 382 to book a table.

Enjoyable days followed by quality time in our Sussex gastropub

 

There are so many ways to savour an extremely pleasant day around here, especially when you end the experience in one of the best pubs in West Sussex. Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we’ve provided a fabulous evening meal for so many people who have spent the day enjoying the local area. Here are four ways to have daytime fun followed by evening bliss.

Shop till you drop

Brighton is rightly famous for the quality of the retail therapy that it offers. You’ll find all types of shops here, from familiar high street names to independent boutiques. The Lanes is a particular pleasure, in part because it’s rightly seen as something rather unique. And you can finish your shopping day with a few well-earned drinks at the finest rural pubs near Brighton.

Soak up the sun

As soon as the sun comes out, the waterfront at Brighton comes alive. The only thing to do is go with the flow, so find a patch of beach, lay out your towel and savour the sunshine. And when you’ve had enough, head to the Shepherd & Dog and treat yourself to the type of fine dining Sussex people have been taking for granted for many years.

Check out the history

Brighton rightly boasts a wonderful sense of history, having been a popular seaside location for many centuries. Landmarks such as the Royal Pavilion and Preston Manor are well worth a visit, as are places such as the Brighton Toy and Model Museum. Then, when you’re ready to relax, family pubs near Brighton will be ready and waiting to help you unwind.

Savour a view from the skies

Brighton’s i360 is a must-visit for anyone who enjoys a dramatic vista. It’s located on the seafront close to the remains of the old West Pier, and stands at an impressive 162 metres high. If you have a head for heights, you’re sure to love this place. Afterwards, you can stop and watch the world go by with a cold drink and a tasty meal at a number of Devils Dyke pubs.

 

The Shepherd & Dog is a large, historic rural pub in Fulking. We’re proud to be regarded as one of the finest gastropubs in Sussex. Call 01273 857 382 to book a table.

 

Perfect cocktails in perfect Devils Dyke pubs

 

Summer is almost upon us, and like everyone else we at the Shepherd & Dog start to think about happy times and sunny days spent in our large beer garden. But sometimes it can be fun to forget the beers and focus on something a little more exotic instead. And what could be more exotic than a cocktail or two?

 

Some of the more popular cocktails have equally exotic names, but not many people know how those names came about. Did you know, for example, that a piña colada is so called because the phrase means ‘strained pineapple’ in Spanish? Thought to emanate from Puerto Rico, it usually consists of rum, cream of coconut and pineapple juice.

 

If you’ve ever wondered who Tom Collins was, and why he has a cocktail named after him, the truth is he doesn’t. Or at least, there was no Tom Collins in the first place. There’s a lesser known cocktail called a John Collins, allegedly named after a head waiter in London. It features London gin, lemon, sugar and soda. When the London gin was switched for Old Tom gin, the name Tom Collins was born.

 

So much to enjoy in pubs for families near Brighton

 

A refreshing combination of rum, orange curacao, lime juice and orgeat syrup, the Mai Tai is one of the best loved of all summer cocktails. Pronounced my tie, it was invented in either the 1930s or 1940s, depending on who you choose to believe. And as for the name, Mai Tai simply means ‘nice’ in Tahitian. Here at our idyllic Sussex gastropub, we think it’s pretty nice as well

 

Named after a village in Cuba, the daiquiri is a group of cocktails rather than a single drink. It generally consists of rum, lime juice and sugar, plus any of a number of fruits to give it a distinctive flavour. Some of the popular options are banana, strawberry and avocado. Named after the celebrated author Ernest Hemingway, a Hemingway daiquiri has white rum, lime juice, half a grapefruit, six drops of maraschino liqueur and no sugar.

 

The Shepherd & Dog in Fulking is the perfect venue for a relaxing summer afternoon. Ours is one of the finest family pubs in Sussex, and we look forward to welcoming you soon.

So many reasons to love our Sussex gastropub

 

One of the things we love about being one of the finest pubs for families in Sussex is the way we’re able to offer something for everyone. There are some pubs in our region that offer a great range of wines and beers at the bar, and some that are famous for their superb food while others are great pubs for cyclists in South Downs. Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we’re all those things and so much more.

 

We never forget that with so many pubs in West Sussex to choose from, every one of our customers has a choice. It pleases us immensely when they choose to spend some of their valuable leisure time here, relaxing in style with friends, family members or work colleagues, or of course on their own. The best Sussex country pubs are perfect for all occasions, after all.

 

The Shepherd & Dog offers a wonderful combination of the modern and traditional, and that’s just how we like it. We have a glorious garden for summer get-togethers accompanied by splendid views, while inside we offer original fittings, log fires and the warmest of welcomes. And, of course, we bring you the type of fine dining Sussex has become famous for.

 

Pure indulgence at perhaps the best place to eat in Sussex

 

As well being a wonderful place in which to eat and drink, we’re also keen to promote the gentle art of indulgence. We love the fact that we’re regarded as one of the most cycle friendly pubs in Sussex, for example, and that we enjoy our status as perhaps the best of all dog friendly pubs in Sussex as well. We feel, understandably, that our position in the South Downs National Park gives us a unique location.

 

If you are yet to discover the Shepherd & Dog, why not come and join us soon for a few drinks and perhaps a bite to eat as well? We have built up an excellent reputation for our culinary journeys, so now would be a good time to come and see what all the fuss is about. There’s something special about all Sussex pubs these days, but we think ours is even more magical.

 

The Shepherd & Dog is a classic example of the finest family pubs near Brighton. Located in Fulking, it’s well worth a visit. Come and see us soon.

Beer festivals bring out the best in Sussex gastropubs

 

As one of the most popular pubs in the South Downs National Park, we’ve always been a big fan of beer festivals. If you’ve never been to a beer festival before, you probably don’t realise what you’re missing out on. These days, there are some fabulous small breweries in the UK, each of them offering a tasty and distinctive range of craft beers covering everything from zesty lagers to dark bitters and all points in between.

