What’s new for West Sussex in 2019?

At Experience West Sussex, we love listening out for new openings and developments around our county. From restaurants and hotels to beautiful parks, there are already plenty of exciting things in the pipeline.

So, whether you’re only a stone’s throw from some of the local towns and villages or thinking of planning a weekend retreat, here are just some of the exciting things that you can expect to see in West Sussex in 2019.

The South Downs Pig, Arundel

Popular for its charming rustic feel and stunning locations, the small group of Pig hotels will be extending into West Sussex in 2019 with a gorgeous manor location at the former Madehurst Lodge, Arundel, soon to be known as The South Downs Pig. We can’t wait to see the Pig’s take on West Sussex through its interiors and kitchen menu, as everything produced will be sourced from either their own gardens or local producers in a 25-mile radius.

A new beach café for West Wittering, Chichester

The ever-popular Wittering area is set to receive a brand new beachside café in the autumn of 2019. Working closely with local ecologists, the design concept will blend in with the natural environment to protect surrounding wildlife and the café itself will provide a new place for friends and visitors to meet, enjoy healthy snacks, good coffee and even bring their dogs.

The Spa at South Lodge, Lower Beeding, nr. Horsham

If the idea of a relaxing manor house retreat, complete with lounges, terraces and bar, tickles your fancy, you’ll be pleased to hear that the South Lodge Hotel will be opening The Spa in early 2019. Designed with sustainability in mind, the beautiful facilities aim to blur the lines between outdoors and in, with a grass and sedum roof, creating the illusion of extending into the grounds.

Piries Place shopping and leisure, Horsham

If you’ve got a trip planned to the charming market town of Horsham in mid-2019, keep a lookout for the redevelopment of shopping and leisure area Piries Place. An important location for the town’s local businesses, the regeneration will see new restaurants, shops and cinema facilities,  creating a thriving hub for residents, businessowners and visitors alike.

Minami-Za, Horsham

Horsham’s dining scene is set for an exciting new opening with contemporary Japanese restaurant, Minami-Za, in the spring of 2019. An independent restaurant founded by experienced manager, Nero Gilissen, Minami-Za aims to delight patrons with popular Japanese dishes, as well as some fresh, new additions. So, if you love the opportunity to try out the independent restaurants when you’re travelling, this one is for you.

Leonardslee House and Gardens reopening, Lower Beeding Nr. Horsham

The stunning Leonardslee House and Gardens will be reopening in March 2019 to much anticipation following 18 months of renovations. The dog-friendly gardens will be the perfect place to stroll and explore, taking in breath-taking views of the Downs whilst surrounded by the colours of the season.

The Interlude, Leonardslee’s new fine dining restaurant, is already open for service, offering exquisite menus of seasonal produce grown and foraged from the estate. You can also indulge in a heavenly afternoon tea in the drawing room.

Thinking of planning a West Sussex escape in 2019? Have a look at our things to do pages to help plan your trip, or check out our specially crafted itineraries for guides on each area of the county. You can also sign up to our newsletter for more inspiration, as well as exclusive offers and competitions to help you get the most from your West Sussex experience.