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My top three places to dine al-fresco in Sussex

By Jo White – 19 June 2020

There’s no shortage of places to dine al fresco in Sussex. With over 90 miles of coastline and an abundance of historical sites and woodlands to explore, visitors are spoilt for choice.

Here’s a round-up of my top three including a lakeside gastropub, a fine dining al fresco experience and, of course, the best place to dine in Brighton, the cosmopolitan city known as ‘London by the Sea’.

Sussex restaurants

Name: The Wiremill Lake Side Pub & Inn

Location: Lingfield/Felbridge

Cuisine: Traditional and contemporary pub food

The Wiremill is my all-time favourite place to dine al fresco in Sussex. The gastropub is a 15th-century mill tucked onto a 26-acre lake on the Sussex border and in the summer, you can dine lakeside whilst watching water-skiers take flight.

Re-opening again on 4 July, the new menu combines classic favourites such as Toad in the Hole, dry-aged burgers and freshly caught fish and chips, with new options such as butterbean and vegetable vegan pie, crispy pork belly with tiger prawns, and sticky spiced lamb shank.


Sussex restaurants

Name: Jeremy’s

Location: Borde Hill

Cuisine: Modern Fine Dining

Nested in the beautiful gardens at Borde Hill, lies a little gem that offers “The world on your plate in the heart of Sussex”. Jeremy’s serves creative, modern and award-winning menus, including a daily menu and an a la carte menu. The restaurant boasts a selection of seasonal dishes including hand-dived scallops black truffle, crispy monkfish, beef with Jerusalem artichoke, lamb served with sweetbread, parsnip and kale rosti, and south coast brill.

Jeremy’s wine collection is seriously impressive! There’s white fizz, pink fizz, white wines, rose wines and red wines to suit every preference and budget. The tranquil terrace overlooks the restaurant’s Victorian walled garden, offering a picturesque setting for this magical dining experience. If you decide to dine at lunch, then you’ll definitely need a stroll around the Grade II listed gardens and woodlands after.


Name: The Salt Room

Location: Brighton

Cuisine: Grilled fish and meat specialists

Regularly recognised as Brighton’s best seafood restaurant, The Salt Room specialises in cooking over coal. The modern dining hot spot offers a seasonal a la carte menu using sustainable and local produce. The Weekday Set Menu is only £20 per person for two courses and a glass of wine. There are also sharing platters ‘cooked over fire’ including the Surfboard – grilled and steamed shellfish aioli with herb fries – as well as daily fish market specials.

Popular dishes include Salmon Pastrami, Shellfish Tagliatelle, Maldon Oysters, Aged Sirloin of Beef, Black Miso Aubergine and Chargrilled Stone Bass.

Boasting unparalleled views of Brighton seafront, the I360 and the historic West Pier, it is an ideal location to soak up the sun to the sound of the waves, whilst satisfying your taste buds.



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