#LoveSussexFood Roundup No. 3 12/3/2019 – 19/3/2019

Welcome to Roundup No.3. And what another awesome week it’s been.

We’ve had lots of fun trying out some of your suggestions. I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying exploring the food right here on our doorstep in Sussex.

Fab Haywards Heath & Lindfield Recommendations from Facebook Group New Haywards Heath Gossip

Thanks to everyone who pitched in with their suggestions. I haven’t been to any of the places suggested. Well, not recently, I may have been to Orange Square a long time ago for after work’s drinks, but let’s keep that between you and me 😉

I’ve had a look at the suggestions online to plan my trip over to Lindfield – talk about spoilt for choice. I think I’m going to have to add in a separate trip to Haywards Heath to squeeze in all of the suggestions as there are some very awesome looking places.

Lindfield Coffee Works – I’ve had at least 10 million recommendations, so this is top of my list. As is the next venue…

Slake – a stylish cafe worth visiting sans enfants for some lovely grown-up downtime.

Tory’s Café in the Park – “look at the photos of food on their Facebook page” someone instructed. It does indeed look awesome. Perhaps if the weather holds I’ll take the little one for a romp around the Vicky Park later this week.

Flinders Coffee – super toddler friendly coffee shop with great food. I’ve been told they make a mean sticky chai (a personal favourite!) How exciting!

Orange Square Bar – great for breakfast but as it’s a bar, adults only.

The Bay Tree – http://www.the-bay-tree.co.uk – a lovely little cafe serving lots of homemade food in the Orchards.

The Barcombe Tea Rooms – great for tea and cake.

UpCountry Garden Centre – sounds great for little ones as there are things to climb and ride on. This was recommended several times over too. It looks like a great place to visit at the weekend with all the family.

The Farmers Freehouse – this sounds like the perfect destination for families. Especially on sunny days when they have an ice cream shack. Please don’t tell my children until the sun comes out, we’ll never hear the end of it!

Sarah from Kale & Cake Nutrition’s Six at 6pm Rundown

Here’s a list of Sarah’s favourites:

The Green Welly, Ditchling

The Bull, Ditchling

The Jolly Sportsman, East Chiltington

Harvey’s Brewery

Katie’s Nuttery Holy Hygge gets another chocolate covered thumbs up!

Thanks for joining us last week, Sarah.

Sussex Born & Fed Family-Friendly Recommendations

Tree House Soft Play Cafe – a super cute softplay cafe which is perfect for little pre-schoolers. I’d actually forgotten about The Tree House. I used to bring my two when it was JJs and they were teeny tiny. Friday’s trip made me all nostalgic for new born head sniffs and small toddler clambering. There’s a lovely little soft play area, with a tiny ball pool and little slide which are perfect for babies to crawl around and explore; the climbing area at the back is fun for bigger toddlers. The Little One turns 4 in a couple of weeks; she’ll be too big to come here soon. But she had a really fun time on Friday despite being one of the biggest girls. She especially enjoyed the soft rocking pig.

The food here is much better than your average soft play centre. I had a really delicious bowl of vegan cauliflower and spinach soup; the Little One had half a jacket potato with cheese and beans. We shared but didn’t manage to finish a huge wedge of Jaffa Cake cake, not homemade, but we’ll let them off as it was a seriously sugary gooey treat on a Friday afternoon.

Half a jacket potato with little pots of cheese and beans. Perfect size for little tummies.

Jumpin Inflatable Fun – you may have seen my short write up about Jumpin in last week’s things to do in Burgess Hill. It’s so much fun! We had the best time. This is perfect for all ages. They have an under 5s area in the main arena plus soft play for under 5s in the cafe. There’s loads for bigger kids to do. My two had a blast as did me and my Dad. The cafe serves jackets and stonebaked pizzas (which are good) plus hot drinks and all the usual junk food you’d expect (chocolate, ice lollies, sweets – you know the score).

JumpIn. Seriously good fun for everyone.

Yummy stone baked pizzas. Just the thing for after a massive bouncing session.

Shepherd & Dog, Fulkingafter all the rave reviews, we had to try it out. The Sussex Born & Fed Eat At video is coming tomorrow. We had a really nice meal on Saturday evening. I do think it’s the sort of place that would be better on a warm sunny day. The garden is beautiful and the girls would have the best time ever paddling in the stream and running around in the garden. It’s in such an idyllic setting. When we arrived at the pub there were loads of kids around, so we didn’t feel as if we were imposing. It’s a really charming, cosy pub; it’s everything a country pub should be. The draw back when you’ve got kids? We were quite up close with neighbouring tables. We booked at 6pm and as the evening went on, we felt that our tired children were in danger of irritating grown-up neighbours… The food for the grown-ups was amazing; the husband declared the triple cooked chips the best he’d ever had. I loved my cauliflower steak and salad too. Unfortunately, the girls weren’t so keen on their meatballs, which was a shame. There were a couple of other options on the kids menu, so we’ll know to order them something different next time.

Wagu burger and “The Best” triple cooked chips

Wayfield Park Farm Shop – we popped in for a quick lunch last week as The Husband was working from home. The food was great. Really yummy home made lunches, very generous portions and a huge selection of yummy cakes on the counter too. It’s extremely dog and child-friendly (although the fun tractor with huge “do not sit on here” sign might pose a problem to parents with tractor obsessed toddlers – I know we would have had a melt down a couple of years ago). There’s some play equipment outside and loads of free parking, making this an easy one for families. Love that it’s both a farm shop and cafe. The shop stocks a wide selection of amazing Sussex produce.

Welsh Rarebit with chutney, salad and crisps.

Lovely Sussex cafe in an equally charming farm shop

And finally from Kathryn Burrington, Sussex based blogger (Travel with Kat)

Kat is from Sussex and runs not one but two incredible blogs, Travel with Kat and Sussex Bloggers. She definitely knows a thing or two about food in Sussex!

My favourite roast though has to be The George at Eartham in West Sussex and can I put in a word for Trollburger under the arches beneath Brighton Station, the best organic burger there is! But you’ll need to know when to look to find them there.

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?