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Pubs and inns to visit

The Shepherd and Dog sits over the hill from Brighton, in a lovely spot at the foot of Devil’s Dyke. With a walker and dog friendly bar and garden, its ramshackle feel makes it cosy in the winter and the gardens regularly host events in the summer.

The Fox Goes Free at Charlton, near Goodwood, has its origins in the 17th century as an Inn which provided a refreshment spot for King William 3rd and his hunting party.  In 1915 though, it was the historic site for the first meeting of the Women’s Institute in England. Hooray for jam and Jerusalem!

The Cricketers at Duncton is a charming 16th century coaching inn near Petworth. Bought by the author of Wisden’s Cricketer’s Almanac in 1867, it’s a great spot for cricket fans, but also for walkers and visitors to Petworth or Goodwood in search of locally sourced food, including South Downs venison.

The Izaak Walton pub in East Meon is named after the 17th century writer of the Compleat Angler. He stayed in the pub to fish the River Meon, which flows through the village alongside the main street.

The Milbury’s at Beauworth, one of the most eccentric pubs in the National Park, has a skittle alley, 300ft well, minstrel gallery and wooden treadmill. The South Downs Way runs past the door so it’s perfect for a cheeky stop-off!

The Partridge in Singleton is part of the Goodwood Estate and in 1949 was describes as ‘a most horrid nuisance and den of iniquity’. Today you’ll find excellent food, a big garden and great views.

Take a bracing walk by the white cliffs before ducking into the English Tiger Inn, with great views of the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs.

Try the Langham Brewery in Lodsworth to get more hands-on in the process and enjoy a tour of their 10 barrel steam powered brewery.

If there is a pub or inn in the South Downs that you feel should be listed here. Please contact info@southdowns.gov.uk

 

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