So here we are! Roundup # 2.
It’s been another epic week of eating out and trying lots of lovely Sussex produce. And I’ve had lots more suggestions for next week too. How exciting! 😋
Heartfelt thank yous to everyone who’s pitched in so far.
Lewes Friday Food Market
On the back of last week’s roundup I took the little one to Lewes Friday Food Market. It was an absolute treat. Tucked away on Market Street, it’s a bustling little market selling everything you could possibly want or need: organic veg, local milk, artisan breads, incredible seafood, meat, cakes, savoury pastries and lots of different street food.
Special shout out to Seven Sisters’ Spices who we spent some time chatting to. Chloe sell’s homemade ready meals (total winner – can’t wait to grab some next time), delicious onion bhajis (these were so good and perfect for our dinner with friends on Friday night) and small batch, handed blended spice concoctions in the most beautiful little tins.
Seven Sisters’ Spices at Lewes Friday Food Market
The little one loved being at the market and has asked to go back (YES!). She spent the morning sampling food, choosing bits and bobs to take home and paying the stall holders. She really loved joining in. It’s a great environment to teach kids all sorts of useful skills as well as introducing them to new tastes and foods. Talking of trying, she had her first pretzel from the market on Friday. She loved the soft, fluffy twisty bread with the sea salt “sprinkles”. I was of the impression that we’d share but she somehow managed to eat the lot leaving a small, soggy mouthful for me. Which I enjoyed all the same #mumlife. I didn’t manage to note down the name of the stall, but if anyone can let me know, I’ll add in the details later.
First bite of a pretzel. She loved it.
Sussex Born & Fed Family-Friendly Recommendations
Here are my recommendations for great family-friendly places to take your little ones.
Wickle, Lewes – super cool kids shop in Lewes with a cute as pie coffee shop at the back. Selling an incredible selection of gorgeous wooden toys and sustainable clothing. There are lots of things in the cafe to keep little ones entertained (a toy table, pencils and paper) so that you can enjoy a very decent organic coffee or peppermint tea. It’s small, so no buggies inside but they offer valet buggies parking complete with bike lock. So sensible.
Sussex Mother, Hassocks – great space for meeting up with friends and their kids, or just somewhere to take your own for lunch, coffee / babycino or a slice of cake. Super friendly service. Loads of parking, lovely light space, laid back, brilliant play area for kids. Great locally sourced produce and homemade food too.
Old Dave’s Gourmet Burger Co., Eastbourne – no nonsense casual dining in Eastbourne serving up the best burgers. An impressive use of locally sourced ingredients including Boho Gelato Italian Ice Cream, High Weald Dairy Brighton Blue and Folkington’s Drinks. Great kids’ menu; great value for money. If you visit, make sure your order a side of pad thai fries. To. Die. For.
Washbrooks Family Farm, Hurstpierpoint – our favourite local family farm just a stones’ throw from where we live. Lots of amazing play equipment for kids, animals, tractor rides, indoor soft play, loads of cool ride-ons and bikes and a cosy tea room serving lots of delicious homemade food. The mac and cheese is stuff of local legend round here.
Recommendations from Sussex Mums
Here’s a list of places we haven’t tried, with some familiar names popping up again from last week. Special thanks to Janine Exall who’s recently moved to Burgess Hill from Brighton and came up trumps with no less than 5 fab Mid-Sussex recommendations (none of which I’ve been to), including:
And from the other mum’s
Another shout out for Sussex Mother
Treetops Cafe in Haywards Heath
Wayfield Park Farm Shop in Pyecombe
Cj’s Family Cafe in Crawley
Al Duomo Italian Restaurant in Brighton
And for those with older, curry loving kids… Tamasha Lindfield
A special shout out for the most wonderful sounding, inclusive cafe, Jigsaws Cafe on Seaside Road, Eastbourne
Jigsaws Cafe, Seaside Road, Eastbourne – super friendly and accommodating for those with disabilities, autism and learning difficulties. Helpful, kind staff. No loud music or loud kitchen equipment. Closed off quiet room and small sensory room. Packet checking menu for those with special dietary requirements.
Thanks to all the lovely mums who helped suggest a brilliant selection of new places to try with kids around Sussex ❤️.
The Parent Hood Six at 6pm Rundown
Here’s a list of Lotte, Pie and Jess’ favourites.
Bookham Harrison Farms Ltd (more Sussex Charmer fans!)
New tastes we’ve explored and enjoyed this week from Sussex producers
Seven Sisters’ Spices Pistachio Dukkah – aromatic, beautiful and very delicious. I sprinkled this liberally over a polenta cake. It looked and tasted amazing.
High Weald Dairy Brighton Blue – award winning blue cheese of dreams. A little bit erotic if you’re a fan of cheese… 🧀 this was on the cheese board at Isaac At and has completely rekindled my love of all cheese, blue in particular.
I swung by Florence Road Market on Saturday to pick up my special order of Holy Hygge and came away with quite the haul of tasty bounty from Al The Pieman, Perfectly Preserved and Fu.Fighters.
Al The Pieman Limited Heavenly pies and a total easy Sunday dinner win (just add local organic carrots, olive oil mash and Folkington’s Drinks pink lemonade for a lazy but completely delicious Sussex Sunday supper. Every plate was left clean, which is rare in our house (unless it’s pudding). Al, you’re my teatime hero! We loved your pies and will be back for more!
Al’s pies served with local veg and juice for a super easy Sunday dinner
Katie’s Nuttery Holy Hygge – damn! It’s tasty! I’ve found myself dipping a spoon in when making tea, just because 🤤🐷
Perfectly Preserved Blood Orange Marmalade and Salted Caramel Sauce – O.M.G. the caramel sauce 🤤 so good, one spoonful left me speechless and rummaging around in my handbag for cash… And the marmalade is divine too. I’d highly recommend all of Jaki’s preserves – she’s one very talented lady.
Fu Fighters Burmese Chickpea Tofu – versatile and delicious vegan protein. Perfect for warm vegan salads.
From Rosemary and Pork Belly who visited Leonardslee Gardens for a super pretty afternoon tea last week. Read more about their visit on their blog: https://rosemaryandporkbelly.co.uk/afternoon-tea-leonardslee/
Afternoon tea is always tricky for my other half (he has a milk allergy). We went for a few afternoon teas last year and each time there was nothing for him to eat. Everything on every delicate plate had lashing of milk, butter or cream in or on it. So, when I asked Rosemary & Porkbelly (follow them, by the way, they’re hilarious!) if the vegan afternoon tea at Leonardslee was any good, I was delighted to get this response:
Definite win, each delicate, non-dairy alternative was a delight in its own right. My chocolate tartlet was as delectable as Pork Belly’s ice-cream battenberg, our macarons matched, my plate of #vegan pastries was as exquisite as his.
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! Why not let me know all about your family’s favourite restaurant, cafe, shop, pub or food in Sussex. You can post a message on my wall, send me a photo of some delicious food, use the hashtag #LoveSussexFood in your own posts, DM me… Go on, you know you want to!
We #LoveSussexFood, do you?