Eating & Drinking in Sussex

Great food is an important part of any holiday, so rest assured of eating well in Sussex. From the simple pleasure of fresh fish and chips on the beach to local produce menus in classic country pubs, there are places to eat  in Sussex reflecting all manner of taste and specialities. Look out for Michelin star establishments and some of the most exciting young chefs in the business.

Sussex benefits from many influences with restaurants and cafes reflecting most parts of the culinary world. But the county also benefits from a growing range of top quality foods and ingredients produced right here in Sussex. These increasingly feature in local menus as chefs find innovative ways to use fresh, seasonal produce which reflect both the time of year and the locality. Take cheese for example. Sussex produces around 85 different local cheeses which makes for a mighty fine cheesboard when partnered with local breads and pickles. The Sussex Breakfast is made with locally sourced free range eggs, locally reared sausages and bacon, butter, preserves and yoghurts, washed down with Sussex apple juice, Not your thing? Try alternative options - like halloumi cheese, fish cakes and potato cakes - all locally produced. 

Fish doesn't get any fresher than landed straight off the boats along the Sussex coast and especially in Hastings, Shoreham and Newhaven. A passion for local brew? Smaller local breweries are alive and well in Sussex producing beers which are available in pubs across the county. And when it comes to wine, Sussex vineyards are producing acclaimed vintages, particularly the exceptional sparkling wines, which regularly beat French Champagne in international competitions. Sussex enjoys an excellent and growing reputation for producing fantastic foods.

Even Pubs, for so long the last bastion of stale sandwiches, pickled eggs and a packet of crisps are part of the sweeping change for tasty fayre. In rustic hostelries, waterside taverns and elegant coaching inns, you’ll find good value grub from the traditional to the exotic, plus wines by the glass, real ales and local brews.

For killer cocktails, rare single malts or obscure Finnish vodkas, try one of the new brand of bars springing up around the county. Ranging from dark and sultry hotspots to cool and casual chill out zones, they’re good places to start and end an evening – and with tapas and bar snacks on offer, you might just settle in for the night.

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