sussex MAY/JUNE 2016 ISSUE 9
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PROPERTY It’s all about the home this month as we bring you Sussex’s most lavish properties, we also take a look at the best interior items for your home as well as the latest news from the county’s property world
CULTURE We go one-on-one with boxing sensation Lloyd Ellett, we take the Mercedes E-Class for a spin, we check out at the latest cinema releases as well as looking at the scenic Shanghai
Giles Paley-Phillips, Amanda Horlington, Danny Cobbs, Julia Wright, Joe McGann, Nick Mosley, Natalie Courtois, Kirsten Chick, Rhys Wilson-Plant, Lili Harrington-Lowe, Bette Davies, Chris Sawyer, Ramses Radi, Julia Claxton, Alan White, Elisa Furci, Bella Whiteley
C o V E r s H o t: Front cover shows painting and mantelpiece at Fontwell Park House, www.fontwellpark.co.uk Photographer: Erika Szostak, www.erikaszostak.com Photography assistant: Matt Ryan, @threepinreset Twitter Production assistants: Lili Harrington-Lowe and Bette Davies Shoes and accessories Irregular Choice, www.irregularchoice.com
FASHION There’s stunning shots from our New Romantics-themed fashion shoot, behind the scenes action, street style from Worthing and all the latest fashion trends for SS16
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Ed’s letter It’s always such a blessed relief when this time of year comes around and the sun starts to come out and play. Don’t get me wrong, I quite like a bit of open fire and beef stew action, but there’s only so much of that one can take before it gets too much. So this month not only have I been really excited to see the sun peeping out here in the UK, I also got to make a flying visit to Ibiza where we are currently working on setting up our next magazine. Title Ibiza, coming to you soon. Keep your eyes peeled for that! This issue has a gorgeous interiors and property flavour running through it, and as well as increasing our property section, we’ve also had a good look at some stunning architecture in Shanghai, some fun interior design apps and some of this season’s interior design trends. As well as that, this month we’ve gone all out with a visual fashion feast in our New New Romantics shoot. This season we’re all about those ruffles and dramatic poses (and yes I am just about old enough to remember them the first time round). Our regular writers come in with their usual gold – and we have a new regular in the shape of Kirsten Chick, nutritionist extraordinaire. So if you’ve got any questions about nutrition, get asking – email@example.com – and you may be one of the featured case studies. Other than that we have our usual mixture of the best from Sussex. So grab your sun cream, head for a comfy seat in the rays, and have a good read
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Ravel Redvale embellished flat sandals gold leather £55
Next metallic sandals £28
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It’s time! Ditch those socks and prepare for sandal season… Miss Selfridge tasselled sandal heels £64
New Look Tan Suede Ghillie Espadrilles £22.99
Dune Milano £85
Calling all budding photographers! Capture the secrets of the Kingscote Valley
Visit Kingscote Valley today launches a new seasonal photography competition seeking a photo that represents the very best of each season within the area, whether that be spring flowers in the Standen House garden or the Weir Wood Reservoir landscape.
Prizes include a Deers Leap Park family pass for four including bike hire, lunch for two at Gravetye Manor, a Busses Farm beef box, and a Kingscote Estate vineyard tour and wine tasting for two. One prize will be awarded to the overall winning photo for each season.
The photo needs to be taken within the Kingscote Valley area, which stretches south from East Grinstead to West Hoathly, and includes the area around Kingscote station and the Weir Wood Reservoir. All keen photographers need to do is post their photo on Twitter or Instagram using #kingscotevalley
The photography competition seasons are Spring - starting 1 March and ending 31 May Summer - starting 1 June and ending 31 August www.facebook.com/visitkingscotevalley
Ring a roses
It’s not often we get so excited about something horticultural but this is the first ever of its kind and will bring lovers of the beautiful roses a very special treat. The first ever Rose Festival for the National Gardens Scheme will be taking place at Ringmer Park and we are so there! Renowned gardener and National Garden Scheme in East & Mid Sussex rep Geoff Stonebanks caught up with garden owner Michael Bedford for us to find out a bit more. “For the first time in recent years, we are opening the garden for the NGS in mid-June,” explains Michael, “which is when the garden should look its best, due principally to the very large number of roses which should be flowering. “The garden is saturated in roses – over 600 of them – and they’re found mixed with other flowers and shrubs in a variety of borders and dedicated gardens. Overall the garden measures something approaching eight acres. The principal set-piece rose gardens is the dedicated Rose Garden itself, featuring some three hundred and fifty HT roses planted in five large beds, each dedicated to one variety. Then there is the 125 foot long Shrub Rose border in which there are over thirty varieties of rose, mostly planted in groups of three which have been basket-woven in the winter months to maximise the density of their flowering. Many of these roses are of long parentage and would have been familiar to our Victorian forbears. And the third dedicated area is the pergola, also some 125 feet long. Here a range of climbers and ramblers jostle with each other, and clematis, to produce a dense florescence. And in mid-June wherever you are, you will be surrounded here by roses at the peak of their beauty and the air full of their fragrance.” Rose Festival, throughout June www.ringmerpark.com.
