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Local pubs, restaurants and cafes with outdoor spaces are busy making plans to re-open and operate a table service from April 12. You can now use the directory to search for places to eat with outdoor areas to visit in April. Just select ‘outdoor dining’ in the search filter below.

Support local businesses and eat local.

Here you can find a list of local food shops, restaurants, cafes and takeaways in your area.

If you’re looking for local shops, please visit Shops Local.

Whilst we are trying to keep this website up-to-date, please do get in touch with the business directly for their latest customer updates.  While we have listed businesses by town / village, many will be happy to travel further afield.

If you would like a printable list of businesses please contact us.

If you’re a business owner that would like to be included or you know of one that’s operating, please contact us.  If your business also manufacturers food and drink, visit our sister website Make Local.

Please note that the businesses listed are not endorsed by Lewes District and Eastbourne Borough Councils.


Cuckmere Inn

Our menus are full of hearty favourites and country pub classics, as well as our seasonal spring dishes, and we’ll be ready with a well-stocked bar, including cask ales, fine wines and British gin to suit very taste - which will taste all the better when enjoyed in our beautiful gardens.

01323 892247 Visit website

The Tennis Cafe

An award winning community cafe/tennis club in Gildredge Park. Come and join us to play tennis, enjoy the park and have some cake and coffee!

07837 890429 Visit website

The Nutmeg Tree

Recently refurbished Tearoom set in the heart of Ditchling. Come join us for breakfast, morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea in our beautiful garden.

01273 842708 Visit website

The Jolly Sportsman

Good reliably sourced food in a relaxed setting where you can enjoy a bar snack and a pint of local ale or a three course meal with fine wine from our very extensive list.

01273 890400 Visit website

The Green Welly

Our friendly and cosy café with a delightful walled garden is situated in the heart of Ditchling village, at the foot of the South Downs National Park. All visitors, walkers, and cyclists always receive a very warm welcome. We are also very dog friendly!

01273 841010 Visit website

Half Moon Plumpton

The Half Moon at Plumpton is a "Quintessentially English pub" . We are extremely proud of our menu, which changes with the seasons and uses only the finest locally sourced produce. Our cellar is well stocked with the finest local beers.

01273 890253 Visit website

Cafe du Jardin

Visit our hidden courtyard cafe and beautiful basement wine cellar located in the heart of Pastorale Antiques. In keeping with this decorative French look, we serve rustic French and continental food with an English twist to suit British Tastes.

01273 480777 Visit website

Dew Drop Inn

A bustling, friendly pub in the town centre, with a suntrap walled garden. It has an eclectic quirky interior and a bohemian atmosphere.

01323 723313 Visit website

The Crown & Anchor

The Crown & Anchor has something for everyone and to many it feels like a home from home. The pub offers you home-cooked meals every day thanks to our talented team in the kitchen and the friendly bar staff are on hand with a large selection of wines, spirits, lagers and ales.

01323 642500 Visit website

The Arlington Arms

Newly refurbished, the 360 Bar & Kitchen is the ideal place to come & relax, enjoy a well deserved drink and sample our new menu. We have a varied choice of spirits, lagers etc plus of course Cocktails! We also have a pool table and juke box in the public bar and a large beer garden and car park to the rear.

01323 724365 Visit website

The Pilot Inn

Stylish, friendly, award-winning pub and B&B. Nestled at the foot of the beautiful South Downs National Park, The Pilot Inn with its car park provides a superb base from which to soak up some of the most stunning and iconic scenery in the county.

01323 723440 Visit website


Pub and restaurant serving local ales, craft beers, a large selection of gins, locally sourced seasonal food and fine wines.

01323 735363 Visit website

The Beach Kitchen

A restaurant offering breakfast and brunch in Eastbourne. Takeaways are always available if you can’t get a seat outside.

01323 412227 Visit website

The Dolphin

A family run bar and restaurant in the heart of Eastbourne's Little Chelsea.

01323 746622 Visit website

The Rainbow

The garden has been fully redesigned with separate areas for booths, open tables and our tipis to hide away under. This, coupled with our garden kitchen and kids play area at the far end of our outdoor space, give you the perfect excuse to bring the whole family down.

01323 731158 Visit website

The Farm Friday Street Pub and Restaurant

Pub and restaurant. Through the seasons you will see our menu change depending on what's available. The Head Chef and his small team are passionate about using fresh local produce.

01323 766049 Visit website
If you’re a business owner that would like to be included or you know of one that’s operating, please contact us.
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