16 of the best restaurants and pubs in Sussex

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Posted by Ed Roberts on 20th February 2021

Best places to eat and drink in Sussex

If you are feeling hungry, then this guide to Sussex’s best places to eat and drink is here to inspire you. For country pubs, Michelin-star restaurants, family-friendly cafes and pubs, and other nice places to eat in Sussex, look no further than our handy compilation for cool ideas for when you are on your staycation. We have searched both East Sussex and West Sussex for our favourite places to enjoy some quality food and drink, no matter what the occasion may be. We have suggestions for light lunches, pub lunches, gastropubs and fine dining for you to consider.

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Country pubs in Sussex

The White Dog, Robertsbridge, East Sussex

The White Dog, Robertsbridge, East Sussex

This traditional inn, The White Dog , is close to Bodiam Castle, in the village of Ewhurst Green. It's a very pleasant affair if you fancy some absolutely wonderful homemade food and a good selection of ales and wines. The pub has a garden that offers fantastic local views, making it perfect for a pitstop with your kids and dogs.  

Stay nearby: Cricket Cottage | Sleeps: 6 guests


The Ram Inn, Firle, East Sussex

The Ram Inn, Firle, East Sussex

The Ram Inn in Firle has been at the heart of its community, providing beer and cheer for over 500 years! With its open fire and ambient surroundings, this is the quintessential country pub and typical of the country pubs in East Sussex, with its exposed brick and flint walls. The menu is full of English favourites.

Stay nearby: Old Forge Cottage | Sleeps: 3 guests + 2 dogs


The Royal Oak, Poynings, West Sussex

The Royal Oak, Poynings, West Sussex

After a long walk on the South Downs, head to The Royal Oak. Embedded into the West Sussex countryside close to Devil’s Dyke, this is the perfect place to hole up for an exemplary lunch and a restorative drink after a long walk on the Downs. There is a pleasant pub garden and a cosy fireplace to sit next to as well.


The Lamb Inn, West Wittering, West Sussex

The Lamb Inn, West Wittering, West Sussex

Head to the gorgeous West Sussex coast to seek out this lovely pub close to one of the best beaches in Sussex. The Lamb Inn offers a fantastic choice of meals for lunch and dinner. Keep an eye on the specials board as there may just be something tantalising lurking for you to try. The inn’s all-weather beer garden is particularly warm and welcoming all year round! The atmosphere is friendly and it’s another comfortable hostelry to relax in whilst touring West Wittering.

Stay nearby: Medmerry Cottage | Sleeps: 12 guests


Gastropubs in Sussex

The Ship Inn, Rye, East Sussex

The Ship Inn, Rye, East Sussex

The Cinque Port town of Rye is full of wonderful old pubs, all with alluring plus points. However, we’d steer you towards The Ship Inn, close to Henry James’ former home, Lamb House, and the banks of the River Tillingham. Surrounded by antique shops, this is an excellent spot for a meal between bargain hunting and getting to know lovely Rye.

Stay nearby: Cliffe Cottage Apartment | Sleeps: 4 guests 


The Sussex Ox, Milton Street, East Sussex

The Sussex Ox, Milton Street, East Sussex

This East Sussex gastropub lies within the acreage of its own organic farm! Much of the meat on the menu is raised on the estate; the cattle is grain fed and the organic potatoes are grown on the land too. This makes The Sussex Ox something of a curiosity, but it’s a positive outcome for all visitors as the food and drink selection on offer is brilliant.

Stay nearby: Rushfields Barn | Sleeps: 4 guests plus 1 dog  


The Blacksmiths, Chichester, West Sussex

The Blacksmiths, Chichester, West Sussex

If you are enjoying a break in a self-catering holiday cottage in Chichester, then pay a well-earned visit to The Blacksmiths. After an amble around Chichester Cathedral and the city’s many great shops and parks, this pub is a brilliant and friendly place to rest. It lies a few miles beyond the city limits in the quaint village of Donnington.

Stay nearby: The Beach Huts | Sleeps: 4 guests


The Bricklayers Arms, Midhurst, West Sussex

The Bricklayers Arms, Midhurst, West Sussex

Deep in the heart of West Sussex is The Bricklayers Arms, in the small market town of Midhurst. This is a welcoming gastropub with an interesting menu that covers all the bases, including gourmet burgers and surf and turf options, alongside gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. Also boasting an enviable choice of liquors and wines, The Blacksmiths is a winner.

