Many people maybe settling down for winter, saving for Christmas or just putting money by for the warmer months. Here at Food & Drink Guides we find that it’s always nice to have a little weekend break to look forward to. Sussex is the perfect choice: whether you’d like to soak up the fantastic atmosphere in Brighton, or you’d like a more rural retreat, check out our recommendations:
Park House Hotel & Spa – Bepton nr Chichester
If you’re looking for a peaceful and beautiful location in which to enjoy a delicious lunch, afternoon tea or dinner, head to Park House hotel’s restaurant. The award-winning hotel and spa is located in the idyllic village of Bepton, we highly recommend their great Sunday Roast if you fancied a rural weekend treat.
Chilli Pickle – Brighton
The restaurant’s bold, Indian-inspired design and specially commissioned artwork add to the quality of the restaurant. The menu, crafted by chef-proprietor Alun Sperring combines the restaurant’s unique touches with Grand Thalis, Railway Boxes, regional curries and homemade pickles and chutneys. The menu changes with the seasons every three months, and the talented chefs at The Chilli Pickle take great pride in cooking with the best seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.
Even if you don’t like seafood, Riddle & Finns is the perfect place to go for a ‘treat’ meal. Having received rave reviews from Jay Rayner and many other food critics, the staff at Riddle & Finns will make you feel truly valued and will do out of their way to make you feel special. The seafood is always locally sourced and the atmosphere in Riddle & Finns in The Lanes is indescribable – there’s an excited hum of pure joy and anticipation. If you’re on your own, or with a group of people, it makes the ideal venue. The food is perfection and decor timeless, but there is no snobbery to be found here – it’s first come first served and they will always welcome customers new or returning.
Powder Mills Hotel – Battle
If you’re looking for a chance to relax in tranquil surroundings and pamper yourself with exquisite dining, PowderMills is without doubt the place for you. In the easy-going atmosphere and unpretentious comfort of this beautiful country house you can escape from the stresses of life and feel truly at ease. We particularly recommend the Jazz lunches – held on the 19th March, 23rd April, 21st May & 18th June, for just £26.95 these amazing afternoons are a real treat.
Callenders Restaurant – Hailsham
All the food is made in-house by a talented team of chefs, with much of the produce coming from farms in and around the Hailsham area. The food showcases classic British dishes with a modern approach, with offerings ranging from succulent steaks, game and fresh ﬁsh dishes to pasta and salads. A regularly changing specials board at Callenders means there is always something new to try.
Leo’s Tapas – Crawley
This independently run Mediterranean restaurant is situated on Crawley’s High Street and offers a uniquely intimate dining experience, catering for a variety of tastes and budgets. With a menu inspired by Portuguese classics such as the bacalhau à lagareiro, which comprises tender cod baked with new potatoes, onions and cream, Leo’s Tapas provides the perfect opportunity to try something new.
Cross Inn – Robertsbridge
At the heart of this pretty village dating back to the Middle Ages lies one of the oldest inns in Sussex. Built in 1479, it retains its huge inglenook fireplace and secret priest hole. Its huge wooden beams, now trimmed with hops, were taken from original Armada ships. They have regular fun activities and events, including Pizza Night on a Friday and Quiz night on a Wednesday, keep an eye on their Facebook Page to be kept up to date.
Ye Olde Smugglers Inne – Alfriston
It’s always a thrill to come across such an historic pub. A traditional wood-fronted building in the picturesque village of Alfriston, Ye Olde Smugglers Inne dates back to 1358 and was once, as the name suggests, a den for smugglers. Owner Lisa Thompson has put the pub back on the map. There are lots of cosy nooks with farmhouse chairs and converted Singer sewing machine tables, as well as ancient beams, a huge inglenook fireplace, and probably one or two ghosts.