West Sussex food and drink hotspots

West Sussex is home to a variety of places to eat and drink until your heart’s content. Whether you want a hearty pub lunch after a day exploring or a coffee to prepare you for a long cycle, we’ve got you covered.

With Velo South coming up this September, we’ve hand-picked some of our favourite places around the 100-mile route. So, if you’re coming for a training weekend or are simply curious to explore somewhere new in West Sussex, be sure to take a look and see what’s near.

The Cricketers, Duncton

A traditional country pub with a great restaurant, The Cricketers is the ideal location to enjoy real ale, fine wine and fantastic, home-cooked food, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It’s perfectly situated for horse racing and motorsport at Goodwood and, with a gorgeous beer garden, makes an ideal venue for both families and walkers.

The Crown Inn, Horsted Keynes

The Crown Inn at Horsted Keynes is a historic building dating back to the 16th century. The small country pub and dining room has been serving locals and visitors for more than 250 years and also offers four rooms to stay in. The menu changes regularly to reflect the seasons and food is sourced locally where possible.

The Fig Tree restaurant, Hurstpierpoint

Found in the heart of Hurstpierpoint, a picturesque village nestled closely to the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park, The Fig Tree is an elegant dining venue offering fresh and seasonal dishes. Sourcing all their food from local suppliers, it’s a great place for a special meal.

The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst

If you fancy a delicious homemade lunch or afternoon tea, The Artisan Bakehouse is not to be missed. All the bread, cakes and scones are handmade on the premises, cooked in a traditional hand-crafted wood-burning oven. Winner of Sussex Eating Experience of the Year 2018 in the prestigious Sussex Food & Drink Awards, they also offer bakery workshops. Whether you’re a complete beginner at bread-making or are looking to perfect your sourdough, it’s an ideal place to experience.

The Fountain Inn, Ashurst

Situated in the village of Ashurst and nestled between the market town of Steyning and Partridge Green, The Fountain dates back to the 16th century, complete with ancient flagstones, oak floors and inglenook fireplaces. The Fountain is ‘Cask Marque’ accredited, so expect a well-kept range of ales which may vary from week-to-week, but usually includes a local offering.

Gartons Coffee House, Midhurst

Gartons Coffee House is situated in Midhurst’s market square. It’s a relaxing place to stop and re-fuel with homemade cakes, lunches and a good range of drinks. Inside, the coffee house has new solid oak furniture and outside, you can watch the world go by from one of their alfresco tables.

Stan’s Bike Shack, Partridge Green

Stan’s Bike Shack is a rest-stop and meeting place for cyclists and ramblers, located near the South Downs National Park. Offering speciality coffee and hot chocolate, homemade cake, as well as live music and film nights for all the family to enjoy, it’s a favourite spot for locals. They also offer bike repairs and servicing on Saturdays, as well as a cycling club if you’re looking to get out on your bike this summer.

Architectural Plants Cafe, Pulborough

The Architectural Cafe opened in January 2017 and serves a range of speciality coffees, loose-leaf teas, small-batch soft drinks and gluten free and non-gluten free cakes. Surrounded by a beautiful and striking selection of plants, they also offer light lunches and local beer, wine and cider. All of the produce served is sourced from within a 30-mile radius of the cafe and is a real celebration of West Sussex produce.

Halliday’s of Funtington

Halliday’s of Funtington offers an intimate dining experience, located in the South Downs National Park. The restaurant specialises in dishes using locally sourced and foraged ingredients, freshly prepared on the premises, including breads, smoked produce, ice cream, sorbets and petit fours.

If you still can’t decide, or want to see what else is on offer in West Sussex this summer, take a look at all of our food and drink experiences.