15 great places for Sunday lunch in Sussex

PUBLISHED: 11:33 27 October 2020 | UPDATED: 11:33 27 October 2020

The Mermaid Inn, Rye (c) Jim Nix, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

The Mermaid Inn, Rye (c) Jim Nix, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


The best Sundays revolve around a hearty lunch with friends and family. We suggest some of the best places to enjoy a Sunday roast around Sussex

1) The Sussex Yeoman, Brighton

Located right next to Brighton Station on Guildford Road, this pub won Best Sunday Roast at the Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Awards so is a great spot to kick off our list.

They have an enormous seven different roasts for you to choose from - five meat options and two vegetarian - so whatever you’re in the mood for you can be sure you will be expertly catered for.

2) Shepherd and Dog, Fulking

Throughout the South Downs you’ll find a number of picturesque village pubs but, as the picture below demonstrates, you won’t find too many places more idyllic than this one in the humorously-named Fulking.

Your dog is more than welcome to join you in the pub as you take your pick of five different roasts while the friendly staff will happily recommend a walking route you can take with the pooch that starts and ends at the pub.

3) The Glass House Restaurant at Wickwoods, Albourne

Set in a beautiful orangery overlooking the gardens, enjoy a Sunday lunch at The Glass House.

The restaurant is AA rosette awarded and offers both traditional roasts as well as other main courses.

4) Gravetye Manor, East Grinstead

This Elizabethan manor house, north of West Hoathly, is a fabulous hotel with a traditional, luxurious feel.

Enjoy Sunday lunch in the wood-panelled restaurant and afterwards explore the 35-acre garden which was developed by the late horticulture writer William Robinson. Part of the garden supplies the kitchen with its fresh fruit and vegetables.

5) The Duke of Cumberland Arms, near Midhurst

The food is always good at this lovely 16th century country pub which sits on a hillside in Henley near Haslemere - a spot on the Sussex-Surrey border - providing wonderful views to Leith Hill.

The menu boasts unfussy, hearty dishes done well such as sausage, mash and onion gravy, venison with seasoned vegetables and, of course, the classic roast.


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6) The Mermaid Inn, Rye

This delightful old pub is situated on the lovely cobbled Mermaid Street in the medieval citadel of Rye.

With its beamed sloping ceilings, huge inglenook fireplace, and creaky floorboards, the inn is steeped in history: smugglers gathered in the cellar which dates back to the 12th century. The Sunday roasts are excellent and vegetarians are well catered for.

7) Busby & Wilds, Brighton

Located in the residential area of Kemp Town village, tucked behind elegant Sussex Square in Rock Street, this stylish restaurant is popular with locals and has a laid-back atmosphere.

The Sunday lunches are delicious and include traditional meat roasts as well as alternatives. Desserts, such as sticky toffee pudding, are hearty.

8) The Cat Inn, West Hoathly

The food is always good at this cosy 16th century pub which welcomes dogs.

The Sunday lunch menu alters according to the season, but usually includes traditional meat roasts and hearty pub fare such as pie and mash. Enjoy a stroll over nearby Ashdown Forest if you want to work up an appetite.

9) The Barley Mow, Selmeston

Set on the A27 between Brighton and Eastbourne, The Barley Mow has stunning views of the South Downs that are best enjoyed from their beer garden on a warm summer day.

In the colder months the warm interiors of this coaching inn - considered one of the oldest in the county - will provide the perfect atmosphere for your Sunday lunch in the countryside.

10) Earl of March, Lavant

After a day exploring the history and heritage of Chichester head out to this village near the river of the same name for a fine roast in a classic country pub setting.

For views over towards Goodwood Racecourse, Goodwood Motor Circuit and the surrounding countryside hop onto one of the many nearby walking trails that take you up onto The Trundle - that’s if you’re not too full after your roast of course.


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11) The Better Half, Hove

This stylish old pub in Hove Place has a wonderfully dark interior, and a friendly, laid back atmosphere.

They offer a top notch Sunday roast menu with a vegetarian option and puds such as creme brulee and sticky toffee pudding. To work up an appetite, stroll along the seafront promenade before lunch.

12) Amberley Castle, Amberley

Perhaps best known as a hotel, this sophisticated, dreamy castle also boasts a fantastic restaurant. Enjoy a wonderful Sunday roast within the historic Queen’s Room which has a roaring fire and a 12th century barrel-vaulted ceiling.

Afterwards enjoy a stroll around the gardens or splash out and stay the night in one of the romantic rooms. If you fancy a walk before lunch, saunter along the banks of the River Arun or head up onto the Downs.

13) The Earth and Stars, Brighton

Another previous winner in the Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Awards, this pub on Windsor Street has been serving the local community since 1881.

They pride themselves on providing for all types of dietary requirements and their selection of roasts reflects that ethos with there being as many options for vegetarians as there are for meat eaters.

14) Corner House, Worthing

This Worthing pub won Newcomer of the Year a few years ago at our Celebration of Sussex Life Awards and serve up delightful Sunday roasts.

Enjoy a rare topside of beef, slow roasted leg of lamb and more. Desserts include sticky toffee pudding and chocolate brownie.

15) The Marine, Eastbourne

This traditional pub is just a couple of streets back from the water’s edge, making it perfectly positioned for you to duck into following a relaxed Sunday stroll along the coast. If you visit at Christmas you’ll love the selection of seasonal decorations hanging from the ceiling.

The pub’s popularity in the local area is such that booking for lunch is an absolute must. Take your pick of one of the many drinks on offer from local sources or further afield to perfectly complement your meal.


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