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and exciting food, and we’re celebrating
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Frack free food Worried about the effect
fracking will have on Sussex food? Our most precious
You know it’s spring when stuff starts
happening at the South of England Showground, and horticultural heaven kicks off with the Spring
resources – pure water, clean
Garden & Leisure Show on 4th–5th May. A Victorian-style ‘Stumpery’ will be
air and uncontaminated soil
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planted with flowers. There will also be expert advice on all aspects of trees
unconventional oil and gas
and forestry, from the Arboricultural Association, and gardening expert Jean
Griffin will lead an exciting programme of Q&A sessions. Younger visitors
Frack Free Sussex is creating
can work up an appetite by following a special trail created to take them
an alliance, drawing Sussex food-related
on a journey around the show. Dog lovers can visit the South of England
businesses, farmers, foragers, growers and relevant
Open Dog Show and watch over 700 dogs compete for Best in Show at
local organisations together. The plan is to defend
this year’s Crufts-qualifying event. There’s also an ‘Access the Countryside’
our water, air, soil, eco-systems and our local food
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WALKING IN THE BLUEBELLS The Arlington Bluebell Walk, which takes in three working farms, has been delighting countryside lovers and raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for Sussex charities since it first opened in 1972. There are seven different walks to try, including the gravelled Blue Walk, which gives access to mobility scooters, wheelchairs and pushchairs. Seventeen charities will take part in 2014, fundraising for their different causes by providing food and drink to walkers. The Bluebell Farm Shop will be open every day from 11am. It is a foodies’ paradise, stocked with a tantalising selection of local ingredients, including beef, lamb, chicken and turkeys raised on the farm. Farmer’s wife Philippa Vine is a professional cook and food writer and has a passion for locally sourced quality ingredients.
10th April to 18th May 2014; www.bluebellwalk.co.uk
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FOOD F R THOUGHT
It seems that almost everything we eat has at some point been dubbed bad for our health, so do we really need to take notice of the latest food scare, asks Daniel Raven
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had... difficulty with food as a child. Unduly traumatised at the
age of around five or six by the revelation that eating the wrong things could hurt and even kill you, I was inspired to become something of a junior nutritionist and ad hoc food hygiene
PLUMS: YOU’RE RIGHT TO WORRY! PLUMS! A plum is a drupe fruit of the subgenus Prunus of the genus Prunus. The subgenus is distinguished from other subgenera (peaches, cherries, bird cherries, etc.) in the shoots having a terminal bud and solitary side buds (not clustered), the flowers in groups of one to five together on short stems,
and the fruit having a groove running down one side and a smooth stone (or pit). Mature plum fruit may have a dusty-white coating that gives them a glaucous appearance. This is an epicuticular wax coating and is known as “wax bloom”. Dried plum fruits are called dried plums or prunes,
although prunes are a distinct type of plum, and may have antedated the fruits now commonly known as plums. Plums belong to the Prunus genus of plants and are relatives of the peach, nectarine and almond. They are all considered “drupes,” fruits that have a hard
inspector. I would linger over cereal packets, wondering where the other 67% of my RDA for zinc was going to come from. I would study the diagram of the five main food groups (I know, right? That’s all we had back then!) with a curious intensity I’d previously reserved for maps of Disneyland and insist that my poor mother recited the best before date of every packet she opened before I’d allow her to serve its contents. In short, I was – as Louis Walsh would no doubt have said, had he been there at the time, which I’m glad he wasn’t because it would just have been weird – ‘like a little Daily Mail’. It’s no secret that the Daily Mail (typical headline: ‘Too
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much protein in middle age is as bad for you as smoking!’) likes to think that almost everything gives you cancer, and of course there’s a special place reserved for foodstuffs right at the very top of that list. But because you can’t have baddies without goodies (well, you can – but it tends to just bum people out), this famously even-
handed journal is as likely to hail any given food as a surefire cancer cure as it is to damn it as cancer-bait. Unfortunately, it has been following this strategy for so long now that it’s already ascribed kill-or-cure status to pretty much every edible substance on the face of the earth more than a dozen times over, with the inevitable result that many foods have ended up being branded as both (was I alone in being startled recently to learn that ‘fats are getting a new lease of life as a superfood’!?). Daily Mail readers who wish to keep a firm grip on what remains of their sanity would do well to ignore any sentence that
Fears about food speak directly to the oldest and antsiest regions of the human psyche, reducing even the most refined minds to a state of primal panic
Dobbin’s involved, you are a hypocrite. Cows and horses are roughly the same size, they both have unnervingly soulful eyes and they’ve always seemed more or less equally happy to let us push them around – so what, exactly, have you got against cows that you don’t have against horses? Is it the mooing? The implied insolence of that constant chewing? The resemblance to Katie Hopkins? Actually, it probably has more to do with how you feel about horses than your feelings (or lack thereof) for cows. We tend to think of cows as little more than walking milk bars or steaks on legs, whereas we see horses as allies, companions, friends... even soul mates. And why is this? Because they let us sit on them. (Yep, I’m afraid that’s just the way it goes with the human race – if you want to be our pal, you’d better be
starts with the words ‘Research indicates...’. But however easy it is to laugh at that particular newspaper (hint: it is gloriously, life-affirmingly easy), we have to accept that Mail editor Paul Dacre doesn’t just bang on about this stuff for the good of his health (let alone ours); git though he is, he’s shrewd enough to realise that the vast majority of people can be relied upon to go just a little bit nuts if you call the safety or provenance of what they eat into question. Fears about food speak directly to the oldest and antsiest regions of the human psyche, reducing even the most refined of minds to a state of primal panic – and panicky people are always happy to pay for something if they think it will tell them how to make everything OK again. Which means, of course, that as far as the Daily Mail and its ilk are concerned, it is never OK for very long. From salmonella-infested eggs in the Eighties and mad cow burgers in the Nineties right through to the current nonsense about sugar, it actually seems like there’s always some sort of food scare on nowadays. And although, yes, many of them have a genuine basis in truth, the level of threat they pose is almost always grossly exaggerated by the media. Figures released in 2009 put the total number of deaths caused by mad cow disease in the UK at 166. That’s awful, clearly – but if you could go back in time to the peak of the mad cow panic and tell yourself that figure, wouldn’t the other you be a bit taken aback? We’ve even started to panic about things that we know are safe to eat... like horses. Now don’t get me wrong, I can totally understand why someone would be repelled by the idea of eating a horse. Eating meat of any kind is, fundamentally, a pretty distasteful thing to do. But if you’re happy to eat a lasagne when you think there’s only cow in it but not when
ready to make like an ottoman.) Apparently it’s considered bad manners to eat something you’ve just sat on, and of course there would probably be hygiene issues to think about too. But who’s to say a cow wouldn’t let you sit on it, eh? Has anyone even given that a go lately? I jest, of course, but the consequences of all this trumped-up hysteria could potentially be very serious indeed. The law of averages dictates that, sooner or later, there will be a genuine problem with one of our staple foodstuffs that presents a genuine hazard to our health, but after all these years of the Daily Mail playing the boy who cried horse (and people like me pouring scorn on it), there’s every chance we’ll just blithely carry on eating that foodstuff until it’s way too late. Pepper, probably – I bet it’ll be pepper. All that sneezing can’t be natural, can it?
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16-PAGE FOOD SPECIAL
It’s all about food this month. As spring finally arrives, so does the season of fresh and exciting produce, and we’re celebrating it here in true Sussex style. The Brighton Food Festival, food news, recipes, reviews, kitchen gadgets and even Norman Cook on food fill the following pages. Feed your senses…
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Food news Sussex Style’s bon viveur Sam Bilton on this month’s tastes and treats
ROOM WITH A VIEW Wickwoods Country Club in Albourne opened the doors to its new
SLINDON FORGE CAFÉ REYNOLDS LANE, SLINDON, BN18 0QT; 01243 814324
restaurant, The Glass House, last month. The largely modern British
ike so many villages, Slindon has lost its post office, shop and a pub
menu offers classic
but the sense of community is still strong,
dishes such as pan-seared
thanks to The Forge Café. The sympathetic
scallops or twice-baked
conversion of a 19th-century farrier’s
goats’ cheese soufflé to
workshop allows villagers and visitors to
start and slow-braised
benefit from a well-stocked grocery store
pig’s cheeks with crispy
and a simple-yet-charming café. There’s a fanfare for affordable local
belly and roasted fillet of pork for a main. In keeping with the
Coffee Break of the Month
produce at The Forge, too, with fresh bread sourced from the Slindon Bakery
contemporary feel to the
and milk from Sussex Farmer of the Year,
food, the appropriately
Charlie Hughes’ Southview Farm Dairy.
by Coffee Compass in Littlehampton. Let’s
named Glass House is
This is very much a community affair run
hope more Sussex villages follow suit and
situated in a sleekly
by friendly volunteers – even the cakes
set up similar outfits.
were made by the villagers until demand
The restaurant is also open to non-members,
outstripped supply (they are now made by a nearby business). And as if championing Sussex fare
subject to booking.
wasn’t enough they also happen to serve
glasshouse; 01273 857567
superb coffee, blended especially for them
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HOME GROWN D of the Year’ by Countryfile’s ubbed ‘Country Character
Matt Baker, you would be hard pushed to find someone more passionate about Sussex produce than Rosemary Moon. A fervent supporter of local community groups such as Transition Chichester she firmly believes good food should be readily available to everyone. When she’s not on her allotment at the Tangmere Community Garden (where local residents tend hens, pigs and vegetables together) she can be found running cookery courses at West Dean Gardens. A Feast of
Dancing WITH DEATH If you fancy a walk on the risqué side then reserve a table at Proud Cabaret in Brighton. On any given Thursday you can witness The Silencing of Miss Scarlet. The murder mystery is played out during a three-course dinner with a dash of burlesque to ratchet up the fun quota. Reminiscent of a Twenties speakeasy, expect scandal and high jinks as you wine and dine. www.brightoncabaret.com; 01273 605789
West Sussex is Rosemary’s 19th cookbook to be published in a food writing career spanning more than 25 years. It’s packed with delectable
JERSEY ROYAL POTATOES
Eat, Drink, Read If you like reading and love eating then you’ll
Considering how commonplace
definitely enjoy an evening at the Book Lovers’
of the county’s produce. Recipes
potatoes are in the British diet it’s
Supper Club in Ditchling. The featured books
include slow-roast shoulder of
funny to think they were treated
this month (2nd April, 6.45–9.30pm) are Mrs
Southdown lamb with honeyed
with suspicion when they first
Hemingway by Naomi Wood and Antonia Hodgson’s
root vegetables and the classic
arrived on our shores. King of
debut novel, The Devil in the Marshalsea. A great
West Sussex Pond Pudding.
these tubers is the Jersey Royal,
Middle Eastern spread is provided by Brighton’s
and its sweet, faintly golden flesh
Sultans Delights. Tickets cost £20 from Brighton
is a taste that heralds the coming
Dome Ticket Office (www.
of summer. Boil them in lightly
salted water with a sprig of mint
709709) or The Post Office,
and serve with melted butter and
Ditchling, and The Mint House,
snipped chives. For more recipes
recipes showcasing the cream
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Sam Bilton looks at the protected origin of some of our favourite food and drink products, and reveals some of the treats on offer during the Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Festival’s Spring Harvest
THE NAME GAME name?’ but some food and drink products are
SOMETHING FOR ALL THE FAMILY
extremely protective of their name. Protected
One of the best things about the Brighton &
Designation of Origin (PDO) status promotes
Hove Food and Drink Festival is the number
product authenticity, origin and heritage.
of free events it runs over the 12 days. One
To carry this stamp of approval products
particular highlight is the Sussex & The World
must be produced, processed and prepared
Market, which features around 100 stalls
exclusively within a specified region.
as well as the Live Food Show, where you
Shakespeare famously wrote ‘What’s in a
Discover the Origin is a UK-based campaign designed to enhance
can attend complimentary tutored tastings
knowledge of PDO status. ‘There are lots of imitation foods and
presented by Discover the Origin (see box, left).
drinks out there,’ explains campaign coordinator Nathalie Hordonneau.
