Eating out in Sussex - Best restaurants
PUBLISHED: 12:03 16 April 2018
Whether you’re looking for fine dining, pub food, a romantic meal for 2 or a taste of something from further afield, eating out in Sussex really has something for everyone. Here’s our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs
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The Sir Roger Tichborne - Loxwood
Our new restaurant reviewer Laura Paton visits the Sir Roger Tichborne, a community pub set in great walking country in Loxwood.
Murmur - Brighton
Michael Bremner’s casual family dining offering is a boon to Brighton’s busy seafront.
Cowdray Farm Shop Café - Cowdray Park
Cowdray Farm Shop Café has a fresh, healthy menu that is the perfect antidote to festive overindulgence.
The Bell in Ticehurst on the Kent/East Sussex border is a charming 16th century inn with rooms – and a lively programme of events.
Noah’s Ark Inn - Lurgashall
The Noah’s Ark Inn has been delighting Lurgashall’s residents and visitors since the 16th century. Jenny Mark-Bell finds it merits its good reputation.
Bill’s - Lewes
It has grown from its Lewes home to become a feature of more than 75 high streets across the country. Duncan Hall eats in the original Bill’s and meets its founder.
etch - Hove
Hove isn’t the most obvious place for a television star to open his first restaurant. It would seem natural to trade on a Masterchef: The Professionals winner’s name in the tourist hotspots of Brighton, but Steven Edwards always had Church Road in his sights.
Whites - Hastings
Judging by the number of reservation-less diners staff had to turn away on a Thursday night before the summer holidays, Hastings has taken Whites to its heart.
CrabShack - Worthing
It’s been reeling in positive reviews since opening in June 2015. Jenny Mark-Bell took the bait and visited Worthing’s CrabShack to see what all the fuss was about.
The Hearth - Eastgate
An unassuming former greasy spoon in Lewes has become a top-rated Italian pizzeria and bakery, as Duncan Hall discovers.
The Glass House Restaurant at Wickwoods – Albourne
With a reputation for superb food, attentive staff and wonderful dining environment The Glass House at Wickwoods is open for both lunch, afternoon tea and evening dining. Using locally sourced ingredients, the modern European menu is cooked to perfection by their talented team of chefs. Wickwoods is also the 2015 Celebration of Sussex Life Award winner for Entertainment Venue of the Year.
Samphire - East Wittering
East Wittering restaurant Samphire has a bit of a beachcomber vibe. Jenny Mark-Bell discovers that the kitchen is appropriately skilled at making the most of our local coastal produce.
The Fig Tree - Hurstpierpoint
Anyone who wants to test the commitment a restaurant puts into its menu shouldn’t blithely order the most expensive dish. A chef with vision sees his or her set menus and specials as a chance to draw in customers who might want to splash out in the future.
The Crate & Apple - Chichester
The first surprise is that The Crate & Apple has the distinct look of a country pub – yet it’s just off the ring road and within easy walking distance of Chichester Festival Theatre and the Novium among other local attractions.
Flint Barn Restaurant - Berwick
Colin and Christine Munday opened the English Wine Centre nine years ago to celebrate the best of the UK’s vineyards. And it seemed a natural move to open a restaurant on site in what had previously been a low-ceilinged store room, to allow people to savour some of the treats on offer with well-matched dishes.
The Duke of Cumberland Arms - Henley
It won the Pub of the Year category at the 2016 Celebration of Sussex Life Awards. But how would The Duke of Cumberland Arms, in Henley near Midhurst, deal with a hungry editor at Sunday lunch?
Farmer, Butcher, Chef - Goodwood
Goodwood has long been associated with fast cars and horse-racing. But now a triumvirate of experts are bringing the farm to the forefront with a brand new restaurant.
The Corner House - Worthing
After more than 13 years running pubs in Brighton brothers Matt and Tim Taylor have brought their carefully honed skills to their home town.
The Parsons Table - Arundel
The Parsons Table in Arundel opened less than a year ago but an extremely accomplished kitchen and flawless front-of-house service belie its youth.
Flank at the Cow - Brighton
As he takes his pop-up restaurant Flank to new pastures, Thomas Griffiths talks to Duncan Hall.
