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BITE Sussex news round-up August 2021

Stay tuned for details of the Bite Sussex Autumn Food & Drink Festival, running 10-19 September 2021. Events and tickets will be announced this month on our website and social media.


Bottle & Jug Dept at Level 1, Worthing

Popping up at Level 1 this August Bank Holiday weekend Bottle & Jug Dept present a natural wine and Pet Nat party. Their pop up bar will be serving natty wine awesomeness from Friday the 27th through to Monday the 30th with everything from super juicy reds through to aromatic orange wines by the glass and bottle. They will also be popping the caps on loads of Pet Nat (naturally sparkling wines that are the ultimate summer smasher) all weekend.

This is going to be free entry and a great way to enjoy natural wine in a setting that befits its style, casual and fun with the sun on your faces.

For more info see Bottle & Jug Dept website and FB page


Brighton Gin releases Pride 2021 Rainbow Fund Limited Edition Bottles

Every year the distillery collaborates with an LGBTQ+ artist to not only platform their work, but to raise money for the Brighton Rainbow Fund.

They are delighted to announce that 2021’s collaboration is with the Brighton-based multidisciplinary artist and LGBTQIA activist Fox Fisher. For this year’s release, Fox has chosen to make four separate but themed artworks, inspired by and celebrating queer lives hidden from history. Released as an initial run of 4 x 100 bottles in each design and individually signed and numbered by the artist, every one is a unique artwork in miniature.

Recognising what a challenging year it will be for raising funds, 9% from each bottle will be donated to the Rainbow Fund (to match Brighton Gin’s 9th birthday this year).

The Brighton Gin Pride 2021 Rainbow Fund Edition bottles can be bought directly from


Summertime BBQs at Jeremys Restaurant, Borde Hill

Jeremy's is delighted to invite you to listen to their favourite jazz trio featuring flamboyant singer Sam Chara - accompanied by Tim Young on keyboards and George Trebar on bass - at their August summertime BBQs. Cool jazz to warm your hearts with uplifting French chansons alongside delicious food to include arrival canapes, food from the grill, puddings, cheese and coffee.

Sunday 30th August, 12.30 to 4.30pm £45 pp

For full details and bookings visit Jeremys Restaurant website


My Brighton Hotel opens The Café Brighton

Now open on Jubilee Street with an all-day brunch menu featuring incredible freshly prepared dishes, including avocado on toast, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs and a bakery basket with light and airy pastries. Ingredients are sourced locally where possible with the fruit and veg coming from local farms and the sausages from Brighton Sausage Co.

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

Whether you’re taking a break from the office, catching up with friends or curing a hangover on a Sunday, stop by and recharge.

View their menu and opening times here


Market Restaurant, Hove, Lunch special £12

Established in 2015, MARKET (Mercado) was created to introduce a personal take on Innovative Modern Spanish Tapas to this vital and most reinvigorated area of Brighton. MARKET brings a passion for all things Spanish to life in this compact, vibrant and lively venue. Pop in for their lunchtime special and see for yourself.

Menu: Mejillones y Patatas Fritas y de vino

Their take of the classic moules et frites using Estrella Spanish beer instead of vino blanco and served with a 125ml Glass of House Wine, red or white.

Served Tuesday to Friday Lunchtimes 12.00-2.00pm

(menu subject to change)

Booking recommended via Market Restaurant website


BBQ recipe from Trenchmore Farm

BBQ flat iron steak with a green sauce.

Rachel Knowles from Trenchmore Farm shares her favourite BBQ recipe. She says: 'The flat iron is one of our most loved steaks. It comes from the shoulder and is beautifully marbled for incredible flavour and tenderness. Often overlooked as it's a slightly cheaper cut, but not to be underestimated.'


