Alfresco drinks and dining locations you must visit

Whether you plan to sip on a beer, a crisp glass of wine or an ice-cold soft drink, we have grand back gardens, beachfront bars and alfresco destinations across West Sussex that make enjoying the sunshine that little bit easier.

If you’re looking to unwind, enjoy some exquisite food and take in the beautiful surroundings, we have several highly-rated restaurants to tempt you. From dog-friendly dining spots to fine dining experiences and budget-friendly alternatives, there really is something for everyone in West Sussex.

Great beer gardens

The Fox Goes Free, Charlton, Chichester – A quintessential Sussex garden overlooking Levin Down, a National Trust site on the cusp of the South Downs. There’s even a heated seating area for cooler evenings.

The outside of The Black Rabbit

The Black Rabbit, Arundel – over 150m of riverside seating with fantastic views of Arundel Castle, the River Arun and the South Downs.

The outside of The Gunn Inn

The Gun Inn, Findon – Find a cosy corner in the brilliant back garden of this country pub set in the centre of a village full of character and charm.

Shepherd and Dog

The Shepherd and Dog, Fulking – With a rich history that dates back to the early 1800’s The Shepherd and Dog offers a warm and welcoming space for those looking to explore the nearby bridle paths. The beer garden is often full when the sun is shining.

Amazing alfresco views

The Parson’s Table, Arundel – A fine-dining experience in an independent restaurant that oozes passion. The seating spills out into the ancient, cobbled streets of Arundel for a fantastic alfresco experience.

Amberley Castle Hotel, main gate and gardens

Amberley Castle Restaurant – A highly regarded restaurant with outstanding cuisine and equally outstanding grounds. Enjoy views of the breath-taking castle as you sip on your afternoon tea or tuck into award-winning food.

Waitress at the Perch on Lancing Beach

The Perch on Lancing Beach – A beautiful waterfront café serving delicious meals and stone-baked pizzas.

View of Rows & Vine Restaurant at Ridgeview

The Rows & Vine at Ridgeview – Set in the picturesque Ridgeview vineyard, this outdoor restaurant is the perfect spot to sip, savour and celebrate. Serving seasonal small plates and tapas-style dishes, their menu is designed for sharing and pairing with their award-winning English sparkling wine.

Bolney Wine over looking a vineyard

Eighteen Acre Café & Restaurant, near Hayward’s Heath (Bolney Estate) – The café at this award-winning vineyard boasts incredible views from the balcony across the fields of ripening vines.

South Lodge outside seating

Botanica and Camellia at South Lodge – Both restaurants are set on the vast South Lodge Estate, near Horsham, where you can enjoy breath-taking views of the nearby South Downs from the terraces.  Relax in style with award-winning dining by Head Chef, Josh Mann, or simply enjoy a tasty tipple in the summer sunshine.

Gravetye Manor outside seating

Gravetye Manor – Enjoy the lovingly-tended and beautiful gardens of this historic manor house deep in the quintessential Sussex countryside not far from East Grinstead. Gravetye Manor is home to a One Michelin Star dining experience.


The Edge Café – Relax and enjoy some seriously good locally roasted coffee at the Roastery or beside the sea in Littlehampton (we’d recommend their chips and ice cream too!)

Fresh soup and bread on an outdoor table at the Sea Lane Cafe

Sea Lane Café in Goring-by-Sea – Situated right beside the Blue Flag beach in Goring-by-Sea, you’ll be spoiled for choice with their delicious and extensive menu.

The beach Restaurant at sunset

The Beach, Littlehampton – Littlehampton seafront meets beachside dining and a rooftop terrace to top it off. With nearby activities for the whole family as well as great food and drink options, you can really make a day of it here.


The Beach House, Worthing – Sat on the iconic Worthing promenade you can watch the world go by from this brilliant alfresco dining spot overlooking the pier, all with your pooch by your side.

The outside of The Ginger Fox

The Ginger Fox – A relaxed restaurant in a rural setting, with high-quality produce and stunning views of the South Downs.

The outside of The Fountain Inn

The Fountain Inn – The beautiful 16th-century pub in the heart of Ashurst is home to a landscaped garden, pond and popular ‘beach area’. Busy year round for fine and fresh ingredients.

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