We ate out a lot over summer. Here’s a run down of our faves. If you’re looking for family-friendly in Sussex, these are the places that should be on your radar. They’re a treat for adults AND children. Just how we like it.
Latchetts is top of my list. A gorgeous ice cream parlour and cafe nestled in an idyllic rural setting, serving coffee and ice cream. All of the ice cream is homemade using milk from Latchetts dairy.
It doesn’t get any more local than that.
The first thing you notice when you arrive at Latchetts is the very colourful ice cream counter. There’s so much choice. It’s very tempting. The girls stood in awe for a little while before settling on bubblegum flavour.
There’s a lovely kids area with a fab chalk board and toy corner. The girls were happy to get drawing on the board with some very snazzy chalk pens as I sipped a coffee in peace.
The super cute old-fashioned pick and mix station was a huge hit too.
Our favourite feature was the chocolate tap. Cones are hand dipped using the tap and customised with toppings of your choice. We were mesmerised. 100% Willy Wonka and a little bit magical too.
If you’re looking for something to do and it’s a nice day, there’s a nature trail, maize maze and lots of tractors to clamber on outside.
An all-round excellent spot for meeting friends with babes in the week (or weekend) or treating kids after school and in the holidays.
You’ll find this gem at the end of Montague Street. It’s super chilled and a dream for parents because of the child-friendly menu combined with warm and friendly service.
The food’s amazing value for money. We had olives, drinks, 2 adult pizzas, 2 kids’ pizzas, 2 small bowls of salad, 4 ice creams and the bill came in at just under £50. If you can go on a Monday or Tuesday, kids’ pizzas are free with an adult main. A total bargain.
The pizzas are freshly made and delicious. Their range of vegan pizzas is awesome and choice of toppings inspired. The Husband had plenty of dairy-free options; he was blown away with his pizza. Kids can customise with any toppings from the adult menu at half the price. I loved that the kids meals come with little bowls of salad as standard. I had the funghi pizza; every bite was delicious.
Pizzaface share the premise with Boho Gelato so there’s a decent range of ice creams on offer for pudding. I mean, what’s not to love?
Pizzaface: the epitome of family-friendly.
I know, I know. I’m always banging on about The Bull in Ditchling. But I asked the girls where they’d enjoyed eating out the most over summer; they both said “The Bull”.
And here’s the reason why they love it so. There’s a very sweet fenced in play area under a beautiful tree. There’s shade, chunky wooden play equipment (climbing frame, swings and a seesaw) and a little bit of danger too. Things to stand on and climb up, older children to admire dangling from trees and to play with.
If Enid Blyton had written “Five Go To A Gastro Pub”…
We swung by for an impromptu dinner with a friend over bank holiday weekend. The food’s great for everyone. Lots of choice for grown-ups and a £10 kids’ menu which includes a starter (soup or garlic bread and humous), a choice of mini pub classic mains, a couple of decent puddings and small glass of juice.
Between us we ate soups, salads, garlic breads and humous, burgers, mac and cheeses, ravioli, puddings and cheese boards. There was lots of grown-up chatting. And no groaning because the girls were so happy on the other side of the fence clambering over the play equipment, making friends and occasionally coming out to pet some very cute dogs. Dreamy.
And huge congratulations to the team: The Bull has just been awarded TWO Great British Pub Awards for Best Free House and Best Garden. Very well deserved indeed.
Remember way back at the start of the school holiday when we had the crazy heatwave? I took the girls to the Splashpad in Victoria Park. We got there at 10 and left 10.45. It was unbearable. The heat was too much and it was super crowded. Plus the Little One won’t tolerate being splashed in the face. I mean, the clues in the name, right?
We gave up and headed round the corner to Flinders where we found a calm air conditioned cafe, just the right volume of chilled music, super friendly staff, icy milk shakes, iced lattes and brunch.
💙❄️Flinders, you saved the day! ❄️💙
Flinders is fast becoming one our favourite places to grab snacks and coffees if we’re out and about in Haywards Heath. The kids’ pick and mix breakfast menu is brilliant and I adore their salad bowls. The coffee’s very, very good (as is the sticky chai) and service top notch.
Post House Cafe, Henfield
The new kid on the block, Post House Cafe, is an incredibly stylish cafe on Henfield High Street. It opened a few months ago and blends pleasing aesthetics with old fashioned community spirit.
We went one sunny Sunday afternoon for lunch after a jaunt along the Southdowns Way. It looks quite small when you first go in but don’t let that put you off. There’s loads of space in another room at the back and lots of tables outside in the very pretty garden. If you’re visiting with very little ones, they have plenty of high chairs.
We were impressed with the commitment to supporting local; the menu showcases lots of incredible Sussex produce. There isn’t a separate children’s menu but the girls found plenty of things that they like to eat. The Big One had a perfectly flaky homemade sausage roll and the Little One had a classic cheese and ham sandwich. I ate a massive plate of salad.
The owners are incredibly welcoming and attentive; they gave us a free round of drinks because of a small delay with our food order: such a kind gesture. And whilst we found the cafe to be child-friendly, I’m looking forward to heading back for a coffee on my own now the girls are back at school.
Did you have a great summer holiday? Did you visit any fab foodie and family-friendly spots in Sussex? Share the crème de la crème with me in the comments box below. And don’t forget to follow Sussex Born & Fed on Instagram – you’ll find all our latest news over there 💚