Drive you crazy
If castles and cars are your big thing then it’s hard not to get excited about the various car rallies that happen at Arundel Castle. Just recently we’ve seen MGs and Wolsleys lining up for a showing off, but never fear, there’s more to come! The next classic car event to take place at Arundel Castle will be Healey & Austin Healey Cars on 15 May. To celebrate the 65th anniversary of Donald Healey’s 200mph speed run at Bonneville, USA in August 1956, more than 70 vehicles will be showcased on the Castle’s Lower Lawns. This event provides a rare opportunity to enjoy a large collection of these stunning vehicles, while also celebrating their heritage. Key dates for classic car lovers are: • Healey & Austin Healey Cars (15 May) *NEW* • Classic Cars Gathering (10 July) • Jaguar Days (7 August, 13 August) www.arundelcastle.org/whats-on/events
SuSSex FooD & Drink awarDS
OK, so this seems a long way off yet but it’s time to sharpen your (metaphorical) pencils and get nominating for the Sussex Food & Drink Awards 2017. It’s time to start putting forward online nominations for the best Sussex food and drink producers and the outlets that sell and serve the best in the county.
Patron of the awards Sally Gunnell OBE welcomed new sponsors ETI Ltd for the Sussex Eating Experience of the Year category; and Plumpton College with its butchery apprenticeships and Brighton meat wholesaler RP Meats, as co-sponsors for Sussex Butcher of the Year. They join other loyal supporters such as Harveys for Sussex Farmers Market, The Southern Co-operative for Sussex Food Producer, Spofforths and the Sussex Food & Drink Network for Sussex Newcomer, and Sodexo Prestige for Sussex Young Chef of the Year. Rix & Kay return to sponsor Sussex Drink Producer, as do Food Rocks and Natural PR for the Sussex Street Food Category and Wealden District Council, sponsoring Sussex Food Shop of the Year. Sussex Farmer of the Year will be run in association with Farmers Weekly. Lots of big names there, but the real heroes are the people who do the food and drink. So please, get involved and make sure they get the recognition they deserve. Some nominations close in June, some in September. Don’t miss the deadlines. www.sussexfoodawards.biz 8
They’ve been huge in Holland for a while but the first UK Wolkyshop has opened up on Bond Street in Brighton. Obviously Title was one of the first there on the scene at the (slightly cray cray) opening do with BGT star Lorraine Bowen, but even better than that. We are currently offering £10 off your new pair of Wolky shoes to celebrate the opening! You just have to flip through the magazine to the advert on page 31 and take it into the shop. The offer is valid until 1 August 2016. You probably don’t know much about Wolky’s but put on a pair, and you’ll notice right away: feet love these shoes and so do we. Get down there, get your shoes, and get a tenner off. Wolkyshop Brighton 37 Bond Street Brighton
Photo: Julia Claxton
The hearT of The maTTer OK so not necessarily a fun subject but one of our team saw someone literally collapse and die at a gym recently, and nobody on site had a clue what to do. We think the guy actually died in the end. And no, this wasn’t a local gym, it was overseas. But it’s made us think… The Sussex Heart Charity, which is the County’s Largest Cardiac Care Charity; Celebrating 30 Years Saving Lives In Sussex, is investing £100,000 to fund in excess of 60 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) at Sussex Railway Stations and key border towns. They’ve kicked off already, installing AEDs in stations since 10
L-R Sussex Heart Charity CEO Terry Ayres and Vice Chair of The Sussex Heart Charity Trustees Jason Palmer, with Southern Railway CEO Charles Horton March, including Horsham, and The Sussex Heart Charity offers Basic Life Support Training Courses to all, at minimum cost – to both organisations and the general public. So first of all, find out how you can help support this amazing charity, and secondly, if you’d like to know how to work a defibrillator, there are public basic life support training courses which can be booked online. www.sussexheartcharity.org 01273 523028
DISCOUNT FOR TITLE READERS
Fancy having a lovely hair salon day experience with a special offer thrown in for good measure? You do? Well, then we’ve got good news for you, in the shape of a lovely 20% off discount, just for Title Sussex readers. At Samuel Chapman Salon in Hove, the guys there bring you high standards in hairdressing in a relaxed environment with hairdressers that actually truly listen to what you want. If you don’t want a fringe, they won’t give you one. We all know that one, right? The whole team, who’ve all been trained at the hands of distinguished, talented London based salons, know how to offer guests in-depth advice and guidance on what’s best for you and your hair – it’s much more than just a haircut. And the team is headed up by Samuel himself, an award-winning colourist with over a decade of experience and wealth of knowledge. So you’re offered a fully relaxed, complimentary
