Tasty food at the traditional Fountain Inn

Tasty food at the traditional Fountain Inn

Eat out at the Fountain

This West Sussex inn is a wonderful example of the great traditional English pub with wonky floorboards, inglenook fireplaces and the heart warming smell of home cooking wafting in from the kitchen.Eat outside in their garden on warm summer days!

Top Quality Food Menus

The Fountain is well known for their top quality food menus, friendly service and great atmosphere …Recommended whether you want a light snack or something more substantial.

Situated in the beautiful Sussex village of Ashurst. Just a couple of miles north of Steyning and within easy reach of Brighton


Pimms O’Clock at the ‘Shepherd & Dog’?

Pimms O’Clock at the ‘Shepherd & Dog’?

This Sussex pub is sure summer is on its way – so has started serving Pimms!

Pimms is a brand of fruit cups, but may also be considered a liqueur. It was first produced in 1823 by James Pimm. Usually served with mint & fruit slices as in the photo. Always available at Wimbledon!

Post by Jenny at http://www.steyningcottages.co.uk
The pub is a 15 minute drive from Steyning or a long walk over the hills! It’s one of my favourites in the lovely village of Fulking just below the South Downs ….

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Learn to kitesurf near Brighton? Or just relax on the beach!

Learn to kitesurf near Brighton? Or just relax on the beach!

A relatively new sport that first gained popularity in the late 90′s, kitesurfing is a mixture between windsurfing, surfing, wake boarding and power kiting. Different size kites allow you to kite surf in various wind strengths. The lighter the wind, the bigger the kite and in stronger winds smaller kites are used

Courses are held at the South Coast’s premier kitesurfing location – Lancing Beach in Sussex, one hour from London, twenty minutes from Brighton. The shallow flat water and prevailing cross onshore winds provide perfect conditions for novices

Details at http://www.brightonkitesurfandsupacademy.com/

Post by Jenny at http://www.steyningcottages.co.uk
Steyning is in West Sussex at the foot of the South Downs National Park & is only 6 miles from the beach at Lancing

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Tea for two in Steyning, West Sussex?

Tea for two in Steyning, West Sussex?

Local Tea Rooms

You are spoilt for choice if you would like a traditional afternoon tea is Steyning. The High Street has 5 or 6 cafes where you can treat yourself! One of my favourites is the Steyning Tea Rooms. They are within a 5 minute walk from Rosebud Cottage in Steyning (& within easy reach of Brighton).


Afternoon tea, is, perhaps surprisingly, a relatively new tradition. The custom of drinking tea dates back to the third century BC in China and was popularised in England during the 1660s by King Charles II and his wife. However it was not until the mid 19th century that the concept of ‘afternoon tea’ first appeared.

The idea seems to have been introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around 4 o’clock in the afternoon. She asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter (some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread) and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit and she began inviting friends to join her.

This break for refreshments became a fashionable social event. During the 1880’s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon treat which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock.


Historic Gardens Weekend

Historic Gardens Weekend

Historic Gardens Annual Event

The fascinating Weald and Downlands Museum at Singleton has an annual historic gardens weekend each year in late June.

Find out about their six period gardens and meet their gardening team.

Discover the herbs, vegetables and flowers that rural households would have grown and used. This will explain what people did from Tudor times right up to the Victorian era.

Find out how they use the plants grown in the Museum’s gardens for medicinal and culinary purposes, as well as natural dyeing and other uses. You can also learn how important gardens were to the ordinary working rural people of the past and how they would have been managed.

There will be displays, guided walks and talks, plus a chance to view their short film about the gardens. You can also chat to their gardening team and see the Museum’s Herbarium.

Find out more about the museum & their events at http://www.wealddown.co.uk/events

Reasons to visit Steyning in Sussex – not far from Brighton!

Reasons to visit Steyning in Sussex – not far from Brighton!

Steyning is a fascinating place if you love history: The small rural town pre-dates the Norman Conquest.

St Cuthman, a Celtic saint from c8 or c9, is alleged to have arrived here pulling his sick mother in a cart. When the tow rope broke he assumed that this was a sign from God that Steyning was where he should stay. He built built a wooden church – and administered to the needs of his adopted flock. After his death, the church became a place of pilgrimage. The sea was much closer by in those days and so a port of St Cuthman was built on the River Adur nearby. The church at Steyning was part of a monastery …

The church was rebuilt in later years on the same site. Inside the building, is a truly glorious Norman nave, complete with the most beautifully harmonious decorations and carvings.

Hike on the stunning Seven Sisters

Hike on the stunning Seven Sisters

Enjoy a hike along the cliffs

The Seven Sisters chalk cliffs run between Seaford (near Brighton) and Eastbourne in southern England. They are in the South Downs National Park – not to be confused with the white cliffs of Dover further east!

You will follow the South Downs Way along the top of the cliffs … it’s a lovely walk… the best known in Sussex and about 8 miles long altogether.

Start walking from Exceat, Birling Gap or Eastbourne. You can stop for tea and cake at Birling Gap!

There is parking at Birling Gap and also at Exceat … Exceat is a 45 minute drive from Steyning & within easy reach of Brighton.


River and countryside walk from Steyning

River and countryside walk from Steyning

Adur walk from Steyning

It is always good to have a circular walk that will take you back to your starting point! This is a pleasant fairly level walk which follows the river Adur for about a third of the way. I have done it myself and it took about 3 and a half hours. You’ll see views of local landmarks en route: Truleigh Hill, Lancing College and Chanctonbury Ring. You can stop for a picnic on the river bank or on a well positioned bench!

You’ll find copies of a leaflet describing this walk waiting for you if you stay as a guest at Rosebud Cottage in Steyning. You can also download it: Circular river and countryside walk


Borde Hill Gardens in Sussex

Borde Hill Gardens in Sussex

The Rose Garden at Borde Hill is in full bloom during late June! Mainly planted with David Austin English roses, it is bordered by box and lavender hedges.

You’ll also see lovely delphiniums, peonies, phlox, clematis and rambling roses grown on wooden poles .

Finish your visit with cream tea in the Rose Garden at Little Ritz Cafe, or enjoy a rose-themed tea at Cafe Elvira!


Adults £8.20
Concession £7.80
Child (aged 3-16) £5.50
Child under 3 – Free

Open daily from end of March until early October

Details at http://www.bordehill.co.uk/

Borde Hill Gardens – just north of Haywards Heath – are a 35 minute drive from Steyning & within easy reach of Brighton.