Flat iron steak

A bunch of Parsley

Pinch of chilli flakes

2 garlic cloves

2 tbs white wine vinegar

1 tbs honey

3 tbs olive oil

large pinch of salt


1. Bring steaks to room temperature

2. Season well with salt and pepper

3. BBQ directly above hot coals for 2-3 mins on each side for medium rare

4. Leave to rest whilst you make the sauce

5. Blend parsley, garlic cloves, chilli flakes, white wine vinegar, honey, olive oil and salt.

6. Drizzle the steaks with the sauce before devouring

Buy flat iron steaks and all your BBQ meats from Trenchmore Farm


International partner brand – Gin 1689 – showcases at Sussex Cocktail Week

Other gins have a story, Gin 1689 has a legend! It begins in 1689 with William of Orange who travelled to London from the Netherlands, bringing a Dutch drink – gin – with him.

Following an 18 month quest, Gin 1689 co-founders, Alexander and Patrick, finally discovered one the very earliest gin recipes in the rare books section of the British Library. The only problem was the recipe was written in code! The authors of the book – The Company of Distillers of London – had encrypted the recipe to ensure that only its members could recreate it.

Not ones to be defeated, Alexander and Patrick headed back to Holland to Schiedam - the town where gin was born - and turned to one of The Netherlands’ oldest and most experienced distilleries, to help us recreate the gin from the 1689 ingredients list alone using their centuries of spirits knowledge.

The result is 1689 London Dry Gin. History repeating itself… in a really, really good way.

A true original, it combines juniper with delicate botanicals including red quince, apple, lemon and orange peel, nutmeg, aniseed and clove.

You'll be able to enjoy Gin 1689 at participating venues during Sussex Cocktail Week plus at our Sussex Wine & Spirits Festival to be hosted on Sunday 19 September (details and tickets announced shortly).

Find our more about Gin 1689

Buy directly from Master of Malt


Bottle & Jug Dept. Worthing presents a PET NAT Party

The Worthing Pet Nat Party will be in full swing on Thursday August the 26th when two heavy rocking natty wine lovers combine for this one off natural wine event. Tom from Worthing’s only natural wine specialists Bottle & Jug Dept. will be joined by Grape Slayin Laura for an evening showcasing some of the worlds finest Pet Nat bubbles.

Pet Nat (short for Pétillant naturel) is a sparkling wine production method that the natural wine movement has embraced. It is an ancient method that pre-dates champagne and charmat method fizz where the wine is bottled during fermentation. This creates a wine that has a lighter fizz and a very unique flavour profile.

Tickets from £25 (or £35 with a pizza from Pizzaface) online via Bottle & Jug Dept.


Sussex Surprise Cocktail Competition Entries

Back in May 2021 we launched the Cocktail Competition, inviting bartenders in Sussex to create cocktails from a surprise box of goodies, featuring products from Brighton Gin, Bolney Wine Estate, Brooksteed, Fitz, Madame Jennifer Distillery, MDTea, Red Roaster Coffee, Slake Spirits and Wobblegate Orchards.

The response has been fantastic, with some amazing cocktail creations submitted.

We can't wait for the finals, keep an eye out for the date to be announced.

View all entries so far here.


Burnt Orange 'Majorelle Julep' features as cocktail of the week in The Guardian online

View recipe here

Visit the Burnt Orange website


July's food and drink stories in The Argus


Nominate your Sussex Rising Star today!

The BITE Sussex Rising Star Awards are a celebration of the contribution that young people make to the amazing food, drink and hospitality sectors of Sussex.

The importance of encouraging new talent to enter our industry – and for young people to see it as an exciting and fulfilling long-term career choice – is essential in ensuring we can all continue to enjoy quality food, drink and service in Sussex and ensuring our region is a great place to live, work and visit.

Presented by BITE Sussex, Institute of Hospitality (a trade body promoting professionalism through lifelong learning, inspiring hospitality professionals to perform at their very best and earn the recognition they deserve) and creative marketing agency Sharp Media, the awards are open to anyone aged 26 or younger working in Sussex hospitality or food and drink production and retail.

Nominate via our website here.


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