consultation that gives you a chance to really think about what you’d like to do with your crowning glory. The bespoke salon offers great flexibility, whether you’re there for an indulgent pamper session or in a hurry and need an express check-out. To bag your 20% discount simply mention when booking. Call now on 01273 323597 or book online through the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/samuelchapmansalon 82 George Street, Hove www.samuelchapmansalon.com
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TIME TO GO WILD
Wild Life Festival is back again in 2016 and Title Sussex Magazine has got a pair of tickets to giveaway to one lucky reader. The two day festival will take place at Brighton City Airport this year from June 11-12 with massive headline acts including hip-hop legends Ice Cube and Busta Rhymes along with DJ EZ, Eats Everything, Carl Cox, Andy C, De La Soul, Bastille, James Bay, Jack Garratt, festival organisers Rudimental and Disclosure and many more. After selling out last year’s event in 72 hours, the two day music bonanza went on to win Best New Festival at the UK Festival Awards and, with competition sure to be high for tickets this year, you don’t want to miss out on a chance to bag yourself a pair of FREE tickets. All you have to do to enter is send your answer to the question below to firstname.lastname@example.org with the heading WILD LIFE, with your full name and address before May 29. Which artist will headline the main stage at Wild Life Festival? A - Ice T B – Ice Cube C – Vanilla Ice www.wildlifefestival.com
TITLE SOCIAL WHAT Leading Dutch shoe retailer Wolkyshop launched its first ever UK store with celebrities, VIPs and guests in attendance
Finding the pair that’s right The team from Midnight Communications
WHERE Wolkyshop, Brighton WHEN Tuesday 12 April WHY Britain’s Got Talent alum Lorraine Bowen officially opened the shop by performing a song before cutting the ribbon
An excited Lorraine Bowen
Wolkyshop ready for its big launch
Photos: Julia Claxton
WHAT WE LOVED Lorraine’s special song written especially for the occasion! Wolkyshop team photo
Title’s Frida Clementz and Gemma Windham networking
Lorraine Bowen about to cut the ribbon with Head of UK Operations Mark Zwart and CEO Tom van Geeman
#title2016 WHAT There was good wine, food and plenty of artistic chat as the Graffham Festival launched at the studio of artist Richard Davidson WHERE Graffam Village, Nr Petworth
Richard Davidson with his work “Skiers”
Walking to the launch, Dominique Kenway with her work “Burton Mill Pond”
WHEN Friday 22 April WHY The Graffham Festival returns from 15 – 24 July with a unique programme designed to celebrate the local artistic talent and inspire the whole family to get creative
Clive Mc Bain with “Finger Post”
Rev. Michael Barter of St. Giles at Graffham with Hannah Barter
Photos: Graham Franks
WHAT WE LOVED Some incredible works of art from local artists
Joanna Morris that appeared in BBC’s “The Great British Pottery Throwdown” with her work that featured on the show
Sculptor and painter Jill Sim whose work is much too big to bring to the launch, so represented by lovely sketches 14
Musician Ben Pryer
Launching Graffham Festival with a toast Jim Kirke www.titlesussex.co.uk
TITLE SOCIAL WHAT Sussex-based Paladone Products toy store brought together some of the UK’s leading ‘Dad Bloggers’ and eleven of their children for the ultimate dad’s play date WHERE Paladone Products, Shoreham-by-Sea
Inside the huge Paladone warehouse
Connor pleased to meet pacman
WHEN Saturday 16 April WHY The event aimed to combine a traditional Saturday day out with dad, with a unique hands-on view on how business, science, technology and design works together to make the gadgets and toys they play with
Remote control for Dan Flanagan
Mastering the Rubik’s Cube
Photos: Graham Franks WHAT WE LOVED What wasn’t to love? So many toys, so much fun!
Kids and Dads in Paladone’s toy shop
A high five for Paladone’s Alex Ryan
Which paper aeroplane will fly the furthest? www.titlesussex.co.uk
#title2016 WHAT 90 guests took part in the Mayor’s Murder Mystery Gala Dinner which included a sumptuous meal followed by an auction compered by Simon Fanshawe
Mayor of Brighton and Hove Lynda Hyde, Consort Allan Jones and event organiser Sue Addis The Royal Pavilion
WHERE The Royal Pavilion, Brighton
The Baron drops dead in front of guests, courtesy of Trailblaze Theatre Company
WHEN Friday 15 April WHY Organised by Sue Addis from Donatello, the dinner and auction raised nearly £17,000 for this year’s chosen charities The Argus Appeal, The Martlets and Grace Ayre
James Harrison and Carmen Addis
Photos: Graham Franks WHAT WE LOVED The surprise murder, robbery and mayhem that ensued!
Event organiser Sue Addis with her family 16
Guests enjoy the splendour of the Dining Room at the Royal Pavilion
Guest gather in the Music Room www.titlesussex.co.uk
An actor’s life for me Each month Joe McGann explores the ups and downs of an actor’s life…
The actor’s diet I was sitting in a studio the other morning, during the recording of an Audiobook, and the session was repeatedly stopped as my stomach was grumbling, and the noise was being picked up by the microphone. This made progress understandably slow, caused frustration and can potentially be costly - there’s only a certain amount of studio time booked, and my fee is fixed, which means I would be out of pocket if the session were to overrun. I knew what the problem was, and it was my responsibility.
