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Sussex Life - - Restaurant Review -

THE HALF MOON KIRDFORD Kirdford Gavin Roy, op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor 01403 820223; www.half­moonkird­

“There are so many bril­liant pub op­er­a­tors within the re­gion so to make it to the fi­nal three after only one year of trad­ing is a real hon­our. We don’t know what sep­a­rates our­selves from the com­pe­ti­tion as we just try to stay true to our busi­ness plan we wrote back in March 2017. The plan is no se­cret – we just want to de­liver a qual­ity op­er­a­tion where old school ser­vice stan­dards pre­vail, but where they are de­liv­ered with real hon­esty and per­son­al­ity. Our menus are full of the same per­son­al­ity where lo­cal pro­duce, in­clud­ing many for­aged prod­ucts from our kitchen gar­dens, are re­fined with mod­ern cook­ing tech­niques un­der­pinned with one word: flavour.”

THE SHEP­HERD AND DOG INN Fulk­ing David and Emily Pearse, own­ers 01273 857382; www.shep­her­dand­dog­

“We have been run­ning the Shep­herd and Dog for five years now, our goal has al­ways been to cre­ate, what we be­lieve is the best coun­try pub in Sus­sex. To hear the news that we are a fi­nal­ist for this award is in­cred­i­bly ex­cit­ing. We try to cre­ate a wel­com­ing and homely at­mos­phere, we take pride in our fam­ily of staff mem­bers, we con­cen­trate on lo­cal pro­duce of the high­est qual­ity, all freshly cooked in our kitchen and try to source the best and most ex­cit­ing craft beers around.”

THE BELL IN TICEHURST Ticehurst Howard Can­ning, gen­eral man­ager 01580 200300; www.the­bellintice­

“We are ab­so­lutely chuffed to bits to be a fi­nal­ist in this year’s awards. On be­half of the team here, thank you. The area is full of great pubs, so it’s a real hon­our to be iden­ti­fied by cus­tomers and guests as one of Sus­sex’s best. The Bell is proud to be a thriv­ing, in­de­pen­dent vil­lage pub with the com­mu­nity at its heart. A mix­ture of cul­tural events, great food, lo­cal beer, quirky bed­rooms and func­tions makes us some­what dif­fer­ent from your av­er­age vil­lage lo­cal, but it’s a mix that at­tracts cus­tomers from near and far.”

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