Sussex wine, vineyards, great pubs and beers

March 2, 2013 | By More
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Carr Taylor vineyard in summer

The reputation of both Sussex wine and beers is formidable.

The South of England is developing a reputation for the quality of its sparkling white wines, why not take the opportunity to sample them….and of course Eastbourne and the villages of East Sussex have some lovely, traditional pubs  and real ales. Here’s a small taster of some Sussex wine and beers…

Beachy Head brewery is a young brewery already winning awards for its real ales.

Try their Original Ale – English bitter with a strong hoppy flavour.  Legless Rambler – a tribute to those who walk the South Downs Way, a perennial winner at the Eastbourne Beer Festival. Parson Darby’s Hole A dark ale/stout named after Parson Darby who excavated “Parson Darby’s Hole” in the caverns that already existed near Belle Tout and spent nights in his cave to save many lives of sailors manning a fixed light identifying Beachy Head.

You can try Beachy Head brews in Eastbourne at The Counting House, Maxims in South St, The Ship Inn – Meads Village or some of these nice country pubs nearby: The Star, Alfriston; The Tiger in East Dean ( a unique location on the village green); The Eight Bells, Jevington

Harveys Brewery of Lewes has been producing great beer for more than 200 years, it is still very much a local brewery, beers are distributed within around a 50 mile radius of Lewes. Hops come from Sussex, Kent and Surrey. The flagship Sussex Best Bitter has recently been voted Champion Best Bitter of Britain for two consecutive years.

Harveys ales can be found all over Eastbourne , notably at …. The Victoria (one of Harveys’ own pubs) just 1 minute walk from gyves House bed and breakfast.

Some other recommended pubs and bars in Eastbourne..

In South St – The Dolphin ( traditional), The Dew Drop Inn (range of beers, funky), Maxims (late night club for over 25s)

The Pilot, Meads St ( near to the start of the Downs above Holywell, stop here after a walk)

Cocktail style – The Loft, Station Rd

And on your walks… The Giants Rest at Wilmington (near the Long Man)

The sparkling wine of Sussex is gaining reputation!  Here’s what they say about English sparkling wine vs Champagne at the Carr Taylor vineyard near Hastings. Visits to Carr Taylor vineyards are welcome.

Or try Sparkling Brut from Breaky Bottom vineyard  which lies in a fold in the South Downs, about 5 miles from Lewes in East Sussex. Visits are by appointment and can usually be made at short notice.

You can visit the English wine company in Cuckmere (just a short trip from Gyves House bed and breakfast) and taste a wide range of English wines.

 Book a stay at Gyves House – call us on 01323 721709 or book online.

Category: Staying in Eastbourne

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