Editor’s Picks in Sussex

(All of which are in our new Travel Guide…)

1. The Horse Guards Inn

The Horse Guards Inn is located in the sleepy village of Tillington in the South Downs National Park, a few miles from Petworth. Filled with character, this 350-year-old pub is a great place to visit all year round. The vast, hidden garden is a picturesque haven of wild flowers and a great spot to catch the sun.

2. The Griffin Inn

Situated in the historic village of Fletching, The Griffin has been run by the Pullan family since 1979. During that time, The Griffin has built a considerable reputation for its food and wine. People come from far and wide to sample their cuisine.

3. The Fox Goes Free

The Fox Goes Free is an alluring country pub in the quaint village of Charlton, West Sussex. The pub is 400 years old & full of oak beams, flint walls and open fireplaces. In warmer days, a pleasant afternoon can be spent in their large country garden overlooking the South Downs and nearby Goodwood Estate.


5. The Leconfield

The Leconfield is an award winning restaurant and bar. This sophisticated establishment offers great food in comfortable surroundings. An outside courtyard is perfect for al fresco dining and the glass wall along the back of the restaurant floods the room with natural light. Upstairs rooms are ideal for private dining.

4. The Curlew

Formerly a 17th century coaching inn, today The Curlew in Bodiam is a relaxed, informal restaurant boasting a refined, modern British menu. The interior is smart with additional dining during the summer on their sunny garden terrace, surrounded by planters filled with herbs and edible flowers.

6. Beehive on The Green

The Beehive on The Green is a small, independent delicatessen and café located in the pretty village of East Dean. The café serves classic light bites and the large windows and tables outside offer views over the picturesque green and beyond to the South Downs.

7. Wilderness Woods

Wilderness Woods have fantastic grounds and host entertainment for the whole family. The open woodland is great to explore as it’s filled with swings, zip wires and hands-on dens for kids. There is a forest school where the kids can learn all about the wild and what it offers.

8. Sparks Yard

Sparks Yard was opened in 2003 by Holly and Andy Heggadon, within a Grade II listed Victorian building in the heart of Arundel. They specialise in contemporary gifts, homeware and cookware. Popular from day one, the shop has since expanded over the three floors and now includes a restaurant on the top floor.


9. Rye

The medieval town of Rye looks almost like a film-set in parts with lengthy cobbled streets and narrow passages. Overlooking Romney Marsh, this hill perched ancient town was originally located on a huge embayment of the English Channel and served as one of the fine Cinque Ports.

10. Closet and Botts

Closet and Botts is a partnership between Chloe Shearing and Harriet Maxwell, specialising in vintage, reclaimed and handmade homeware. This eclectic store offers a mix of vintage, new and handmade homeware, furniture and clothes.

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