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The Shepherd and Dog, Fulking - pub details

Shepherd and Dog
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Address: The Street, Fulking, Henfield, West Sussex, BN5 9LU [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 11812) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Fishersgate (4.1 miles), Portslade (4.1 miles), Southwick (4.3 miles)

Brewery: Hall and Woodhouse

Pub facilities/features:
Cask Marque accreditation

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> Current user rating: 4.6/10 (rated by 65 users)
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Royal Oak, Poynings (1.0 miles), Devils Dyke Hotel, Brighton (1.6 miles), Ginger Fox, Albourne (1.8 miles)

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Most people from within a 10 mile radius and in their 50's will have happy memories of this pub. In its day, which was the mid 80's, a truly lovely pub. Everyone who has ever had too much to drink would have ended up in the stream. Used to get busloads of boozers here at one time, bit quieter now, where isn't. Sad to hear some of the employees have had bad experiences here. It's a beautiful setting for a nice pub.
lumponmyhead - 24 Mar 2015 21:26
I used to work here and it was a shambles back then but I must say that I had a chuckle this morning seeing one of the two owners Jenny Tooley on the BBC1 programme "The sherifs are coming"!! It appears that she has tried to stitch up another hard working chef who worked their fingers to the bone for this vacuous ignorant and mostly drunk woman. The food was always so good there but all the decent chef's, bar managers, bar staff and team leaders all ended up leaving because the owners were often drunk and unbelievably rude!! Swearing and shouting at each other in full view of paying customers and finally from watching the BBC programme - not paying their staff causing them to go to court!!
Avoid this pub like the plague!
joff28 - 24 Feb 2014 08:45
Beautiful good old fashioned country pub. very welcoming and everything you would expect. Very friendly
Ale is supplied by Downlands Brewery who I believe are connected to the pub in some way. Had a pint of Migration Song, very dark bitter. but was just spot on. They have a range of other bitters including a Best, an IPA, Porter.
Delightful little find!

LathamHarryFoote - 7 Jan 2014 20:16
Could be renamed The Wasp & Dog.. been in on a couple of Sundays in summer and the garden is always plagued with wasps. I know it's the countryside/nature, but the amount of wasps makes it very unpleasant. Won't be back.
JohnnyCrow - 26 Aug 2013 15:52
I first visited this pub over 30 years ago and even remember being 'locked-in' one year after a particularly heavy snowfall. Over the years it has had it's fair share of good times and bad times and I remember a visit some years ago when I swore I'd never return having had a dismal meal and a lack lustre pint. The pub has thankfully now escaped the shackles of Hall & Woodhouse and is a Freehouse again supporting local breweries. The interior is much as it ever was just with an oak furniture 'refresh', so still cosy with an open fireplace (wood burner). Much in evidence are the excellent beers of the nearby Downlands brewery, a new venture over in Small Dole and if their current offerings are anything to go by, then we'll be in for a treat over the coming years. My pint of Truleigh Gold (3.7%) was spot on and they also had Downlands Ruskins Ram (4%), Devil's Dyke (5%) and Three Rings (5.2%) to choose from, with reasonable prices to match (£3.45 for a 5% beer can't be bad).

The pub seems to be trying to do things right, and while I didn't try the food on this visit, the menu certainly looked interesting and I heard other punters making appreciative noises, and the service was friendly. They're also offering a home-made pizza night on Wednesdays, steak or mussels night on Thursdays plus fresh local (well Brighton & Hove) fish on Fridays, all of which sounds promising.

Outside there's a large beer garden from which you're treated to great views of the South Downs, while kids can investigate the Fulking spring. There's parking for around 12-14 cars in the small carpark and along the road, but it's probably worth getting there early or booking to ensure a table. Certainly things are improving for the Shepherd & Dog and I'd recommend it if you're in the area, or if you visited a few years back and want to see how it's changing... for the better. Long may it continue.
fazerblue - 3 Jan 2013 15:54

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