Stay nearby: The Cart Barn | Sleeps: 2 guests + 1 dog


Fine dining in Sussex

The Ginger Pig, Hove, East Sussex

The Ginger Pig, Hove, East Sussex

If you fancy a spot of fine dining, then the Michelin star-adorned Ginger Pig in Hove could be just what you are looking for. Brighton and Hove has no shortage of fine dining options for the discerning gourmet, and we think you might find a trip to The Ginger Pig a good choice for a laidback, fine-dining affair.

Stay nearby: Baker's Cottage | Sleeps: 4 guests + 1 dog


The Driftwood, Bexhill, East Sussex

The Driftwood, Bexhill, East Sussex

After a day absorbing the wonderful exhibitions at the De La Warr Pavilion, The Driftwood in Bexhill is a great place to keep your day stylish. This Michelin star-awarded restaurant is set on the seafront in a classic Victorian building; the establishment is open for breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner. Book ahead because there are just 25 covers.

Stay nearby: Beachside | Sleeps: 4 guests 


The Duke of Cumberland Arms, Henley, West Sussex

The Duke of Cumberland Arms, Henley, West Sussex

This Michelin-star country pub is a lovely place to eat at any time of the day during your holiday to West Sussex. Found in the hamlet of Henley, near Midhurst, The Duke of Cumberland Arms is also close to the Cowdray Estate, the home of British polo. The menu is long and mouth watering, so dining decisions are sure to cause pleasant dilemmas.

Stay nearby: Chyngton Cottage | Sleeps: 4 guests


The Parson’s Table, Arundel, West Sussex

The Parson’s Table, Arundel, West Sussex

Situated close to beautiful Arundel, with its appealing castle, this AA Rosette award-winning Sussex restaurant is a real treat. The food at The Parson's Table is exceptional and the presentation immaculate. Seafood, meat, poultry, and plant-based mains are something to shout about; be sure to book yourselves a table in advance, as The Parson’s Table is a well-renowned choice.

Stay nearby: Goodwood House | Sleeps: 8 guests + 1 dog


Family-friendly restaurants and cafes in Sussex

Baqueano, Brighton, East Sussex

Baqueano, Brighton, East Sussex

Treat the family to dinner with a difference and head out to Brighton’s Baqueano. This Argentinian restaurant welcomes families to sample seriously tasty food and drink. The menu is curated to reflect traditional Argentinian fare and it’s a popular dining destination for locals and visitors alike. You can even order takeaway and dine along the seafront should the mood take.

Stay nearby: Rushfields Barn | Sleeps: 4 guests + 1 dog


Sub Station, Seaford, East Sussex

Sub-Station, Seaford, East Sussex

Sub-Station is the place to head to for a light lunch if you have a lot to pack in during a family day out. The family-friendly Sub Station in Seaford specialises in cold lunches and snacks making it a great choice. You can also enjoy a takeaway and walk up to the National Trust’s iconic Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters.

Stay nearby: Bee Keepers Rest | Sleeps: 4 guests + 1 dog 


Munch Coffee Bar & Kitchen, Worthing, West Sussex

Munch Coffee Bar & Kitchen, Worthing, West Sussex  

If you love to unwind with a coffee on a family holiday, then the reliable Munch Coffee Bar & Kitchen in Worthing is a good place to stop. With a large menu filled with family favourites (made from local produce where possible), this is an ambient café with a wide choice of cakes and beverages for you to choose from. It is close to Worthing’s seafront and its busy shopping centre.

Stay nearby: The Beach Hut - Felpham | Sleeps: 4 guests + 1 dog


Waves, Selsey, West Sussex

Waves, Selsey, West Sussex

You can’t go wrong with a visit to Waves in Selsey; every town has a café that delivers unfussy square meals with aplomb. Waves is an exemplar of its kind and the kids will be thrilled with the variety on the menu; their junior menu offers all the top five most requested tea-time favourites! Afterwards, head to the beach to walk the calories off.

Stay nearby: Solent Cottage | Sleeps: 8 guests


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