The Star Inn - Alfriston
Duncan Hall visits the recently revamped 13th century pilgrim hostelry The Star Inn for a light lunch.
The Leconfield - Petworth
The Leconfield in Petworth has a new chef, Paul Welburn. Jenny Mark-Bell found his food warmly evocative with a sexy modern twist.
The Restaurant at Drakes - Brighton
Hidden away below pavement level on Marine Parade, the Restaurant at Drakes goes from strength to strength under the guidance of chef Andrew Mackenzie. Jenny Mark-Bell was bowled over by the elegant but comforting Modern British cuisine.
Polpo - Brighton
After enjoying Italian studenthood, Jenny Mark-Bell found herself turning her back on the UK’s versions of Italian food. So would Polpo’s Venetian tapas lure her back to a fine culinary culture?
Gravetye Manor - West Hoathly
Gravetye Manor near Turners Hill is celebrating its first Michelin star, and it shows – the food is fantastic, but the staff are also endearingly upbeat, as Alice Cooke found out.
The Blacksmith’s Arms - Donnington
Before we even arrived at the Blacksmith’s Arms we had high hopes – surely anyone who lived in such a pretty place would accept no less than a gorgeous country pub? We weren’t disappointed.
The Better Half - Hove
This cosy and convivial pub deserves to do well, and judging by the Thursday night crowd, it will. There’s room for another addition to Brighton and Hove’s drinking scene, and I will drink to its success.
SILO - Brighton
SILO claims to be the UK’s first zero-waste restaurant. Fittingly, it is in Brighton. Jenny Mark-Bell finds out whether the substance matches the style.
The Earl of March - Chichester
The Earl of March in Lavant is grand by name and proved equally resplendent in taste, as Alice Cooke found out.
Arora Hotel - Southgate
Alice Cooke is delighted to discover top quality dining at the Arora Hotel in the heart of Crawley.
The Salt Room - Brighton
The Salt Room is the latest addition to Brighton seafront’s dining scene. The brainchild of the team behind The Coal Shed, it’s already making waves, as Jenny Mark-Bell discovers.
The Pass - South Lodge
Matt Gillan at The Pass has everything you’d expect from a top flight Michelin-starred London restaurant, with all the friendly, local-centric attitude that we know and love here in Sussex.
Thai Terre - East Dean
In the quintessentially Sussex village of East Dean lies an authentic Thai restaurant that warrants a special trip.
The Dorset Arm - Withyham
The staff couldn’t be more smiley or friendly if they tried, especially considering that on the afternoon we visited it was nearing a full house.
The Chimney House - Seven Dials
It seems the Chimney House has negotiated the balance of community hub and gastro pub very well.
The Brasserie at Sofitel - Gatwick Airport North Terminal
The Brasserie at Sofitel serves locally-sourced and beautifully executed dishes in the unlikey surroundings of an international airport.
Food for Friends - Brighton
Brighton is a paradise for vegetarians. But Food for Friends, celebrating 33 years on the scene, pleases even the most devoted carnivores.
The Cyclist Refreshment Room - Brighton Station
The Cyclist Refreshment Room brought to you by Greenwell & Tipple, a family run business, moves away from the pub cliché and brings back the ‘refreshment room’ of the 19th century.
Old House Inn - Copthorne
Chef Daniel Price clearly has a magpie’s eye for flavour: during the course of a meal we’d enjoyed dishes with influences as far-flung as Norway and Peru. But, like the treacle tart, and despite the proximity to an international airport, it still manages to feel very British.
Ghyll Manor - Rusper
Alice Cooke discovers that hidden in the back lanes of Rusper lies a fantastic little restaurant in the shape of Ghyll Manor.
The Gallivant - Camber
The Gallivant, awarded two AA rosettes, has a wonderful location at Camber Sands. But it’s the food that will capture your heart.
The George at Eartham - Chichester
The George at Eartham takes food provenance very seriously, and if their bustling restaurant and happy diners are anything to go by, it’s certainly paying off.
GB1 - Brighton
GB1 at The Grand, the stylish addition to Brighton’s culinary landscape, does classic dishes with charm and panache.
AG’s at Alexander House Hotel - Crawley
Exquisite food served by charming, knowledgeable staff… it’s hard not to be effusive about AG’s at Alexander House.
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