The Urban Guide to the Countryside
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Category: Eat Out

Muddy Eats: Asian Feast Night at Limes of Lindfield

23 Mar 2017

If you’re vegetarian, have a meat-free loved-one to treat, or even if you just enjoy trying new food, then I heartily recommend one of the monthly Asian Feast Nights at Limes of Lindfield.

They’ve been on my radar for a while so as my husband is 99% vegetarian (he makes occassional forays into fish) I took him along to one for his birthday in February.

The night is built around an Asian tasting menu – Limes’ head chef/owner Patcharee is from Thailand – and it’s more than vegetarian, it’s actually vegan and gluten free.

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Eastbourne’s new art cafe

14 Mar 2017

When I heard something arty was poised to shake up Eastbourne I had to go and check it out.

The new DC1 gallery and cafe at 67-69 Seaside Road has been opened by the Devonshire Collective, which also has new artists’ workshops in the town. (The name Devonshire comes from the Devonshire Ward in which it’s based). The cafe/gallery a smart modern space with exposed brick and sci fi looking air con units and it will be displaying a rolling programme of exhibitions.

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New city spa and afternoon tea hangout

8 Mar 2017

Brighton’s lovely seafront Harbour Hotel and its Jetty Restaurant have been open a few months now but a couple of new additions have just made it a top place to hang out and enjoy a bit of pampering, even if you’re not staying – namely a spa in a grotto and a colourful afternoon tea.

Unusually, the hotel burrowed into its heritage basement to create its new spa which has some fun, quirky styling.

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Quirky seaside cafe

23 Feb 2017

I think it’s fair to say that Worthing doesn’t have that at-a-glance hipness that parts of Brighton and Hastings have.  There are however definitely pockets of indie cool if you look in the right place. So, next time you’re there turn your back on the usual chains, face the pier, then head left along the seafront and keep on walking.

I’ll draw your attention first to Crabshack which is beckoning me back for a warm evening of alfresco seafront seafood scoffing but today, we’re walking on by to Coast Cafe des Artistes

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The Muddy Guide: What’s On 17 – 23 Feb

14 Feb 2017

Art, eats, beats and other treats and some fun things to book ahead in this week’s Muddy Guide. There’s theatre, exhibitions, a quiz night, dragon dancing and a chance to eat four puddings in one sitting! Don’t forget there are more family-friendly ideas – over 25 in fact – in my Half Term Guide.

Transferences: Sidney Nolan in Britain, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, Sat 18 Feb – 4 Jun

This is a major exhibition marking the centenary of the birth of Australian-born artist Sir Sidney Nolan (1917 – 1992), a leading figure of international 20th century art who experimented with a wide range of materials.

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Fromage-free Valentine ideas

1 Feb 2017

I’m not saying I’m unromantic but I do hate romance by numbers. I once declared that if my other half ever gave me a teddy holding a heart for Valentine’s Day it would be an instant dumping offence. Originality wins the day in my book. (Or happy hour cocktails and getting out before the other couples descend for dinner… I’m a cheap date).

So, if you’d like to ring the changes yourself this year, check out my cheese-free ideas.

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Muddy Eats: Framptons, Tunbridge Wells

26 Jan 2017

When a new cafe bar opened in Tunbridge Wells, launched by some ex-army guys no less, Ali over at Muddy Kent needed little excuse to march on over and check it out. If you live in North East Sussex, looks like you may want to do the same. Over the Ali…

Next time you’re in Tunny Wells you might want to check out Framptons – a cool new Café Bar & Kitchen that opened just last month.

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Muddy Eats: New Caribbean restaurant Bus Stop

25 Jan 2017

Mosey on down to Brighton this weekend and you can make yourself believe you’re in the Caribbean. That’s right. Just spread a towel out on the pebbles and lie there in your sunglasses and your coat…

Okay, okay not the sunshine but you can at least get a bit of the food and bar vibe at a brand new restaurant just off North Laine. Bus Stop opened a couple of weeks ago (next to Bill’s and a few doors down from Wagamama) and when I saw the neon striped bar go in and the words ‘Barbados to Brighton’ on the side I knew I had to give this a go.

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Chic sleeps and Sunday roasts at Rathfinny Wine Estate

3 Jan 2017

Ever keeled over on a settee hugging a bottle of Pinot Noir? No, me neither <cough>. Anyway, here’s a much more sophisticated way to sleep with wine. Rathfinny vineyard perched in the South Downs has some gorgeous cosy-yet-stylish accommodation in the Flint Barns on site. It’s perfect for either a house party, or a rejuvinating break with country walks. You can simply make a day of it if you prefer, building a visit round the regular Sunday roast on offer.

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Funky new Brighton cafe

1 Jan 2017

I’m not saying I’m a jinx but my two favourite Brighton & Hove cafes have closed in the last year. Farm just down from Wagamama did the BEST carrot cake (and believe me I’ve done extensive research) while little Pic-nics up an alley off the Hove seafront was my go-to place for a big breakfast with fluffy scrambled eggs and delish seasoned mushrooms – OK that one’s just changed – now the Hove Beach Cafe, but has lost something of its cute beach hut style.

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