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Top Autumnal Hot Spots

12 October 2017

As the colder nights start to roll in, the evenings become darker and thick knitted jumpers are the trend. We’ve got some fantastic restaurants and pubs to keep you toasty leaving a nice warm feeling in your tummy.

The Tiger Inn Food


Up first is the ‘Rural pub of the year in South East, Sussex’ The Tiger Inn, set in the village of East Dean it’s the ultimate cosy hot spot with their roaring log fire, low slung oak beams, real ales, including the village favourite ‘Legless Rambler’ from the Beachy Head Brewery, and a menu full of hearty British dishes on offer what more could you ask for. From warming soups and crunchy bread to mouth-watering homemade burgers, classic fish and chips to good old bangers and mash. The Tiger Inn is known as an ‘Old smugglers pub’ due to it being near Birling Gap Beach which was a notable smuggling hot spot. This popular pub has plenty to keep the whole family satisfied and relaxed, why not take a little after meal stroll to visit Sherlock Holmes blue plaque on the village green, indicating his final home was in East Dean, and walk off that hearty meal going home feeling satisfied with a new fact learnt.

In the heart of Meads is the friendly community pub The Ship Inn only a few doors from its original home built in 1600 which is now commemorated by a plaque indicating its significance. The Ship has been in its current home since 1897 and is the ideal location to grab a little lunch and a warming drink, to put your feet up and relax after a busy morning shopping for Christmas presents. Serving up delicious British pub classics from breakfast through to dinner with a vast menu catering for all of your foodie needs and desires. Why not pop back for your evening entertainment with a quiz night every Sunday evening, where else would you want to be!

Followed by The Dolphin a lovely stop off from a day of browsing the unique clothing, homewares and delicious cakes in Little Chelsea. It’s an intimate location for friendly catch ups, evening date nights and family meals with their authentic rustic décor creating warm-homely vibes serving up real local ales and ultimate comfort food with a unique modern twist.

Next up is Bills, a local chain restaurant which was established not too far away in nearby Lewes. The interior of every bills restaurant automatically takes you to a happy place, with the candle lit tables and old oak furniture. The menu caters for breakfast to dinner with all the treats in-between! From scrummy full English’s to mouth-watering pancakes, classic bills steaks to yummy mac n’ cheese, making sure you leave room for the naughty treats, scones and cakes to warm cinnamon doughnuts and melting chocolate bombs it would be rude not to indulge and treat yourself!

Head down to one of England’s oldest pubs located in Eastbourne’s historic Old Town, dating back to 1180, it’s a home of many hidden gems! The 14th century pub The Lamb extraordinarily has an 18m deep well situated inside the pub itself, surrounded by gargoyles and a huge rustic but original feature fireplace it’s the perfect mix between traditional and modern. If you’re up for a discovery, hidden beneath the pub is a cryptic cellar housing a secret tunnel to the nearby Norman Church, tours can be arranged by appointment to explore what lurks in the darkness beneath this well-loved pub. The Lamb serves locally brewed ale Harvey’s in their authentic British pub, supporting local businesses but also offering real ale. With a daily changing menu alongside a jam packed diary of entertainment across the evenings, from their regular Folk nights to unique live music acts, there’s always something to keep you entertained at The Lamb!

Set in the spectacular South Downs National park is the fabulous country pub The Plough and Harrow the ideal place to stop off after a walk in Friston Forrest kicking the autumn leaves around. Specialising in real ales and mouth-watering food combined with friendly atmosphere The Plough and Harrow is the perfect comfort spot to relax in. Get drawn in by their warm welcome and offering of some of the best pub foods around, it is definitely a popular spot among residents.
The Beach Deck Food


The Beach Deck, home of both locally sourced fish and meat. Supporting local businesses Southern Head fisheries and Gunne Butchers, One of South East’s finest suppliers. The belly rumbling menu captures the authentic tastes by the sea, alongside some British classics. The Beach Deck prides themselves on sourcing only the best local ingredients to provide their customers with the best flavours from the freshest of foods.

After a long walk down the meandering Cuckmere River, you’re tired, peckish and could really do with a little sit down. The Cuckmere Inn is your place, roaring log fires, a deliciously warming hot chocolates or mulled wines and ciders in hand relaxing looking out over the stunning views of the picture postcard setting of the chalk cliffs at Cuckmere Haven, made famous as the perfect postcard setting in the film Atonement. There is no comparison, its pure bliss!

As the autumn apples fall to the ground it’s time to celebrate their unique taste as one of the nation’s favourite fruits, it’s the perfect time to make the most delicious ciders! Middle Farm has a very special national collection of Ciders and Perries which can be sampled, compared and purchased from a selection of over 100 different draft ciders, including their own Pookhill Cider. Make sure you take the chance to try some fresh apple juice made daily! Middle Farm really is the ideal farm to stock up your shelves, with traditional butchers, fresh bakery and farm shop stocking all the best unique jams and chutneys! As you’re already there it would be a shame not to enjoy the fresh food straight from the farm kitchen, in the comfort of a relaxing restaurant next to a rustic log fire wouldn’t it?

Hopefully we’ve inspired you to head out to try some of our local hot spots and tantalise your taste buds this autumn.

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