For young foodies, the Children’s Food
‘It’s important for consumers to know what to look for when they’re
Festival has plenty to keep hungry little ones
shopping so they don’t end up with inferior products.’ Discover the
busy! Choose from a host of workshops such as
Origin will be running free tutored tastings of PDO products including
The Little Cook Club’s ‘educational chocolatey
Parma ham and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese on 18th and 19th April
tour of the globe!’ plus crafts and face painting,
as part of the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival, and will also
all in aid of Rockinghorse.
be hosting a sumptuous five-course supper at Hotel Du Vin on 16th
New this year is the Rum Shack, where you
April (tickets £55) showcasing each of these food and wine gems.
can kick back and enjoy a chilled Caribbean
vibe. Discover how to recreate this magic at home in one of the Mixology Group’s cocktail
masterclasses, which run every hour on the
If you want to find out more about
16th to 27th April. For more information and
Bourgogne, Port and the Douro wines,
tickets, visit www.brightonfoodfestival.com
wine expert Olly Smith will be doing a special tasting presentation on Saturday 19th April at 2pm. ‘Wine regions can be as iconic and memorable as James Bond theme tunes,’ says Olly. ‘Everyone remembers classics like Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever – in the same way Bourgogne, Port and the Douro are all highly memorable wineproducing regions that have stood the test of time, producing classics, year in, year out.’ Tweet Olly for wine tips at @JollyOlly
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hour (tickets £5). The festival takes place from
Roasted Lamb Rump with Potatoes, Asparagus Mint Dressing
hen buying steaks consider your choice of butcher. Look for a
Quality Standard Mark butcher, as the QSM is a scheme that provides you with high levels of assurance about the meat you buy. The QSM for lamb is the only scheme in the UK to cover eating quality and all the lamb carrying the mark is chosen according to
a strict selection process to ensure it is succulent and tender. For further information go to www.simplybeefandlamb.co.uk Ingredients (Serves 2)
• 1 lean lamb rump portion (weighing 225-375g/8-12oz)
• S alt and freshly milled black
What to drink with lamb
• 5ml/1tsp dried oregano • 4 00g/10oz baby new potatoes, thinly sliced
• 45ml/3tbsp rapeseed or olive oil •½ bunch fresh asparagus, trimmed & halved lengthways For the Mint Dressing:
• • 60ml/4tbsp good balsamic 1 large handful fresh mint vinegar
shake well and cook in the oven for 20 minutes. 4) Remove the tray from the oven, scatter over the asparagus, position the lamb on top of the
1) Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6 2) Season the steaks and dust with the oregano on both sides. 3) Put the potatoes in a shallow baking tray and coat in the oil,
Altano Quinta do Ataide Reserva 2009 Made from the heroic Touriga Nacional grape, this is full of rich herby rosemary and mint aromas. It’s crammed full of dark fruit, spice and a tiny hint of mocha too. You’ll struggle to find a better match for roast lamb. £14.99 Hennings, www.henningswine.co.uk
Magpie Estate The Wit and Shanker’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 A delicious silky smooth Cabernet Sauvignon. It is wonderfully fresh and uplifting, which makes you reach for a second bottle. £13.75 Butlers Wine Cellar, www.butlers-winecellar.co.uk
Cent’Anni Baccolo Appassimento 2012 Not the classic Cabernet Sauvignon match for lamb but a cracking Merlot and Corvina blend. The grapes have been partially air-dried so it’s full of intense ripe fruit. £8.99 Hennings, www.henningswine.co.uk
potatoes and cook for 15-20 minutes, turning once.
Château Hauterive 2009 Red Bordeaux is the classic match with salt marsh lamb, and this one doesn’t disappoint. 2009 was a great vintage for wines that are fruit driven and accessible when young; this is full of layers of dark berry fruit with a dry and very long finish. £10.99 Butlers Wine Cellar, www.butlers-winecellar.co.uk
5) To prepare the dressing, mix the ingredients together in a small bowl. 6) Arrange the lamb, potatoes and asparagus on a serving board, drizzle over the dressing and serve immediately.
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FINE DINING AT HOME Feeling foodie but don’t want to spend too long in the kitchen? Hotel du Vin Brighton has some simple but gourmet-tasting recipes for you to try Hotel du Vin, 2 Ship Street, Brighton. www. hotelduvin.com; 01273 718588
Roquefort, Pear & Walnut Salad Serves 4
Lemon Sole Meunière With a Lemon and Watercress Salad & Beurre Noisette
Ingredients (Makes 10)
• 1 00g Roquefort (diced into 2cm
For the pot au chocolat:
• 6 25g chocolate • 1 25g butter • 1 0 eggs, separated • 1 2ml double cream
pieces) 1 pear (cored and thinly sliced)
• • 1 00g walnuts (toasted and roughly chopped)
• 1 red Belgian endive, washed and prepped
• 1 white Belgian endive, washed
4 lemon sole (skin and head removed)
• 4 lemons (segmented) • 5 0g parsley (cut into thin strips) • 2 00g butter • 1 00g Lilliput capers
• 5 0g dandelion leaves • 5 0g frisée • 1 2 chervil leaves • 4 slices brioche (crusts cut off,
Baked Valrhona Pot au Chocolat With Crème Chantilly
For the crème Chantilly:
• 1 00ml double cream • 1 3g sugar •½ vanilla pod
Method For the salad, segment the lemons
(reserve the heart of the lemon to
Gently melt the chocolate and
season your beurre noisette) and
butter over a bain-marie until
cut into 2cm cubes and fried in
prepare your watercress. Flour
melted, add yolks and combine.
butter until golden brown)
the fish and pan-fry on both
Lightly whip the cream to ribbon
sides until golden brown. Add
stage and beat the egg whites
the butter and, when foaming,
to soft peaks. Fold cream and
Mix all ingredients together
remove the fish and add to the
egg whites into the chocolate
in a mixing bowl, assemble
centre of the plate. Finish the
mixture and transfer to individual
in a clay bowl and garnish
sauce by squeezing in your lemon
ovenproof dishes. Bake at 180°c
with the chervil.
heart, add the parsley and capers
for 9 mins, then allow to stand for
and spoon over the fish. Garnish
20 minutes before chilling and
with your lemon segments and
refrigerating. To make the crème
watercress and serve.
Chantilly, whip the cream to soft
Inspired by French home-style cooking, Bistro du Vin’s Gallic-influenced food has an undeniably British flavour
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Jess Denny, owner of family-run boutique Spotted in Steyning, picks her favourite foodie design finds for April
Knife & Spoon cooks storage Store knives and utensils safely and hygienically. No prescriptive slots, no restriction on use and you can see the knife blades, making selection a cinch. It features numerous bamboo rods that both clean and gently look after your knives. Spoons, spatulas and ladles go in the adjoining pot. £46, www.naken.co.uk
Cargo wallpaper A classic wallpaper featuring hand-painted ceramic plates in four colour combinations. £69.90 per roll, Angela Cheung, Hurstpierpoint
Sauria cake stand The new Sauria cake stand collection from Seletti is the perfect blend of practicality and humour, featuring three dinosaur designs: T-Rex, Bronto and Trice. From £57, Spotted, Steyning 24 | W W W. SU SS E X ST Y L E.CO M | AP RI L 2014
Mon Oncle barbecue This original barbecue by RS Barcelona is a reinterpretation of the classic concept of a barbecue. It looks like an elegant vintage briefcase, but opens up to reveal an innovative, hard-wearing, portable tabletop barbecue. £220, www.gift-library.com
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Home Cooked Norman Cook is a global musical star, with a career spanning some 30-odd years. But he’s also cautiously emerging as a real foodie. Sam Harrington-Lowe caught up with him to see what’s on the menu…
PHOTOGRAPHY IVAN JONES
orman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, lives in a big house right on the beach, and we couldn’t have picked a more beautiful day to visit. His home is light and airy, and we set up the photo shoot quickly.
He doesn’t seem comfortable being photographed and shuffles about a bit, although he seems to like the spot we’ve chosen. ‘Most people just bung me in front of one of the groynes, or the smileys,’ he says. While our photographer snaps away, I chat to him throughout the shoot, gossiping about old Brighton names and faces. He is clearly relieved when it ends, and I can’t help thinking it seems odd that he still struggles with being photographed. Maybe it just never stops feeling awkward. Outside, at the back of the house, on the decking by the sea, we settle down with cups of tea in the glorious sun, and life gets more comfortable. I’m here to talk to him about his love of food, something he’s been allowed to ‘come out’ about a bit more. His management team in the past have kept it quiet, judging it to be ‘not really very rock and roll’, but he’s properly out of the foodie closet now. Cook loves food. There has been much conjecture locally about just what he’s involved in so, for the record, his interests are as follows: ›› 28 | W W W. SU SS E X ST Y L E.CO M | AP RI L 2014
Food has become my treat when I’m touring. It’s got to the point now where we book certain gigs, just so we can go to certain restaurants
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Itâ€™s exciting when your first foray into being a restaurateur becomes Michelin-starred, the toast of New York and the place where all your mates want to go
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The Spotted Pig in New York, Oki-Nami in Brighton and Big Beach Café at Hove Lagoon. New York was his first venture into the world of food, though. ‘A friend of mine, Ken
Clockwise from left: Norman Cook in his beachfront house; his private view of the beach; one of his Michelin stars
Friedman, just said one day that he was going to get out of the music business. And he’d always been really interested in restaurants and food, and he was looking for backers. It was a really exciting time. I was just getting into cooking and just getting into food – because I was more of a drinker than an eater in those days – and
and I’ve got DJs to mix Brazilian
to see Kenny building The Spotted Pig in
tunes – not the really obvious ones,
New York was so exciting. Watching the whole thing grow, I got engrossed in it.’ The Spotted Pig has been a real success story; not just a fairy-tale whim between two friends, it’s a well-reputed eaterie with a Michelin star – one of
though. I feel as if we’re going to be bombarded with so many Brazilian clichés this summer. I mean, the official World Cup theme is by J-Lo and Pitbull! I wanted to get something proper out there.’
which just happens to be kicking about on the side in
It’s not just Brazilian music that Cook is passionate about;
Cook’s kitchen. ‘The restaurant has had five stars over
Brazilian cuisine has also caught his attention. ‘There’s
the years. It’s exciting when your first foray into being
a lot of Portuguese influence [in Brazilian cooking]. It’s quite
a restaurateur becomes Michelin-starred, the toast of New
peasant-based; a lot of fish stews, coconut and cheese and
York and the place where all your mates want to go – and
ingredients such as manioc. We had some mash the other
is an actual proper business model, not just something
night called purê de mandioquinha, but it was described
where you’re helping your mates out.’
in English as ‘potato family yellow tuber’.
