A Love Letter (and Guide) To West Sussex

Tucked away on the South East coast of England, West Sussex is a charming mix of serene rural spots and eclectic urban areas. Spend 24 hours like a local with our guide of independent places to stay, shop and eat.

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Sussex resident and part of the Aimé team, Emilia, our E-commerce Assistant gives us her insider knowledge on the best places to visit.

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The Saturday Morning Mooch

Although not strictly Sussex, it would be hard not to include Water Lane. Situated in a Victorian Walled Garden in Hawkhurst, it includes a shop, restaurant and often hosts fairs and master classes. The grounds are beautiful, as is the locally sourced food. Two Saturdays a month they host a Saturday morning food market which offers; local cordials, fresh flowers from their cutting garden, and local pasture-raised meat. A must visit!

Water Lane, Walled Garden, Water Lane, Hawkhurst, Kent, TN18 5DH

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An Aladdin's Cave

For the ultimate find, Stable Antiques in Storrington is an Aladdin's Cave of unique objects. Spread across several floors in a Victorian cottage and former stables, you will find everything from homewares, to linen to outdoor furniture, you are bound to find something you love!

Stable Antiques, 46 West St, Storrington, Pulborough RH20 4EE


Where to Stay

A rather indulgent place to stay, Gravetye Manor is a luxury country hotel, complete with a Michelin starred restaurant. Set on stunning grounds in the Sussex countryside, they grow their own produce which becomes part of every meal. The gardens were created by the visionary gardener William Robinson in 1885, and are now considered one of the most important historic gardens in England. As a treat, their indulgent tasting menu is truly spectacular.

Gravetye Manor, Vowels Ln, East Grinstead RH19 4LJ

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The Lunch Spot

The Horse Guards Inn in Tillingham is one of my favourite places for food. Set in a 350 year old pub, the interiors are cosy, with a vintage country style feel. The menu is small and seasonal, which changes weekly. The cheese selection for dessert is always a favourite!

Horse Guards Inn, Upperton Rd, Petworth GU28 9AF

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The Walking Spot

Wakehurst Place is part of the Kew family, and has collections of exotic trees, and woodland plants sprawled over 500 acres. The perfect spot to relax and take in the beauty of the surrounding nature.

Wakehurst Place, Selsfield Road, Haywards Heath, RH17 6TN