“I’ve been in several situations where actors have fallen asleep in the middle of scenes, even snoring and farting while doing so, which is hilarious for the audience, briefly” You see, I’d made the schoolboy error of skipping breakfast, and my stomach was now telling me - and my producer in the booth - that it needed fuel if I were to be able to carry on concentrating and reading clearly without sounding like I had a bassoon accompaniment. Not ideal in the situation, but rectified in this instance by an early lunch and a properly-fuelled session in the afternoon where I made up for lost time and my energy levels were sufficient to complete the book slightly ahead of schedule. Phew.
amount of energy, but trust me, you don’t want to get caught sugar low in performance. In a musical I did at Christmas, there was one show where I watched my leading lady just wilt and physically crumple toward the stage in installments, right in the middle of a huge dance number. I was able to hold her up till the end of the number, and made it part of my warm up routine to badger her to make sure she’d eaten. I’ve been in several situations where actors have fallen asleep in the middle of scenes, even snoring and farting while doing so, which is hilarious for the audience, briefly, but detracts terribly from the intended job, as well as being disrespectful both to one’s colleagues and to the paying public. Most people wouldn’t dream of affecting their performance by going onstage after a few drinks, but it’s just as reckless to go on without a sensible meal inside you. Little and often, that’s the way. Avoid garlic, beans and Jerusalem artichokes and you’ll be fine and fragrant, and never, ever, skip breakfast. Trust me, I’m an actor. T: @JosephMcGann
Eating properly is important in all walks of life, of course, but it might not be obvious to those outside my profession just how much the food we eat and when we eat it can affect one’s ability to do the job - and can also adversely affect other actors around us. Many years ago, I was playing a dying knight, whose head was being cradled by my leading lady in a touching, opening scene. As I’d turned to face her to utter my dying words, the poor woman got the full force of my breath, stinking of the garlic and chili bread I’d enjoyed with my lunch, and she’d turned away in an effort to save her eyebrows being burned off by the toxic cloud. I was mortified and vowed it would never happen again. Food is important. There are some areas of the budget where to cut costs is counterproductive, catering being high on that list. Acting on stage, even in sedentary roles, may not appear to require a huge www.titlesussex.co.uk
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FASHION – STREET STYLE – BEHIND THE SCENES – STYLE TRENDS
We’ve got an incredible new romantics-themed fashion shoot as well as behind the scenes action, street style from Worthing and all the latest fashion trends as summer approaches.
ModeRN RoMANce It was hailed as the decade that style forgot but this seasonâ€™s runways have been packed with homages to the eighties, and in particular the New Romantics. Ruffles, bows, frills and pirates abound, as a touch of the dramatics brings us the New Look Romantics for SS/AW16â€Ś
Sherie wearS... Brocade patchwork jacket £125, hearts & Guns @ Flock Vintage ornate dress £95, Courtois Concept Store Shoes and jewellery stylist’s own
Jessie wears... white pussy-bow blouse £28.99, walk in wardrobe Vintage black fitted wet look trousers £36, Courtois Concept store shell necklace (worn as belt) £39, walk in wardrobe Vintage metal and stone decorative belt £35, Courtois Concept store Metal and feather necklace £38, walk in wardrobe
Sherie wearS… Vintage silk Chinese dress £85 & vintage Chinese bag £28, both Courtois Concept Store Yellow vintage Chinese silk jacket £150, Merlin & ellis ‘Sassle’ Shoes £105, irregular Choice
JessIe wears... aqua vintage Issey Miyake Pleats Please shawl £250 & vintage patterned skirt £20, both Merlin & ellis white wide sleeve blouse (worn under) £65, wolf & Gypsy Vintage ‘sassle’ shoes £105, Irregular Choice earrings and tights stylist’s own
JeSSie wearS... Vintage Vivienne westwood shirt £85 and vintage polka dot skirt £25, both Merlin & ellis Vintage harrods leather and suede belt £65, Courtois Concept Store ‘Sassle’ Shoes £105, irregular Choice Tights stylist’s own
Sherie wearS... Black vintage velvet jacket £220, Courtois Concept Store Metallic vintage ruffle pink blouse £45, ra @ Snoopers attic Black Tulle skirt £60, wolf & Gypsy Vintage ‘roseus’ Shoes £135, irregular Choice Tights and vintage brooch stylist’s own
‘Roseus’ Shoes £135, ‘Abigail’s Party’ Shoes £94.99 & ‘Sassle’ Shoes £105 all by Irregular Choice
Shot on location at Fontwell Park House, www.fontwellpark.co.uk Photographer: Erika Szostak, www.erikaszostak.com Photography assistant: Matt Ryan, @threepinreset Twitter Production manager: Sam Harrington-Lowe, @SamHL Twitter/Instagram Production assistant: Gemma Windham Stylist: Natalie Courtois https://www.facebook.com/ nataliecourtoisfashionstylingandconsultancy Hair: Gary Forde, House of Hair Brighton, @fordey73 Instagram Makeup: Alicia Sandeman, www.aliciasandeman.com and Katie Sanders, @ katiesandersmakeupartist Instagram Production assistants: Lili Harrington-Lowe and Bette Davies Models from MK Model Management www.mkmodelmanagement.com Sheri Grant Jessie Kerswell Clothing & Accessories Irregular Choice, www.irregularchoice.com Hearts & Guns, www.heartsandguns.co.uk Courtois Concept Store, @courtoisconcept Instagram, Brighton Ra @ Snoopers Attic Brighton, www.snoopersattic.co.uk Walk in Wardrobe, www.walk-in-wardrobe.co.uk Wolf & Gypsy Vintage, www.wolfandgypsyvintage.co.uk Merlin & Ellis, www.facebook.com/Merlin-Ellis
