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

PUBLISHED: 12:19 11 February 2019 | UPDATED: 12:20 11 February 2019

Bibendum - Eastbourne by Annie Mole (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) via flic.kr/p/a2n4Rp

Bibendum - Eastbourne by Annie Mole (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) via flic.kr/p/a2n4Rp


We take a look at seven Sussex pubs and restaurants you should consider this Valentine's Day or for a romantic meal

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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.


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; 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 Bedlam Smash and Bacchus respectively.


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.


Zari, Crawley

Indian restaurant Zari is part of Crawley’s culinary landscape, being more than 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.


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.


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. Mains may include confit of duck, seafood pasta marinara and slow roasted belly of pork.




The best Sussex restaurants - 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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