10 Pubs You Need To Visit This Winter
At 365 we like to think we know a thing or two when it comes to pubs! So drum roll please for our top selection of some of the finest Sussex based pubs. We are talking open fires, hearty – locally sourced food and of course a well put together wine list. Cask ale I hear you say? Look no further. But brace yourself. Sunday’s will never be the same.
The Lockhart Tavern, Haywards Heath
A pub from the iconic and local Dark Star Brewing Company, The Lockhart provides an EPIC selection of craft beers and plentiful guest ales. A gin lovers paradise, the Gin selection is abundant too with many local companies seen behind the bar, all served in heavy based crystal like jars. Just perfect. Go here for roasts, brunches, and exceptional food every day. This pub never fails to disappoint.
41 The Broadway, Haywards Heath, RH16 3AS, 01444 440696
The Royal Oak, Wineham
It’s hard to get any more traditional than The Royal Oak pub in Wineham. This 14th century building is bursting at the seams with character and the locals who frequent provide entertainment aplenty. When you walk in you see the tiny bar which features no taps. Ales are poured straight from the barrel and the menu changes daily. Huge iglenook fireplace, bags of charm and the best Bloody Mary in Sussex.
The Royal Oak Wineham, Wineham Lane, BN5 9AY, 01444 881252
The Bolney Stage, Bolney
The centuries-old Bolney Stage oozes character, with two sizeable inglenook fireplaces, ancient flagstone flooring, crooked original beams aplenty and cosy, comfortable old furniture. Expect a warm welcome, good honest food, and an unpretentious, chatty atmosphere.
Dogs welcome in the bar area.
London Road, Bolney Village, RH17 5RL; www.bolneystage.co.uk ; 01444 881200
The Shepherd and Dog, Fulking
Just outside Brighton at the foot of Devil’s Dyke – a popular spot with walkers and cyclists alike. There is an impressive selection of real ales on offer, including local and craft breweries. Diners’ options range from hearty pub grub to fine locally sourced cuisine for special occasions.
The Street, Fulking, BN5 9LU; shepherdanddogpub.co.uk ; 01273 857382
The Half Moon, Warninglid
This is a 18th century freehouse and family owned establishment. They pride themselves on the selection of their real ales, concentrating on local breweries and wines. In the cosy bar areas you can enjoy a traditional bar meal at a fair price. In the restaurant area you can entertain larger parties and enjoy a well put together menu featuring some typical hearty English dishes.
www.thehalfmoonwarninglid.co.uk . 01444 461227
The St, Warninglid, Haywards Heath RH17 5TR
The George and Dragon, Shipley
The George and Dragon is a small pub, set not too far from the A272. There is a tiny flag-stoned bar inside the pub so make sure you’re comfortable to be close to the locals! It’s now a freehouse with beers such as Brighton Best and Hophead, from breweries such as Dark Star. You can stay here also in one of their charming rooms. Cosy open fire. Dogs welcome. Farmers likely.
Dragons Lane, Shipley, Horsham, RH13 8GE 01403 741320 http://thegeorgeanddragon.co/
The Crown Inn, Dial Post
Not to blow their trumpet for them but this charming pub actually won “Pub of The Year” 2017! The pub is situated opposite the village green, and changes it’s menu daily. Another great Sussex establishment that supports the community, they use many great suppliers locally. B’n’B available, prices start from £39 per night. ( Handy if Saturday night get’s a little out of hand..)
Worthing Road, Dial Post, near Horsham, RH13 8NH; 01403 710902 www.crown-inn-dialpost.co.uk
The Fountain, Ashurst
Cited by the Guardian newspaper as one of the top 10 cosiest pubs in the UK, the Fountain Inn is a shining example of the great traditional English pub, complete with wonky floorboards, inglenook fireplaces and the heart-warming smell of home cooking wafting in from the kitchen. Pull up a chair by the fire, find a comfy spot for two or bring the family together around a big solid farmhouse table by the fire. Dogs are welcome in the bar area.
BN44 3AP; www.fountainashurst.pub .
The George, Burpham
A charming 17th century pub at the heart of a traditional Saxon village in the glorious South Downs National Park. Formely named “No.1 Pub to Walk to” by the Sunday Telegraph, a warm welcome, classic food and superb service awaits you. They serve up rustic British food with an edge – always home cooked with the freshest seasonal ingredients, locally sourced always.
Main Street, Burpham, Arundel, BN18 9RR; 01903 883131 www.georgeatburpham.co.uk
The Bull, Ditchling
This charming pub with elegant decor offers a large range of local beverages, including wine from local award winning Vineyard, Ridgeview Estate. It does get packed on weekends, but this is the sign of a good pub. Arrive early for drinks or make sure you book! The food is some of the best around and the pub serves a top notch roast. Walking opportunities aplenty- if your able after your lunch! Ditchling is within the South Downs National Park and the nearby Ditchling Beacon is popular with walkers. Alternatively you could just go to sleep here as well, we wouldn’t blame you, the rooms are exquisite. Prices start from £140.00 in peak season.
High Street, Ditchling, East Sussex BN6 8TA; 01273 843147 www.thebullditchling.com