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Sussex pubs with camping

Six places to sleep out beside a country boozer

Fancy a night under canvas somewhere not too far from a G&T? Several pubs in Sussex have their own campsites, some in lovely locations. You don’t even have to suffer burnt bangers with meals available indoors.

Glamping tipis at The White Dog

The White Dog Inn, Ewhurst

2017 Muddy Award winner, The White Dog Inn has a beer garden which overlooks Bodiam Castle. You can also soak in views from its campsite which has both bell tents and tipis. The decorated tipis, very much up the glamping end of things, sleep up to five and have futons, cushions, rugs, fairy lights and a gas stove for making tea and coffee. This year a rather lovely looking tipi marquee is new, which can be hired for events.

Yew Tree Inn, Chalvington

The Yew Tree Inn at Chalvington in East Sussex not only has its own campsite but its own cricket field, home to a club since 1762. The pub is dog friendly and has children’s play area in its large grounds. Pitch your own tent or bring a campervan for just £10/£15 a night. They can also host marquee weddings for up to 140 guests. The Vanguard Way, South Downs Ways and pretty Alfriston are nearby.

The Bat & Ball, Wisborough Green 

In West Sussex you can pitch your tent in the grounds of the Bat & Ball Country Pub and Haywards Restaurant on a site with showers and loos, electrical hookups for motorhomes and caravans and even wifi. For something more comfy, book one of the four shepherds’ huts. Pub quizzes on GSCE questions and Love Island and a display by Iberian dancing horses (yes, really) have been among recent events at the pub. Family favourite Fishers Farm Park is close by and you’re not far from Petworth, Goodwood and Cowdray.

Bull’s Head, Boreham Street, near Herstmonseux

Camping and a shepherd’s hut are offered at this pub near several attractions including Battle Abbey, Herstmonceux Castle and observatory, Hastings and Kipling’s former home Bateman’s. The hut has its own shower, loo and BBQ, the 15 pitch campsite has communal facilities.

Blue Ship, Billingshurst, near Horsham

Basic camping (loos but no showers) for tents, campervans and caravans is offered at the Blue Ship from May to Sept, in a popular walking area. Large groups can arrange breakfast and dinner in a marquee, otherwise you can of course eat in the unpretentious pub where, unusually, drinks are served through a hatch.

Albourne Estate, Hassocks

OK, it’s not a pub but there’s certainly booze. This vineyard in the South Downs near Hassocks offers adult-only camping beside a lake for a few weekends from June to Sept (book early for next year). The site, run by Slightly Nomadic, has four pre-pitched tents with airbeds, pillows, breakfast kits and more supplied, and six other standard pitches. If you don’t fancy cooking, there’s a pub a 45 mintue county walk away. You can book a tour and tasting at the vineyard which also sells hampers and, obviously, wine.


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