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Master chocolatier and TV chef pop-ups, a popular restaurant transforms, Sussex on screen and more...

Noble and Stace chocolate masterclasses

To coincide with Valentine’s Day and Mothers’ Day you can learn how to create fancy chocolates under the expert tuition of Mike Noble from the eye-wateringly good Sussex chocolatiers Noble and Stace. They’ve tied up with the Artisan Bakehouse at Ashurst for masterclasses on Feb 13 and March 26. You could be making batches of fresh cream truffles, caramel truffles and solid chocolate tablettes for a lucky someone –  or treat them to the day itself which includes a two course lunch with wine for £115. Hurry, there are less than 10 places left on each workshop.

New incarnation for Pike & Pine

Award-winning fine food restaurant Pike & Pine – the evening incarnation at Redroaster coffee shop in Kemptown, Brighton – has gone out on a high. With its chef moving on it has made the surprise move of morphing into a northern Thai barbecue restaurant called Lucky Khao which has proved popular as a pop-up. It’s due to open on Jan 25 with a menu featuring local organic sustainable food cooked on a robata grill and nitro cocktails (the smoky kind). A new look will include neon from Brighton artist Andy Doig.

In other Brighton restaurant news, The Hampton on Upper North St has some great new Indian Street food on offer (including masala fish and chips) under the name Easy Tiger – a pop-up from the guys behind The Pond. Pabellon recently opened on North Street, near the Pavillion, a tapas bar that’s a sister to popular Circo (formerly Senor Buddha) with the same Spanish and Asian fusion. Pascere has closed in Duke St and is planning a relocation tba.

Sussex woodworker goes back in time on TV 

Sussex designer-creator Abdollah Nafisi is travelling back in time to live and work as a woodworker in the 1800s in a new four part BBC2 TV series The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts. In his modern day job the craftsman, based near Horsham, excels at beautiful joinery that blends the traditional with the modern. In the show he must chop down his own trees, make his own hand tools and work outdoors with natural light. Catch him on Friday nights at 9pm (see the first episode on iplayer) and if you fancy some of that expertise in your own home you can commission him for anything from a wine rack or coffee table to a bespoke set of cabinets!

Great British Wine Tours expands East and West

Great British Wine Tours will whisk you from Brighton station to tutored tastings and lunch in leafy surrounds under the South Downs. Now, the enthusiasts are set to expand their tours West to Chichester and East to Eastbourne to take in the vineyards around there. Tours into Kent will meanwhile be happening from Tunbridge Wells. There’s also a new pick-up service coming from Lewes and other pre-arranged locations in Sussex. Check out the scheduled dates coming up, many of which are incorporating Bluebell Railway, and keep an eye out for the new locations.

Britain’s Got Talent stars in town 

Lost Voice Guy. Photo by Steve Ullathorne

I saw Lost Voice Guy doing a gig in a small room above a pub in Brighton a few years back. Last summer I saw him being stopped in the street in Edinburgh for selfies. In between of course, he has won Britain’s Got Talent and become a household name. He’s back in Brighton in April for a couple of shows at Komedia on Tues 16 and Wed 17 April. Get your tickets now for £16. Suitable for ages 14+

Before then, there’s just a few tickets left to see Britain’s Got Talent finalist Robert White at Horsham on 19 Feb and he’s also coming up in Eastbourne on 15 March.

Join a best-selling author for lunch

Kate Mosse – that’s the top author not the model – will be meeting fans for lunch next month. On Wed 27 Feb, in the Chichester Festival Theatre brasserie, she’ll be talking about her latest hit novel The Burning Chambers, the inspirations behind her fiction and her work at CFT. You’ll have a chance to quiz her over coffee and receive a pre paperback publication signed first edition. It’s £39.95 including a two-course lunch.

TV chefs at The Cat Inn

Steven Edwards from Etch in Hove – a former winner of Masterchef the Professionals, is creating a special menu at lovely Muddy Award-winning The Cat Inn at West Hoathly on 26 Feb. Then, on 20 March, Dominic Chapman, who has had a string of appearances on The Great British Menu, will be doing the honours at the cosy pub. Each event is £70 including wine. Before then, enjoy a curry special with a pop-up from Zari Indian restaurant for £35 on 24 Jan.

Worthing on the big screen

Pic courtesy of Entertainment One

New film Stan & Ollie, is getting rave reviews and if you’re off to see it soon, look out for Worthing’s piece of the action. The BBC Films and Entertainment One movie focuses on Laurel and Hardy’s final, ill-fated, UK tour in 1953. The scene at Worthing Lido comes at a crucial point of the movie when the pair are judging a beauty pageant. Filming took place in May 2017 with crews adding a 1950s bespoke mural to the lido which remains in place. Other new productions shot in the area include the much-anticipated drama MotherFatherSon featuring Richard Gere, set to air on BBC 2 this year.

Top foodie fest returns 

It has just been announced that, Pub in the Park, a celebration of the best food and music the country has to offer, is returning to Dunorlan Park, just over the border in Tunbridge Wells this summer on 12 – 14 Jul.  It’s Michelin-starred chef and TV regular Tom Kerridge’s food and music festival, which started in his stomping ground of Bucks and is now in eight UK destinations. Tickets go on sale 1 Feb but hurry, they tend to sell fast.

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