Where to Eat in Steyning

Where to Eat in Steyning?

There is a choice of places where you can eat in Steyning High Street. They are all within a very short walk from Rosebud Holiday Cottage so there’s no need to drive!

Steyning Cafes and Restaurants

Chez Joel

This cosy cafe is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings with an excellent French menu. It’s the ideal place to go if you would like to brush up on your French language skills. Thursday is the best night for this as Sarah, who runs the cafe, tries to avoid speaking English this evening!

Book on 01903 813311

chez joel cafe steyning
Chez Joel Cafe

Steyning Pubs

The White Horse

This pub has an attached restaurant which opens each evening.

Inside it is decorated in a contemporary classic style. Outside there’s a large verandah covered with huge parasols from which you can enjoy views of the countryside as you dine.

Book on 01903 814084


white horse restaurant
White Horse Restaurant

The Star Inn

This traditional pub has a lovely garden outside beside a stream. It serves food every day apart from Sunday evening.

Book on 01903 813078

Star Inn Garden

Prefer to Eat at the Cottage?

Mamma Mia

This Italian restaurant currently offers takeaways: Pasta, fish and meat dishes are available.

mamma mia restaurant steyning

Chez Joel

Chez Joel is also selling takeaway food at present.

Find out more about historic Steyning


Steyning Food and Drink Festival

Read about the annual festival which is held each September


Gluten and Dairy Free Cakes

Gluten and dairy free cakes are on sale in Steyning High Street.

Both Victoria’s Sponge and the Steyning Tea Rooms offer these. Non gluten and dairy free options are also available!


I took this photo at Victoria’s Sponge. There are new cakes to try each week. If you are lucky you may see Pumpkin, vegan Peanut Butter, gluten free Lemon Curd and Sussex fruit cake!

Details at https://www.facebook.com/VictoriasSpongeSteyning

The Steyning Tea Rooms usually has 3 gluten free cakes every day. They are especially well known for their scones.

“If you try and avoid gluten in your diet, afternoon tea can usually be a little bit of a disappointment. Not here ! The best gluten free scones and cakes I have ever eaten out.The tea is really good too, and the people that run it and serve you are lovely.”

The tea rooms are offering a delivery service during lock-down.

Details at https://orders.thesteyningtearooms.co.uk/

They have recently been been voted as one of Sussex’s top 10 places for afternoon teas for 2020!

Gluten and Dairy Free Cakes on the Doorstep

Both Victoria’s Sponge and the Steyning Tea Rooms are just a few minutes walk from Rosebud Holiday Cottage.

Find out more about Steyning


Steyning Food & Drink Festival

Steyning Food & Drink Festival takes place every year. It usually runs throughout September and in early October.

The 2021 Food & Drink Festival should take place to celebrate the wonderful local produce, with the area’s best artisan food and drink producers and venues.

The programme is normally available from the middle of June.

steyning food and drink festival

The Festival starts with the Farmer’s Market on the first Saturday in September. The market is held a few minutes walk from Rosebud Cottage in the High Street car park.

Typical Programme of Events Throughout the Festival

Venues: Gorilla Kitchen (The Star Car park), Chez Joel, The Chequer Inn, The Star Inn, The Cobblestone Tea House, The Sussex Produce Cafe, Truffles

Steyning Museum Exhibition throughout festival. FREE ENTRY

St. Mary’s House & Gardens, Bramber: Special festival open days.

Steyning Food and Drink Festival Events

FARMERS MARKET – with music, live cooking demonstrations, Ready, Steady, Cook sessions and special offers from stallholders.  

Judging of Best Food Theme Shop Window Competition – Steyning High Street 

Riverside Brewery Open Day – 2 tours.  11am & 1pm

Steyning Downland Scheme – The Big Picnic – The Rifle Range, Steyning. 

Wiston House Garden Tour & English Sparkling Wine Tasting – Wiston House

Festival Open Day – Lunches (incl Charity Dish) & Afternoon Teas – The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst  

Ladies Cocktail Making Evening – at The White Horse Smokehouse & Grill

Drinks, Nibbles & Antique Valuations – with Henry Nicholls at The Artisan Bakehouse

Wiston Estate Winery Tour, Tasting & Canapes

Fawlty Towers Dinner – Tottington Manor, Edburton

Mad Hatter Tea Party with Jazz Singer – The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst


Stan’s Big Breakfast & Craft House Coffee Single Origin Coffee Tasting – Stan’s Bike Shack


Festival Open Day – Lunches (inc Charity Dish) & Afternoon Teas – The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst

CCC Morning – Coffee, Cakes & Chestnut Tree House – Springwells Boutique B&B, Steyning. 

Ashurst Tasty Walk – The Fountain/Country Walk/Artisan Bakehouse

Sussex Gin Tasting & Nibbles – The Artisan Bakehouse, Ashurst

BEER FESTIVAL – Steyning Cricket Club      

West Grinstead Ploughing Matches – Applesham Farm, Coombes.

