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The best pubs in Sussex to visit this summer

PUBLISHED: 11:00 19 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:14 19 September 2017

The Griffin, Fletching

The Griffin, Fletching


An afternoon or bank holiday spent in a pub beer garden is a true delight of British life. A few of our favourites are here, chosen by Jenny Mark-Bell and Alice Cooke. Here’s hoping for a blistering summer...

For our guide to winter pubs in Sussex, click here. Originally published in July 2015.

The Griffin, Fletching

A beautiful country pub with a vast and sweeping beer garden where you can drink in views of Sheffield Park.


The Ram Inn, Firle

Sit among the fruit trees in their beautiful walled garden, perhaps after enjoying an invigorating walk up Firle Beacon. There’s an outside bar too, and it’s just a short walk to the local cricket ground.

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The Tiger Inn, East Dean

This picturesque local inn is right on the village green and customers can take their pint out and flop on the grass. Just a stone’s throw from Beachy Head.

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Shepherd and Dog, Fulking

The sprawling beer garden with its tinkling stream goes on forever and there’s a garden bar with musical entertainment in summer.

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Brighton Music Hall, King’s Road Arches

It’s all about location at this Brighton beachfront bar, which boasts a real carnival atmosphere in the summer as musicians perform outside for the punters. Can get extremely busy in warm weather.


Crab & Lobster, Sidlesham

Local fare is the name of the game here, with Selsey fishermen, dairy farmers and beekeepers all contributing to the excellent menu. Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve is on the doorstep.

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The Seal, Selsey

Boasting an impressively large beer garden, the food here is both brilliant and reasonably priced. A traditional, family-run pub, there’s a wide range of local ales on offer, as well as plenty of space for children to run around.


The Anchor Bleu, Bosham

A traditional harbourside pub. Walk and cycle from here, and then come back for real ale, great food and a dog-friendly place to put your feet up. As popular with locals as it is with visitors, thanks to the great service.

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The Bridge Inn, Shoreham

Admire the Adur and watch the boats go by as you enjoy a local ale. Pub grub done well is the order of the day, and children and dogs are both equally welcomed by the smiley staff.

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The Countryman Inn, Shipley

It’s always bustling in here because the food is delicious, the garden is fab, and the service is never slow.



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