The Duke of Cumberland
Henley, West Sussex, GU27 3HQ
A beautiful 15th century pub, the Duke of Cumberland won The Good Food Guide Pub of the Year in 2012 and is renowned for its tranquil atmosphere, local ales and delicious food prepared by award-winning chef Simon Goodman. Enjoy dishes such as smoked duck and goose breast with truffled celeriac remoulade, eight-hour braised English lamb shank with mash, beans and mint gravy, and South Downs venison haunch with swede purée, braised red cabbage, baby carrots and port and redcurrent jus.
Vowels Lane, West Hoathly, Sussex, RH19 4LJ
01342 810 567
Built in 1598, this beautiful country house hotel is surrounded by the historic gardens of William Robinson, and has a splendid wood-panelled restaurant that offers fresh produce from its own kitchen garden. The elegant menu includes highlights such as pancetta-wrapped quail with pickled shimeji mushrooms, roast Scottish grouse with garden squash and caramelized fig, and line-caught seabass fillet with scallop and basil mousse. If you’re after something lighter, Gravetye Manor also offers afternoon tea.
The White Horse
1 High Street, Chilgrove, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 9HX
01243 519 444
This lovely pub sitting just at the foot of the South Downs has stunning views and the cosy atmosphere of a true country pub. Local suppliers provide the game and fish so that their dishes are created from local produce sourced directly from the woodlands, farms and local country estates. Tuck into a menu that includes whole grilled lemon sole, 24hr slow cooked Old-Spot pork belly with crackling straws, and venison and mustard ragu pappardelle. The flaming Cambridge cream pudding can also not be overlooked.
The Halfway Bridge
Lodsworth, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 9BP
01798 861 281
Open fires, elegant décor, and plenty of charm make The Halfway Bridge a truly wonderful dining experience. A 17th century coaching inn set in the South Downs National Park, this pub offers delicious food as well as a wine list that includes local sparkling wines. The menu includes fresh fillet of hake in a light beer batter served with hand cut chips, chargrilled premier Scotch steak with peppercorn sauce, and pan fried calves liver with smoked bacon and wholegrain mustard mash.
The Kennels, Goodwood
Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0PN
Goodwood is home to an award-winning organic farm, ensuring that the kitchens at The Kennels are provided with truly local and delicious produce. The menu changes daily depending on the season and produce, but expect dishes such as beetroot pearl barley risotto with peppered crème fraiche, Goodwood Estate pork loin with cheese beignet and apple salad, Loch Duart salmon with fennel, and grilled plaice with caper butter and new potatoes.
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Cuckfield, West Sussex, RH17 5LD
01444 416 111
Set in Cuckfield, a pretty Tudor village, Ockenden Manor is an Elizabethan Manor House with tranquil gardens and wonderful views of the West Sussex countryside. The restaurant is Michelin-starred and incorporates locally sourced ingredients in both the main menu and the seven course tasting menu. The dishes on offer include Duke of Berkshire pork, wood pigeon with roasted root vegetables and celeriac foie gras croquette, and aubergine tarte fine with red pepper coulis and smoked tomatoes.
3 Stans Way, East Street, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1HU
01403 255 688
Restaurant Tristan was awarded a Michelin Star this year and was winner of the Sussex Business 2012 Best Restaurant award. Housed in a 16th century building, the restaurant combines British food with French influences using locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy monkfish with chicken wings and burnt leek, partridge with hazelnut gnocchi and guinea fowl with chervil root and wild mushrooms.
The Shepherd and Dog
The Street, Fulking, West Sussex, BN5 9LU
01273 857 382
Another country pub that is perfectly situated at the foot of the South Downs ensuring stunning views, The Shepherd and Dog stands out for its relaxed atmosphere and delicious food created with local, organic and free range produce. The menu boasts dishes such as crumbed risotto balls with broad bean and pea stuffed with rosary goats curd, wild boar sausages with a roast garlic mashed potato, and the ever-comforting South Downs pie of the day with mashed potato and roast butternut squash.
New Street, Petworth, West Sussex GU28 0AS
Recently voted the Best Place To Eat at The Observer and Gazette Business of the Year Awards 2013, The Leconfield is situated in the tranquil market town of Petworth and though only opened as a restaurant two years ago, the pub dates back 250 years. Enjoy an utterly mouth-watering menu of roasted south coast cod with Selsey lobster dumping, South Downs venison with celeriac purée and red wine poached pear wild mushroom fricassee, and Wiston Estate partridge and wood pigeon breast roasted with pancetta confit leg.
The Anchor Bleu
High Street, Bosham PO18 8LS
If you’re looking for a picturesque pub, the Anchor Bleu is certainly worth a visit. Family-run and right on the harbour, this welcoming spot is in the idyllic village of Bosham. The menu changes regularly according to the season and is created with fresh local meat, fish and vegetables. Classics are homemade fish pie, local venison steak and local rib eye steak. However, it would be difficult when in a place as wonderful as this one not to just order up some good old fish and chips to take away and go for a stroll along the harbour.