Think nothing happens during lockdown? Think again. Celeb sightings, Sussex businesses on TV, new openings, festival headliners - it's all happening and your resident blabbermouth here has the inside scoop!
Festival fever incoming! We can’t wait for the summer festival season, always a highlight here in Sussex, and we’re pretty impressed by some of the headliners that have been announced. Although exact dates have yet to be confirmed, the organisers of Petworth Festival have revealed none other than Adam Kay, doctor turned comedian and author of the runaway bestseller This Is Going To Hurt, will headline. Meanwhile, our inner 90s chick is screaming at the news none other than TLC (oh, Left-Eye, gone but never forgotten) will be at the Love Supreme festival at Glynde this summer. Expect to find me in the audience impressing absolutely nobody with my masterful command of CrazySexyCool in its entirety.
Fans of the Knepp Estate over in Dial Post (so that’s Muddy, then) will be excited to hear that plans are in the offing for a new farm shop and cafe near Shipley, to open in 2022. It’s all part of a new regenerative farming venture to link up with the existing hugely successful rewilding project and extend corridors for wildlife and nature. Let’s hear it for good food and drink that’s good for wildlife and nature. Oooh, and did you spot Knepp on Joanna Lumley’s Home Sweet Home tour on ITV1 this week? If not, you can watch it on catch up, sweetie, daaaahling.
While on the subject of TV, none other than Naked Chef himself, Jamie Oliver, was filmed at Ridgeview Vineyard in Ditchling, alongside bezzy mate Jimmy Doherty as the pair tried their hands at becoming winemakers. The programme was aired on Channel 4, part of Jamie’s Friday Night Feast series. Although it was only shown last week, it was filmed in 2019 back when were allowed to, y’know, go out and get squiffy with our mates. Remember that? No, me neither.
Food and drink news
New eatery alert! Sussex Pass is a brand new restaurant at the White Hart in Wadhurst, East Sussex and it opened in, erm, December. Which means the doors were barely open before they shut again, but the talented team headed up by Sam Maynard (formerly of Hotel du Vin and The Gallivant) and Adam Sear have swiftly adapted with Sussex Pass At Home – the Sunday roast looks sublime. The focus is on celebrating and elevating the finest local produce while supporting local makers, growers and communities. Muddy can’t wait to check this fab new venture out, but in the mean time, have a nosy at the At Home menu and see what takes your fancy (clue: ALL OF IT).
New drinkery alert! The owners of the hip and boutique Sit & Sip in Chichester have announced plans to open a new bar in Horsham’s Piries Place serving artisan spirits and craft beers. No date for the big opening yet for obvious reasons, but ‘early’ 2021 has been bandied about, so watch this space.
The Indie Store is BACK, baby, with a brand spanking new Spring Edit! Fresh as a daisy and brimful with sunshine (trust us, the rays are coming any day now), shop our gorgeous new curated collections of homewares, clothing, beauty, artisan tipples and more – and support the best local makers, producers and shops in Sussex while you’re at it. Happy browsing!
And finally, a sad farewell to a true Sussex legend. Pete Turner, aka Disco Pete, was a much loved figure in the Brighton community known for his love of festivals, partying and dancing. ‘Brighton’s oldest raver’ sadly passed away this month aged 84. His memory will be honoured with a bench on Brighton Palace Pier, in the rainbow colours of his signature outfit.