The Blog: A Year On
Did you know that Sussex Born & Fed is nearly ONE? Where did that time go?
The blog’s evolved quite a lot since I set it up.
In the beginning, Sussex Born & Fed celebrated everything to do with food in Sussex; my aim was to take you with us on a family-friendly gastronomic journey across Sussex. Starting from my home in Hurstpierpoint. From kitchen table to the edges of the county. Sussex food for everyone.
Over the year, I’ve launched a hashtag; spoken to lots of amazing Sussex personalities about their faves; found some great new places on readers’ recommendations; and written several family-friendly guides, showing you where you can take your kids to eat without having to make any grown-up compromises.
I launched the #LoveSussexFood hashtag in February and posted weekly #LoveSussexFood Round-Ups where I shared the great places we’d eaten, the Sussex produce we’d tried, the markets we’d visited and I invited you all to join in and shout out your faves too. It was a glorious celebration of all things Sussex food and drink.
Six At Six
I’m super proud of this feature, which is an incredibly rich resource of top places to go and fab Sussex foods and drinks to try. And from people who really know what they’re talking about too.
If you haven’t had a chance to read, there’s a link to each interview below.
I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who’s contributed to this feature ❤️
Steven Edwards from etch.
Lucy Tutt from Pitch
Gemma a.k.a Mutha.Hood
Sussex Bloggers, Kathryn & Suzanne
Debbie from Muddy Stilettos Sussex
Owner of Perfectly Preserved, Jaki
Sarah from Kale & Cake Nutrition
Lotte, Pie & Jess founders of the Parenthood
Sarah, owner of Cocoa Loco
Krisi, founder of Bird & Blend
Charlotte, founder of Charlotte’s Cupboard
Nick, owner of The Sussex Produce Company
The Big Summer Break
In May, I took a big break away from the blog. It wasn’t an easy decision. But it was the final stretch of having a pre-schooler at home after 6 fun filled (and sleep deprived) years and I wanted to savour every minute of those last few weeks with the Little One at home.
By September, with both of the girls at school, it felt like time to get cracking with the blog again, but with more focus. I did some digging around in the blog’s stats and had a little experiment with a new direction. And according to my data (🤓), there’s a lot of love for the new style blog: October was the most successful month yet. Happy Dance.
AU REVOIR, #LOVESUSSEXFOOD
So, after all this time to think and re-think, I’m going to be writing less about everything Sussex food. Frankly it’s such a massive topic to cover and there are only so many hours in the day! Plus I just feel I can’t do it justice.
Don’t get me wrong, I still #LoveSussexFood. And we’re super lucky down here with what’s on offer. Big respect to all the local shops and producers. I won’t stop supporting local and visiting farm shops and markets. I just won’t be at every single one, every single week!
With this fresh new chapter about to start, expect more guides, more interviews, more reviews, news and opinions about eating out with children (and a smattering of date nights too).
A very exciting new page will be appearing on the blog in the next few weeks.
Sussex Born & Fed Gold is coming!
Sussex Born & Fed Gold will be your ultimate guide to eating out with kids in Brighton & Sussex.
And I’d love you all to join in once more. Use the hashtag #SussexGold🏅in social media posts where you and your family have had a topnotch experience. Any super popular places will be considered for the Sussex Born & Fed Gold Readers Award in the Guide.
Which takes me on to my next piece of news…
Oh hey, chain restaurants
I’ve toyed with reviewing some of the better chains around for a while. There are places we genuinely enjoy eating in, that are super family-friendly and I’ve felt really torn about ignoring them for the sake of staying true to Sussex based businesses.
So, with the launch of Sussex Born & Fed Gold, chain restaurants worthy of a mention will be included in the guide. I might even start a little indie versus chain feature, watch this space!
And finally thanks for being here! I hope you enjoy reading the blog as much as I enjoy creating it.
What has your favourite feature on the blog been? How was your half term? Did you eat out any where cool with the kids during the holiday? Leave me a note in the comments or come say hi over on social.
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