There’s a huge range of places to enjoy a glass or two of wine across our sunny patch of Sussex, where you’ll find the warmest of welcomes and even the chance to sample one of West Sussex’s award-winning wines.
It goes without saying that to enjoy some of the wines which have helped to put Sussex on the map in recent years, and which contributed to the county receiving a PDO (a Protected Destination of Origin, joining Jersey Royal Potatoes and Cornish Clotted Cream, for example, which already have this recognition), the vineyards are the place to be. They can be found dotted around the countryside close to Chichester, Midhurst and Petworth.
Escapism in a glass
Tinwood Estate is a hidden gem not far from Chichester City Centre. If you’re looking for a slice of escapism, enjoy Tinwood’s fine English Sparkling Wine overlooking the stunning views of the Vineyard, situated at the foot of the South Downs. Drop in, watch the world pass you by with a bottle of local delicate bubbles and a cheeseboard or enjoy the whole experience on a Vineyard Tour and Tasting. The vineyard is very dog friendly so you can bring along your well-behaved furry friend.
Travel the world of wine, beginning in Sussex
In the heart of the picturesque market town of Petworth, sits the chic and elegant E.Street Bar and Grill where the in-house sommelier will happily guide you through an extensive wine menu, which certainly earns brownie points for featuring local wines as well as international world wines. A regular wine dinner series will take you around the globe, exploring different wine regions through guided wine tastings, paired with an original menu.
The Crown & Anchor at Dell Quay perches right on the water’s edge at Chichester Harbour and enjoys outstanding harbour views. On a warm sunny day, the outside terrace is the place to be with a chilled glass of wine – you can sip Sussex’s Nyetimber here too.
In the heart of a bustling marina
Soak up views across the marina, people watch to your heart’s content and enjoy a glass or two in great company at The Boat House Café at Chichester Marina. The marina is a hive of activity, as walkers, wildlife and water vessels come and go – our recommendation is to book ahead for a table on the sunny terrace.
Historic pubs and inns are dotted in and around the towns of Petworth and Midhurst and the surrounding villages, in which you will find that traditional hospitality and cosy, rustic surroundings are the order of the day – as well as pretty gardens to relax in during the warmer months. The Horse Guard’s Inn at Tillington and The White Horse at Chilgrove are just two examples where you can while away a few hours sharing a bottle of your favourite tipple. Brownie points to The White Horse for featuring local fizz on the wine menu!
Watch the sun set over the vines
Ashling Park Estate, sitting on the edge of a pretty Sussex village and a stone’s throw from Chichester, offers regular vineyard tours, and lunch, dinner or afternoon tea at its chic on-site restaurant, where ingredients are sourced from within 30 miles. Enjoy dinner as the sun sets over the vines, accompanied of course by a chilled glass of award-winning Sussex sparkling.
Toast in Chichester
Toast an evening of theatre or perhaps a day of retail therapy with a glass of local, award-winning Tinwood at Chichester’s Harbour Hotel in the city centre. The bright, stylish and welcoming bar is the perfect place for a post-performance treat, and of course local wines make the experience extra authentic.
Find many, many more places where great Sussex hospitality awaits here.