Check out the exciting new places to wine, dine and more coming up in Sussex
Eating, drinking and being pampered are some of our favourite pastimes, natch, and there are plenty of exciting new places to do these things and more coming up across Sussex.
We’re used to some high profile movin’ and shakin’ going on in Brighton’s foodie scene, so it’s particularly exciting to see some of the latest crop of top eatery openings are happening outside the city.
Cooking up a storm in Cuckfield
Johnny Stanford formerly of Jodie Kidd’s pub the Half Moon at Kirdford and Brighton restaurant Pascere, is behind No.1 Broad Street a ‘relaxed fine dining’ restaurant coming to the village of Cuckfield, near Haywards Heath at the end of this month. Beautiful plates of modern European food are promised and a newly-released menu has mains at £17.50 to £22, including trenchmore beef sirloin, silver skin onions, braised beef shin, wye valley asparagus and watercress puree. It opens on 26 March and bookings are already being taken.
Masterchef winner picks Worthing
Here’s something for those doubters who still don’t believe me when I say Worthing is getting cool (I’m looking at you Mr Muddy). 2018 Masterchef winner Kenny Tutt has chosen his home town to open a restaurant and cookery school. To be called PITCH (in shouty capitals apparently), it will celebrate locally sourced produce with a menu incorporating inspiration from childhood memories, while a bar will serve up wine and cocktails. It’s due to open on Warwick Street in May (booking opens April 26) and a cookery school will come later on an upper floor. Not a bad career switch for someone who was a bank manager a year ago.
Countryside venture for Matt Gillan
When Matt Gillan (formerly of Brighton’s Red Roaster/Pike & Pine and Horsham’s South Lodge) asked for crowdfunding to transform the Chequers pub in Slaugham, near Crawley into his own ‘restaurant with rooms’ called Heritage he smashed his £60,000 target within six days. The once well-loved five bedroom pub has been closed for two years. The chef, who helped earn The Pass at South Lodge a Michelin star, said he wanted to take on ‘somewhere in the countryside, with bedrooms, a beautiful view and heaps of potential’ to create a people-focused destination restaurant. A tasting menu will be among options. You can still join the crowdfunding up to 10 March for rewards including a cooking masterclass and your name on a wall. The venture looks to be opening in Summer.
New Gingerman set for April
The Gingerman Group’s hotly anticipated newbie is due to open in April in the Lanes at the back of the former Hanningtons department store. It will be a two storey restaurant with 50 covers and a small plates style of menu that has become so popular in Brighton. You’ll even be able to wine and dine on a rooftop terrace. So after Gingerman, Ginger Fox, Ginger Dog and Ginger Pig, what next? Ginger Horse? Actually it will be called Flint House on account of its cladding.
Major new day spa
A new stand alone destination spa, which also includes a healthy-slanted restaurant, has just launched at Horsham’s South Lodge. The extensive spa has fabulous countryside views that can be enjoyed from a sun deck. A state of the art gym, double treatment rooms and an aromatherapy steam room are among features but put that bikini down until you’ve checked out the sign up packages because it’s full access for members only until later in the year. Non members can meanwhile visit the new Ridgeview Beauty Bar to get their nails done with fizz on hand and the hipster-style barber – run by Horsham’s Grizzly’s. The restaurant, Botanica, is also open to the public for brunch, lunch and afternoon treats daily, and for evening dining at weekends. The menu includes vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options.
Vineyard visitor venture
Wiston Estate, host to last year’s Muddy Award winners’ drinks, has gained permission to add a swanky new visitor centre and visitors accommodation. Some existing buildings at the site at North Farm at Washington in West Sussex are already being demolished and the new winery should open next year. A restored flint barn will house a bar and tasting room, helping the vineyard host more tours and other public and corporate events. The site will also double production of its sparkling wine to around 250,000 bottles a year.
Brews news for Arundel and Worthing
A joint venture between Arundel Brewery and Edgcumbes Coffee is creating The Brewhouse Project on the site of Crossbush farmshop on the edge of Arundel, serving both beer and coffee fans. A mid April opening is planned and social media pictures reveal an industrial look with coffee sack cushions.
Elsewhere in West Sussex The Brewhouse and Kitchen chain, which already has an Horsham incarnation, will be opening ‘soon’ in Worthing. In the former Beechwood Hall Hotel, the site will be the micro brewery’s first to include accomodation aswell as a restaurant.
Antiques Roadshow in town
Raid the attic and practice your poker face for when you learn your family heirloom isn’t worth thousands – yes, Antiques Roadshow is back in Sussex. Fiona Bruce and the experts will film at Battle Abbey on Tues 9 July. It was last in the area in 2003. You can simply turn up on the day, or you can share the story of anything you are bringing in advance via the website.