Restaurant of the Month: The Oak Barn, West Sussex
The Oak Barn is a family run business that has been open since May 2000. An original 250 year old barn which has been lovingly restored using old oak beams, many of which were salvaged from the great wooden ships of Nelson’s day. The restaurant boasts oak floors, old Sussex sandstone, several authentic wagon wheel chandeliers, an inglenook fireplace & an upstairs gallery overlooking the main restaurant. Serving good quality home cooked British food. Using ingredients from the Sussex area including fish from Newhaven, vegetables from Hassocks and meat from the local town butcher.
We caught up with Mark Collins who runs the restaurant.
Why do you do what you do?
Passionate about getting the food and service right at all times.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Everything, especially the different challenges you see everyday.
What do you enjoy least about your job?
Having to pay the bills!
What achievement for the restaurant are you most proud of?
Being the No1 restaurant in the area on trip advisor for the last 2 and half years and seeing the customers keep coming back.
Do you use British produce?
What do you think is best about using British Produce?
The freshness & variety available through the seasons.
Why should people buy British?
It is important to support the British farmers and the British food industry. I know from our local butcher the meat we produce in this country is produced to some of the highest standards in the world.
What is your most popular dish?
Beef & Guinness Suet Pudding - your nan's cooking at its best.