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Cheap Dates in Brighton | Mile Oak Farm

So far in this series we’ve only been on dinner and drinks dates, and to be honest that’s kind of not representative of how me and Tom (the actual person I go on actual dates with) generally spend our time. This week, I’ve got a (very) cheap date for you in our favourite category: gallivanting around. This date is so cheap that it’s free – if you walk, that is – if not it’ll cost you bus fare or however much petrol you use to drive over. If you head over to their website you can find out more about the best way for you to get to Mile Oak Farm, but for us it’s a 10 minute walk from Tom’s place or a 20 minute jaunt on the 1 or 1a bus from my end of town.   On your way in (if you’re lucky) you’ll be greeted by a couple of friendly donkeys. An enormous and slightly obnoxious turkey, loads of chickens and ducks, a couple of geese, a very affectionate goat and …

Great Taste Awards 2014: Words From the Winners

Welcome to the second interview in my series on local Great Taste Award 2014 winners! Last month you heard from Ouse Valley Foods founder Julian Warrender on her glorious preserves, the star of this month’s post is.. Barties Sussex Faire I spoke to John Barteltt, owner of Barties Sussex Faire.. Which of your products won Great Taste Awards? 2012 – Spicy Pineapple Chutney & Serious Chilli Chutney 2013 – Chilli Jam, Spiced Aubergine Chutney, Blackcurrant, Cassis & Vanilla Jam 2014 – Apricot & Armagnac Jam What do you think sets them apart from the rest?  In a word – real honest flavour. They all have good depth and a richness which develops on the tongue. The chutneys are very flexible and can be used with many different foods to enhance the dish. The jams are first and foremost – fruit – full-on and fresh tasting. Have you always been in the food industry? This is my second career – my first was nothing to do with food but the recession gave me an opportunity at …

Sunday Lunch at Pelham House (Review)

I’ve not been to Lewes since I went to college there three years ago, and when I stepped off the bus this afternoon I scolded myself for leaving it so long to return. The air is cleaner and the people are fewer. I was there for a celebratory lunch at Pelham House, recommended to me by my good foodie friend over at Blackman Bee Farm. After one or two wrong turns, we tottered down St. Andrews Lane and turned the corner to find a promising view. The quaint exterior of Pelham House is a mere hint at the secret garden-esque world we were about to find inside. We were greeted warmly (and sympathetically, I had to double check that I’d come through the right door) by a very helpful gentleman who confirmed our booking and led us to our table. I’m not ashamed to say that I gasped, I don’t get out to beautiful places much and I’m easily pleased, but the terrace at Pelham House is breathtaking – my lazy photography does it no justice. It …