TITLE BEHIND THE SCENCE
Da ton-Lowe and Bette
Photos: Lili Harring
Behind the scenes at our New New Romantics shoot at Fontwell
rganising a shoot is always full of challenges, with a big crew to organise; making sure everyone has transportation, that we have the clothing, the shoes, the right space at the venue, the stylists – even that we have coffee or lunch for everyone! We’re on location usually for around eight or nine hours. And of course making sure we plan it all properly in advance, choosing the looks, working out what hair and makeup works with them and so on. So arriving at a location to find the poor building was suffering storm damage and some of the beautiful gardens were blocked off, as well as it absolutely bucketing down with rain for an outside shoot – well that stuff just doesn’t help! What’s amazing in these situations is watching everyone work to find solutions, and both the teams at the venue and our Title shoot crew were amazing. Fontwell worked out which areas we could work in that weren’t hazardous, and photography team Erika and Matt basically did the dance in and out of the rain all day, making the most of the sun when it actually burst through the clouds. Stylist Natalie Courtois had created what can only be described as an amazing, crazy New Romantic Colour Dramatic concept and it was exciting not only to watch the clothing coming together, but also Alicia and Katie the makeup artists working with her to select colours and looks. Hair stylist Gary Forde had been chosen specifically for this shoot because of his creative strength, but also his in-depth knowledge of the Blitz scene of the 80s – a movement that heavily influenced the shoot concept. Using a range of different settings in the beautiful gardens at Fontwell House, where they tend to hold weddings and events, gave runners Lili and Bette plenty of exercise! And it seemed like the most productive thing the production team did all day was run backwards and forward to get coffees from the local shop. But overall, the magic happened, just as it always does. The teams pulled it together and the MK Model Management girls Sheri and Jess were endlessly patient, despite shivering in the less-than-summery weather, or buckling under the weight of insane hair creations! And ultimately the shoot was absolutely stunning. The next person to tell us that doing a fashion shoot is a glamorous job might want to think twice!!
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Shot on location at Fontwell Park House, www.fontwellpark.co.uk Photographer: Erika Szostak, www.erikaszostak.com Photography assistant: Matt Ryan, @threepinreset Twitter Production manager: Sam Harrington-Lowe, @SamHL Twitter Production assistant: Gemma Windham Stylist: Natalie Courtois https://www.facebook.com/nataliecourtoisfashionstylingandconsultancy Hair: Gary Forde, House of Hair Brighton, @fordey73 Instagram Makeup: Alicia Sandeman, www.aliciasandeman.com and Katie Sanders, @katiesandersmakeupartist Instagram Production assistants: Lili Harrington-Lowe and Bette Davies Models from MK Model Management www.mkmodelmanagement.com Sheri Grant Jessie Kerswell Clothing & Accessories Irregular Choice, www.irregularchoice.com Hearts & Guns, www.heartsandguns.co.uk Courtois Concept Store, @courtoisconcept Instagram, Brighton Ra @ Snoopers Attic Brighton, www.snoopersattic.co.uk Walk in Wardrobe, www.walk-in-wardrobe.co.uk Wolf & Gypsy Vintage, www.wolfandgypsyvintage.co.uk Merlin & Ellis, www.facebook.com/Merlin-Ellis www.titlesussex.co.uk
La Redoute pleated dress £45
Furla Sofia Furla sunglasses £175
River Island frill ruffle dress £60
New Look Blue Bardot frill dress £14.99
Folli Follie Twist Together handbag £405
Topshop flowery jeans £58
Miss Selfridge pink lace hem shorts £28
BHS gold frill dress £45
Frills and Furbelows
We’re all about pastel frills, lace and ruffles for summer this year…
M&S lacy white dress £85
Lookagain.co.uk star blouse £30
Very Rochelle Humes wide leg trousers £45 Dune Lyla £60
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Photos: Matt Ryan
Each month we make it our business to explore Sussex and check out what’s going on. This month, we tackled the worthy town of Worthing in the wind! We popped into Retro Daisy Vintage in Warwick Street, which is an emporium of 40s, 50s and 60s glamour, to admire some dresses and met Hayley who was rocking the vintage look. She was wearing a Collect It top and House of Foxy skirt from the store range with shoes from New Look. Hayley’s a style advisor who loves putting outfits together for customers, giving them hair and makeup styling tips too. “If I was mayoress of Worthing for a day I think I’d make the public transport free so that everyone could come and enjoy our quaint little seaside town!”
Linzi lives and works in Worthing as a fitness coach and yoga teacher; she owns Mainpura Day Retreats and was on her way to meet an old friend for supper when we stopped to admire her outfit. She had trousers from H&M and a coat from GAP which she teamed with Dr Martens boots and a scarf which she picked up in Bali. “If I was mayoress for the day I’d reopen the homeless shelters and I would give new businesses a year’s grace on business rates, to let individualism thrive. Worthing needs to catch up with diversity and embrace it,” she told us.
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Tilly works in New Look in Worthing town centre so unsurprisingly most of her outfit was from New Look, but she had snuck in a top from H&M.
Beth was working behind the bar of Beach House which we discovered is owned by her uncles Tim and Matt, who also own The Corner House, and we loved her look and talked her into having her photo taken. She was wearing jeans by Pull & Bear with a pair of Converse and a scarf by Zara.