Famously cleaning up his act around five years ago, Cook
He’s clearly enjoying the challenge of a new food venue,
no longer drinks at all and I ask him if food had become an
and he and his partner Danny have been tweaking things
alternative in the pursuit of hedonistic pleasure. He nods.
at Big Beach Cafe after their first year in business. ‘We’d seen
‘Food has become my treat when I’m touring. One of the
the varying stages of the café and it seems the perfect thing
perks of touring all over the world is that in any city you can
to do,’ he says. ‘It had got to the stage where everyone was
try out the best restaurant. It’s got to the point now where
moaning about the vegan food, and it not being open
we book certain gigs, just so we can go to certain restaurants.
at certain times, so when we took it over we remembered
It started when I wanted to go to elBulli, and someone said,
all those conversations.’
you’ll never get a table there, and at the same time I kept getting requests to play in Barcelona.
It’s not all about being a restaurateur though. Cook loves to get in the kitchen, something another friend has inspired
‘So I said to my manager, look, if they can get me a table at
him to do. ‘Jamie Oliver was the one who got me cooking.
elBulli I’ll do the gig. And we did. And it was fantastic. It was
We became friends, just when he first became big and he
a real ritual – there’s a lot of theatre and a lot of pizzazz; it
was the one who said to me, come on, you can do this, you
felt like a food pilgrimage. And after that we started targeting
can do that. He’s very persuasive, and he makes it feel fun,
places like Noma. But yes, in the absence of the after-party,
and doable. In our generation, with most couples I know, it’s
now what we tend to do is get an early night, then get up the
the man who is the cook. In our house, Zoe doesn’t cook.
next day and go somewhere really nice for lunch. But there
‘My favourite dish to cook is risotto. I just really love the
are nights where my crew will have a drink rather than eat
process, because it’s something that you just keep adding
with me.’ He laughs, ruefully.
to and you can go in infinite directions with. I make my
Cook has just returned from Brazil where he’s curating an
own stock, which I love to do. It’s like DJing, you know
album of authentic Brazilian music with his own inimitable
– you’re reading your audience and putting different
mash-up for the World Cup. ‘I’ve always loved Brazilian
ingredients into it, and there’s that moment when you
music so it was just suggested that I oversee the compilation,
think, “yeah, that’s right. That’s perfect”.’
and I’ve got Brazilian artists working with European DJs,
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Sussex Style pays a visit to The Sergison Arms in Hayward’s Heath, to try its famous range of pies
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crusty bread with mango and
dotted throughout the British
pineapple salsa and caramelised
countryside. Each Wednesday
garlic and parsley mayonnaise.
not seasoned – plus the whipped
they have Vintage Pie night,
Weird mix? We thought so.
cream on the chocolate pot was
with a range of pies on offer,
for both pies was great. The chips were underdone though – and
actually crème fraiche.
including three created by
What did you eat?
celebrity chef James Martin.
From the special Wednesday pie
menu, steak & kidney pudding
It’s very reasonably priced – the
What’s it like there?
(£9.99) and James Martin’s beef
whole meal, including a glass of
It’s got a warm and welcoming
& merlot pie (£10.95). Both pies
wine each, was just under £20
feel. The décor is just smart
come with a choice of veg and
a head, and there was plenty of
enough to tell you you’re not
potatoes – we chose seasoned
it. And we like that you can have
in a basic pub, but it’s not
chips and mash, and both had
some of the puddings as a mini-
overwhelming, and the staff that
winter greens. For pudding
pot alongside a hot drink.
seated us and served our drinks
we had the chocolate pot with
were friendly and professional.
whipped cream and the salted
Not so good?
The menu – apart from pie
Our waitress was impatient and
night – is a good mixture of
just this side of rude – asking for
Mediterranean and traditional.
How was it?
There are even some game dishes.
Not bad. Nothing really shouted
We couldn’t fit in the sharing
excellence, but it was hot and
platter starter, but if you’re
filling, so no real complaints.
interested, for £11.95 you can have
The suet pudding wasn’t as
brie and onion marmalade brûlée,
light as I’d hoped it would
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THE GEORGE IN RYE
Julie Burchill is Sussex Style’s new hotel critic. This month she experiences some old-fashioned glamour with more than a touch of modern-day luxury y friend’s mum
mini-bars are part of a modern
plague of mercantile commerce,
going to live in the
taking the magic out of staying in
a hotel. But at the end of the day
village of Rye, but having viewed
you’re still a paying guest – and it
it, concluded ‘It’s very pretty, but
would be nice to have a brandy in
where would you buy a bucket?’
your room without winding your
way back down to the bar again.
theme remarked on by this
Above: The Grill restaurant offers fresh and seasonal food Right: One of the 34 individually designed bedrooms
There wasn’t even a plastic
Dad’s Army where Pike repeatedly wakes up his ‘Uncle Frank’ Wilson with cries of ‘I want a glass of water! NOT BATHROOM WATER, KITCHEN WATER!’ There’s just something WRONG about gaining sustenance from a room housing a toilet. But the bed was a gorgeous cloud of Frette and
wise woman carried through to
bottle of water in the room. And
the bathroom stocked with REN
our room at The George. Quite
yes, I KNOW it’s a real First World
products, while a Roberts Radio
lovely, with a huge roll-top,
Problem but whenever I have
– the Corby Trouser Press of the
free-standing metal tub and
to drink from a bathroom tap I
upmarket boutique hotel – was
Art Nouveau mirrors, it lacked
recall the old bit of business from
pre-tuned to Radio 4; a pleasing
a mini-bar, something of an obsession of mine. One of the reasons I’ve come to favour sleek 5-star chain hotels over the discreet charm of boutique brands is the habit the latter have of implying that
nod to People Like Us.
The bed was a gorgeous cloud of Frette and the bathroom stocked with REN products, while a Roberts Radio was pre-tuned to Radio 4; a pleasing nod to People Like Us
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Downstairs in the Grill restaurant we drank Sancerre and ate a lunch and dinner composed of such fresh and lively ingredients that I halffeared that passing cod, squid
and chickens might put their
apologies. In the narrow cobbled
heads around the door and
streets we marvelled at the nerve
enquire as to the whereabouts
of the shop calling itself GLASS
of their respective cousins.
ETC: ANTIQUES AND HIGH-
The George in Rye 98 High St, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7JT, 01797 222114 www.thegeorge inrye.com
atmosphere of Fifties Britain with a 21st-century level of luxury, the George in Rye’s your guy. We were only there long enough to get
In the Tap bar, we nursed
CLASS JUNK and admired the
drunk, eat, argue like hellcats and
bourbons and listened to the
clock on the tower of St Mary
pleasant clientele discussing
the Virgin – which strikes not on
much looking forward to going
dogs. ‘I’ve got a miniature
the hour but on the quarter – and
back for a more leisurely time
pinscher!’ exclaimed one lady
drank at the Cinque Ports Arms.
this summer – Rye looks like
and I didn’t know whether to
If you’d like to know what it
a lovely place to get lost in, if
congratulate her or offer my
feels like to go back in time to an
not in which to buy a bucket.
kiss and make up. But I’m very
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GOLDEN OLDIE With its traditionally English, genteel vibe, as well as its miles of golden sand, Rye is a charming combination of village and beach life, says Sam Harrington-Lowe
Tell us about it…. Rye is a simply delightful town – different from other ‘seaside’ towns, inasmuch as it’s not actually on the sea. The biggest and busiest chunk is inland, about a mile and a half along the river, which is a busy waterway sparkling with fishing boats and houseboats. One needs to meander along to Rye Bay itself to hit the sea, but the reward for this sortie is miles of golden sand. Camber Sands is a thriving and busy seaside beach spot, complete with Haven Holiday Park and absolutely rammed in the summer – but it’s the actual village part that is truly lovely. Rye was a fortified hilltop town offering a key defence point for the south coast of England, and Shopping heaven?
stands as a crumbling citadel,
old French towns, despite it being
with hilly cobbled streets, castle
so characteristically English.
ruins and timbered houses. St
They cannot say what makes it
Mary’s church tower offers the
so unusual and it is left to artists
best viewpoint for this ancient
and photographers to capture its
market town, and secret passages,
physical charm. Over the years
once the haunt of smugglers and
this charm has worked on people,
highwaymen, attract film crews
who after only one or two days
streets and you’ll find some
as much as tourists.
here, have found themselves
real treasures. Rye Deli is a
with an overwhelming desire to
combination of local and artisan
acquire “a house in or near Rye”.’
products and food that is home-
It’s a creative place, popular with writers, musicians and
Clockwise, from above: One of Rye’s hilly cobbled streets; The Ambrette Indian restaurant; Webbe’s at the Fish Café
Rye has an absolute wealth of independent shops, including antiques, art galleries, butchers, delis and clothes shops. Explore the town by wandering through its higgledy-piggledy cobbled
In 1573 the title ‘Rye Royale’ was
cooked on the premises, and the
Rye their home. Martyn Stubbs
bequeathed to the town by Queen
town even has a proper milliner
from Phillips and Stubbs estate
Elizabeth I after she stayed there.
and bespoke hat shop, Herald and
agency, agrees: ‘Visitors to Rye
It’s extraordinarily genteel, and
Hart. But it’s actually the farmers,
often remark on its similarity to
very traditionally English.
country, community and antique
artists, many of which have made
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On the market
Visitors often remark on its similarity to old French towns, despite it being so characteristically English The Bay Tree, a fine Grade II-listed property of early-mid 16th-century origin. £750,000
An unusual property in the citadel area of the town. £465,000
A mid-terrace period property, markets that make Rye a haven
Thomas Peacocke Community
ideal as a holiday home or
for the shopper. I’ve never seen
College, is a co-educational
a place like it for markets!
secondary school and sixth form with academy status.
Are there any good schools? Buckswood School, just outside
All Phillips & Stubbs, www.phillipsandstubbs.co.uk;
the town itself, has a junior and
You’re really spoilt for choice
senior school and an exceptional
here. We love The Ambrette at
reputation, and Frewen College
Rye, which offers a beautiful
(graded outstanding by Ofsted),
contemporary twist on
which supports 7–18 year-olds
traditional Indian cuisine, but
whose education has been
if you’re going to do fish – and
adversely affected by dyslexia,
there are plenty of fish eateries
dyspraxia, dyscalculia, or speech
in Rye – Webbe’s at the Fish Café
and language difficulties. Rye
is really something. Fresh local
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Explore the town by wandering through its higgledy-piggledy cobbled streets and you’ll find some real treasures
of you, from bouillabaisse to
in September. As well as the
fruits de mer, and of course the
Rye Scallops Festival (which has
famous Rye Bay scallops. The
already been and gone this year,
Apothecary is a coffee shop with
sadly) there is Wild Boar Week
a traditional 17th-century coffee
in October, and the Rye Bonfire
house atmosphere and wonderful
& Torchlight Procession in
pastries. And if you’re looking for
November (this year on 8th Nov).
something a bit quirky, Edith’s
Reserve is a great outdoor place – and runs a very busy programme of events all year round, but it’s hard to beat Camber Sands at any time of year for pure sandy, beachy pleasure.
? You wouldn’t know this but… Upstairs in the Rye Heritage
with amazing cakes and
The George is the key hotel for
Centre (where you’ll also find
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this area (see Julie Burchill’s
the Rye town model) you’ll
review) but for something easier
discover an amazing collection
Put your gladrags on for…
on the pocket The Old Vicarage
of the old-fashioned slot
Live events are what it’s all
at Rye Harbour is a lovely place
machines that used to be found
about here. Look out for the
to stay. And for somewhere that
on the piers – operated by old
Rye International Jazz Festival
really knows how to put the purr
one-penny pieces that you can
– held over the August Bank
into pamper, try The Rye Retreat.
buy from the Heritage Centre.
