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BITE Sussex News November 2021


Tasty 'bites' to look forward to this month across Sussex!



Celebrate Mexican 'Day of the Dead' in style at La Choza, Brighton


Bringing the Day of the Dead to Brighton again this year the team from La Choza focus on Mexican ‘mole’ sauce as their themed menu. Expect a variety of one-off dishes featuring black, green and yellow mole to choose from prepared by their head chef Benji Hinchliffe.


Very much a family celebration they'll also be serving up a special menu for your own little terrors, alongside skull colouring masks. Plus for the sweet toothed they'll be working with renowned Brighton ice cream maestro Seb Cole of Boho Gelato in Pool Valley to offer an iced dessert featuring mole.


Fun and food runs right through until the evening of Tuesday 2 November.


Further details at La Choza





Fourth and Church X Koji Kins, 8 course menu with paired sakes, wines and cocktails on Sunday 7 November


Koji Kins are two doctors, Ramy & Victor who are mad about kōji. Used for thousands of years in Japan, Kōji makes soy sauce, miso and sake. Ramy & Victor make two (soon to be three) incredible Koji sauces. Here they bring their Sauces, their knowledge and their magical mould to our kitchen for a collaborative Menu of all things plant based and fermented. This is a meeting of the minds of Fourth and Church’s Sam & Ben and Koji Kins Ramy & Vitor.


Advance tickets are £80pp and available to buy here



Merkaba My Brighton launches winter cocktail menu


My Brighton’s cosy tropical themed bar, makes sophisticated modern cocktails that showcase the best of local ingredients and innovative spirits.


The winter cocktails are inspired by some of the biggest Netflix Originals shows and is a celebration of some of these stand out moments with a boozy plot twist.


Further info and opening times here



Enjoy Afternoon Tea at Shelter Hall, Sunday 7 November 2021


Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea with a Tart by Sugardough twist, hosted on Shelter Hall's first floor mezzanine with beautiful views of the sea. What's not to love?


Sunday 7 November 2021, 2.30 to 4pm


Booking advised via Shelter Hall




Congratulations to Redroaster serving up 21 years of great coffee in Brighton


Redroaster set up as one of the first UK roastery cafés over 20 years ago and they have been hand-roasting and retailing their own coffee beans here for over 20 years.


By day enjoy some amazing coffee and organic brunch in their botanical backdrop, or opt for their famous bottomless brunches. By night everything changes and the chefs of Lucky Khao takeover serving amazing authentic Thai BBQ alongside craft beers, cocktails, wines from St John, London and some awesome curated playlists.


Recommended by The New York Times as a ‘go-to destination’ in their book, ‘36 Hours: 125 Weekends in Europe’.


Read more here Red Roaster




Chalk Restaurant to open at Wiston Estate


New in December 2021, Chalk will celebrate Sussex’s seasonal produce in the heart of the Downs.


The menu will draw together the highlights of fresh local produce, including ingredients from the Estate and its neighbours, and aim to create dishes that express the nature, heritage, and purpose of the land they share.


Further details can. be found on the Wiston Estate website here



Café Elvira introduces all-new Brasserie dining on Friday and Saturday evenings at Borde Hill


Loyal customers of Jeremy's Restaurant will be delighted to hear that Jeremy and familiar team members have joined the team at Café Elvira. Enjoy a new Brasserie style menu on Friday and Saturday evenings.


Advance booking advised via Jeremy's Restaurant




etch. by Steven Edwards, Hove relaunches


Following a full refurbishment and extension to the original building, etch. makes a welcome return and is open from Wednesday to Saturday for dinner and Friday to Sunday for lunch.


The philosophy behind etch. is to celebrate local and British produce using weekly changing tasting menus. Dishes are created using two main ingredients to showcase the fantastic produce provided by our suppliers. Unusually no spice is used, not even pepper, and flavour is increased by reducing and enhancing ingredients to get a purity of taste.


Bookings and further info on the Etch website here




Slake Spirits wins a Great Taste Award 2021


Congratulations to Slake on winning an award for their Sussex Dry Gin.


This is a bold Gin, full of flavour, a little less dry than most with a rich mouth-feel. Distilled in a single-shot from a premium grain spirit base infused with both traditional and locally grown ingredients. Picked, blended and bottled by hand to best capture the taste of the seasons, Sussex by the Sea and the South Downs. Slake’s take on the British classic, London dry gin style. A juniper & citrus forward Sussex dry gin, but without a citrus fruit in sight!

Buy directly from the distillery online here



Sign up to a Juggernaut subscription at Bottle & Jug Dept., Worthing


Are you sick and tired of the same old boring supermarket beers and wines? Do you want to be someone who has access to the most interesting and exciting craft beer and natural wine available now? Then Bottle & Jug Dept. have the answer. Join them on a journey of taste and discovery, pushing the worlds of craft beer and natural wine.


Full details from Bottle & Jug Dept are here



Book a Cookery Class at the Community Kitchen, Brighton


Fancy trying your hand at Japanese cookery? Or how about mastering Bao Buns? Upgrade your cake presentation skills or take a vegetarian Indian cookery class.


The range of cookery classes on offer are varied and you are bound to learn something new.


For full details on classes click here




Late night shopping at Bolney Wine Estate on Friday 19 and Friday 26 November from 5-8pm


Immerse yourself in an evening of festivities as we head into the most magical time of the year. Discover their Christmas range at their late night shopping events whilst indulging in mulled wine, Christmas cocktails, mince pies and other festive favourites.


Further info and booking here




Read this month's food, drink and hospitality stories written by the BITE Sussex team for The Argus newspaper


Independent English Wine Awards 2021: Sussex's wine industry is 'grape'!


Q&A with Mairead Gleeson, general manager of The Pig in the South Downs


Q&A with Matt Penfold of Aroma Café


Bolney Estate prepares for this year's grape harvest & launches new restaurant menu for autumn


Stay up-to-date with Sussex food and drink news every Friday in The Argus 'Taste' section.




The grand finals of the BITE Sussex Rising Stars Awards to be hosted at Monarch, Brighton on Monday 22 November 2021


The nominations are in and our panel of 18 expert judges from across the hospitality and food & drink industry are out and about interviewing our finalists!


The BITE Sussex Rising Stars Awards are a celebration of the contribution young people make to our industry – from fishing to bartending via cheffing and 'hidden heroes' working behind the scenes.


This year's awards will be hosted by the all-new Monarch restaurant and bar on Kings Road, Brighton – invitations will be hitting finalists' inboxes over the coming week.



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