We spotted Sophie walking home along the seafront. She was definitely our most willing victim and was happy to pose for us! Sophie was wearing jeans and furry gilet from Topshop with a blouse from River Island.
We LOVED Dario! He’s from Rome and lives in Brighton but works in Worthing as menswear manager for River Island. He had just locked up the store and was dressed head-to-toe in River Island clothes. Besides the day job, Dario is a fashion blogger and writes for an online Italian magazine as their UK fashion correspondent.
Next month we’ll be heading to Eastbourne, looking at people, places and property in this thriving Sussex town. If you think there’s anywhere we should visit or someone we should talk to, Tweet or Instagram a picture of the person or place with the hashtag #TitleStreets
As the old saying goes, gold never goes out of fashion and, whether it’s a necklace or a stunning party dress you’re after, you can rest assured we’ve struck gold with our collection of high street items this month…
Very Rochelle Humes Beaded Playsuit £89
F&F Metallic Gold Vest £16 Littlewoods Myleene Klass Gold Bikini Set £39
Accessorize Three Celestial Midi Rings £15
John Lewis Adrianna Papell Gold Sequin Gown £330
Office Poste Mistress Golf Leather Heels £96
Elvi Prima Gold Jacquard Skirt £99
HEALTH & BEAUTY â€“ SPA OF THE MONTH - BEAUTY PRODUCTS - NUTRITION
We take a trip to Wickwoods Spa as well as looking at the best summer beauty products, we talk to Vanilla Pod Beauty founder Emma Hopper and get some top tips from nutritional expert Kirsten Chick.
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H H T T N N O O M M E E H H T T FF O O A SSPPA Each month we check out one of the amazing spas that Sussex has to offer; to review the facilities, the food and of course the treatments. We know our readers love a good spa day out so [selflessly] we’ve made it our business to bring you reports direct from the spas themselves. This month Frida and Sam went to check out Wickwoods…
TELL US ABOUT THE SPA With spas it’s location, location, location a lot of the time. Spending time and money at a spa is all about putting yourself in a lovely space and it doesn’t come much lovelier than Wickwoods. Set deep in the Sussex countryside – in the rolling South Downs – the venue is surrounded by beautiful gardens, and vast towering trees. It’s heavenly. The spa itself is not just a place to relax and get pampered in, but also has a great gym, lovely tennis courts outside and a good-sized swimming pool for getting your lengths in. So you can tick the ‘keep fit’ box too if you were thinking of joining. As well as the pool, there’s also a sauna and steam room, and a fantastic, massive Jacuzzi with one of those punishing but muscleloving giant taps that hammer down on your shoulders – bliss! It’s also worth mentioning that this is a hotel and has rooms for those who want to stay on site. We didn’t get to check those out so we can’t vouch for them, but if the service and spa are anything to go by, they’re probably lovely too. 36
WHAT DID YOU DO? Wickwoods offers a really cool ‘Your Time’ spa day which is a great package that includes use of the facilities, lunch and a 55 minute massage or facial. On arrival you get the lovely gown and slippers that always signify that you’re about to plunge into a melting spa experience, but there’s a lovely added extra complimentary gift bag with mini shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body moisturiser. The ‘Your Time’ package is a lovely way to spend a day with a friend or family member, to shoot the breeze and have a nice lunch and enjoy a treatment. The lunch is a two course meal with a glass of wine – and the food was really lovely. Healthy but delicious. You’re free to top up the package with other treatments, or do something else entirely of course, but by the time we’d had lunch, enjoyed the pool and Jacuzzi and had a 55 minute treatment, we can safely say you’d be a very happy and relaxed bunny. It’s great value for money.
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WHAT DID YOU TRY? FRIDA Customised Guinot facial This is exactly what it sounds like. Your therapist will talk through what your skin needs and how you’d like your treatment and everyone gets a personalised facial, so you feel really special. I thought the treatment was very relaxing and I like the fact that I was offered extraction as well was a bonus. The heated beds are really nice, and the therapist was very attentive but not too fussy. Afterwards I got small testers which is a nice touch. I got hot stone massage for neck and shoulders whilst the mask was on and that was really lovely!
Wickwoods Country Hotel & Spa Shaves Wood Lane Albourne BN6 9DY 01273 857567 www.wickwoods.co.uk
SAM Full body aroma massage I spend so much time hunched over my laptop that if there’s ever a chance, I always leap for a massage. And this one is lovely. Like Frida, I loved the cosy warmth of the heated bed, and the slow working of my muscles from literally top to toe – what luxury. There’s some flexibility with this treatment too, like how much pressure you want, or whether you want your feet massaged or more time on your scalp, and which kind of aromatherapy mix; that kind of thing. Me, I like it rough, but not too many elbow digs, and the level of pressure was perfect. I honestly floated out of that treatment room. COST Prices for individual treatments vary but the ‘Your Time’ spa days… During the week: £90 pp At the weekend: £95 pp
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GO GLAM WITH VANILLA Worthing’s Vanilla Pod Beauty is always bustling with busy customers and Daniel White made his way down to talk to the founder, Emma Hopper, about the salon’s ascent What is Vanilla Pod Beauty? Vanilla Pod Beauty is a unique beauty and cosmetic clinic specialising in brow treatments in Worthing. What is your Background? In 2010 I was made redundant from the salon I worked in and during the recession I struggled to find another job so started working from home. After three years I decided it was the right time to open my own salon. I wanted to create a salon feel but out of the town centre. Somewhere everyone felt comfortable visiting and not intimidated. I took on one therapist after one year and one therapist has now turned into four. What makes Vanilla Pod Beauty unique? All our therapists are of different backgrounds and age groups and all specialise in their own treatments meaning we have a wide range of extremely talented and highly trained ladies that offer a relaxed, welcoming approach. What is the most glamorous treatment you haVe? The most glamorous would be our Bespoke Gold Facial, which is our Dermapen Micro Needling treatment combined with our LED Mask, with the option of adding a Gold Collagen Mask and our Epibrow 3D Microblading Treatment.