Holiday weekend – and the Rye
For more information on Rye
Maritime Festival, also in August,
Anything for little ones?
followed by the Rye Arts Festival
For children Rye Harbour Nature
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a main care worker who may work
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to ask yourself what things you are no
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support, so live-in care staff will wear
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could I get the same care worker
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CATWALK REPORT Stylist Danielle Collier’s high street picks are full of the joys of spring
Coat £70, River Island, stores throughout Sussex
Dolce & Gabbana dress £865, Profile, Brighton
Cardigan £41, East, Lewes
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Let the sunshine in by introducing a little yellow to your spring wardrobe. A dominant colour on the catwalk for spring/summer 2014, yellow was used by many designers as both a block colour and as a more subtle, complementary hue.
Top £85, Whistles, Brighton
Saltwater sandals £49.50, Nola Boutique, Brighton
Dress £169, Hobbs, Brighton, Chichester Dress £68, Next, stores throughout Sussex Burberry Burberry
Louche Cayne dress £45, Joy Boutique, Brighton
Top £59, Mint Velvet, Chichester
Alongside vibrant spring colours, sheer and floaty fabrics made an impact on the catwalk this season. Reveal as much or as little as you like, with everything from cut-out panels to chiffon and lace.
Skirt £35, Topshop, stores throughout Sussex
Dress £99, Kaliko, Brighton (plus concessions throughout Sussex) Jumper £18, Warehouse, stores throughout Sussex
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CATWALK REPORT Danielle Collier on the key looks for men this spring, and where to find them on the high street
Jacket £57.95, Jack & Jones, Crawley
Left Field jacket £330, Peggs & Son, Brighton
Rag & Bone
Criminal Damage bomber £85, Topman, stores throughout Sussex
With trends from the Nineties coming back into fashion it is no surprise that one of the key items on catwalks for spring/ summer was the bomber, or varsity jacket, and high street and independent stores have leapt onto this trend.
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Bomber jacket £79.99, Zara, Brighton
Carhartt shirt £75, Badger Clothing, Brighton Tommy Hilfiger Calder jacket £230, Broadleys, East Grinstead
Criminal Damage T-shirt £20, Arena, Worthing
Get ready to unleash your inner explorer, with a range of earthy tones and simple cuts, as seen on the catwalk for spring/ summer 14. You’ll find everything from animal prints to camouflage and map prints, coming to a high street near you.
Duck and Cover shirt £40, Apache, Horsham
Crooks & Castles Killstreak T-shirt £59.95, Urban Industry, Eastbourne
Simon Carter Rye satchel £75, Bone Clothing, Lewes APR IL 2014 | WWW.SUSSEXSTYL E .C O M | 4 7
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Sothys Limited Edition Spring/Summer Oxygenating Facial £45 This is a real spring clean facial – an intensive vitamin boost to revitalise your tired skin and add a touch of radiance for summer. It really is feeding your face too, with raspberry and lychee extracts, full of detoxifying and oxygenating properties. And the products are enriched with vitamins, helping winter skin to regain its luminosity. Goodbye winter pallour. Available from: Once Bitten, 16 Lane End Road, Middleton-on-Sea, PO22 6LL
Aromatherapy Associates Polishing Essential Enzyme Peel £39 Fruit acids of pineapple, passion flower and grape work together to break down dead skin cells, while carrot oil – rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants – helps to diminish the signs of ageing. Smooth! Available at Estetica, Midhurst and John & Ginger, Shoreham-by-Sea
Bee Venom Mask £25.30 Nature’s alternative to Botox! Made from Manuka honey, renowned for its soothing and healing properties, it also contains the magic ingredient, bee venom, which works to control the facial muscles for immediate lifting, tightening and firming, while getting to work on frown lines and wrinkles! Available from www.heavenskincare.com
Weleda Skin Food £9.95 This is one of our true hero products, with ingredients so natural you could eat it! Use as mask as well as a moisturiser. Love it. Available at Dolphin House Clinic, Brighton or Boots stores throughout Sussex
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Filorga Hydra Filler £45 Technical stuff, this moisturiser. Apparently it reprograms internal processes linked to hydration by stimulating the synthesis of epidermal lipids and building a reservoir in which the skin can draw from, creating a plump, healthy look. Says ‘hyaluronic acid’ on it too, which we do understand. Available at Marks & Spencer stores throughout Sussex
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LET’S NAIL THIS! Confused about the different nail treatments available these days? Luckily nail expert Emma Myers is on hand to sort fact from fiction
s it just me or has the nail industry gone completely
for years. Gels are not as strong as acrylics and if you use
mad over the last five years? 3D nail art, gel polish,
your hands a lot, you’d would be better off with acrylic. The
acrylics, even duck-feet nails! You name it, there’s
same goes for anyone who has their hands in water a lot.
something for everyone out there.
As a nail technician this is great news for me but I realise
‘Gel polish doesn’t last’
there are many ladies out there who don’t understand the
Not true. This is the biggest thing to hit the nail industry
differences between the various nail services, so allow me to
in years and my goodness, it really has taken it by storm.
take you through a few of the more common misconceptions.
There are so many different nail companies offering their own brands of gel polish, including CND Shellac, Gelish,
‘Acrylics are terrible for your nails’
Gellux and OPI Gel polish, and there are now some new
Not true. Acrylic doesn’t damage your nail, it’s the technique
products available for a DIY gel manicure at home. It is
that some of the non-standard salons use that’s the problem. The electric filing or manual over-filing of the nail plate is actually what damages your natural nail, but the products do not damage them at all. The amazing looks that can be achieved with acrylic are amazing and it is by far my favourite nail treatment. Always use a professional salon
only designed to stay on the nails for up to 14 days, but toenails can last literally months! Gel polish is only designed for the colour, not to give strength or length. To get the nail extended you will still need to have either acrylics or gels underneath, but you can still have gel polish on top. The nail industry is constantly
and check all qualifications and insurance
innovating and changing, with new
– professional salons will be more
products being released all the time,
than happy to provide you with this.
such as CND’s Vinylux (seven-day polish)
Unfortunately once your natural nails are damaged they take years to repair.
and the BruzZ nailbrush. I’m always looking out for exciting products that allow people to show off their nails as a piece of art.
‘Gels are much better for my nails’ Not true. Gels are absolutely no better for your nails than acrylics and this has been a rumour that has circulated
If you’d like to know more about nails, get in touch with Emma Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org APR IL 2014 | WWW.SUSSEXSTYLE .C O M | 5 1
TECHNOLOGY Bruzz is creating a buzz within the beauty world…
he nailbrush is a
the impregnated vanilla extract
keeps it – and your nails
yet although it
– smelling gorgeous too.
comes in many
Grubby nails (and fingers)
by containing all liquid within Above and opposite: Bruzz is available in hot pink, blue and white and retails at £11.95
the brush. It can be used on natural nails as well as acrylics, gels, gel polish, fiberglass and all
different sizes and materials,
will be a thing of the past with a
its design remains relatively
simple squeeze of liquid soap into
unchanged. That is, until now.
the centre of the Bruzz, making
Bruzz is a unique design, which
them really sparkle, and it can
The woman behind the brand
is registered and patented, and
also be used dry as a dusting
Bruzz was born when Emma
cleans the top, underside and tip
brush. The removable soft-touch
Myers, a nail and beauty
of the nail in one simple action.
bristles make it easy to clean –
therapist, couldn’t find anything
It nurtures nails with its multi-directional cleaning while the antibacterial bristles ensure
even dishwasher safe – for long lasting results. Unlike a standard
upmost hygiene as well as
nailbrush, the ergonomic
maintaining beautiful, healthy
Bruzz prevents excess
nails. Its gentle action gives a nail
water and soap spray
massage at the same time and
splashing the bathroom
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kinds of nail art (including 3D) and even on toes.
better than a standard nailbrush. She worked with a design team, applied for the patent, design protection and trademark and after months of intensive testing, Bruzz is
creating a buzz. She says: ‘Many nail technicians won’t use a standard nailbrush on a client as they cannot be sanitised properly and are hard on the nails. Bruzz is so easy to use – as a nail cleaning brush, a finger cleaner and a dusting brush. Clients will love them because
Bruzz prevents excess water and soap spray splashing the bathroom by containing all liquid within the brush
there’s nothing more frustrating than your nails being dirty only a couple of days after having your nails done, and the only way to get the dirt out is to use the end of a cuticle pusher. It still amazes me that I have invented this product that actually works and does the job brilliantly.’
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LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX How much do our children need to know about sex and when do they need to be educated about it in school? Sam Bilton investigates
hen I was at
in science lessons, but everything
else falls under the heading of
PSHE (personal, social, health
little more than
and economic) education.
a perfunctory talk on puberty,
Whereas lessons on the biological
conception and birth. These
bit are compulsory under the
were the days when we relied
national curriculum, PSHE
on books, teachers and parents
is non-statutory so schools
for our learning, as well as
merely have to have a policy
misinformation from our peers.
on teaching SRE (which could
A time before the Pandora’s
be to not teach it at all).
Box of the internet, which has
Although there is guidance on
made an infinite amount of data
what SRE should cover, schools
available at the click of a mouse.
can choose to follow as much or
Children today are undoubtedly
as little of this guidance as they
exposed to far more sexually
see fit. This has left some parents
explicit information and imagery
and children feeling they have
and this has prompted a heated
insufficient information, while
debate about how and when sex
others feel that children are
of their children receiving SRE.
and relationship education (SRE)
being bombarded with sexually
The problem appears to be how
should be taught in schools.
explicit information when they
and when it is delivered. Clearly
are far too young.
children need to be informed
What exactly is SRE?
Above Children today can access sexually explicit information and imagery all too easily
Several reports, including one from the Department for Children, Schools and Families in 2009, have found that parents are overwhelmingly in favour
about puberty and know how
SRE goes beyond the facts
Too much, too soon
babies are made. But do they
about sex and conception and
Although some initial concepts
really need to know how to put on
encompasses the social, physical
about relationships and the
a condom at the age of 11 or 12?
and emotional aspects of growing
life cycle may be introduced as
up, relationships, sexual health
part of PSHE lessons at primary
compulsory, although every
and human sexuality. The
school the real SRE nitty-gritty
school is required to give the
biological aspect is dealt with
doesn’t start until Year 7.
parents a chance to opt out
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At the moment SRE is not
Susan’s Experience My 12-year-old daughter was shown a film of someone applying a condom to a real penis. But the thing that really disturbed her was the dark warning from a teacher that she should watch out for having her drink spiked at a party. Not just for the obvious dangers, such as the side effects of drugs or being raped, but just in case someone stole her kidneys. This type of scaremongering is unnecessary and only serves to put children off SRE.
Why is SRE important? Children and young people… want to learn about issues such as body confidence, love and sexual attraction, how to respond to peer pressure, and how to behave in a relationship. They have a right to feel safe and healthy, and a right to education that helps them learn. They want parents and carers to talk to them about growing up and sex, and to learn about other people’s views and opinions in school, and they need help to understand the way their bodies and feelings change as they grow and develop, and to develop skills and confidence.
