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.

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.

Five great reasons to visit the Shepherd & Dog

 

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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

Winter walks, tasty food, refreshing drinks – what’s not to love about this time of year?

 

This is a much-maligned time of year, but it’s always worth noting that the warmest welcomes await in your favourite Sussex pubs. There’s something wonderfully welcoming about a pub that offers a superb range of drinks, some mouth-watering food and a crackling log fire.

 

Here at the Shepherd & Dog, we like to think of our establishment as a sanctuary from the elements in the cooler months. Judging by the smiles on the faces of our customers when they step in from the cold, we know that we’re not alone. When the temperature drops outside, there’s nothing quite like time spent at the best place to eat in Sussex.

 

Our location has a lot to do with the welcome we can offer, of course. Fulking is an extremely pretty English village, and the fact that the celebrated South Downs National Park is all around us simply adds to the sense of wonder. On a weekend lunchtime, nothing beats a long walk in the countryside with the dog, followed of course by some suitable refreshments.

 

Head outside for exercise, then inside for relaxation!

 

England’s newest national park – it was formally established in 2010 – covers around 1,600 square kilometres, and it’s home to some exceptionally impressive walks. For many of our regulars in the winter, a wander through the rural beauty of the park simply has to be followed by a pint or two of real ale and a hearty hot meal.

 

One of the nicest things about local walks is that the terrain is either extremely flat or it often tends to rise gently. Thanks to this, long walks can be enjoyed by families with young children, without the kids getting tired too soon. If a wonderful meal awaits at the end of it, a rural Sussex gastropub will fit the bill perfectly.

 

There are many good restaurants in Brighton and Hove, of course, but there are times when you just have to get away from the city for a while instead. The air is crisp and fresh in Fulking, especially in the winter, making this area the perfect location for some well-earned escape.

 

The Shepherd & Dog is the perfect place for winter relaxation, whether you’re eating, drinking or simply watching the world go by.

Top 10 Cocktails in the UK This Summer

sussex pub cocktails

 

OK all – time to raise the tone a little.  We’ve had a good time talking about the beer,  but let’s add a little class and sophistication to these ramblings and talk cocktails!

Over the summer we have actually had some good weather.  Things weren’t looking good through June and July, but August has rescued what threatened to be a soggy season (provided you stayed out of the wind).  This showing of the big yellow thing in the sky led many to be a little more adventurous with their beverages, and test the skills of many bar staff in Sussex Country pubs by asking for such delights as an Apple Lush (I’m sure that’s a band I used to be in?).

And now, as the season begins to wane, we have a definitive list of the top 10 cocktails consumed across the nation over the last few weeks.  The list is produced by:

https://www.cocktail.uk.com/cocktails/topten/rated

So it has an air of authority, and who are we to argue with those who clearly have nothing better to do that publish random lists to do with booze.

THE TOP 10 ARE,……….

  1.          Strawberry Daiquiri
  2.          Black Russian  Rated
  3.          Long Island Iced Tea
  4.         Margarita
  5.         Mojito
  6.        Pina Colada
  7.        Cosmopolitan
  8.        Sex on the beach
  9.        Apple Lush
  10.        Last of the Architects

 

And for the curious and more adventurous among you, this is how you make an……

Apple Lush:

Ingredients:

2 parts Vodka, 2 parts Apple juice, top up Ginger beer, pinch of Cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Shake vodka and Apple juice (it is best to use 1 part Apple puree and 1 part Apple juice) together with ice
  2. Pour into an iced Collins glass and top up with Ginger beer
  3. Garnish with a slice of apple sprinkled with cinnamon

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Not so sure about it myself………