What are your Passions aside from Work? A lot of my regular clients will laugh as they read this but I love my holidays. My fiancé and me are forever booking them and trying to see as much of the world before we settle and have children. What’s your idea of haPPiness? My idea of happiness is a beautiful home, a supportive husband and having a family. My business is a large part of my life at the moment but I’m working hard now so I can eventually enjoy watching my children grow; those moments you cant buy.
I currently hold Brow Clinics across the UK and don’t really have the time to open a second salon just yet but it is in the pipeline for the near future. hoW can PeoPle get in touch? We are based down Littlehampton Road in Worthing, West Sussex BN13 1QU. Our website is www.vanillapodbeauty. com and our salon telephone is 01903 260985. We are on Facebook and Instagram under ‘Vanilla Pod Beauty’.
do you haVe a faVourite Beauty Product you use at home? I absolutely love the Neostrata Glycolic Face Wash. It comes everywhere with me and is great for a large group of skin complaints. We heard you’re nominated for an aWard, can you tell us more? I am yes. I’m through to the finals in the Micropigmentation UK Awards which is for my contribution to the Semi Permanent Make Up world. What does the future hold? Currently I will be keeping the business at the size it is and once my fiancé and me have got married and had a family, I will then start to grow it again.
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HERE COMES THE SUMMER
OK, so at the time of writing this feature it’s actually really cold, a bit grey and with a chance of rain. But we are confident that by the time you’re reading it, it’s warm, sunny and with a hint of sitting outside in the rays! Our poor bodies are tucked away for the cold winter months, accumulating scaly skin, (very likely) hairy legs, dry patches, pale patches and hooves that a horse would be ashamed of. Then boom! The sun comes out and suddenly it’s time to get that shizzle out. Feeling confident? No, us neither. But help is at hand… Zelens BODY DEFENCE Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Silky Oil £55 125ml
Superior micro-encapsulation technology provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection (SPF 30). Enriched with powerful antioxidants, this advanced sun-defying formula reduces free radical formation and helps prevent sun damage, replenishes moisture, reinforces the skin’s natural barrier and combats signs of premature skin ageing. Stone granules to exfoliate the skin whilst glycerine and soybean oil moisturise.
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Westlab Epsom Salt Body Scrub REVIVE £18.45
No microbeads, a perfect body scrub that is good for the oceans as well as your skin. Pure Epsom Salt blended with reviving essential Oils with Rose, May Chang and Lime in a base of skin softening Apricot Oil and Vitamin E.
Scholl Velvet Smooth Diamond Pedi Electronic Foot File £30
M&S Autograph Gel Effect Nail Colour in Tomato £6
We’ve always thought these look a bit savage but this really works. For super smooth heels and toes, whip it out and get those feet sandal-ready. From Argos.
Nothing gives your fingers or toes a summery twinkle more than a dash of bright red. We love this one from Marks, and it’s a bargain at this price.
ESPA Gradual Tan Face Serum (15ml) £24
Gone is the traditional self-tan scent. This is an uplifting citrus-floral scent of neroli, sweet orange and rose essential oils. Simply blend with your existing serum or moisturiser and enjoy an instant radiance boost, before a richer, deeper tan develops over 2-3 hours.
Crabtree & Evelyn Caribbean Island Wild Flowers Body Polish £20 175g
This foaming body polish deep cleanses, exfoliates and moisturises leaving the skin smooth to the touch with a radiant glow. Soothing aloe vera is blended with grapefruit peel powder and avocado stone granules to exfoliate the skin whilst glycerine and soybean oil moisturise.
ORGANii SPF15 Anti-ageing Facial Sun Cream £12.90 50ml
Whether you’re spending the day at the beach or simply enjoying a brisk walk to work, you can stay safe in the knowledge that your skin is protected from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Not only does this protect your skin, but it is packed full of nourishing anti-ageing and essential fatty acids to plump the skin and to repair the skin cells. Win.
ASK KIRSTEN Kirsten has been talking nutrition for over a decade in workshops, on university and college courses, on retreats and to the hundreds of people who have come for one-to-one consultations. And then there are those she meets socially, who open with, “Oh, you’re a nutritionist? Can I just ask what you think about...?” So here’s your chance to ask…
“I’m thinking about going vegan. Is it possible to eat well enough? What are the pitfalls?”
and seeds are a much more effective source of calcium (and magnesium) than milk, cheese and yoghurt.
Yes, it’s possible to eat exceptionally well on a vegan diet. There are health aspects you need to be aware of, but there are also some added bonuses.