Sex and Relationship Education for the 21st Century
of SRE on their child’s behalf.
for Education is outdated. ‘The
feel well-equipped for, and
You can exercise this right at any
guidance was published before
provide them with links to good
point until your child reaches the
smartphones and broadband
quality information to support
age of 19 (which seems ludicrous,
became ubiquitous,’ explains
them,’ says Blake.
given that a person can legally
Simon Blake OBE, chief
have sex from the age of 16).
executive of Brook. Together
recently revealed that teenage
with the PSHE Association
pregnancies have fallen to an
Too little, too late
and the Sex Education Forum,
all-time low in England and Wales
However, organisations such
Brook has recently produced
since 1969. This could lead people
as the Brook Advisory
advice for teachers on SRE. It
to conclude that SRE in schools
covers issues currently missing
is fine as it is and that no further
from the government’s advice
advice is needed. However, there
such as sexting, pornography,
are many other issues beyond
sexual consent, violence and
unwanted pregnancies and to
exploitation. ‘We hope this will
ignore them could jeopardise
help teachers to teach some of the
how our children view sex and
subjects they did not previously
relationships in the future.
Service argue that the SRE programme available in most schools does not go far enough and that
What do you think of the SRE at your child’s school? Email your thoughts to
the current guidance
from the Department
The Office of National Statistics
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Do children know where their food comes from? Sam Bilton discovers how one big supermarket is trying to fill in some of the holes in our children’s knowledge
veryone knows that
one in five schoolchildren
cheese is made from
have never visited a farm.’
milk, which comes from cows, right? And
As consumers we all too often lay the blame for our
Above: Children need to visit farms in order to understand more about where their food comes from
deal. In collaboration with the supermarkets and major food manufacturers the government has introduced a traffic light
the clue for the food source of the
nutritional woes at the feet of
humble fish finger is surely in the
the supermarkets. They are the
it easier for consumers to
name? Apparently not. Last year,
evil overlords to our enslaved
understand the nutritional
the British Nutrition Foundation
consumers, doomed to wander
soundness of a product.
(BNF) published some alarming
endless aisles of mass-produced
research on children’s knowledge
junk food. But I’m going to go
the supermarkets to educate and
of where their food comes from.
out on a limb here and suggest
inform consumers on how to
that not everything our UK
make healthier food choices. To
children across the UK they
supermarkets do is supremely
help children connect with food,
found that nearly a third of
evil (and I know that in saying
Tesco is planning to devote £15m
primary school pupils think
this I do run the risk of being
to its Eat Happy Project, which
that cheese comes from plants
pelted with rotten tomatoes).
has won the support of Diabetes
From a survey of 27,500
and almost one fifth think that fish fingers come from chicken. ‘There is a lack of
In 2011, the major supermarket chains signed pledges to reduce the amount of saturated fat, salt
food labelling system to make
Another part of this deal is for
UK, the Children’s Food Trust and the NFU. ‘We know that parents are
understanding of food origins,’
and calories in food and drinks
concerned that kids don’t always
says Ayela Spiro, a nutrition
as part of the government’s
understand how food is made
scientist for the BNF. ‘Around
public health responsibility
and where it comes from, which
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is important to developing a strong, positive life-long relationship with food,’ explains Tesco UK managing director, Chris Bush. ‘Working closely with teachers, our suppliers and a number of partners, including the Children’s Food Trust, we want to help improve the relationship primary school kids have with food, and that’s the aim of the Eat Happy Project.’ The first initiative of the Eat Happy Project is the Farm to Fork trail, launched in more than 700 Tesco stores across the UK at the end of February. The ambition is to take one million of the five million primary schoolchildren in the UK on the Farm to Fork trails in the project’s first year. ‘The key to reconnecting kids’ knowledge of food to what they eat is getting them excited, at a young age, about where their favourite food comes from and
The key to reconnecting kids’ knowledge of food to what they eat is getting them excited about where their favourite food comes from and how it gets to their plate
Pete Mountstephen, Chair of
Connected Classrooms, which
National Primary Headteachers.
will offer ‘virtual field trips’ for primary schools to talk to
definitely have the appetite to
producers and Tesco colleagues
learn, engage and understand
from all over the world.
more about the provenance of
understanding of where food comes from,’ adds Ayela. ‘Being better informed about food, how it is produced and processed, and how to apply healthy eating principles when choosing and
how it gets to their plate,’ says
‘Schoolchildren across the UK
to help support children’s further
‘A trip like this is invaluable
Above: Schoolchildren on one of Tesco’s Farm to Fork store visits
cooking food are important skills and knowledge that children and young people should have. In addition, we need to encourage an active, healthy lifestyle.’ The BNF will be conducting a
as it adds to the experience of
similar survey in 2014 for Healthy
the learning and it brings the
Eating Week (2nd–6th June). The
store visit the children will learn
subject alive,’ says Debbie Baty,
aim of the week is to promote
how bread is made in the bakery,
Head of Learning for Life at Great
healthy diets and being more
discover where different fruit and
Walstead School. Walstead’s Year
active, as well as improve their
vegetables come from, and will
4 pupils visited the Burgess Hill
understanding of where food
be encouraged to taste some new
branch of Tesco for their Farm
comes from and enhance their
varieties. They will also find out
to Fork trail last month. ‘Our
cooking skills. To date, over 2,000
more about the various types of
lessons are very practical and
schools have registered. Here’s
fish and cheese available.
hands-on, but you can’t beat
hoping it will show that some of
experiencing something first-
children’s misconceptions about
hand,’ she says.
food have been dispelled.
their favourite meals.’ During a typical Farm to Fork
In addition to the store visits, Tesco has developed a dedicated website for the project and will be working closely with Google’s
‘We welcome initiatives, such as Tesco’s Farm to Fork trail,
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Prospective parents always comment on our cheerful,
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week… Kindergarten have enjoyed a Wild West themed day;
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Reception have been modelling recycled dinosaurs; Year
the spark in each child; whether that is lit in the classroom,
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on the sports field or in the fabulous woodlands that provide
have spent a morning creating Roman newspapers; Year 6
the setting for our Forest Schools’ programme.
have been out on a Geography field trip; Year 7 have been
‘Pupils experience a broad stimulating curriculum
rehearsing for their performance of Joseph; Year 8 have been
enriched by an excellent, challenging activity programme.’
planning menus for this Friday’s ‘Come Dine with Me’ night;
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pen morning Tuesday 6th and Saturday 10th May
Entry at Reception, 7+ and 11+. Spaces may be available in other year groups.
Innovative. Creative. Excellent. For girls and boys aged 2-13
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MUM ON THE RUN Faced with so many options of what to eat and how to eat it, it’s not surprising that our children are getting so particular about their food, says Laura Jandac
ave you seen the bit in When Harry Met Sally where Meg Ryan takes forever to order her food because she is so particular about how she would like it served? Well in my house at
the moment I feel like that scene is on repeat. My four-year-old son has gone all Jamie Oliver on me.
Historically I’ve never had a problem getting food down him. Always breathing a sigh of relief watching friends with difficult eaters, mine was never fussy and generally anything that was put in front of him was gratefully appreciated, but recently he seems to have an opinion on everything culinary. I asked him yesterday what he wanted for tea and was duly told that he wanted pasta, spaghetti not twirls, red sauce not green sauce (that’s pesto, not anything too sinister) and he would like cheese, but not on top of the pasta; he wanted it
eat bananas anywhere but at home. He wouldn’t touch them
in a bowl on the side. Oh, and some juice – but with a white
at nursery or with friends and not even for Granny. It turns
straw not a red one. Wow.
out that my friend cut them in a particular way and her son
because her daughter will only eat from certain coloured
was convinced that they tasted different and he didn’t like them if they were cut in any other shape.
plates. She also has to choose her own knife and fork or she
But is it our fault? Do we pander to our darlings so much
goes into complete meltdown. I recently decided it was time
that they simply do not compute that they can’t have exactly
to replace all of our babyish plastic plates with some more
what they want? Am I going wrong by even asking my son
grown-up ones and decided on a selection in lots of bright
what he wants? Maybe I should just plonk it in front of
colours. Big Mistake. I had three screaming children on
him with a like-it-or-lump-it attitude and see if he plays
my hands as they all wanted the green one!
ball. When he was younger I would slave over recipes,
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creating meals worthy of a Michelin star. I once lost an
ICONOGRAPHY: LUIS PRADO
Where did it all come from? A friend of mine struggles
I once lost an entire afternoon peeling grapes for one particular Annabel Karmel creation
entire afternoon peeling grapes for one particular Annabel
We are lucky to have, just a 10-minute drive away, a pick-
Karmel creation. I have even been known to take a photo of
your-own farm. I can take my son and his friends to dig up
a breakfast that I was so proud of and duly award myself ten
and pick their own fruit and vegetables and help them to
out of ten for presentation and appearance. So maybe I have
recognise a carrot from a tomato and start to learn about
to take some responsibility for my son’s perfectionist streak.
seasons and availability. I do have a bit of a way to go though
Even during the day we are inundated with food programmes, and Jamie Oliver and two beards (the hairy bikers) are very popular in our house. After one episode of
because my son still gets frustrated that he can’t pick his own bananas in West Sussex! Monsters or not, I was the proudest mother in Sainsbury’s
Nigella a friend’s daughter asked if the chocolate she was
last week when my son shouted out loudly, for the whole
having as an afternoon treat was organic! Have we created
aisle to hear, that he wanted smoked salmon and scrambled
a herd of monsters or should we be proud that they are taking
eggs for breakfast – but they had to be happy eggs! I’m clearly
an interest in what they are eating and what it looks like?
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Literary Highlights at the Steyning Festival
I love Steyning, and it’s got probably one of the best bookshops I’ve ever visited, with a really lovely, knowledgeable owner
(24th May–8th June)
Sussex Style is the official magazine media partner associated with the Steyning Festival
24th May arvings, Corridors and C Timbres is a Steyning Festival-commissioned theatrical journey by Alex Packer celebrating Steyning Grammar School’s 400-year history. 2.30pm, 4.30pm and 6pm, Steyning Grammar
25th May illian McClure, author of G the award-winning Selkie presents her new book for children, We’re Going to
28th May Literary Lunch for writers and readers to celebrate the Steyning Festival Short Story Awards in the beautiful surroundings of Wilton Park. 11.15 am (lunch at 1.00pm), Wiston House. Ticket price to be confirmed, and includes a two-course lunch.
For more information on
Build a Dam, using puppets.
Bethan Roberts, a Festival
An Hour with Julia Donaldson,
tickets and venues, visit
2.30pm, Bookshop Marquee.
favourite who won the
who will be acting out her
Jerwood Young Writers’ Prize
stories with her talented
Priority booking for the
in 2007, introduces her new
supporting cast. The
Friends of Steyning Festival
book, Mother Island. 2.30pm,
Gruffalo will make a guest
will begin at a special event
appearance. Ages 5+
on 17th April. Priority booking
11.00am, Steyning Centre.
continues on 18th-19th April.
Independent/ The Guardian),
Public booking starts on 22nd
Brighton crime writer Julia
1st and 8th June
Crouch introduces her new
The famous Ann Poupard
or from Steyning Bookshop.
stand-up comedienne and
psychological thriller, The
Theatre Trail takes place in
To become a Friend of the
Man Booker Prize 2013
different locations around
Festival (£10 per year for
judge, discusses her
Steyning, with three new
an individual or £15 for
eagerly-awaited first novel,
plays and lunch by Chez Joel
a family),contact Jenny
The Amber Fury. 7.30pm,
in the Bookshop Marquee.
venue to be announced.
