Sussex Guide - Food and Drink

Think Sussex. Think Brighton. Think Hastings. Think Beautiful coastline. Think tucking into wonderful Sussex food looking over the beach from the window. After all, a good meal makes exploring so much easier! Boasting of many farms generating high quality English produce and an abundance of farm shops, restaurants, pubs and cafés where you can try it out for yourself, you will be spoilt with choice.

After spending the morning wandering around Brighton, seeing the pier and Royal Pavilion, now it’s time for lunch, so why not pop along to English’s of Brighton, an Edwardian building home to a famous oyster bar in the heart of old Brighton? It has bags of atmosphere and food is all local and delicious. Or why not try Love All Café in Eastbourne? Stop for a cake or stop for lunch; the friendly staff will aim to make your visit taste amazing!

The nightlife in Brighton is what makes it famous, along with its pier and pavilion, with hundreds of local pubs serving a range of drinks to cater to all wallet sizes. There are loads more to explore, just venture along the Sussex coast and you are bound to find a pub and/or restaurant to your liking in places like Eastbourne, Newhaven or Hastings.

Perhaps you would like to see where they create such delicious local beers and wines, so why not visit the multi-award winning Carr Taylor Vineyards and sample their selection of sparkling or fruity wines. Head down to FILO Brewery located in Hastings, regularly producing 5 ales, all with their own individual taste.

Why not try some adventurous cuisine at Restaurant Tristan? Putting unlikely combinations together and making them taste exquisite, located in Horsham (not far from Crawley) this restaurant is quite central and people are raving about the inventive menu.

After a quiet local pub that serves food with a smile, then pay a visit to The Sir Roger Tichborne. Warm yourself by the cosy open fire on a cold day and enjoy home cooked food using local produce no matter the weather.

If you head to Lewes, contact Harvey’s brewery and have a look around their brewery, the oldest in Sussex. Even if you don’t have a tour, head into their shop or one of their pubs to try some of their beers, wines or spirits – they certainly are diverse!

If a vineyard is what you are after, then visit Ridgeview, one of the top ten vineyards in Sussex. Located in Hassocks, just up the road from Brighton and not far from Burgess Hill, they traditionally create a sparkling white wine that has won the trophy for 'Best Bottle Fermented Sparkling Wine' – Now that has got to be worth a taste!

Recommended places to eat with good food:

English's of Brighton - 29-31 East Street, Brighton, BN1 1HLTel: 01273 327980

The Ship Inn - The Strand, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7DBTel: 01797 222233

The Mermaid Inn - Mermaid Street, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7EYTel: 01797 223065

Pier Nine Restaurant - 9 Eversfield Place, St Leonards on Sea, Hastings, East Sussex, TN37 6BYTel: 01424 460109

The Lamb Inn - Warthing Hailsham, BN27 1RYTel: 01323 832116

Restaurant Tristan - 3 Stans Way Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1HUTel: 01403 255688

The Sir Roger Tichborne - Loxwood Road, Alford Bars, Billingshurst, West Sussex

The Curlew Restaurant - Junction Road, Bodiam, East Sussex, TN32 5UYTel: 01580 861394

The Middle House - High Street, Mayfield, East Sussex, TN20 6ABTel: 01435 872146

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