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BITE Sussex News December 2021



Rising Stars Awards Finals 2021


The inaugral Rising Stars awards organised by Bite Sussex in collaboration with the Sussex branch of the Institute of Hospitality, championing careers in food and drink whilst celebrating the contribution young people make to restaurants, bars, farming and production across the two counties were held at Monarch on Kings Road in Brighton on Monday 22 November with around 120 guests in attendance.


Hosted by the BBC’s Allison Ferns and Latest TV’s Andrew Kay, there were eight categories including fishing, wine, kitchen, production, bar, front-of-house, hidden hero and Sussex champion.


Guests enjoyed canapés created by Monarch’s head chef, Prakash Pushpakarnvimala, alongside drinks from local distillery Slake Spirits and Sussex wines from Stopham Estate near Pulborough.


For full details of all the winners click here



Wiston Estate launch Wiston gin


Wiston estate launch their own gin using distilled leftover grape juice from their pressings which could not be made into wines.


An elegant gin taking inspiration from the chalk grasslands around them, the gin being flavoured with juniper, wild thyme and the savory herb, all of which are grown on the estate. These, along with a dash of Sicilian lemon are what make up the flavour palate of the gin. The result is an elegant and smooth gin with a beautiful delicate herbal element, refreshing citrus core and fruit juniper base notes.


Available to buy online £39.50 here




Skylark cocktail bar opens at Shelter Hall


Enjoy a cocktail at Shelter Hall's dedicated, secluded lounge just off the first floor mezzanine where guests can enjoy a menu of cocktails alongside their choice of food from the Shelter Hall kitchens.


The cocktail menu has been designed by head bartender Ben Thomas, who is a huge fan of the city’s thriving and diverse cocktail scene. Ben says a lot of the thought behind the cocktail list comes from the culinary world, pulling together different flavour combinations and techniques.


Booking and information here




Christmas Market at Jeremy’s Restaurant, Borde Hill

11 & 12 December


In conjunction with Valentina and Borde Hill gardens events, Jeremy's will be hosting a Christmas Market this year, with up to 20 local producers selling their fantastic products and 8 stalls on the terrace serving street food. Come and join in the fun and get your Christmas food shopping done in the cosy comfort of Jeremy’s!


Free Entry

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 December 10.30am-5pm

Further information here




Festive Fridays at Bolney Wine Estate


Indulge in a festive evening of delicious food, paired with award-winning wine and live music at their Sussex estate. Your evening will begin with a glass of mulled wine, followed by a selection of seasonal small plates prepared by their chefs. Taste the range of still and sparkling wines as you feast your eyes on a jazz-filled live music performance. An evening guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit!


3rd, 10th, 17th December from 6.30pm

£35 per person


Booking via Bolney Wine Estate




Brunch at newly opened Meantime Cafe at My Brighton


Meanwhile is now open on Jubilee Street with a brunch menu featuring freshly prepared dishes. From avocado on toast, to smoked salmon and scrambled eggs to light and fluffy American pancakes – there is something for everyone. The ingredients are sourced locally where possible, with the fruit and veg coming from local farms.


Coffee is freshly roasted and ethically sourced by White Cloud Coffee Co. – a sustainable Brighton-based brand, and alongside this, we have tea blended by the mixologists at Bird & Blend Tea Co. who have a shop just around the corner.


Open from 7am Mon-Fri, 8am Sat & Sun.

Full details here




Café Elvira’s festive menu


Café Elvira’s eagerly awaited festive menu is back and available 1 to 23 December. With a devoted following of returning customers, book early to avoid disappointment.

The fish pie is legendary!


Cafe Elvira further info