Tickets £30 including lunch.
hotmail.co.uk; 01903 814167
broadcaster (Radio 4
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April. Tickets available online
NATALIE HAYNES PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAN MERSH
School, Church Street.
THE GRUFFALO Her unique, charming tales with their catchy rhymes have made Julia Donaldson a household name. Sam Harrington-Lowe meets the celebrated children’s author
ulia Donaldson has
a delight, offering not just a sense
always been something
of childlike wonder, but some
of a star in our house.
inspiring messages. A Squash and
Although my daughter
a Squeeze and Room on the Broom
is a teenager now, she grew up
clearly highlight the benefits
loving Julia’s tales such as
of sharing, for example. In The
A Squash and a Squeeze, Room
Gruffalo, it takes a tiny mouse to
on the Broom and, of course,
face up to a huge monster, only to
The Gruffalo. Julia is now bringing
find that the monster really isn’t
her characters to life in a series
so scary. The sequel, The Gruffalo’s
of live shows around the UK
Child, has an unusual angle in
which includes an appearance
that the story is about a father
at the Steyning Festival.
and child, rather than mother.
‘I love Steyning,’ she says, ‘and
‘Lots of my stories are based on
it’s got probably one of the best
fables, and it’s quite nice to have
bookshops I’ve ever visited, with
a story,’ says Donaldson. ‘but I
a really lovely, knowledgeable
don’t like these things to have a
owner. What we do is an hour-
preachy message. I don’t start by
long show for families, in which
on a farm, and for that we get
we act out about four stories,
children up on the stage making
and about four songs, with
animal noises. There’s a story
lots of audience participation.
called Highway Rat, and then my
And when I say “we”, I’ve got
very first story, A Squash and a
my husband, my sister and a
Squeeze, which is actually a song.
professional actor call Scott
And of course we can’t get away
Hoatson who plays one of the
with not doing The Gruffalo…’
Above: Julia Donaldson is appearing at the Steyning Festival Below: Her new book Sugarlump and the Unicorn
thinking “I wish children would share more”, for example. But there’s some sort of sense of that in most of the stories. ‘When I’m asked where the child’s mother is in The Gruffalo’s Child – mostly by my German readers, strangely enough – I
characters. And possibly a couple
I ask about this, wondering if
never know what to say. I used to
of volunteers from Steyning who
The Gruffalo has become one of
say I don’t know, now I tell them
will be in costume! And then
those things that creators end
that she’s gone on a cruise.’
we get children and adults to
up ruing. ‘It is a bit like being in
Julia Donaldson will be appearing
actually play some of the parts.
a rock band where the audience
at the Steyning Centre on 7th
always want you to do the
June at 11.00, as part of the
‘We start off with a story called Tyrannosaurus Drip, which is
golden oldies,’ she laughs,
Steyning Festival. Tickets will
about a put-upon vegetarian
‘but of course we do it.’
be available from Steyning
dinosaur. Then there’s What the Ladybird Heard, about crime
For me, Julia’s animal characters have always been
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GET WAISTED MOVES TO NEW LARGER STUDIO COUTURE HAS ARRIVED IN STEYNING
It has been just over six months since Toni and Get Waisted moved into the beautiful little boutique on Steyning High Street in West Sussex. Everything has gone so well that now they have decided to take on larger premises! But don’t panic (as one famous Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy once observed) – Get Waisted hasn’t gone far - three doors up in fact to number 94. They have taken new, larger space above the lovely people at Vintage & Home. This allows for separate spaces for a studio/workroom, retail and a rather plush consulting room - where clients can look over fabrics and designs in comfort. It’s all very exciting. There is a Genuine Vintage section (at the time of writing there were outfits from Biba, Giorgio Armani and Moschino) as well as selected accessories. There’s always a variety of stylish bags – Get Waisted quickly seems to have established a reputation for the best of these – as well as the great value ex-catwalk lines and photo-shoot items, select ‘ready-to-wear’ designs and of course more space to work on the growing made-to-measure business. Also, don’t be shy – if you’ve got an old favourite, or something that doesn’t quite fit, Toni is always there to help with ‘re-styling’ or alterations to favourite pieces that need a refresh too. We recommend a trip to Get Waisted right now! Whether you are after made-to-measure, ready-to-wear, vintage or a prom dress Toni is just dying to show off her new surroundings. The shop number stays 01903 812992 or you can email her at Toni@getwaisted.co.uk 66 | W W W. SU SS E X ST Y L E.CO M | AP RI L 2014
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BOTH WORLDS With a town centre on the brink of regeneration and the countryside on its doorstep, Victoria Emerson finds the Mid Sussex rural town of Burgess Hill an attractive prospect
Tell us about it…. Before I visited the previously
it’s easy to see what; Burgess
unchartered territory of Burgess
Hill has everything covered
Hill, I had already done my
for the whole family.
homework by chatting with the
What I find most exciting are the pockets of community spirit that you find around every corner, buzzing with creativity and enterprise
Situated just 10 miles north
locals about where, what and
of Brighton, 16 miles from
why. The thing that struck me
Gatwick Airport and with
was that its inhabitants are all
excellent rail links to London
kinds of passionate about their
(55 minutes to Victoria), Burgess
town. Whether it is the majesty
Hill is a commuter’s paradise.
of the surrounding countryside, the wonders of the area’s recent
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something right, and on arrival,
micro-industrial revolution or
I would imagine that living in
the suspense and intrigue of the
Burgess Hill would mean you
proposed new Neighbourhood
get the very best of both worlds;
Regeneration Plan, everyone has
a compact town centre that
something to shout about.
keeps you equipped with all your
I’m also intrigued as to what
standards (Boots, Waitrose etc.)
has caused the town’s population
plus countryside living, seeing
to increase from just 8,000 in
as it’s right on the doorstep
1951, to around a whopping
of the South Downs. There is
30,000 today. They must be doing
no doubt that the town centre
BURGESS HILL STYLE
On the market
main performance space in the Martlets shopping centre and local pubs are the real hub of the social scene. Are there any good schools? Schools-wise you really are spoilt for choice. The rather prestigious Burgess Hill School for Girls is your main contender, with families traveling from far and
wide to send their little ladies
detached Victorian house, built
there for independent schooling
in 1900 on a generous-sized
from the age of 2½–18 years.
half-acre plot. £1.1million
Past pupils of note include the lovely Holly Willoughby and tennis ace Andy Murray’s gorgeous girlfriend Kim Sears. Then there is the very successful St Paul’s Catholic College, about
needs jazzing up as far as shops and aesthetics go, but with a planned regeneration scheme in the pipeline, the promise of larger shops, an arts centre and a facelift for the railway station is soon to become a much-
Clockwise, from left: The Oak Barn restaurant; the Woolpack pub; one of the stalls at Miss Mabel’s Emporium
which I have heard rumours
An attractive 4-bedroom
that parents have even changed
detached house within a
their religion just to send their
5-minute walk of Burgess Hill
children there! Classed in the
School for Girls and mainline
top 100 non-selective secondary
schools nationally, St Pauls has been top of the class in the eyes of Ofsted for a number of years. What about the property market? Perhaps one of the biggest pulling
2-bedroom end of terrace
factors Burgess Hill has is the
built by Crest Homes, within
are the pockets of community
smorgasbord of property options
a 5-minute walk of St Paul’s
spirit that you find around every
it offers. A visit to a few local
School and the Triangle
corner, buzzing with creativity
estate agents revealed that, given
Leisure Centre. £224,950
and enterprise. Independent
its location in expensive Mid
cafes fill the High Street, local
Sussex, the town probably offers
theatre groups take charge of the
the lowest property prices by ››
welcomed reality. What I find most exciting
All Mansell McTaggart, www.mansellmctaggart.co.uk; 01444 235665
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BURGESS HILL STYLE
a long shot. As a young family, I would be well catered for, with two-bedroom houses starting at around £170,000. Or if you fancy dipping your hand further into your pocket, the outskirts of Burgess Hill is littered with huge, idyllic farmhouses, taking your budget firmly into the millions. Gastro delights I visited on a balmy spring Saturday that saw everyone flocking to the countryside pubs for sunshine drinks and some traditional pub grub. Talk to anyone about the best pub in the area and they point you in the direction of the ‘best kept secret in Burgess Hill’, The Woolpack. Not that much of a secret really,
scone with tea, served on dainty
but wow, what a perfect little
vintage china, as I sat on my
family-run pub. They grow their
cutesy mismatched chair at a
own produce in their allotment
Farrow and Ball upcycled table.
and offer traditional and freshly Sleeping and pampering
prepared English dishes.
Above: Homemade scone on dainty vintage china at Miss Mabel’s Emporium Tea Room
Anything for little ones? The Triangle leisure centre is every parent’s dream. My sister (and mother of twin boys) swears by it. There are more activities for kids available here than
For an overnight stay somewhere
you can shake a Sophie Giraffe
an extensive wine collection,
that’s a bit more original than
at. It boasts not only the best
a roaring fire in the winter and
a Premier Inn, then it’s worth
swimming facilities in Sussex
a beer garden for those long
a short drive to The Hickstead
(including a wave machine, slides
summer days, and I have pretty
Hotel for stylish contemporary
and even a pirate ship), it also
much found my perfect pub.
accommodation within a
has soft play for the wee ones, ice-
breathtaking countryside setting.
skating and bowling to keep the
tickles your fancy every now and
It’s the perfect base if you are
teenagers occupied and (perhaps
then, the locals assure me that
partial to a good Sussex Downs
best of all) loads of extra classes
Flavour by Burgess Hill Station
jaunt or a spot of showjumping.
during the school holidays.
is your best bet for consistently
You don’t have to go far to get
Add to that guest and cask ales,
If, like me, it’s an Indian that
excellent contemporary curries.
pampered in Burgess Hill. Based
? You wouldn’t know this but…
right in the main pedestrian area
The Victoria Industrial Park,
dining experience then look no
of Church Road, the Head To
which is the largest in the town,
further than The Oak Barn up
Toe Therapy Health and Beauty
was formally The Victoria
on Cuckfield Road for mouth-
Studio is your oasis of calm in
Pleasure Gardens, opened in
wateringly good British cuisine.
the bustling town centre. This
1897 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s
For something lighter, afternoon
award-winning salon offers nail
Diamond Jubilee. It included
tea at Miss Mabel’s Emporium
treatments, waxing, massage,
a large lake covering three acres,
Tea Room is a must. I enjoyed
beauty, pampering and more
used for boating in the summer
a generously sized home-made
practical alternative therapies.
and skating in the winter.
For a slightly more upmarket
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Close to home Look no further than these high street stalwarts for contemporary home furnishings with an attractive price tag to match, says Sofie Allsopp
here has been a bit
but it has, and I think it has
of a mini revolution
knocked it out of the park. If you
on the high street of
live in East London, dream of
late, as some of our
owning a converted factory in
best-loved fashion brands have
Berlin or love exposed brickwork,
diversified into homewear and
FCUK’s ‘soft industrial’ style
interiors – yes, you can now buy
will be right up your strasse.
your underwear and your soft
Its furniture, lighting and
furnishings under one roof.
accessories are contemporary,
It might seem unlikely that the
with a pared-back palate of
same people who sell your trusty
greys, whites and pale grey-blues.
six-pack of high-waisted briefs
The use of zinc, brass, copper
are going to make attractive and
and leather lends the creations
stylish sofas, but you may be
a factory feel that would
surprised. Zara, Marks & Spencer,
perfectly suit loft-style living
Next and French Connection all
or appear equally at home in a
have interior design lines – some
contemporary barn conversion.
may be better than others, but
On my wish list is the Wooden
the high street does offer some
Workhouse table (£365) with
genuinely chic and good-value
zinc top and wooden trestle legs.
pieces for the home.
