Devil’s Dyke and The Ginger Fox

Devil’s Dyke and The Ginger Fox

For the almost year that I have lived in Brighton, I’m a little ashamed to say I’d never visited Devil’s Dyke, a sprawling valley of beauty right on the doorstep of Brighton. So today, my boyfriend and I decided to take a drive up to the valley for a wander; I also happened to be aware that The Ginger Fox was not too far away and began to dream of Sunday roasts.

Distant views of Brighton, Hove and Southwick seafronts.
Distant views of Brighton, Hove and Southwick seafronts.
Devil's Dyke Valley
Devil’s Dyke Valley

Unfortunately for us, not long after we arrived the wind had picked up considerably and it clouded over – we’re not exactly practical walkers so it didn’t take long until we were freezing and I’d already floated the idea of a roast to my boyfriend, so maybe it wasn’t so unfortunate after all. We hastily called them to book a table and made our way over to The Ginger Fox.

Nestled in rural Hassocks, The Ginger Fox is a pub/restaurant and part of the renowned Gingerman Group with a generous beer garden and play area. It’s easy to see why this place is so popular with families and groups of all ages, and the interior is just as welcoming as the first impression.

Upstairs dining room
Upstairs dining room

I’m often quite disappointed by pub roasts, the limp watery vegetables and heavy, bloated feeling you’re left with afterwards. Don’t even get me started on inedible crackling! I went for the roast pork belly, which comes with stuffing, crackling, apple sauce, pork gravy and vegetables. Score! 😍 Melt in the mouth pork, crunchy and flavoursome vegetables and crispy, but perfectly satisfying crackling. My only criticism is that there just wasn’t quite enough of it, but it left more than a “gotta squeeze it in here somewhere” amount of room for dessert.

Roast belly of pork, stuffing, crackling, apple sauce and pork gravy, £14.50.
Roast belly of pork, stuffing, crackling, apple sauce and pork gravy, £14.50.
Lemon tart with raspberry sorbet and hazelnut tuille, £7.50.
Lemon tart with raspberry sorbet and hazelnut tuille, £7.50.
 Valhrona Chocolate and Mint: mousse, cake, mint ganache, ice cream and bitter chocolate crumb, £8.50

Valhrona Chocolate and Mint: mousse, cake, mint ganache, ice cream and bitter chocolate crumb, £8.50

Anyone who’s met my boyfriend will know he never wants dessert, which often leaves me sulking and still completely baffles me, but this dessert menu dares you to try and say no. Prices are a little steep here for the minimalism, but in my opinion it was worth it as both were delicious.

So, how does The Ginger Fox rate as a third place? For enjoying food and drink in a relaxed setting without being rushed through your meal, it’s great and I’d definitely recommend if you’re in the area. Something I did notice though, was the lack of atmosphere whilst sat upstairs. In between general chatter and eating, it became obvious that something was missing and we realised there was no music playing. I can’t imagine it being a problem downstairs as the hustle and bustle creates an atmosphere in itself, but upstairs felt slightly cold and paused so if you can, try and get a table downstairs. As a social meeting place it’s lovely, there were already people drinking outside and children running around on the grass, so you can imagine what the place will be like as the temperature gets warmer.

The Ginger Fox is definitely somewhere that we’ll visit again and be keen to take friends from out of town in the warmer months; so far I’m impressed by what I’ve seen of the Gingerman group, and look forward to visiting their other establishments!

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