Your latest dispatch from your gal with her ear to the ground, all the foodie and fashion news and goss from Sussex.
Highly-rated Hove eaterie Wild Flor has welcomed a new Head Chef. Chris Trundle joins the team from his previous role at Manfred’s Copenhagen – he’s also worked up in the big smoke in Shoreditch and Clapham foodie haunts. He’ll be helping James, Faye, Rob and the team at Wild Flor to develop a new ‘daytime’ offering with a focus on fresh breads and pastries, alongside light and seasonal lunch dishes. Muddy’ll be first in the queue to try this out. Oliver Darby, who led the Wild Flor kitchen during its opening year, is off to pastures new.
More new chef action, this time from the team at The Curlew in Bodiam. Lloyd Williams has joined the team, under head chef and Chef to Watch 2020 Will Devlin. Social dining is the order of the day at this gorgeously casual restaurant – socially distanced, natch.
In other foodie news, Brighton’s swanky Ivy in the Lanes has opened for breakfast at weekends. Head to the Ship Street restaurant for an Ivy Full English (veggie option also available) eggs or a light bite. Serving 9am – 11am so the perfect way to fuel up before hitting the indie shops in the Lanes.
Speaking of (and diverting from food, glorious food for a moment) the Lucy and Yak pop up in Brighton’s Gloucester Road came to an end during lockdown but Muddy can reveal a new location has been found for the ethical indie label and the team is hard at work getting it ready. We can also reveal it’s been painted pink. I mean, this is the brand that brought you rainbow-print dungarees, so what else would we expect?
Back to food happenings after that brief diversion, The Gallivant in Camber is opening up to membership. Rates and Ts&Cs are being finalised as Muddy eagerly daydreams about weekenders at this beachside spot, but it’s likely to suit those who want to eat at Jay Rayner’s new favourite restaurant on the regular.
While you’re over at Rye, you can pop into cute and quirky art gallery meets lifestyle shop Ethel Loves Me but what’s a Mudster to do if they’re not in the locality? Head online, of course. Ethel – whose identity remains a closely guarded secret – has launched her new online store so you can shop the range of arts, crafts, gifts and homewares from the comfort of your own home.