A27, Junction Milton St; 2 minutes
Bar: Mon-Sat 11.30am-11pm, Sun noon-10.30pm
Kitchen: Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm, Sun noon-4pm, 5pm-8pm.
Free WiFi for visitors
Vegetarian or vegan options
Parking available onsite
Travellers coasting between Brighton and Eastbourne, pat yourselves on the back for discovering the wonderful food, views and staff at The Sussex Ox. This family-run gastro pub is at the heart of its very own organic farm for zero-food-miles beef, lamb, fruit and vegetables in season.
The wood-beamed Old Bar with its open fire is cosy and snug; the larger Front Room has sprawling views over the South Downs beyond. Opt for a prime Sussex steak or locally landed sea bream, a juicy Ox burger or the courgette, feta and mint fritters. Save space for a homemade Kirsch cherry brownie pud or a boule of zesty lime and ginger vegan ice-cream.
Regional and organic wines fill the cellar - try a bottle from Davenport or Hidden Spring vineyards - and Brighton Gin and bottles from breweries like Burning Sky keep the drinks list local. If arriving late, ask for a Garden Room table or a spot on the terrace for panoramic Cuckmere Valley views and, with luck, a flaming sunset behind Firle Beacon.
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