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The Curlew to re-open this month
Billed ‘the best restaurant in Sussex’, The Curlew in Bodiam is to reopen on February 19 under Gordon Ramsay-trained chef Will Devlin. Named The Good Food Guide’s Chef to Watch for 2020, he already has The Small Holding in Kent to his name and says The Curlew will be a more casual offering, with sharing plates ahoy. Expect treats such as local game and Sussex rib of beef, and expect to find us first in the queue.
Top award for Sussex chef
In other cheffing news, Charles Coulombeau, head chef at Gravetye Manor in East Grinstead, has won the coveted Le Taittinger Prix Culinaire. It’s one of the world’s most lucrative awards worth a cool €20,000.
The international final was held in Paris featuring chefs from the UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, Sweden, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Previous winners include Joël Robuchon and Michel Roth.
Salman Rushdie and Gloria Steinem at Charleston
Ooooh, we’re excited about this one. The first speakers for this year’s Charleston Festival have been revealed and they include none other than literary giant Salman Rushdie, Booker Prize winner Bernadine Evaristo, author of last year’s must-read Girl, Woman, Other, and ‘world’s most famous feminist’ Gloria Steinem.
The full line-up for the will be revealed on February 18. Charleston Festival takes place annually in the gardens of Charleston, the rural Sussex home of the Bloomsbury group, and draws inspiration from the radical artistic and intellectual legacy of its past visitors including Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes and Roger Fry, as well as its inhabitants Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant.
More tickets released for Reigning Women
Sticking with the culture theme, here’s your chance to snap up some tickets to see some brilliant comedy and thought-provoking speakers at The Old Market’s Reigning Women series. More tickets have been released to see multi-award winning comedian Kiri Pritchard-McClean’s latest show Empathy Pains, in which the Have I Got News For You, Live at the Apollo and 8 Out Of 10 Cats star tackles the topic of empathy in her usual, er, ‘unique’ way. Or, (or ‘and’!) grab yourself a ticket to see award-winning campaigner and bestselling author Caroline Criado-Perez talking about her new book Invisible Women, the gender data gap and her activism work. Hurry, hurry, they’ll sell out soon!
We’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Soho House in Brighton for several years now. Muddy hears that the private members club is adamant the new development in Madeira Place will still go ahead, despite delays to the £60m building. No date for completion as yet, but watch this space.