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New Chichester boutique hotel

A really classy new boutique hotel has opened in a beautifully restored townhouse in Chichester. East Walls is on a quiet street yet just a minute or two’s stroll from the shops, cathedral and theatre. Muddy’s had a peek already, all the rooms have an antiques-meets-contemporary look and there’s a honeymoon suite with four poster bed and a TV in the bathroom. Start planning a romantic break.

New brewery pub Holler Taproom

We discovered this new microbrewery bar on it’s very first day, thanks to Brighton Food Tours. Tucked away in the city on Elder Place, a short stroll from the Duke of York’s cinema, Holler Taproom has been selling its own brews from the colourful premises for a few weeks now. You can also get pizza delivered from nearby Muddy favourite Fatto a Mano. Win Win.

The Beauty Bar offshoot at Fair Oak Farm

Muddy award-winning salon, The Beauty Bar, a stylish haven in Mayfield to get everything from a manicure to a massage, has launched a new get-away-from-it-all boutique treatment studio in the lush grounds of nearby Fair Oak Farm. The rustic retreat is reached by a wooden bridge amid the trees and offers a top-to-toe range of wellness and beauty treatments. As the big sign on the studio says – treat yourself!

Sister pub for Brighton’s Plotting Parlour

The team behind Muddy award-winning Brighton cocktail bar The Plotting Parlour is opening a pub in Arundel Road, Kemptown. The Daddy Long Legs will officially open on Mon 29 Oct, housed in what was the Newbush pub. It has a garden and will be dog friendly. The name comes from the old Volks railway that once ran nearby on stilts over the sea.

Seaford on the silver screen

Bill Nighy, Annette Bening  and Josh O’Connor have been spotted on the cliffs of Sussex filming forthcoming movie Hope Gap in the place of the same name at Seaford. Written and directed by Sussex’s William Nicholson, screenwriter for Shadowlands, it follows the emotional unravelling of a family. No release date yet but keep your eyes peeled for some time next year.

Outdoor pool for Brighton seafront 

The outdoor 50 metre swimming pool from Sea Lanes promised for east of the Palace Pier will finally open in November. Yes, November folks, but hey, it’ll be heated and have a sauna.

In case you missed it…

Rathfinny Wine Estate’s gorgeous restaurant with a view became a regular fixture at the Alfriston vineyard’s Tasting Room this summer. Now that the harvest is over it’s booking for Christmas and beyond. Read the Muddy review here.

Top notch Petworth restaurant the Leconfield, which had a Michelin Plate rating, closed in February for a major refurb and reopened in May under the same owners as the more casual New Street Bar & Grill. Much of the meat comes from the Goodwood estate while seafood options include lobster. Sunday lunches can include an eight hour slow cooked leg of lamb (order ahead). A Carnivore Club menu is coming up on 15 Nov.

Bluebell Railway has opened a family-friendly interactive area called SteamWorks in a revamped railway shed at Sheffield Park station. Get up close and personal with some of the engines and test out engineering principals on fun displays.

New Brighton attraction Phileas Fogg’s World of Adventures opened a few weeks back in Brighton, inspired by the Jules Verne novel and created by a film design team. It’s an indoor immersive experience blending theatre and escape room and has adult and family-friendly versions.

Goodwood has just gained a beautiful 1940s Stearman biplane to add to its collection of vintage and modern aircraft that you can book for a flying experience.

Further afield… 

Brighton’s fab Baby Bao went from street food stall to a residence at The Pond pub in North Laine and now it has a new place in London. So if you’re up in town get your fix of those delicious filled Taiwanese steamed buns at St James’s on Haymarket, just off Trafalgar Square.


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