Our four favourite Sussex spots

Sussex is a unique county for food and drink, as we’re lucky enough to have a whole bounty of produce that allows us to create a unique dining experience. We love sharing some secrets of Sussex with our menus and pairing wine flights.

Last month we asked you what your favourite spot in Sussex is and why. It was great fun reading all your answers and it inspired us to share four of our favourite Sussex spots…

Wine and kayaking in Cuckmere Haven

This winding Cuckmere River flows into the English Channel between Eastbourne and Seaford, making it the perfect place to walk, kayak and cycle. We’re lucky that the terrain is perfect for growing grapes too, producing some of England’s finest sparkling wines. If you’re over that way, take a trip to The Rathfinny Wine Estate near Alfriston which is located on a south-facing chalk slope, just three miles from the sea.

Rathfinny Estate Alfriston

Pub walks and foraging in the South Downs

The South Downs span about 260 square miles of rolling chalk hills and valleys, perfect for walking, and for the more adventurous, running and mountain-biking!

From wild herbs and mushrooms to game, there’s plenty of amazing ingredients to be foraged and luckily when we don’t have time to do it, the legend that is ‘Andy the Forager’ comes through with some amazing finds. It’s also the perfect place for a Sunday stroll, ending up in a cosy country pub such as the Shepherd & Dog, which is about a half hour walk from Devil’s Dyke in Fulking.

Raspberry picking & boating in Barcombe

Barcombe Mills has long been a favourite amongst the Isaac team, a little village just outside of Lewes which has a river perfect for boating. Hire rowing boats outside The Anchor Pub, and then moor up wherever you fancy, for a picnic or to pick some wild raspberries that grow along the riverbank. They taste great!

Isaac boating in Barcombe

Getting out to meet the team at Trenchmore Farm

We’re passionate about learning as much as possible about where our ingredients are sourced from, so you’ll often find us out and about visiting our suppliers such as Trenchmore, who supply us amazing beef from their cattle herd in Horsham, as well as heritage grains (under close inspection below!) that we use in our bread. We’re also partial to a Silly Moo Cider or two…

Isaac at Trenchmore Farm

So there you have it – four of our favourite areas of East Sussex, which help to inspire and shape our menu each week. Thanks for sharing some of your secret Sussex spots, we’ll add them to our list to explore next.

Enjoy a journey around Sussex using your taste buds with our south coast Tasting Menus.