Ditchling is surrounded by farms, vineyards and independent food producers, meaning that whether you’re after a quick sandwich or a three-course dinner, you’ll eat fantastic, locally-sourced food prepared with real love.
Loved by cyclists, walkers and villagers alike, the Green Welly is at the very heart of the village, serving up sinful cakes, healthy salads, buttery pastries and everything inbetween. On sunny days the courtyard garden is the perfect spot for lunch, in cooler weather settle in for hot soup, savoury tarts and warming hot chocolate.
1 High Street, 01273 841010
A classic village tea room that oozes 1940’s style, the Nutmeg Tree is the perfect place to fuel up for a walk or bike ride, or for an indulgent, old-school lunch. Breakfasts are fantastic – from full fry-ups (with good veggie options) to hot buttered crumpets, and if you’re after a picnic there are fresh pasties and sausage rolls to take away.
6-8 West Street, 01273 842708
A cold beer in the delightful walled garden at the White Horse is a must in the summer months, but whatever time of year Kirsty and the team welcome locals and visitors alike, for hearty pub classics – from fish and chips to succulent burgers, vegan treats, sharing boards and and well-kept beers and wines.
15 West Street, 01273 842006
On weekends, Ditchling throngs with cyclists, many heading for the ultimate cycling challenge, Ditchling Beacon. Velusso – part cafe, part bike shop, part repair store – offers the chance to take a break, fuel up on fresh coffee and pastries, light lunches, or pick up some energy foods for the rest of the ride.
68 Lewes Road
A multi award-winning winery, Ridgeview produces sparkling wines from vines that share the same soil strata as the French champagne region. Pop in for a tour of the vineyards, a tasting session or, in the summer months, reserve a picnic hamper and soak up the Sussex sun in the Wine Garden.
Fragbarrow Lane, Ditchling Common, 01444 242040
Independent Food Producers
If you’re self catering, you can stock the fridge with local products; drop by the Macs Farm for freshly laid eggs from happy, free-ranging hens, and if you feel like baking, Oldland Windmill produces its own milled flour. If Ridgeview has given you a taste for Sussex wine, book a tasting at Court Gardens Farm vineyard, and for a wider selection of local specialities, visit the Sussex Food Centre at the South Downs Garden Centre in neighbouring Hassocks.