Devised and run by three brothers – a chef, a restaurateur and a farmer – The Shed (formerly Italian The Ark) packs all sorts of cheery locals into its convivial bar and long, colourful dining room. The decor mixes the urbane and the rustic with an arch eye for detail – think wines from the family vineyard in West Sussex served from a bar fashioned out of a tractor bonnet, wooden tabletops balanced on recycled tin barrels, and a loo that pairs childlike tractor wallpaper with posh soap. Dishes on the daily menu are tapas-sized (although robustly priced), with as much produce as possible sourced from the owners' farm. Top shouts include tender grilled lamb leg with a carapace of crisp fat and a splodge of flavoursome chestnut pesto; miniature baked pumpkin with a creamy almond, leek and garlic filling, and bracingly fresh gurnard with tender cockles and zesty sea purslane – all brought by friendly staff.
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