At 365 we like to think we know a thing or two when it comes to the must-visit pubs in West Sussex. Our handy guide of the ‘top 10 must-visit pubs this festive season’ will be a go-to bible for any upcoming Christmas celebrations. We’re talking open fires, hearty locally sourced food and of course a cracking wine list. And as avid dog lover’s we have personally been assured that every pub featured in this guide is COMPLETELY dog-friendly.
Where? RH16 3AS
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 style jars. Just perfect. Go here for roasts, brunches, and exceptional food every day. This pub never fails to disappoint.
Where? BN18 9NL
The Black Horse is an 18th-century freehouse and family-owned establishment. An open fire awaits you in the stunning bar area. An extensive wine list, an open kitchen and welcoming staff, what more could you want. The food is second to none but in the week you can enjoy this all at an extremely reasonable price with their set menus providing something for all. Of course, seasonal and local produce plays a massive part in what they do here but it is perfectly executed.
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 you’re able after your lunch! Ditchling is within the South Downs National Park and the nearby Ditchling Beacon is popular with walkers. Alternatively, book a room- they are exquisite. Prices start from £140.00 in peak season.
Where? BN44 3AP
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 ginormous inglenook fire, find a cosy table for two in the bar or bring the whole family together around the big solid farmhouse table for a hearty Sunday roast. Dogs welcomed with open arms in the bar area.
Where? BN18 9NL
The Black Horse is an 18th-century free house and family-owned establishment. An open fire awaits you in the stunning bar area. An extensive wine list, an open kitchen and welcoming staff, what more could you want. The food is second to none but in the week you can enjoy this all at an extremely reasonable price with their set menus providing something for all. Of course, seasonal and local produce plays a massive part in what they do here but it is perfectly executed. New for Winter 2020, they have installed a covered outdoor seating area complete with (very effective) outdoor heaters and blankets. Perfect for a post dog walk substantial meal and a pint.
Where? BN5 9LU
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 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 free house 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.
The best without a doubt for fish- The Crown & Anchor is set in the stunning Dell Quay marina. A real traditional 16th-century pub, incredibly friendly staff and a knock-out menu of the freshest fish you can get. If you catch this place on a clear day you can grab a table by the window and see for miles whilst you wait for your food to be lovingly cooked from the open kitchen.
Where? BN18 9RR
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.