I would team it with some metal
French Connection, with its
and wood school stacking chairs
cheeky FCUK logo and vaguely
from eBay and hang FCUK’s brass
rock ‘n’ roll air, seems an unlikely
prism ceiling lamps (£135) over
brand to venture into interiors,
the centre of the table. For the
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The high street does offer some genuinely chic and good-value pieces for the home
sitting room I would opt for the leather sling back chair (£350) and the driftwood side table (£145) with silver metal frame and, to finish, the gun-metal fisheye mirror (£125). This is Industrial chic direct from the high street. Zara is my ‘go-to’ for everyday clothes; a good 40% of my wardrobe is courtesy of the Spanish giant, as it does elegant and affordable better than anyone else. Now you can dress your home in Zara as well and I particularly like its kids’ homeware department. My mother was an interior designer and property developer and she believed that children’s rooms should look attractive – Pepto-Bismol pink walls and Disney sheets and curtains were a no-no. Zara strikes the perfect balance with Above: Sherlock armchair in fern £450; Green woven check curtains from £55; Large recycled bottle vase £28; Cushions from £8; Harrogate footstool in fern £299, all Next
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if your little one’s lair sometimes
red cedar Kensington range.
doubles up as your guest room.
Next also does a fantastic paint
Zara’s children’s linen, bed
range, which is similar in feel to
spreads and fabrics are seriously
Farrow & Ball but considerably
cool. I love the Kids striped
cheaper. It also has an impressive
bedspread (£69.99), which is
selection of over 80 fabrics by the
funky and bright – a riot of neon
metre, allowing you to customise
blue, orange and greens – and
its furnishings and made-to-
I would happily have it on my
bed. Banish Buzz Lightyear and
For example you can opt for
his ilk and instead opt for Indian
the Sherlock armchair (£399)
Curtain (£39.99), a pretty fabric
covered in Smart Check in
with a Native American motif.
Chatham Green (£25 per metre)
If your house is anything like
and pair with the Harrogate
mine there is a constant battle
buttoned storage footstool (£275)
going on to prevent toys and
in the same material. Next has
children’s clutter from taking
created an interior design service
over, but a couple of multi-
of years – it lost its way for a
coloured cube-shaped baskets
while and strayed into the dowdy
(£39.99) will allow you to keep
camp but is now on trend and
ugly toys hidden away. Woven
includes a surprisingly strong
from sea grass, these beautiful
home and interiors department.
baskets have lids and handles and
It is not as contemporary and
make an elegant alternative to
cool as FCUK, but it has a much
plastic storage boxes.
more extensive range.
Coats and bags can be hung
The custom-made shutter
Above: 1: Owl hook, Zara 2: Conran Bellany dining chair, M&S 3: Gun-metal fisheye mirror, French Connection 4: Sea grass basket, Zara
that covers all bases – from paint to porcelain and curtains to carpets – with styles to suit the majority of budgets and tastes. Finally there is the Queen Mother of the high street, Marks & Spencer. Its home department could be improved upon and it is not a patch on Next’s but it still
up on Zara’s owl hooks (£8.99)
service is a prime example.
boasts some good pieces. I love
and there is a fantastic selection
A Next shutter expert will come
the Conran Bellany Dining Table
of rag and woven rugs to jazz up
to your home and measure your
(£749), and matching dining
the floor and keep your carpets
windows and you can choose
chairs (£429 for two). The name
protected from the dreaded
from over 30 different styles and
is a nod to the doyen of British
Play-Doh and felt-tip pens.
finishes – from the incredibly
style, although I’m not sure Sir
I think Next has had a bit of
well-priced Esher shutter to
Terence would entirely approve
a resurgence over the past couple
the more expensive western
of the association.
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Bring some seaside magic into your home to brighten up your day, whatever the weather, says the Fabric Lady, Laura Jandac
am sick of all the rain. I am obviously not the only one
of home furnishings using her beautiful watercolour
who feels like this but I really am totally fed up. What
seaside paintings. Realising her paintings would transfer
I need is a holiday, I announce to my husband. ‘I don’t
fantastically well onto fabric, Nicole launched Nicole Phillips
care where I go, I just don’t want to be here!’ I yell.
England in 2012. Her range includes tea towels, tablecloths
He will, however, be the first to tell you that that is a big fat
and cushions. There are seafood themes and coastal themes,
lie. I very much do care where I go; I devote weeks – if not
which all make you want to head for the seaside, to suck up
months – of my life to TripAdvisor before I so much as try
some sea air and tuck into fish and chips. The crab cushion
a new restaurant, let alone a hotel, and really the only
will remind you of childhood rock-pooling and the fish on
holiday that I want is two weeks all-inclusive in the Maldives sans children. But this is not going to happen anytime soon. Fine, I think to myself. If I can’t go to the sunshine then I will bring the sunshine and a little holiday spirit to me. I start by buying a bright yellow shower curtain (yes, really),
a line design takes me back to sitting on the
Ther are seafood themes and coastal themes, which all make you want to suck up some sea air and tuck into fish and chips
marina wall with friends, trying to catch anything that would take the bait, which was generally nothing, but the memories are good ones. For the romantics there are kissing mackerel and for the foodies, a beautifully painted lobster. Her products
in the hope that each morning it will brighten up my day
would make wonderful gifts and the fabrics can also be
and make me smile. Nope. Going to have to try much harder.
purchased by the metre, should you have your own ideas.
I grew up on the coast in Brighton and I am always happy
I will get to the Maldives one day, even if it is to celebrate
and relaxed when I’m by the sea. Even now, with all the wind
my golden wedding anniversary, but for the time being
and the rain, it is a fabulous place for a walk; a place to clear
I am more than happy to be at home, relaxing after a long,
the head and get rid of old cobwebs.
exhilerating walk and sharing the sofa with a pair of
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kissing lobsters and a glass of wine. www.nicolephillips.com; 01243 684036
Open Good Friday, Easter Saturday & Bank Holiday Monday
La Source Contemporary Living English Made to Measure Sofas and Chairs Unique Selection of Contemporary European Furniture & Accessories Italian Leather Sofas Outdoor Furniture Mirrors & Lighting Full Interior Design Service Full Landscape Design Service FREE Home Design Consultancy Service
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SERVICE The Upholsterer prides itself on its friendly, quality-focused service, which is why it has become a haven for those looking for furnishings with a personal touch
he success of The Upholsterer would, according to Mary Portas, appear to
go against the commonly held perception of what is happening on Britain’s high streets. This personalised, qualityfocused, and independent supplier of upholstery services, individually tailored curtains, fabrics and bespoke furniture,
abilities enable her to help clients
as well as interior design services
find exciting solutions to their
has not only survived the
design and fabric needs.
recession but has moved from
Above: Upholsterer Milos Jandac at work
A full upholstery service is
consultancy service, which includes design advice, measurement, finish and trimmings guidance so as to
offered, including advice and
match the customer’s budget
consultancy on a range of
and style requirements. Similarly
in October 2009 by the husband
options such as piping finish,
with blinds, where the sheer
and wife team of Laura and Milos
deep buttoning, padding, and
volume of blind types and
Jandac. Milos is the upholsterer
replacement springs. A choice
operating mechanisms can
and brings more than 20 years’
of more than 2,500 fabrics is
be difficult to fathom, tailored
experience to the craft he cares so
designed to meet the needs of
consultancy and guidance is
much about. Laura is a graduate
most clients and their varied
offered with The Upholsterer’s
of Leeds University having
demands and budgets from
studied Textile Design, which she
conservative to more eclectic
supplemented with a diploma
or contemporary tastes.
strength to strength. The Upholsterer was opened
in Interior Design at the world-
In line with The Upholsterer’s
renowned KLC School of Design
philosophy of tailoring their
in Chelsea Harbour. Fabrics are
services to meet customer’s
Laura’s passion, which when
specific needs, all curtains
combined with her creative
are handmade locally. A free
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The space in which we live has a vital influence on our state
of being. The Upholsterer is
The Upholsterer has become a haven for anyone wishing to steer away from commercially produced furnishings
happy to offer decoration advice
that is based totally around
on transforming a blank canvas
the customer and their needs.
into a finished living area. Its
Their shop is run with a relaxed
samples service ensures that you
ambience and style that enables
are able to colour match and
the best choice for the customer
compliment existing features,
to come to the fore.
shades and fabrics.
The Upholsterer has become
For those who cannot find
a haven for anyone wishing to
the exact design or shape they
steer away from commercially
really want Milos has years of
produced standard furnishings
experience in designing and
so as to create their own personal
creating bespoke furniture
touch. The workshop is on
that meets a customer’s exact
site and potential and existing
requirements. From sofas
customers are encouraged to
and chairs to upscale
view the high quality of
children’s furniture, Milos offers
workmanship for which the
a personalised approach to
business has become known.
meeting a customer’s needs. At The Upholsterer, Laura and Milos have created an approach
Above and right: furniture restoration and re-upholstery can have a stunning impact on your interior space
The Upholsterer, 15 North
FOR GUIDANCE OR A FREE CONSULTATION
Call Laura on 01730 810284 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively pop in to the shop anytime between Tuesday and Saturday.
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ENGINE DRIVER Our new digital columnist Adam Stafford is here to demystify the world of digital marketing. Here, he looks at the world of search engine optimisation
here has been a great deal of change in digital
In forthcoming articles, I will explain the meaning behind
marketing over the past 18 months and you can
some of the algorithm updates that Google has introduced
guarantee there will be plenty still to come.
over the past 18 months. The other area that I will be focusing
Over the next few months I will provide website
on is how vital it is that YOU understand how your website
owners with an up-to-date summary of some key areas that,
functions. Plus I will be covering conversion optimisation;
I believe, deserve investment of their time. I will look at
ensuring that you maximise the efficiency of the traffic to
recent changes in the digital space, how these changes have
your website and convert more visitors into customers.
affected the way people market their websites and the direction we should all be taking as a result.
Investing in getting visitors to your website is only the first stage of a successful digital marketing campaign. The next
Unless digital marketing is your full-time career, you
stage is to ensure that your website is finely tuned, to make
cannot be expected to keep up to date with every advance.
sure that visitors are guided through an easy and efficient
For now, the good news is that things don’t have to be complicated. You don’t need to be technically minded to achieve online success but if your business depends on your web presence to survive or
journey, towards their ‘call to action’;
You don’t need to be technically minded but if your business depends on your web presence to survive or grow you do need to invest the time
whether that is to make a purchase or to make an enquiry. If you do just one thing to your website this month, I suggest you take a good look at your homepage
grow, you do need to invest the time; not just hand over
and put yourself in the shoes (and minds) of your target
a few hundred pounds to an ‘SEO agency’ each month.
audience. Think about the key information they would want
To gain favour in search engines such as Google your first
to see there. Is it obvious what the website offers? Is there
prerogative is to ensure that you consider your audience.
a clear call to action? Is the content rich, engaging and
Why should your website appear in Google when someone
relevant to their needs? If you begin to think and work in
is searching for your business? You need to make sure that
this way, search engine reward will follow!
you have considered the intent behind your visitors’ search requests and then align your website accordingly. To gain the required visibility in Google, the content on
For further help, visit the Fresh Egg website and take a look at the Page Performance Metrics Widget in the resource section, or read the blog post, ‘How to Track and Measure
your website must be rich, unique and relevant. Ensure
Page Performance in the New World Order of SEO’.
that your website contains content that addresses the needs
Adam Stafford is the MD and co-founder of integrated digital
of the visitor in the context of their search, fulfilling their
marketing agency Fresh Egg, a fast-growing and dynamic
needs at different stages of the buying cycle.
agency based in Worthing. www.freshegg.co.uk
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HAS SPRING SPRUNG?
