From fine dining to vegan feasts, afternoon tea in a castle to brewing your own beer, and Michelin Star dining in a 16th century setting to award-winning fishermen serving shellfish right on the beach, discover our diverse food scene right here in West Sussex.
Fast becoming one of the most exciting foodie destinations in the UK, use our new food trail to plan your next trip and try something unique and delicious!
Trail highlight: A luxury 16th-century country manor, which is now a stunning hotel, is complimented by beautiful surroundings. Set on 35-acres of carefully designed charming gardens Gravetye Manor boasts an exceptional Michelin Star dining experience, in an extraordinary setting.
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Ockenden Manor. Enjoy sweeping views across the gorgeous Cuckfield gardens as you take in the menu from Head Chef, Stephen Crane, who cleverly mixes innovation and tradition in one fine dining menu. Book a table, reserve a room and explore the spa, this foodie location has everything you need.
The Earl of March. Freshly prepared seasonal, local produce served in a country inn near Goodwood with a selection of menus including fine dining options, scrumptious Sunday lunches and an A La Carte menu. Explore an abundance of flavours in one beautiful location.
A contemporary restaurant set in the woodlands of Leonardslee, Horsham, Restaurant Interlude offers a unique dining experience with freshly foraged ingredients direct from the 240-acre Grade I listed lakes and gardens. Experience fresh produce from the grounds and even stay the night!
Trail highlight: East Beach Café. A fantastic piece of architecture that boasts over 20 national and international awards is set right on the beachfront of Littlehampton, serving locally caught produce year-round. High in demand, this well-renowned restaurant is a true must-visit foodie destination!
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Edge by the Sea. A spacious café serving a range of homemade cakes, pastries and snacks complemented by expertly crafted speciality coffees and teas this seaside retreat in Littlehampton is not to be missed.
Pagham Beach Café. A popular addition to the Pagham seafront, Pagham Beach Café has mastered the art of British seaside food. Tuck into traditional seaside favourites like fish and chips in the beach-themed café.
A family-run beach café opposite the popular Marine Park Gardens, Aldwick Beach Café boasts extensive seating on a large decking right on the pebbles and is a literal stone’s throw from the sea, what could be better?
Trail highlight: Potters Fish. Winners of the Shellfish Fisherman of the Year Award 2021, this small family-run business based in Selsey is known for its catching, cooking and preparation of seafood boxes and incredible crab sandwiches.
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CrabShack. Serving sustainable seafood, their small menu delivers a delicious array of seasonal specials in a relaxed atmosphere. Offering the freshest local seafood with fabulous drinks and service, they’re certainly pulling out all the stops to make this a great all-around experience in Worthing.
Crab and Lobster. This stylish waterside retreat is set on the banks of Pagham Harbour. The 350-years old building has been renovated and is recognised as one of the most stunning hideaways on the South Coast!
Trail highlight: The Artisan Bakehouse. Award-winning workshops and masterclasses to help you learn and perfect new skills for independent cookery. Why not try a hands-on experience in the bakehouse, making bread from around the world in their traditional wood-burning oven?
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Helping hundreds to become confident and creative cooks at home, this hands-on cookery school is an interactive online experience not to be missed. Set on a working farm in mid-Sussex Round Table Cookery offers an array of workshop options for different cuisines, baking techniques and speciality diets.
Explore the secrets of delicious chocolate artistry with a chocolate masterclass at Noble and Stace. This incredible experience will see you join chocolatiers for a day of detail and tempering, accompanied by a beautiful two-course lunch and wine.
Trail highlight: A boutique producer of single estate, still and sparkling English wines, Albourne Estate prides itself on quality and sustainability. Try a tasting, tour or possibly a picnic…
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Tinwood Estate. Tradition leads with this fantastic estate, producing three high-quality sparkling wines from a vineyard in the heart of West Sussex. Join one of the daily vineyard tours and find out more!
Ashling Park Estate. A combination of tasting rooms and luxury lodges, tours of the estate are centred around the concept of immersive experiences for all of the senses. The 100 years old oak tree-lined estate dates back to 1822 and provides a magical experience for all.
Trail highlight: High Weald Dairy. Beautiful British cheeses created with the highest quality ingredients by a family that specialises in artisan cheese making. Tour the facilities to watch the fascinating process of cheese making and participate in a tasting session of these award-winning cheeses.
