I’m thrilled to have been asked to judge the Best Family Dining category at this years Celebration of Sussex Life Awards and have the incredibly onerous task of eating out at three of the best family restaurants in Sussex before deciding on a winner! This year it’s going to be particularly tough as the finalists all sound amazing – The Loft at Sparks Yard in Arundel, Billy’s on the Road in Billingshurst and The Cowdray Farm Shop Cafe in Easebourne, near Midhurst.
We’re just back from a fantastic lunch at The Loft in Arundel, where our youngest son, the grandparents and our dog gave us a proper sense of how family friendly this restaurant really is. Thumbs up all round!
Spicy shrimp in soft tortilla wraps, artichoke tartlet, Californian salad with smoked bacon and grapefruit, watermelon smoothies and a pomegranate g&t(!) got us off to a great start. Lots of options for kids and lots of options for anyone with dietary requirements. All superbly cooked and presented by their creative kitchen team and served by some very happy staff. The owners, Andy and Holly, have set up a thriving restaurant and shop at the heart of the Arundel community and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
Regardless of the outcome, this is a really fantastic family friendly restaurant and well worth a visit if you’re in the area. Best of luck to The Loft at Sparks Yard and see you at the Awards ceremony in September.