If you’re planning a trip down to the stunning and historic county of Sussex this year to explore the area’s many historical sites, breathtaking beauty spots, or exciting coastal cities, you’ll no doubt want to make a pit stop at a few of the county’s fantastic restaurants, cafes, bars, and pubs. Whether you’re in the mood for a charming and traditional pub in which to enjoy a delicious Sunday lunch with the family, an intimate and elegant dining spot to savour a fantastic three-course dinner with a loved one, or an exciting, chic, and social tapas restaurant serving stunning Spanish cuisine, Sussex certainly won’t disappoint.

To make your life that much easier, here at Fed Up & Drunk we’ve rounded up 12 of our favourite eateries in the area we think you should check out below.

Also, be sure to pick a FREE copy of our recently released Sussex Food & Drink Guide by clicking on the link here for a more comprehensive collection of the very best places in Sussex to eat out.

The Bull on the Green BN8 4LA

With its seven boutique and modernised bedrooms, cosy traditional pub complete with roaring fires, exposed brickwork and historic wooden beams, and warming and welcoming atmosphere, you’ll never want to leave The Bull on the Green nestled in its captivating countryside setting within the picturesque village of Newick.

Featuring a well-stocked bar offering a great selection of tempting tipples including local ale, beer, wine and spirits, along with a food menu full of a varied selection of delightful dishes like starters of grilled lamb kofta served with roasted aubergine, cucumber yoghurt and toasted pitta, mains like the popular juicy steak burger with skinny fries, and vegetarian options like their butternut squash, leek, Parmesan and pea risotto, you’d struggle to find a better place to spend a day (or night) than at The Bull on the Green.

The Plough BN27 3QJ

Set within the stunning Sussex countryside, The Plough is a 17th-century, quintessentially English pub boasting a restaurant, bistro-style bar, outdoor terraces and play area. Whether you’re stopping by for a couple of pints with your pals or you need a venue to hold a special celebratory meal with your family, you’ll be charmed by the pub’s welcoming and relaxed environment and menu full of modern classics that will make your mouth water.

Using the finest ingredients, The Plough’s award-winning chefs will rustle you up a delicious meal you’ll remember long after your visit. Options range from flavoursome starters like grilled goat’s cheese and red onion atop toasted brioche, delicious mains like bangers and mash made using local pork and leek sausages, and classic British desserts like creamy banoffee pie and rich sticky toffee pudding.

The Red Lion RH17 7DE

A traditional country pub with a modern twist, The Red Lion, located in the village of Chelwood Gate on the edge of Ashdown Forest, offers a sensational selection of real ale from Britain’s oldest brewery along with a food menu complete with show-stopping dishes like the tender, herb-crusted shoulder of lamb and spicy Moroccan vegetable tagine.

Sympathetically restored in such a way that effortlessly blends modern comforts with traditional touches like the characterful exposed wooden beams and panelling of the original building, this beautiful pub is famous for its brilliant bar and excellent cream tea served from Monday to Friday.

Sea Terrace at Royal Victoria TN38 0BD

Walk up the elegant marble staircase to the first floor of The Royal Victoria Hotel and you’ll be welcomed into the Sea Terrace, a classically decorated dining area that proudly boasts spectacular sea views from vast windows across the Channel. If you’re looking for a sophisticated spot to hold an unforgettable party or you’re simply searching for a delicious and beautifully presented meal, the Sea Terrace won’t disappoint.

With a menu that blends traditional British cuisine with an international twist and uses only the most carefully sourced ingredients, dining at The Royal Victoria Hotel’s Sea Terrace is truly an experience you’ll treasure. Also, be sure to visit on Sunday to try their impressive traditional carvery complete with starters and desserts.

Dolphin BN21 4XF

Just a short drive from Brighton and located within walking distance of the coast, this traditional-style gastropub will invite you in with its squashy leather sofas and roaring fires and keep you more than satisfied with its menu of hearty meals and tempting tipples. Having received numerous accolades for its hospitality over the years, you’re guaranteed the friendliest of welcomes when you visit the Dolphin to drink or dine.

Whether you fancy dishes like their pan-fried monkfish with risotto and chorizo-and cheese-stuffed chicken, or you want to take advantage of one of their fantastic food deals like their Burger Mondays, where you can buy one burger and get another half price, or Fish Fridays, when guests get a free glass of Prosecco with any fish dish, the food here is so good you’ll just want to dive straight in.

The Bull Inn TN5 7HH

Housed within a building that boasts attractive historical features, warming and welcoming colours, and pretty decorations, The Bull Inn, situated in the picturesque little village of Ticehurst, is a true local gem. In the winter, snuggle up next to the pub’s warming log fire with a pint of real ale or a glass of wine from their hand-picked list before tucking into a delicious lunch or supper from their fantastic menu full of seasonal and traditional pub classics. When the weather is a little warmer, The Bull Inn’s brilliant beer garden becomes a real sun-trap – the perfect place to hang out with friends and watch the world pass by.

