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West Sussex’s restaurants, pubs and cafes certainly offer a wide choice and here are some of the best places to dine. In the north of the county, Horsham offers everything from award-winning street food to Michelin-starred restaurants. Restaurant Tristan has retained its Michelin star for seven years running. The eatery serves modern British food in a 16th-century building. At the other end of the scale is 2019 Sussex Street Food of the Year winners Mann & Moore, run by former Restaurant Tristan chefs Josh Mann and Chris Moore, who serve up locally-sourced produce American BBQ-style each week at Horsham market.
Over in Petworth The Hungry Guest is an award-winning cafe and food shop owned by Danish-born master baker Troels Bendix, which serves bread, pastries, cakes and sour dough pizza baked at its Chichester bakery. To the west of Petworth, The Horse Guards Inn in Tillington proudly displays the provenance of its small and seasonal menu. This 350-year-old pub, located on the western edge of Petworth Park, serves vegetables from its own garden and eggs from its chickens.
Fish and seafood eateries are in abundance along the coast, from the Witterings to Shoreham-by-Sea. In Bracklesham Bay is Billy’s on the Beach offers views of the Isle of Wight alongside dishes such as fritto misto and Selsey crab salad. Keeping with the beach theme, Worthing-born 2018 MasterChef winner Kenny Tutt recently opened his first restaurant in his home town. Named after the his family’s market history, Pitch serves up a contemporary mix of modern and classic British food and has an on-site cookery school.
Brighton Rd, Crabtree, Horsham RH13 6PT
At Lower Beeding you’ll find The Crabtree, where the emphasis is on local ingredients, including beef and cider from Cowfold, and partridge, pheasants, venison and rabbit from the surrounding South Lodge Estate. Visit website
Pier Rd, Littlehampton BN17 5LP
47 Mussel Row is a British bistro by the sea in Littlehampton. The team pride themselves on the quality of their cooking and local ingredients whether it’s mussels and chips washed down with a pint of Arundel Sussex Gold, a big juicy steak and glass of red Malbec. Visit website
3 Stans Way, East St, Horsham RH12 1HU
Restaurant Tristan offers modern British food in a 16th-century setting, with a £30 three-course set menu available Tuesday to Saturday lunchtimes, as well as six and eight-course tasting menus in the evenings. Visit website
2 & 8, Castle Mews, Tarrant St, Arundel BN18 9DG
The Parsons Table showcases a deep passion for locally-sourced, seasonal food, classic cooking, and incredible flavours. At the heart of The Parsons Table lies an utter dedication to local and seasonal ingredients, relaxed informal dining and impeccable service. The restaurant reflects the immense experience of Head Chef Lee’s journey as a chef and the influence of the leading professionals he has worked with, enabling him to showcase the best in traditional techniques and add his own flair for contemporary takes on truly classical cooking. Visit website
New St, Petworth GU28 0AS
E. Street Bar & Grill is a stylish bistro offering a seasonal menu, much of which is sourced from local suppliers like Nyetimber, Goodwood and Nutbourne. Organic beef from Goodwood, yellow fin tuna and baked Alaska with strawberry and elderflower ice cream are a few of the menu’s highlights that are certain to make this new bistro a destination restaurant. Visit website
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Image credits: ©Andi Whiskey/Unspalsh; Josh Packham/XA DIGITAL/Restaurant Tristan; Nick Harvey/The Crabtree/restaurantsbrighton.co.uk; Shutterstock.com