As you pack up your picnic blanket for the year you can still get your fix of waterside dining at these Sussex eateries by sea, river and lake with indoor as well as al fresco views and less danger of seagulls nicking your chips.
Coast Cafe des Artistes, Worthing
This is the only cafe right on Worthing’s beachfront, a short stroll from the pier and Pavilion Theatre, and it’s a cosy grotto-like stone building with a deck area on the pebbles for when the weather’s playing ball.
Republica frontwoman Saffron Sprackling, most famous for nineties hits Ready to Go and Drop Dead Gorgeous is headlining ISFEST at Isfield in East Sussex this weekend – a fundraising event which features ten singers and bands with local connections. Saffron, who grew up in Sussex, spoke to Muddy Stilettos about her favourite places in the county.
My favourite place in the whole world, that inspires me, is Birling Gap on the coast and Cuckmere Haven.
When the weather’s playing ball and you fancy a drink or lunch outdoors catching some rays and keeping kids and dogs happy where do you go? Here’s my pick of pubs that win on outdoors space.
The Griffin Inn, Fletching, near Uckfield
One of our Muddy Stilettos Awards finalists for Best Destination Pub, The Griffin Inn has a garden so big it’s nicknamed the Serengeti. They may not promise roaming wildebeest but the two acres are backed by a fabulous view of the South Downs and National Trust property Sheffield Park.
The term ‘destination pub’ is made for the Crab and Lobster at Sidlesham and it’s no wonder it was one of our Muddy Awards finalists for that very category. It’s near Pagham Harbour and right beside the pub is wide open marshland with paths around…
…yet it’s within easy reach of Petworth and Chichester and well worth making a day out for from further afield.
The food is locally sourced where possible, particularly from the Selsey fishing fleet and dairy farmers.
When I suggested for my mother-in-law’s birthday we went to The Sussex Ox just 15 minutes from where she lives I was surprised she didn’t know this foodie pub. When we arrived it made more sense; though it’s just off the A27 near Alfriston and Polegate (watch out for the brown sign), it’s tucked down a country lane and you’re unlikely to discover it unless you’re looking.
I had found it myself through social media.
At the start of November I spent a week living in a shoebox of a hotel room with a plastic shower ‘pod’ in London’s Docklands while I, somewhat ironically, reported on a travel show.
After days living out of a suitcase I decided it’d be great to do it all again… well, for one more night and somewhere a lot less functional, so I pounced on a deal I saw for the Bell Inn in Ticehurst.