Mulled Wine & Star Gazing – Star Inn & Wiston Big Picnic Field.

Pubs & Breweries of Steyning Walk – led by Dr Janet Pennington  FREE ENTRY  

 Steyning Community Orchard Apple Day – Fletchers Croft Village Green, Steyning

Daylands Farm Walk & Cream Tea – in aid of Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution

Harvest Festival Service & Lunch – Steyning Methodist Church   

Food Theme Pub Quiz – The Star, Steyning  

Wood Fired Pizza & Pud Supper Club Night – at The Artisan Bakehouse            

Adur Brewery Open Day 

Pick It Cook It – Hedgerow Booze, Daylands Farm

GREAT STEYNING BAKE OFF – Steyning Centre        

Pastures New – Optional Tea at St Mary’s House & Gardens

Daylands Farm Walk & Cream Tea – in aid of Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution

Festival Breakfast

Some local cafes offer a special festival breakfast. Part of the money paid goes to a local hospice.

How to get there

Many events take place in Steyning High Street, just a few minutes walk from Rosebud Holiday Cottage

Read more about the festival https://steyningdistrictfooddrinkfestival.co.uk/

Read more about Steyning https://steyningcottages.co.uk/steyning-west-sussex/

Steyning Country Fair

Steyning Country Fair takes place every other year on the Bank Holiday Monday at the end of May. The next fair will be in 2021.

Steyning county fair

What happens at the fair?

This is always a wonderful day out for all the family. Steyning High Street is closed to traffic and lined with stalls, entertainment and displays. There is a special sense of times past, with traditional costumes, crafts, food, Morris dancing, music, magicians, puppet shows and livestock.

There are fair rides and raffles, the dog show and the traditional cricket match. The Steyning Centre becomes an exhibition hall. You can treat yourself to food and drink all day from street stalls, local pubs, shops and restaurants.

A lovely event. Make sure you are at the next one!

Steyning Country Fair Location

Just a few minutes walk from Rosebud Holiday Cottage

Read more about Steyning https://steyningcottages.co.uk/steyning-west-sussex/

Wine Tours on Wiston Estate

Wine Tours on the Wiston Estate

The vineyard is running open days this year 2020.  It is just a short drive from Rosebud Cottage

Wiston wine tours Steyning Sussex

The vineyard at Wiston is one of hundreds of commercial vineyards in England. Many of these are in the South East. The chalk soil similar to that of the Champagne region of France, warm dry climate and south facing slopes near the coast are ideal for producing quality still and sparkling wines.

The Wiston estate has produced quality English sparkling wines from the beginning, with the first vineyards only planted in 2006. A collaboration between the Goring family and one of England’s top winemakers Dermot Sugrue, has seen Wiston become both a marker for quality and also one of the most significant contract winemaking hubs in the country.

Going to an open day  (2020) costs £10 per person. Find out more

The Wiston Vineyard is the closest to Rosebud Cottage but I thoroughly recommend a visit to  Nutbourne Vineyard near Pulborough. The cellar door is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11am to 5pm for sales of our wine and farm meats. Explore their vineyard trail through the vines for self-guided tours or scheduled tours and tastings on Saturdays in September and October 2020

I also recommend calling in at Upperton Vineyard in West Sussex.They anticipate running tours and having the Terrace bar open in 2021. In the meantime the shop remains open on Tuesdays to Thursdays 12pm – 5pm, and Fridays and Saturdays 10am -5pm and they would love to see you!

Find out about Stopham Vineyard too!

Pubs in Steyning

Pubs in Steyning

The pubs in Steyning are all within a 10 minute walk from Rosebud Cottage!

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The Star Inn, in the High Street, is the newest, yet dates back to the early 1700’s! It’s a cosy place in the winter months, whilst in the summer you can relax outside in their garden. Emma who runs the pub, provides a friendly welcome. Home made food is available 6 nights a week!

A little further on you’ll find The Chequer Inn – a historic 15th Century Coaching House. The inn today retains many of its original features, including open fires and intriguing timber-framed architecture.

Over the years, apart from supplying accommodation and a change of horses for passenger or mail coaches, the Chequer Inn also acted as a court house, gaol, auction room, post office, coroner’s inquest office, trading post and an important local meeting place.

You can eat there during the day and from Wednesday to Saturday evenings.

The next pub you’ll see is The White Horse – perhaps the first pub in Steyning. It was first mentioned in records in 1614 but is probably older. The inn was a coaching stop. It was extensively refurbished in the 18th century and was important enough to be the venue of borough court hearings, quarter sessions and important meetings. In the 19th century it was also home to the local tax office and a staging house for long distance post. Sadly in 1949 a fire ripped through the part of the building facing the street and the remains were demolished,

Food is served in the pub and in the adjacent restaurant.

