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The best pubs in Sussex to visit this summer

PUBLISHED: 11:31 26 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:32 26 June 2018

Tiger Inn, East Dean by Dave_S (CC BY 2.0) via

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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. Here’s hoping for a blistering summer…

Click above for our guide to Sussex’s winter pubs (although they’re still well worthy of a visit in the warmer months) and restaurants

The Griffin, Fletching

A beautiful country pub with a vast and sweeping beer garden where you can drink one (or two) of their twenty available wines and real local ale with views of Sheffield Park.

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The Ram Inn, Firle

Sit among the fruit trees in their newly refurbished 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.

The Tiger Inn, East Dean

This picturesque, quintessentially English 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 & Dog, Fulking

Located at the foot of Devil’s Dyke, this pub with sprawling beer garden and its tinkling stream is the perfect stop on a warm day, especially with garden bar and musical entertainment during the summer.

Brighton Music Hall, King’s Road Arches

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

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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.

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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 service on offer.

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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 this pub - located just north of Ashington - because the food is delicious, the spacious garden is fab, and the service is never slow.

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The Bull, Goring-by-Sea

This pub - located next to Goring Cricket Club - may be blessed with original fireplaces and beams but its beer garden is ample and a perfect stop after a walk along Ilex Way.


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