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An introduction to some of the finest local produce, the Great British Wine Tour’s mission is to have everyone experience the beautiful West Sussex countryside and enjoy the incredible wine and food available. With transport from the city sorted, you can relax and enjoy this sparkling experience!
Trail highlight: Farmer, Butcher, Chef. Goodwood’s sustainable award-winning restaurant offers locally sourced produce for a unique fine-dining experience. Dedicated to demonstrating the high quality of their meat in terms of flavour, quality and provenance, this restaurant takes pride in their high yield of livestock from the farm just a matter of yards from the table.
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Fins & Fork. Where fishing meets food, this unique bait-to-plate experience is one of a kind. Enjoy a personalised guided fishing session, followed by an afternoon in the kitchen preparing your very own catch of the day.
Foraged by Fern. Several seasonal foraging workshops held by Fern with the aim of inspiring the gathering of edible plants and fungi for cooking. Learn about the sustainability of foraging for food with multiple locations across West Sussex.
Trail highlight: Langham Brewery. A steam-powered, craft microbrewery set in the Cowdray Estate of the South Downs National Park, their passion is producing innovative and flavoursome ales with high-quality ingredients.
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Missing Link Brewing. Based in East Grinstead, this exciting new brewery produces craft beers and hosts a brew school with teaching spaces and state of the art equipment that allows you to participate in the production of your very own modern craft beer.
Arundel Brewery. This award-winning independent brewery is family-owned and has been brewing for 30 years. Located in the heart of Arundel they host regular social evenings and offer a selection of flavoursome beers that are changed regularly.
Goldmark Brewery. Makers of unique contemporary beer ranging from craft beer to real ales, the brewery open their doors for tours of their brewery every month in Arundel. Learn about the craft of brewing whilst enjoying the final product.
Trail highlight: The excellent mix of brewery taproom and coffee roaster means this place has something for everyone. The Brewhouse Project represents the perfect partnership between local companies, Arundel Brewery and Edgecumbe’s Coffee while also hosting a number of food trucks in their extensive outdoor space. Check out this unique experience if you’re heading to Arundel.
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Blackdown Ridge. Sat 440 feet above sea level, you can experience English wines from grapes grown on gorgeous south-facing slopes in the Sussex Weald, where visitors are welcome to join vineyards and tasting tours, exploring the history of the grounds and the beautiful vines it nurtures.
Firebird Brewing Company. A range of gluten-free beers and ‘brewer for the day’ activities make this an experience not to be missed! Watch the process of brewing and enjoy the award-winning Sussex craft beer from the tap.
Trail highlight: The Fox Goes Free, Charlton, Chichester – A quintessential Sussex pub with a garden overlooking Levin Down, a National Trust site on the cusp of the South Downs. A fantastic menu packed with locally sourced homemade food and handpicked wines.
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Bayside Social. A casual dining experience set on the seafront in Worthing boasting 180-degree views of the coastline, and the latest venture for MasterChef champion Kenny Tutt. The menu caters for all with seasonal small plates, shellfish and breakfast options aplenty.
Trail highlight: The Vegan Street Food Co. 100% vegan and gluten-free, this restaurant offers the very best of all-natural ingredients and caters to the most intricate of diets. Food for the soul at its very best. Book ahead and enjoy this unique foodie experience in Worthing.
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Fitzcane’s café (veggie and vegan options) is a lively and welcoming café close to the South Downs National Park that offers a range of vegetarian options, catering to all dietary requirements with tasty alternatives.
The Queens Head (veggie and vegan options). Based in West Chiltington this traditional village inn offers a hearty menu full of homemade dishes, including plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Enjoy a traditional styled homemade meal and take in the relaxed atmosphere of this warm country pub.
Trail highlight: Afternoon tea at Amberley Castle is enjoyed fireside in the winter and on the glorious terrace in the summer sunshine. A selection of beautifully presented teatime treats is a perfect pamper alternative. Who doesn’t love cake?
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Afternoon Tea at Leonardslee. Set in the grounds of Leonardslee house, which dates back to 1801, guests can enjoy the Italianate styled décor while feasting on delicious afternoon treats, including cakes, sandwiches, scones and of course plenty of tea.
Alexander House. Plenty of packages to cater for everyone’s afternoon tea desires, this quintessentially British teatime experience is highly recommended. Upgrade your package and add a little English sparkle (sparkling wine) for the ultimate afternoon tea experience.
With plenty of opportunities to experience new flavour combinations and exciting locations, West Sussex is every foodie’s dream.
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