Details at https://www.thewhitehorsesteyning.com/home

Finally there is the Norfolk Arms in Church Street. It has a cosy bar, which is rather like someone’s front living room!

Read more about Steyning

Stargazing South Downs

Stargazing South Downs

Take advantage of this free Stargazing South Downs event, within walking distance of Rosebud Holiday Cottage

South Downs Night Sky Events: Friday 9 February – Sunday 25 February Two weeks of fun with parties, talks and family activities taking place across the South Downs National Park to celebrating the wonderful dark night skies.


15 February 2020 from 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm


No booking required

Event Cost

Free event

Stargazing South Downs Details

Help celebrate 10 years of the South Downs National Park at this free family event. Activities include:

  • Indoor planetarium shows
  • Virtual Reality Experience of our dark night skies
  • Giant ‘sky at night’ colouring wall
  • Nocturnal wildlife
  • Outdoor stargazing (if the conditions are right)

Designated an International Dark Sky Reserve in 2016, the South Downs National Park is one of the best places in the UK to enjoy the sight of constellations, planets and distant galaxies.

The South Downs National Park Authority organise events throughout the year. Check what’s on when you plan to visit

Chichester Planetarium

To learn more about the night sky you can also visit the Planetarium in Chichester.

South Downs Planetarium 100 seater auditorium provides an opportunity to view 4,500 stars, planets, Sun and Moon. These are projected onto 10.8 metre dome. An astronomer will be there providing an expert commentary.

Relax and explore the past, present and future of the universe and the magic of the night sky in warmth & comfort!

  • Admission: Adults £7:00. Children 6 to 16 years £5:00.
  • Not Suitable for children under 6 years of age.
  • Duration About 70 minutes

Find out more on the Planetarium web site

Read about other places to visit and things to do in our  Sussex Blog

Steyning Farmers Market

Steyning Farmers Market

Steyning Farmers Market takes place in the High Street car park opposite the clock tower. Turn up between 9 a.m to  1 p.m on the first Saturday of the month.

steyning sussex farmers market

This is a popular event. It’s a great opportunity to stock up on local produce. Vegetables, meat and cheeses are all on sale. You will also find some stalls selling plants.

There is usually live music to entertain you whilst you shop.

You can often combine an evening at The Steyning Jazz Club and the following morning at the market. Jazz is on the first Friday of the month.

How to get there

The market is just a few minutes  walk from Rosebud Holiday Cottage

Learn More

Find out more about picturesque, historic Steyning

Read about other shopping opportunities there.

Steyning Jazz Club

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Steyning Jazz Club at the Steyning Centre

jazz steyning

The jazz club is closed at present due to the coronavirus.

Steyning Jazz Club is a popular event attracting both locals and visitors. Enjoy excellent performances on the first Friday of the month from 8.30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Relax with a drink from the bar!

Go along to Fletchers Croft, Church Street, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3YB

ADMISSION: Members £7.00, Guests £12.00 & Students £7.00 (Correct 1 Jan 2020)

Find out who will be performing at  upcoming events

Ropetackle Centre

I also recommend jazz events at the Ropetackle Arts Centre in nearby Shoreham

This arts centre has regular jazz events which can feature some well known musicians. They also have blues, folk and world music events and run ukelele and harmonica workshops.

Check their programme: Ropetackle Centre

Just 5 miles from Steyning with a regular hourly bus service to take you there from the High Street.

Read more about the nearby accommodation at Rosebud Cottage

Steyning Farmer’s Market is on the first Saturday of the month so it is often possible to combine an evening of jazz and shopping the next morning.

French Food Evenings in Steyning

chez joel french steyning sussex

French food evenings in Steyning take place at the quirky Chez Joel Bistro. Delicious French food is served on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

Every Thursday evening there’s a chance to both enjoy wonderful food and brush up on your language skills, as that night is a French speaking evening. Sarah, the owner, will do her best to avoid any use of English!

French Speaking Evening

“Digging up our school French at Chez Joel was a hoot and the food deliciously oozing with butter and cream. Fantastic value too.

(Written by a recent guest at Rosebud Cottage).

French Food Evenings in Steyning

The evening menu always has a meat, fish and vegetarian dish on offer. There are some fantastic desserts and the wines are excellent.

2 courses cost £19.99, 3 courses £25.99.

As the cafe is small it is best to book if possible: 01903 813311

Daytime Food at Chez Joel

chez joel french steyning sussex

Chez Joel is open every day for drinks and tasty snacks, apart from Sunday.

The cafe is at 96 Steyning High Street, just a few minutes walk from Rosebud Cottage.

Read about the accommodation at Rosebud Cottage




Eating Out In Steyning

Prefer Italian to French? Read about Steyning’s Italian Restaurant

Find out more about places to eat in Steyning



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