 

We love the fact that these occasions attract customers from all across the south-east of England, including a pleasing selection of familiar faces and newcomers. Those in the former group know that we go to great lengths to provide the variety that such occasions deserve, while those in the latter group are embarking on a journey of discovery that they are highly likely to enjoy.

 

The Shepherd & Dog is of course rightly regarded as a highly respected Sussex gastropub, and we pull out all the stops to make sure the food is as wonderful as the beer at these events. We’ve been offering the type of fine dining Brighton has become synonymous with for many years, so if you like to eat well and drink well too, the next beer festival here deserves to be a must-try.

 

Everything you need for an unforgettable day

 

We hold beer festivals throughout the year, and those in the spring and summer come with the added attraction of a garden that ticks all the right boxes. Just imagine watching the world go by with a beer and a bite to eat, surrounded by the most glorious countryside. The views from here are spectacular, so why not come and find out for yourself?

 

There has been a growing trend towards lager for several decades now, but beer festivals are a great way to rediscover an interest in beers, porters, stouts and mild ales. The world of beer can be just as diverse as the world of wine, with all the nuances and subtleties that make it so wonderful. These are drinks to be savoured from the first drop right through to the last.

 

We love being a pub that offers something for everyone. We remain one of the most popular rural pubs near Brighton, of course, but events such as beer festivals enable us to reach out to customers from right across the region. Keep an eye on our events page for details of these festivals and other wonderful occasions.

 

The Shepherd & Dog in Fulking is one of the finest Sussex pubs for families, and we play host to a number of exceptional events throughout the year. Call 01273 857 382 for more information.

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.

Family pubs near Brighton are gearing up for a bumper summer

 

The summer of 2018 was a wonderfully warm one for people visiting pubs in the South Downs National Park, and here at the Shepherd & Dog we’re already getting ready for the warmer season. With spring fast approaching, we’re looking forward again to welcoming an eclectic mix of people from right across Sussex and indeed all around the world.

 

We consider ourselves to be in a particularly wonderful location, one that attracts a great many walkers, cyclists and motorists, all seeking some well-earned solitude right here in our idyllic rural retreat. And we’re fortunate enough to be in a region which attracts huge numbers of tourists, especially of course in the summer months when the area really comes to life. And of course we’re a true community pub, a fact that brings us into contact with a large group of loyal locals.

 

One of the reasons for our pub’s popularity in the warmer weather is of course our sizeable garden. We offer the perfect spot for a few drinks in the sunshine, accompanied by some fabulous views of the South Downs. And as if that wasn’t enough, you can make the occasion even more special by enjoying a mouth-watering meal and prolong the feel-good factor in the process.

 

A Sussex gastropub that should be on everyone’s must-visit list

 

When it comes to fine dining Sussex is able to offer a fabulous selection of eateries, from cafés on the waterfront to town centre restaurants endorsed by famous name chefs. Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we like to feel that we offer a unique combination of stunning food, a pleasant atmosphere, peaceful surroundings and a tempting selection of drinks.

 

Whether you’re in the mood for a hearty sandwich, a crispy salad or a stunning multi-course banquet, you’ll find it right here in rural Sussex. There are some fabulous pubs in East Sussex, West Sussex and right along the south of England, but we think ours is always able to stand out from the rest.

 

If you’re looking for somewhere special this spring and summer, we hope to see you. When the temperatures are high and the sky is blue, come along and soak up the sun in our picturesque garden, and if there’s some rain in the air we have plenty of room for you inside. Happy summer!

 

The Shepherd & Dog is a large country pub in the heart of the South Downs National Park. We’re proud to be regarded as one of the finest pubs in Sussex.

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.

Sussex pubs for families offer something to suit all tastes

 

Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we are proud to be one of the finest family pubs near Brighton. It also makes us extremely proud to know that we have something for everyone to enjoy here. There are some pubs in the local region which are well known for the quality of the food, and some which offer a large garden in the summer. Others are regarded as among the best cycle friendly pubs in Sussex, but our place would rank highly in all of these categories and many more.

When it comes to evening dining Brighton has more to offer than most towns and cities in the UK. We enjoy a unique location close to Brighton yet right in the heart of a rural idyll. Our regular customers know that we are one of the most versatile pubs in West Sussex, in part because we offer the convenience of being close to a large urban area and the tranquillity of picturesque countryside in one of the U.K.’s finest National Parks. People come to the Shepherd & Dog for all kinds of reasons, and this is why so many of our customers are repeat customers.

 

One of the finest rural pubs near Brighton

 

We love our location amid the rolling hills of the South Downs, a location that makes us particularly popular with dog walkers, ramblers, cyclists and of course a very loyal band of locals. If you come to see us in the summer, you can take in the stunning views while you enjoy a cold drink and a bite to eat In our large garden. It should be noted, however, that we are also a sight for sore eyes in the winter, when we offer a crackling log fire and the warmest of welcomes, accompanied of course by a tempting menu featuring some delightful winter dining.

So next time you’re looking for the best place to eat in Sussex, come to the village of Fulking and find out for yourself why the Shepherd & Dog is so popular. Our superb Sussex gastropub provides the backdrop to family get-togethers, school reunions, business meetings, romantic first dates and just about everything else. We are one of the most popular Sussex pubs, and each of our customers has their own reason for falling in love with our hostelry. If you’re in any doubt, come and see why so many people come back time and time again. We look forward to meeting you.

 

The Shepherd & Dog is one of those rural pubs in Sussex that should be on everyone’s must-visit list. Call in soon to see why we feel we have something for everyone.

 

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.