Many businesses are feeling enthusiastic about their prospects in 2014, says Jeremy Taylor, CEO of Gatwick Diamond Business
n times of difficulty it is natural for the business owner
just listen to those who agree with you, because we all need
to start to withdraw, and many adopt a defensive mind-
to be challenged from time to time. You might think that
set. A lot of businesses that have survived the downturn
‘if it ain’t broke, why fix it?’ but it’s important to get a check
have done so because they’ve focussed on their core
on existing practices before they start to creak.
skills and abilities. However that mind-set is less relevant
Understand and influence what is happening in your
as we start to see recovery developing. And I do believe it is
region. This is vital, and far too few businesses really
developing. I doubt we’ll see explosive growth as we’ve seen
understand how to communicate with their local authorities,
in the past, but this was always going to be difficult to sustain.
the economic partnership or their LEP. These organisations
It’s time to start stretching your aspirations, but always keep
have great sway over what happens in your business so
in mind your core skills and reflect on why you got into
make sure they know what you need.
this business in the first place. And whatever the economic
Network, network, network. Because you never know who
conditions, it makes sense to continue to:
you might meet! It could mean new customers, suppliers,
Listen to your customers. After all, they are the people who
business partners and those you might like to influence too.
are paying you money to do what you do.
Jeremy Taylor is CEO of Gatwick Diamond Business, the business
Seek advice. And do remember that sometimes the best
association for the Gatwick Diamond region, and he has over 30
advice is that which makes you feel uncomfortable. Don’t
years’ experience in business. www.gatwickdiamondbusiness.com
Regain the use of this valuable space and start enjoy your conservatory again by contacting us today for a free, no obligation quotation
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BIG DEAL BEHIND THE WHEEL
SUCCESSF UL ENTREP RENEUR FATHER OF 50 TWO KNOWLEDG 65 E OF PUB BU SINESS DAD DANCI 100 NG 5
Each month we pick a Sussex star to drive a new car. This month, Martin Webb opts for a Range Rover Sport 3.0
artin Webb is a
yourself into a very luxurious
and leathery space shuttle. As
you open the door, electric steps
and presenter on
whir out to meet your expectant
Channel 4’s Risking It All. He first
feet, leaving you under the
set up his business, C-Side, in the
impression that you’re entering
Nineties, operating 30 bars and
a very potent piece of technology.
nightclubs in Brighton and Hove,
But for all the macho exterior
before selling it in 2001 for £15m.
styling, with its big black alloy
He’s currently expanding a chain of family pubs and restaurants, starting with The
wheels and go-faster bulges, it’s a different story inside. With its clean lines, digital read-
Stoneham and The Connaught
outs and everything just to hand,
in Hove, and The Dyke in
it’s a nice place to sit and look
Brighton. He also writes for
down on your fellow road users.
The Daily Telegraph and has
And the looking down part is why
written a book called Make Your
most people would buy a car like
First Million: Ditch the 9-5 and
this – no one’s ever going to drive
Start the Business of Your Dreams.
it off-road, but they do want a quick, safe, stylish ride that’s got
Describe getting into the car.
a commanding view of the traffic
How does it feel?
and feels like it’s indestructible.
Just walking up to this car is a bit of an event. It’s big, muscular
Is it what you expected?
and shouts ‘look at me’. Getting
I had mixed views about the old
in feels like you’re strapping
Range Rover Sport. It’s always
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been either a footballer’s car or something safe to do the prepschool run in. As the model aged it went downmarket in my opinion, becoming the favoured ride of ne’er-do-wells and dodgy chaps who have lots of cash but no real job. The people at Range Rover have clearly taken this on board and the new model simply
THE CAR: RANGE ROVER SPORT 3.0 SDV6 HSE 5D List price (on the road) £59,995 Engine
Top Speed (mph)
What are your favourite things about this motor? I loved the pace, response and handling of the car. I loved the solidity of the construction and the brilliant use of technology. Was there anything you hated? The car I tested was blue. Who wants to drive a blue car? Other than that, this model had a hydraulic boot lid. If you feel you need to opt for this, then you’re just plain lazy. What would you change? Apart from the colour, I’d also lose the electric side steps. They quick it is. While not for a second exceeding the speed limit, I soon realised that this car is a street rocket. Despite its size, the Range Rover Sport can move, stick to
Above: The Range Rover Sport 3.0 is safe, stylish and indestructible
kept trying to trip me up and were a hindrance rather than a help. I also found all the leather beautiful, but having two young urchins to taxi around, I’m sure
the road and go round corners at
I’d end up spending a lot of time
remarkably fast speeds. In fact,
trying to keep the pristine acres
feels classier. It’s got cleaner
the performance reminded me
of cowhide clean.
looks and a better quality interior
of the various German sports
and is less likely to appeal to the
cars I’ve owned over the years,
If this car were an outfit, what
and this of course is the key.
would it be?
This is a car for people who’d
A serious bit of British tailoring,
Who would drive this car?
rather have a sports car but
with knuckle-dusters and
This is still going to be a
now have to carry babies,
sprinting shoes to match.
footballer’s ride, but there’s more
toddlers, pets and all the other
to this car that just that. The first
inconvenient paraphernalia that
Hit or miss?
thing that stuck me was just how
clutter up life once you’re over 30.
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Dear Sussex Style I picked up a copy of Sussex Style in my local Sainsbury’s
Highdown Gardens, Worthing By Don Filliston The Gardens are a sight to see, With views across the Downs and Sea.
recently, and I
Set in a chalk pit, shallow soil,
Then over years, improved with toil.
the typical free-sheet mix
Rare and lovely plants from China;
of blatant advertorials and
Specimen trees, you’ll see no finer.
wincingly bad articles – but
Deemed a ‘National Collection’,
I was very pleasantly surprised indeed. It’s great to see a local
Yours to explore with much affection. Herb Garden, then Birch Bark Cherries,
magazine providing informative
Lilacs, Junipers, shrubs and berries.
and entertaining pieces,
Musk Rose tumbling down cliff face
professionally and attractively
And covering the chalk apace.
put together. Congratulations.
At its best with spring bulbs showing,
Tanya A, Sussex
Then Peonies and Bearded Iris glowing. Peace and tranquillity all around, Soft plants and grasses thrive, abound. With water features, glistening there And Damselflies hover in still air. Geraniums brightening the scene, Their themes are of white, blue and green. Meandering paths, well tended beds
Dear Sussex Style
And Hellebores with lowered heads.
I loved the article about getting
Paper Bark Maple, shapely, poses,
scholarships in the March issue.
Leads to beds of old fashioned Roses.
It’s something we’ve been looking
Now the Beech Wood, majestic towers,
into for our son but didn’t really
All carpeted, in Spring, with flowers.
know where to start, so Sam
More island beds, a Judas Tree;
Bilton’s feature on bursaries and
Wide range of plants, murmuring bee.
scholarships was really useful.
Now through the Pittosporum Hedge,
At least we know a bit more
To enter Lower Garden’s edge.
about it now, and what kind of
Long Rose Pergola, Ilex Oaks;
options there are available. Not
Fig Trees whose fruits are hard to coax.
entirely sure how pleased our son would be to wear some of those
See Indian Horse Chestnuts in line. The Strawberry Tree’s now doing fine.
uniforms we saw though!
How beautiful this visit’s been.
Mrs Sadler, Crowborough
Will you come and help? – I’m quite keen!
Dear Sussex Style It’s always hard for me to read features about domestic violence because it’s something I’ve been through recently myself. I lived in fear for years, protecting our children and not knowing where to turn and Rise (the domestic violence charity in Brighton) were amazing in helping us. We didn’t know where to turn and they were able to give us advice and support, and make the unthinkable happen – to actually get free. I was touched to read Julie Graham’s experience and really thrilled about the End Of event that is happening in April. Thanks for bringing this to more people’s attention. Name and address supplied
CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL WINNERS Congratulations to these five lucky readers, who each won a pair of tickets to Brighton’s Chocolate Festival last month. We hope you had a fabulous time! - Julia Turner from Burgess Hill - Kathi Blackford from Heathfield - Rob Spriggs from Brighton - Alison Womersley from Burgess Hill - Caryl Stamp from Worthing
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A T LL ORDER DANIEL RAVEN IS NO LONGER ENJOYING THE VIEW...
he first time I saw an artist’s impression of
– no Labour) once as in thrall to The Jetsons as I? I can think
Brighton’s proposed i360 tower, waaaaaay back
of no other reason why anyone old enough to remember
in the mists of time (the internet is telling me
the Millennium Dome would be so insanely reckless. Of
2006 but, the way I remember it, we were all
course, the idea is that we’ll eventually get all that money
still wearing hats), I’m sorry to say that it made quite an
back and more besides, because the £36 million will actually
impression on me. I was part of the very last generation
be borrowed from the government and then lent to the
of children for whom mainstream TV, films and comics
developers by the council, which will then (theoretically) be
would routinely represent the world of tomorrow as
able to make money off the interest payments. But that won’t
a pristine paradise of smooth, shiny,
happen unless the attraction is
improbable curves, so my initial
a huge success, so it still boils
reaction was very much to think,
down to gambling with public
‘Cor, look at that – the future’s
money. And let’s not forget what
coming to Brighton!’
happened in America with the
And I’d probably be thinking the
sub-prime mortgage crisis – that
same thing now, if the i360 was
whole ‘carousel of debt’ shtick is
still just something that some rich
SO not a good look these days...
lunatic (I’m thinking half-Willy Wonka, half-Paul Robinson off Neighbours) might one day build, ‘just because he could’. But after eight years of awkward meetings and unreturned phone calls failed
More to the point, it won’t be a
Were council leader Jason Kitcat and the other council members who voted in favour of the tower once as in thrall to The Jetsons as I?
huge success. Not everyone’s into the world of tomorrow; some people even get a bit creeped out by it. A lot of other people are afraid of heights. And there
to yield a single credible backer for their giant-doughnut-on-
really isn’t that much to see from that part of the prom, when
a-pole concept, developers Marks Barfield turned to Brighton
you think about it – ironically, in fact, some of the streets
and Hove Council and asked them to fund the whole thing
around that area are in such a state that the council has
– all £36 million’s worth. And the council – a Green-controlled
pledged to use part of its incipient interest-based windfall
council whose every previous action has suggested more
to fund improvements! After that you’re just left with the
of an affinity for grime and sustainable herbs than shiny,
greying spines of the Kingswest, the Seventies logic puzzle
improbable curves – said yes.
blockorama of the Brighton Centre and the ruined hulk of the
Were council leader Jason Kitcat and the other council
West Pier... All, coincidentally, edifices that, in their day, were
members who voted in favour of the tower (tellingly, the day
widely considered to be the last word in futuristic, statement-
was won by a coalition between the Greens and the Tories
making landmark design. Can I get a plus ça change...?
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