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Lingfield Park Resort

Muddy says: Lingfield Park is more than just a racecourse – it is a leisure resort offering racing, a 4* Marriott Hotel and spa and a championship 18-hole golf course.

Accommodation

The Plotting Parlour, Brighton

The Plotting Parlour, Brighton

Muddy says: A Muddy favourite, this hidden gem of a bar has inventive drinks, quirky decor and a table service policy that means it's never rammed.

Bars

Cabins and Castles, Sussex

Muddy says: Inspiring interiors and great locations are the hallmark of the gorgeous handpicked holiday rental properties in this collection

Cottages

Giggling Squid

Giggling Squid, Horsham

Muddy says: A Sussex-born chain that still turns out pleasingly authentic Thai dishes, with a good value lunchtime 'tapas' concept.

Food & Drink

Brooklands Barn, Arundel

Muddy says: Plan a big family gathering or join a wellness retreat for some restorative ‘me time’ at this perfectly placed property with 10 bedrooms and a pool.

Accommodation

Pallant of Arundel

Muddy says: From picnic and dinner party fare to everyday treats plus gifts and seasonal hampers, Pallant is a foodie heaven.

Cakes

Denmans Garden

Muddy says: Take some time out in a beautiful haven designed by the 'father of the modern garden' and linger over lunch or a cream tea

Afternoon teas

Snowdrop Inn, Lindfield

Muddy says: A recent refurbishment is among good reasons to check out this village inn serving up pubs classics including vegan options

Food & Drink

The Crown Inn, Dial Post, nr Horsham

Muddy says: Locally-sourced food is the key at this village green pub with rooms near Horsham

Accommodation

The Cat Inn, West Hoathly

Muddy Says: Oozing character and with great food and drink, this friendly village pub also has smart bedrooms for a weekend break

Accommodation

Hedgewitch

Muddy says: Nature’s bounty captured in beautifully-presented bottles and jars - perfect gifts for foodies or to self

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Slake Spirits

Muddy says: Slake produces a truly local gin made from ingredients foraged from beach, woods and Downs

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The Curlew, Bodiam

Muddy says: Fine dining in smart yet relaxed surrounds with an additional sunny outdoor terrace, The Curlew is a sure bet for a treat, whether or not you've a special occasion to celebrate.

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Trading Boundaries, Fletching

Muddy says: Wandering around a handsome Grade II-listed building browsing imported Indian furniture and gifts before enjoying coffee and cake on the terrace - shopping heaven!

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The Ship Inn, Rye

Muddy says: In Insta-worthy Rye, this family- and dog-friendly pub with rooms is a good choice for dedicated foodies or those seeking a weekend break.

Accommodation

The Dorset Arms, Withyham

Muddy says: Organically-reared meat and game and a Winnie the Pooh connection are part of the Dorset Arms' appeal. You can also stay over in the pub's cottage.

Accommodation

The Bell in Ticehurst

Muddy says: Humorous decorative touches meet historic charm at this gastro pub with rooms and lodges and a wedding licence.

Accommodation

Fishers Adventure Farm Park

Muddy says: Find year-round indoor and outdoor family fun at Fishers, with animal encounters, play zones, rides and much more to keep you and yours amused

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Hotel Pelirocco, Brighton

Muddy says: Is this the most fun place to lay your head in Brighton? Probably. Book into a themed room or drop in for bands, comedy and cocktails.

Accommodation

Metro Deco, Kemptown

Muddy says: Vintage Parisian style with a touch of kitsch injects the fun into afternoon teas, cocktails or a loungey lunch in this buzzy Kemptown café.

Afternoon teas

Great British Wine Tours

Muddy says: A brilliant way to discover more about Sussex's vineyards with tours, tastings and lunch in lovely surrounds

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Brighton Food Tours

Muddy says: Get a tasty behind-the-scenes introduction to Brighton's booming indie food scene with these unique walking tours

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The Lodges at New House Farm, Etchingham

Muddy says: A hot tub with a knockout view, a big communal barn and a choice of luxury lodges make this flexible High Weald country retreat perfect for couples, friends and families.

Accommodation

Foodini Club

Muddy says: Turn even fussy eaters into mini food explorers with these fun children's recipe kits, available by subscription. They're also a great gift idea.

Cookery courses

Rathfinny Wine Estate

Rathfinny Wine Estate, Alfriston

Muddy Says: This lofty vineyard at Alfriston boasts beautiful views, wildlife walks, pop-up dining and gorgeous accommodation in its Flint Barns.

Accommodation

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Plumpton Racecourse

Muddy says: This compact racecourse backed by the South Downs is a hidden gem. Make a day of it with a meal on site or hire a venue with a view for a big bash.

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Brighton Harbour Hotel, Brighton

Muddy says: Bang on the seafront, this stylish hotel has a quirky basement spa and is a top spot for afternoon tea, dinner and cocktails.

Accommodation

The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst

Muddy says: An award-winning country retreat where you can learn to bake bread and cakes, walk off your indulgence and stay over in cottages. Or, simply stop in for lunch or tea.

Accommodation

Park House Hotel & Spa

Park House Hotel & Spa, Midhurst

Muddy says: Indulge in spa treatments, fine dining, perhaps even a spot of croquet, at this country house-style retreat in the South Downs.

Accommodation

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Lusophile

Muddy Says: Bring a touch of Portuguese design and materials to your home and wardrobe with Lusophile, a stylish online edit created in Battle, East Sussex 

Fashion

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Black Rabbit, Arundel

Muddy says: A scenic riverside setting and quirky decor make this a great find, just outside popular Arundel, and within sight of the famous castle

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The Station Pub, South Nutfield

Muddy says: A large garden, pizza oven and roasts with proper gravy are highlights of this village pub

Food & Drink

Chapel Barn

Muddy says: The most rustic of settings, this historic barn is perfect for festival-style weddings and other big bashes. Look out too for wine and gin tastings, BBQs and more.

Accommodation

The Black Horse, Reigate

Muddy says: carefully-sourced seasonal ingredients are to the fore on the Anglo-French slanted menu at The Black Horse

Food & Drink

The Gallivant, Camber

Muddy Says: A little taste of California right here in Sussex. This restaurant with rooms opposite Camber Sands and near historic Rye is a gem for fine dining or a cheeky getaway.

Accommodation

The Vine

The Vine is a 17th Century Coaching Inn which has been the social focal point of Goudhurst in Kent for centuries. As the years have rolled past, The Vine has taken on many guises. It was originally a Coaching Inn where, in 1747, the Goudhurst Band of Militia met to plot the downfall of the infamous Hawkhurst […]

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The Milk House

Muddy says: An historic village pub at the heart of the community with timber beams and even a Tudor fireplace. Drop in for a drink, good food or a sleepover

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The Sussex Ox

Muddy says: Home-reared organic meat and knockout views from a large garden make this historic family pub a special find

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