If you love your visit so much and simply don’t want to leave – you don’t have to. The Bull Inn also offers bed and breakfast where you can stay in one of the pub’s beautiful and well-presented bedrooms.

The White Hart TN22 4DP

An award-winning pub and steakhouse located in the heart of the Sussex countryside, the recently refurbished White Hart in Buxted was named the Best Place to Eat at the Uckfield Business Awards 2018 and it’s easy to see why. Combining a contemporary open-space layout with charming and traditional touches that will make you feel right at home, the pub more than deserves its local reputation for serving some of the finest food around.

Whether you’re sat in the pretty flowery garden area that is bursting with colour or cosying up inside within the pub’s welcoming and homely environment, the food more than speaks for itself. Try delicious dishes like the succulent pork ribs, South Coast lobster, or one of their many mouth-watering selections of steaks which many visitors have declared to be the best steaks they’ve ever had.

Tito’s Tapas – BN11 1TL

Situated in the quaint seaside town of Worthing, Tito’s Tapas brings the excitement and flavours of Spain to Sussex using high-quality, fresh ingredients to deliver authentic Spanish cuisine and unique takes on your favourite Spanish dishes. Designed to bring people together, Tito’s Tapas’s chic interior is both cosy and stylish; the ideal place to share food while catching up with friends.

Once seated, order your choice of tapas dishes including tempting selections such as slow-roasted pork belly served in honey glaze, jalapeño and bacon croquettes, or juicy garlic prawns topped with crispy garlic shavings. Their famous mussels are also a highlight, while their bomba rice cooked in squid ink is a must-try for diners looking for something a little different. Vegetarians are also well catered for, with indulgent dishes like their tortilla de patatas and deep-fried aubergines drizzled with honey offering something truly delicious.

Bistro on the Green – TN33 0SG

Situated in the peaceful and luxurious Sussex countryside within the grounds of Sedlescome Golf Club, Bistro on the Green offers a truly elegant dining experience with a buzzy ambience and exciting menu to choose from. Whether you’re visiting for breakfast and fancy their tempting crumpets or hearty full English, or you’re craving butter-baked Camembert or beer-battered cod with hand-cut chips for lunch, you won’t be disappointed.

If you’re visiting in the evening, Bistro on the Green makes the perfect romantic spot or intimate and cheery gathering area for you and your friends. Enjoy exceptional dishes like the butternut squash linguine, tender confit duck leg with red cabbage, or succulent roast lamb with minted new potatoes, wilted spinach and asparagus.

Hare & Hounds – TN22 5NJ

Awarded a five-star rating by the Food Standards Agency and a finalist in the 2018 Uckfield Business Awards, the recently refurbished Hare & Hounds is known for its family-friendly atmosphere, professional and attentive staff, and tempting menu full of great pub food. Sit within the cosy atmosphere of the Hare and Hounds pub with its open fire or in the more formal restaurant area and enjoy dishes like the Hare & Hounds’ special and scrumptious vegan Bad Boy burger or their delicious steak and Guinness pie.

Other mains include rack of lamb and their ever-popular locally sourced cod and chips, along with seasonal and regularly changing tasty homemade classics on their specials board.

Barnsgate Manor– TN22 4DB

Occupying an enviable position in the heart of the picturesque Ashdown Forest, Barnsgate Manor offers an idyllic spot for any special occasion, boasting spectacular views of the South Downs. If you’re visiting just to dine, you’ll be delighted by the Manor House Restaurant’s bright and airy interior and excellent menu, featuring a wealth of beloved traditional dishes.

Sit inside the vibrantly decorated dining room with its elegant floral drapes and painted wainscoting and enjoy starters such as the delicate fan of melon with salty Parma ham, mains like the Barnsgate steak and kidney shortcrust pie, or a sumptuous Sunday roast featuring fluffy Yorkshire puddings and seasonal vegetables.

The Salehurst Halt – TN32 5PH

Epitomising everything a great British country pub should be, when you stop off at the Salehurst Halt, tucked away in its cosy and charming rural hamlet, expect roaring log fires, scrumptious seasonal dishes, and a range of IPA and guest ale that has secured this excellent establishment numerous CAMRA awards.

In the summer months, sit in the pub’s south-facing garden or the terrace, shaded by trellises laden with vines where the team grows grapes to make their own wine, and enjoy freshly prepared pizzas with your choice of toppings from the outdoor pizza oven. The menu, which changes daily to make the most of the best of the region’s seasonal produce, boasts an eclectic mix of dishes with international influences and includes dishes such as rich stews, flavoursome curries, pizza nights on Wednesdays throughout the summer and Mexican night every Tuesday when the weather is a little colder.

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