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8 of the best restaurants for Valentine’s Day in Sussex

PUBLISHED: 15:20 25 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:24 25 January 2018

Bibendum - Eastbourne by Annie Mole ( via

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We take a look at 8 amazing Sussex eateries you should consider this Valentine’s Day

Riddle and Finns, Brighton

You won’t find a better sea view in Brighton, especially from the al fresco terrace or the window table in the first floor dining room of this sustainable seafood restaurant, built into one of the seafront arches. Ingredients come from the immediate area where possible, so your pan fried scallops are from Brighton waters and a rich and comforting fish pie is made with Sussex seafood. Local sourcing even extends to the drinks list, where you’ll find Court Garden Farm English Sparkling Wine from nearby Ditchling and Dark Star beers, brewed a few miles away in Partridge Green.

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The Griffin Inn, Fletching

This is a cosy log-fired community-led inn with fabulous views of the South Downs. You get cosy open fires, 400-year-old beams, oak panelling, settles, red carpets and prints on the walls. Smart menus based on the finest seasonal produce include fresh fish from Rye and Fletching lamb; both food and beers are as local as can be.

The Ginger Fox, Albourne

The pub has views over the downs from its extensive grounds. The beamed interior of this old pub has been painted in beige and oatmeal to create a light and comfortable place to eat and drink with friendly and efficient service. Local produce is reflected in the choice of beer and wine which includes Harvey’s ale and Chapel Down wine. The menu of finely tuned English dishes might include beef, mushroom and ale pie with creamed sprouts. Duck, lamb and scallops are regulars as are a range of imaginative vegetarian dishes.

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The Crab and Lobster, Pagham

Overlooking Pagham Harbour, this 350-year-old building houses a smart, modern restaurant with rooms. Ancient flagstones and black timber beams contrast with the pastel coloured chairs and sparkling glassware in the airy restaurant. The kitchen profits from the abundance of local produce. Selsey fishermen, Sidlesham beekeepers and local dairy farms are amongst the suppliers of fresh food. Fish, crab and lobster regularly feature on the menu, which offers predominantly English cuisine with Mediterranean overtones.

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Wabi, Horsham

High-end concept Japanese food from Scott Hallsworth, formerly of Nobu. This award-winning restaurant has two AA rosettes and a passionate local following. Refined, elegant décor and food, with a list of potent and delicious cocktails to complete the evening.

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Zari, Crawley

Indian restaurant Zari is part of Crawley’s culinary landscape, being 25 years old. The restaurant is a sophisticated, welcoming space with a huge exhibition kitchen. In the warmer months the spacious outdoor dining area houses a tandoor barbecue. Owners Sadique and Almara Miah have recruited chefs from different regions India to execute their eclectic menu.

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The Chilli Pickle, Brighton

Now in huge new premises near the Jubilee Library, The Chilli Pickle somehow manages to maintain an intimate atmosphere thanks to the clever use of lighting and room separation. They say the menu reflects the diversity of Indian cooking ‘from the highest Himalaya to the Konkan Coast’ and certainly every visit is a fascinating voyage through one of the world’s greatest culinary traditions.

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Bibendum, Eastbourne

Gallic classics served with aplomb by friendly waiting staff. The rustic-style restaurant has a warm, intimate feel; and the dishes are well executed.

Click here to see our full guide to Valentine’s Day in Sussex


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