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.
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.
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.
If your forays up to Croydon, like mine, generally revolve around Ikea then feast your eyes on the new draw on the block. Heard of Boxpark in Shoreditch? I visited a while back and it’s a total hipster hangout (not why I was there!) full of pop-up shops and eateries. Well Boxpark 2 had just hit Croydon handily right by East Croydon station so you can even stop off to or from London on some Sussex train routes.
Nope, not a chance of seeing Daniel Craig here – at least not until he reads my review and finds out how good it is. Nothing at all to do with 007 except a little homage in the phone number but it does give you a licence to eat, drink and be merry.
Skyfall celebrated its first birthday this summer. It describes itself as a ‘restaurant and live music lounge’ with performers on Thurs, Fri and Sat evenings and Sun afternoons.
As you pack up your picnic blanket for the year you can still get your fix of waterside dining at these Sussex eateries by sea, river and lake with indoor as well as al fresco views and less danger of seagulls nicking your chips.
Coast Cafe des Artistes, Worthing
This is the only cafe right on Worthing’s beachfront, a short stroll from the pier and Pavilion Theatre, and it’s a cosy grotto-like stone building with a deck area on the pebbles for when the weather’s playing ball.
Republica frontwoman Saffron Sprackling, most famous for nineties hits Ready to Go and Drop Dead Gorgeous is headlining ISFEST at Isfield in East Sussex this weekend – a fundraising event which features ten singers and bands with local connections. Saffron, who grew up in Sussex, spoke to Muddy Stilettos about her favourite places in the county.
My favourite place in the whole world, that inspires me, is Birling Gap on the coast and Cuckmere Haven.
Remember that dramatic scene from the end of The Graduate when Dustin Hoffman bangs on the glass at the top of the church? I had to fight the urge not to recreate it when I stayed over at The Barn at Roundhurst recently.
Just look at this epic lounge/restaurant space with a glass-fronted snug on the mezzanine. It looks like the sort of conversion that gets featured on Grand Designs.
I rarely recommend chains on Muddy, I believe you nearly always get better quality from a good independent. I thought it worth drawing your attention to this new pizza chain however because a) it’s a bit different, with a concept I think kids will love and b) it’s at Brighton Marina where, if you’re visiting for the day, you’ll find pretty much nothing but chains.
MOD Pizza is an American buisness (the same guys behind Seattle Coffee Company) and the new Brighton Marina branch, opened just a couple of weeks ago, is only its second outlet in the UK.
Brighton has more veggie cafes than you can shake a breadstick at but when it comes to restaurants for a full evening meal, old favourites Terre a Terre (a Muddy Awards finalist) and Food for Friends have pretty much got things sewn up.
So when 1847 opened a few months back, very centrally in North Laine on North Road just down from Waggamama, I was keen to check it out.
My husband’s vegetarian (I’m about 70% there myself) but as he’ll scoff pretty much anything meat-free so long as it doesn’t contain cinnamon (the weirdo) we never have much trouble eating out.