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!
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!
Christmas Day lunch at The Salt Room
Enjoy an indulgent three-course menu at The Salt Room on Christmas Day. Highlights include; cured & smoked salmon, beetroot chutney, chive & lemon crème fraîche or shellfish cocktail prawn, langoustine, avocado to start.
£120 per person for a three course a la carte menu with tea, coffee and petit fours.
Booking essential via The Salt Room here
Monarch, Brighton launch their winter menu
Monarch and Chef Prakash invite you to come and try their delicious new Winter Menu being served in the restaurant, bar bistro, and on their heated sea facing terrace. So take a seat and watch the sunset or book a lazy Sunday and try their Sunday roast.
Monarch offers for BITE Sussex readers:
Quote BITE SUSSEX and receive a complimentary 'hot toddy' shot with your meal.
*Offer valid throughout December when ordering food from the main menu and Christmas menu.
Quote BITE SUSSEX 25 and enjoy a 25% Discount on selected drinks throughout December.
*Please mention at time of ordering
Monarch website for full menu details and opening times here
Book a festive cookery class at The Community Kitchen, Brighton
The regular programme of cookery classes in the Community Kitchen covers everything from patisserie to fermentation, Indian street food to Japanese, & much more. Classes are led by experienced chefs from a range of local food businesses, who share professional tips, delicious recipes and new meal inspiration.
The festive programme of cookery classes includes: family baking, stollen, mince pies & truffles, meat-free Christmas, Italian Christmas and Indian Party Food. Classes book up fast, check availability online.
Booking and info on all cookery classes here
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Fourth and Church, Hove
Bring in the New Year in style at Fourth and Church. The special tasting menu, showcases their usual exciting and punchy Fourth and Church flavours with a decadent twist. Paul and team will be on hand to pair, recommend and pour some sensational drinks from cocktails and Champagne, to wines and digestives it sure to be a memorable experience.
Booking essential, limited places.
Further info here
Worthing Wine Fair, Saturday 4 December
Worthing Wine Fair is excited to announce their inaugural event, brought to you by four local independent wine businesses coming together to celebrate the Worthing wine scene and bring you a tasting extravaganza.
Come taste around 100 wines picked by them as the perfect festive bottles. From fantastic fizz through to fabulous fortified delights come sip and swill and soak up some festive cheer.
All samples on the day are included in the ticket price and you will be provided with a tasting glass to use on the day.
Saturday 4 December from noon-4pm. Guildbourne Centre, Worthing
Advance tickets are £16.65 and available here
A fond farewell to Helen and Maggie at Metrodeco, Brighton
One of our favourite venues for afternoon tea over in Kemp Town, we will be sad to say goodbye to Helen and Maggie as hand over the baton to new owners on 1 December.
Congratulations on an amazing 12 years, the BITE Sussex team wish you both the very best in your new pursuits.
Further info for Metrodeco here
Butler's Wine Cellar, Brighton,
Christmas opening hours
Cassie and Henry and the team at Butler's Wine Cellars are very busy elves and highly recommend that you place any orders as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.
Checkout their specially selected Christmas Party case - 12 bottles for £90
Opening hours and info here
Bite Sussex's Christmas gifting favourites
Gin gift sets from G&H Spirits
We think this makes a perfect gift - a festive selection of G&H Spirits multi award-winning Initial Gin range with matching mixers (and gorgeous woolly hats) in a reusable mini jute gift bag. This delicious tasting trio includes three mixers that have been especially chosen to enhance the botanical flavours in each Initial Gin.
Gin gift sets from £26
Shop We Three Gins here
Pitch, Worthing specially selected hampers and gifts
Pitch have carefully selected a few of their favourite products to create the ultimate Christmas hamper for you or a loved one to enjoy over the festive season. From candles to esepcially curated hampers featuring English sparkling wine, chutneys to beer, there's bound to be something to raise a smile.
Pre-order online here
Adorn your Christmas Tree with a Brighton Gin Bauble
We love these! Each bottle contains 50ml of either 40 % ABV Brighton Gin Pavilion Strength or 57 % ABV Seaside Strength, so it's perfect for sharing.
They’ve only made a limited number so once they're gone, they're gone!
Available to purchase online Brighton Gin
Christmas Hampers from Bolney Wine Estate
Who can resist a hamper packed with goodies? Choose from a Sussex cheese and wine hamper to drinks and nibbles hamper, all carefully curated by the team at Bolney Wine Estate.
Browse their shop online for a full range of gifting options, not just hampers!
Hampers from £90
Buy online here
Madame Jennifer's Christmas shop
From Christmas Gin, to these very cute and on trend baubles, browse Madame Jennifer's shop for all your gifting requirements.
Madame Jennifer website here
Read the latest stories published in October online in The Argus below:
Q&A with Jack Messenger from Sea Haze
Rising Stars Awards Finals 2021
Tom Flint from Bottle & Jug pasdsioante about Worthing and wine
Q&A with Mark Such from the Wine Cellar, Brighton
Sussex restaurants celebrate in the AA Restaurant Guide
Q&A with Dan Rogers of Rogers Rare Breeds
etch. by Steven Edwards re-opens after major refurbishment and extension