Sussex abounds with amazing places for eating out. Brighton’s narrow pedestrian streets are a maze of eclectic cafés with tempting vegetarian, vegan and ethnic delights, and the Sussex coast is graced with grand old hotels boasting elegant restaurants, while the stunning South Downs are dotted with cosy country pubs. This wealth of diverse venues makes it hard to select favourites, but here’s a small taster of the exceptional dining destinations that Sussex has to offer.

 

Isaac At

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Visiting Isaac At is like attending a private dinner party – one whose hosts are the most exceptional chefs. All guests arrive together and can even choose to sit together in a genial and informal setting. Chef-owner Isaac Bartlett-Copeland and his young, dynamic team prepare and serve a five-course tasting menu of inventive, seasonal dishes that make full use of key ingredients, ensuring nothing goes to waste. It’s the perfect way to spend a festive Friday or Saturday evening.

 

Terre à Terre

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After 20 years, Terre à Terre remains utterly unique and continues to challenge preconceived ideas about vegetarian food. Their beautifully presented dishes are inspired by cuisine from around the world and involve creative compositions of flavours, shapes and textures. The names are equally playful, with festive fantasies that include Blewits and Baubles, Santa Soubise, and Figgy Pudding with Rumtopf Rummy Rumble. Their fabulous online shop is also a great source of foodie gifts.

 

Richmond Arms

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Based within the 18th-century former coaching inn at the heart of The Goodwood Hotel, The Richmond Arms and its stylish yet cosy surroundings offer a wonderfully intimate place to bring people together for a mouth-watering meal, while the adjoining bar is perfect for relaxed pre- or post-dinner drinks in front of the open fireplace. As well as dinner and Sunday lunch, The Richmond Arms offers a sumptuous afternoon tea menu served within impeccably British surroundings.

 

Crown Inn

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With comforting real fires, The Crown offers an idyllic setting in which to enjoy quality, locally sourced, seasonal food prepared by the former holder of a coveted Michelin star. The Crown’s aim to offer affordable excellence is reflected in everything from the delicious daily menu to the impressive but reasonably priced wine selection. There are even four delightful rooms offering bed and breakfast accommodation if you wish to indulge in an overnight stay.

 

64 Degrees

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Hailed by The Guardian as ‘food-wise, the most exciting thing to hit Brighton for years’, 64 Degrees serves simple and accessible Modern British sharing dishes prepared to exacting technical standards using sustainable and seasonal ingredients. There’s an Asian feel to the decor and, continuing the Asian ambience, the open kitchen means that you can watch the chefs at work.

 

Parsons Table

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Located in the former stables of Arundel Castle, The Parsons Table combines an ancient, salt-of-the-earth feel with stylish modern decor. Chef-owner Lee Parsons honed his culinary skills at Claridge’s Hotel and Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons before moving to North America and running his own kitchens, and the enticing menu at The Parsons Table reflects the diverse influences of Lee’s career. With skilfully prepared dishes in unique surroundings, The Parsons Table is surely set to become one of the area’s must-visit destinations.

 

Little Fish Market

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The Little Fish Market is making quite a name for itself on the Sussex foodie scene, having already picked up the Sussex Life Best Restaurant 2014 award, two AA rosettes and countless rave reviews in the three years it has been running. The restaurant exclusively provides an exquisite five-course tasting menu, prepared using the freshest fish and seafood, taking diners on a gastronomic journey through the skillfully crafted courses.

 

Zari Restaurant & Lounge

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Zari offers a true Indian dining adventure, serving up refined, inventive cuisine from across the subcontinent in a stylish yet laid-back setting – and at astoundingly reasonable prices. The chefs pride themselves on blending traditional recipes with locally sourced ingredients, leading to dishes such as Sussex Hill lamb shanks Lucknawi-style or Rajasthani jungle curry made with local venison. For a sophisticated journey through the chefs’ most skilled creations, try the five-course gourmet tasting menu.

Lucy Palmer

Lucy Palmer

Lucy is an ex-TEFL-teacher and keen foodie with a particular fondness for Sicilian seafood. She fancies herself as a bit of a linguist and enjoys delighting/boring her colleagues with language-related trivia. She is an obsessive reader, cyclist and collector of pebbles. Her most memorable experiences include climbing a Mayan pyramid at dawn, working with baby orangutans, and accidentally smashing all the company champagne glasses.

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