#LoveSussexFood No.1: 26/2/2019 – 5/3/2019

Last week I launched Sussex Born & Fed’s new campaign #LoveSussexFood.

Since starting the blog and Facebook page in December I’ve been thinking and making lists of our favourite places to eat in Sussex with and without the kids, researching new places, and asking friends for recommendations. Finding child-friendly cafes and restaurants in Sussex is pretty much limited to TripAdvisor searches, Restaurants Brighton child-friendly page, the odd mention of somewhere in various local magazines, keeping an eye on the various restaurant awards that have a dedicated family-friendly category and of course, word of mouth. I’ve yet to find a concise “where to eat” for families in Sussex. Hence, Sussex Born & Fed.

However, Sussex Born & Fed has led to a pretty strong sense of FOMO about where to eat out. I kinda feel that we’ve missed some really great places through sticking to the tried and tested with our kids. But how will we get around everywhere. And if we eat there are we missing out on somewhere better?

I’ll be honest, there’s a lot more to Sussex food than initially meets the eye. I may have underestimated just how many amazing places there are to eat and buy delicious Sussex produce. Oh yeah, we’re everything Sussex so we’ve been working our way around farm shops, farmers markets and well, everything Sussex food too. It’s been a deliciously busy time 😋.

Last week I asked for your help. It struck me that by working together we could shout out our Sussex favourites to celebrate all of our wonderful local and independent businesses. And I could make a great resource for everyone who’s interested in family-eating in Sussex (you don’t have to be a parent to join us on our journey). I’m ignoring the chains, because I believe in supporting local. It’s not an easy ride for lots of small businesses and farmers at the moment. I’m a firm supporter of the local economy for lots of boring reasons. We’ll leave politics to the side for now. Isn’t it rude to talk politics at the table? Let’s focus on the celebrating and the eating.

Every week from now on, I’ll collate all posts with the hashtag #LoveSussexFood and publish them on Facebook Notes and the blog. I’ll add in a Sussex Born & Fed Recommends list too. Come here to browse, to find out where to go, and to look for new suggestions. And join in! We really do need your help. It’s an open resource for everyone. I’m not going to get round all of these on my own any time soon, but I’m planning to try to make it out to some of the suggestions as they come in. FOMO no more!

Here’s the first of the round-ups. I hope it’s the first of many.

Can you lend a hand? Why not think of your family’s favourite restaurant, cafe, shop, food or pub in Sussex and shout them out using the #LoveSussexFood hashtag. Do you have a photo or a recipe you’d like to share? Send it over… Don’t be shy!

We #LoveSussexFood, do you?

Last week I took part in a Tweet Chat with loads of other Sussex businesses. If you want to join in it’s every Thursday at 8.30pm. Just look for Sussex Hour on Twitter or click on this link: https://twitter.com/SussexHourUK. It’s a really fun and friendly online networking event. And it’s where we had our very first shout out using the #LoveSussexFood hashtag.

The Very First #LoveSussexFood Tag….

….from Lewes-based business Captiv8 https://www.captiv8uk.co.uk was

Bun + Bean, Lewes. Not forgetting the new sister cafe at Soul Fit too. This cafe looks amazing. I can’t wait to head over to Lewes to try it out. The cafe at Soul Fit looks awesome. I love their commitment to holistic wellbeing and let’s be honest who isn’t sold on delicious kombucha and Buddha bowls? Here’s a little bit more about Bun + Bean.

Bun + Bean is an independent veggie burger and speciality coffee shop in Lewes.

Our passion is making delicious fresh food and drink to make you feel good. Our veggie burgers and naturally sweet cakes are all hand-made in the café using fresh ingredients that are locally sourced wherever possible.

Sussex Born & Fed Recommends

Family Friendly Mid Sussex

The Nutmeg Tree Ditchling – for a super cosy, charming tea room with incredible service and lots of yummy treats for all the family.

The Bull Inn Henfield – a great country pub for families. Incredible play area and beautiful pub garden out the back. Crowd pleasing food options, with yummy stone baked pizzas. There’s a skittles alley too, which can be booked for £15 / hour. You can read all about it in our review or watch us having lunch in our Sussex Born & Fed Eats video in the video section on the Sussex Born & Fed Facebook page.

The Bull, Ditchling – gastro pub lunch of dreams. Take all of the family for brunch or lunch (make sure you sign up to their newsletter as they do some great offers from time to time). Or save it for a date night. If you feel like going the extra mile, book one of their gorgeous luxury hotel rooms and have a well deserved night off.

The Ginger Fox – gastronomic family roasts in a super cool country gastro pub. The garden is great for little kids and the food is sensational. A treat for all the family. This is another great date night option, one of our favourites, especially if you are in one of the surrounding mid-Sussex villages (Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks, Ditchling, Henfield, Poynings etc). You can read all about it in our review or watch us having lunch in our Sussex Born & Fed Eats video in the video section on the Sussex Born & Fed Facebook page.

Becca Recommends

Becca is a good friend of mine. She’s a font of local restaurant and pub suggestions… her recommendations are always 👌🏻

I haven’t been to any of these but can’t wait to try them out. Becca, as always, thank you for the fab shout outs and local knowledge 🤩

Shepherd & Dog, Fulking – lovely in summer thanks to a little stream that runs through the garden that the kids love playing in.

The Royal Oak, Poynings – has the most amazing huge wooden pirate ship in the garden.

Both do great food with lovely kids’ menus.

The Griffin Inn, Fletching – is stunning. We had lunch there last year for my birthday and sat in the outside courtyard which is so pretty. We also went a few years back, while camping round there and sat in the HUGE garden where they have a BBQ in summer – Sunday heaven.

Ooh, that’s a second recommendation for The Griffin. Nick Hempleman (founder of The Sussex Produce Company) also recommended The Griffin Inn in his Six at 6pm back in January.This is definitely on my list of pubs to try on a sunny afternoon. Why not check out Nick’s other recommendations?

#LoveSussexFood recommendation from Mestó Olive Oil…

I asked for some tips for bread making on Twitter last week and the fab Mestó Olive recommended…

Have a look @Emsbread (books are great & easy to follow) who also runs brilliant bread courses with @CommunityChef1 in Lewes

Emmanuel is a baker, teacher & author of How to Make Bread, a must have book for the home baker. He lives with his family in Hastings and can be found on Twitter https://twitter.com/Emsbread

Lewes Friday Food Market were quick off the mark with their #LoveSussexFood shout out for all of their incredible Friday stall holders. Hello everyone!

We didn’t make it to the market last week but I’m hoping to make it this week. Let me know if you’ve been to Lewes Friday Market and shout out YOUR favourite. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #LoveSussexFood.

That’s it from our #LoveSussexFood round-up this week. We’ll be back next week with a whole bunch of new suggestions. And don’t forget that we need your help!

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