Welcome back to Six at 6pm. It’s been a whopping 4 months since the last 6 @ 6 with Steven Edwards from etch. But this week it’s back. And with a big old bang. I’m delighted to have Debbie from Muddy Sussex on the blog sharing her treasure trove of Sussex faves.
Hellooo Debbie! You’re the Editor of Muddy Sussex our very own branch of Muddy Stilettos: The Urban Guide to the Countryside here in Sussex. When I think about your site and social media posts, the first word that comes to mind is: oracle. You’re by far one of the most comprehensive go-tos for looking at all the great things going on around the county. Thanks for being here and for your wonderful resource too ❤️
So, let’s all settle down, get comfy and hear your top notch Sussex faves.
1. Sussex food or drink that makes you go 😋?
Good quality chocolate from Montezummas (especially the lime and sea salt bars) and Noble and Stace. I went on one of Noble and Stace’s chocolate making workshops recently and even my wobbly efforts tasted divine!
Jamedu’s Brazilian honey cakes covered in dark chocolate – wow! They’re based in Worthing and the cakes are available online and at local markets.
Brighton Blue cheese (similar to stilton) is a savoury fave. I also usually have a bottle of Hastings lemon ketchup on the go. It’s not really ketchup, it’s more like a dressing, so I use it on salads and in fish finger sandwiches!
2. Favourite place to go for coffee in Sussex?
So many! (though make mine an Earl Grey tea with carrot cake).
I’m most often out and about in Brighton and I do like somewhere a bit quirky so The Marwood is a favourite with all its crazy decor like Star Wars memorabilia strung from the ceiling and Ricky Astley lyrics chalked up the stairs and all the subversive signs (best visit solo to check it out before taking kids who can read!) They also have very rich brownies.
I loved Cafe Plenty in Brighton too (great range of food, cool urban decor and curry nights) when it was at Preston Circus but it’s moved to the other side of town and I’ve yet to check out its new incarnation.
On a miserable day nothing beats a pancake stack at Nowhere Man, which is decorated like a 1970s front room.
I often cycle along the coast where my favourite pitstops are The Perch at Lancing, The Yellowave volleyball cafe on Madeira Drive, Brighton for a veggie sausage roll (also great place for young kids with a sandpit and plenty going on) and the little tea hut under the cliff on the way to Rottingdean which has fab cake and is a nice sun-trap, even sometimes in winter.
Outside of Brighton I was at The Edge Cafe near Arundel recently which won Best Cafe in our Muddy awards this year. It’s part of Edgecumbes so you can get top coffee but I was pleased to discover they also make a good range of teas. There’s a courtyard for sunny weather with wheelbarrows full of flowers.
I recently discovered The Wildflour Cafe right on the South Downs way at Poynings next to Saddlescombe Farm and can’t wait to go back for brunch.
3. Favourite pub for a Sunday roast?
It’s not actually a pub but I really rate the roasts at The Perch in Lancing. It’s right on the beach and they do the roasts from 4-7pm Sundays rather than lunchtime. They do an epic sharing roast with a bit of everything that even floored my carnivorous brother and sister-in-law and there’s a decent veggie version too, a nice lentil wellington.
4. Favourite tipple?
Brighton Gin, served with a slice of orange. There’s also a nice foraged Hedgerow Gin from Slake in Shoreham-by-Sea. I’m not really a fizz fan, which is a shame with so many great Sussex wineries producing sparkling wine, but Bolney also has a Pinot Noir I like.
5. Favourite Sussex dish or Sussex-inspired recipe?
I love the sound of Sussex smokies – creamy, cheesy haddock pots. I’m not sure I’ve had an authentic version but it’s on the menu at Crabshack in Worthing so I’ll have to try it there.
6. Banoffee Pie or Sussex Pond Pudding?
Hmmm…Banoffee pie is too sweet for me but I do love banana so I’d have to say a small slither of banoffee pie. I’ve never actually had Pond Pudding but it looks just the thing for winter.
Wow, wow, wow! What an incredible round-up. So many top mentions alongside some totally new ones (to me at least). The Brazilian cakes sound insanely good and a very timely reminder to get over to the Perch for a roast now the weather’s turned...
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