To B12 or not to B12 B12 is essential for your energy levels, nervous system and much more, and there is no vegan form of B12 that we can effectively absorb and utilise. Most B12 supplements are not ideal either, often in a form we don’t work well with (cyanocobalamin), plus many of us struggle to digest B12 at the best of times. So my best recommendation is to look for methylcobalamin in liquid form (drops or spray) that you can use under your tongue (sublingually).
Colourful roots to leafy greens One advantage is that you are more likely to eat a greater quantity and variety of vegetables. The pigments that make them so colourful are lifesaving nutrients. They have antioxidant, antiinflammatory and sometimes anticancer properties. Vegetables also provide an amazing array of vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients. What about protein? There is frequent concern about whether you can get enough protein from a vegan diet. The answer is: yes, you can! Meat, fish, eggs and dairy are all called complete proteins, which means they provide all the amino acids (protein building blocks) you need to make muscles, hormones, enzymes, cell structures and more. But you can easily get all of these amino acids in a vegan diet. Quinoa and soya, for example, are complete proteins. You can use different combinations of other pulses with nuts, seeds and grains. Other excellent sources of protein are mushrooms, avocados, sea vegetables (kelp/kombu, wakame, arame, pulse etc.) and bluegreen algae, such as spirulina. Dairy-free calcium A common misconception is that vegans lack calcium in their diet. However, green leafy vegetables, sea vegetables, nuts
Fats, oils and omegas It’s also difficult to get hold of enough EPA and DHA; forms of omega 3 that are important for cell function, brain health and countering inflammation. There is a different kind of omega 3 (ALA) in flax and chia seeds, and you can now get vegan DHA/EPA supplements extracted from algae, which seem to be the next best thing to eating oily fish. While we’re talking oils, please, please, PLEASE avoid margarine, and instead use coconut oil. Margarine is oil that has been damaged, as have so many cooking oils. Iron mongering Finally, will being vegan make you a pale weakling? The good news here is that there is plenty of iron in dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, pulse, dried fruit and molasses. It’s in a (non-haem) form that isn’t as easy to absorb as the (haem) form in meat, but you can still get adequate iron with just a little effort.
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Colour your plate with heaps of vegetables
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Get creative and make mouthwatering vegan dishes
DON’T BLAME US! The nutritional information in this feature is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your GP or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. www.connectwithnutrition.co.uk
THE CONNAUGHT – RECIPES – THE GRAND – NICK MOSLEY
We’ve got a veritable feast of food and drink this month with recipes, reviews and interviews as well as what’s going on in the world of Sussex gastronomy and the latest from Nick Mosley.
“Actually the tuna tartare is one of the freshest, cleanest-tasting dishes I’ve ever eaten and I am making a special trip to go back just to eat that again. In fact I might just order two of them.”
The best of all worlds As The Connaught Pub & Kitchen in Hove prepares its new gardens for summer sun, Sam Harrington-Lowe went along to The Connaught to try out the lunch menu…
Sussex cheese board
nyone over a certain age in Brighton will know that if there’s one thing that Martin Webb is good at, it’s pubs. And The Connaught is no exception. This used to be a fairly tatty, raggedy place and since Webb and his team have taken it on, it’s been transformed. Somehow managing to find a balance between friendly family place, good eatery and old fashioned pub vibe, The Connaught has hit the mark squarely, and as it gears up for summer with a garden overhaul, I took my mate Kath Perry to go and check the place out properly.
Firstly, on the pub side it’s got a good range of drinks. It’s a Brakspear pub so there’s decent bitter on tap, and guest beers each month. But the bar also hosts a wide selection of beers and ciders both on draught and in bottles, and an excellent range of wines. And staff who seem to know what they all are, which is always a relief. As far as the food is concerned, they have a no-GMO policy, and everything is sourced locally whenever possible. There’s plenty of veggie options, and you can have many of the dishes made gluten-free. So you can tick your conscientious-food box. They do a cracking Sunday roast menu, and Thursdays are given over to Mexican nights – we strongly recommend one of the tequilas to help those chimichangas go down. But when it comes to the food, it’s the quality of the dishes that delight. We picked for starters Grilled lemon & teriyaki chicken skewers with chilli, peanut & lemon grass dip (£5.95) and Yellow fin tuna tartare with Kentish asparagus & parmesan salad, poached quail’s egg & lemon hollandaise (£6.50) and both were as good as they sound; clean, fresh food. Actually the tuna tartare is one of the freshest, cleanest-tasting dishes I’ve ever eaten and I am making a special trip to go back just
to eat that again. In fact I might just order two of them. Moving on to the main courses, we went for Kentish lamb cutlet rogan josh, chapatti & scorched pomegranate with a beetroot raita (£13.50) and Spatchcock jerk chicken with rice & peas, mango salsa & coconut coleslaw (£12.95) and again, both were fresh, clean and beautifully presented. We loved the little touches like seasonal wild garlic being used as the salad garnish, and the coleslaw with the chicken was a joy all of its own. And it’s the little touches at The Connaught that make the difference. The food is good, the service is friendly, the atmosphere is warm – but as with all places, it’s the little things. Shiny clean cutlery and glassware, clean loos, attentive staff who know what they’re talking about – all these things make me happy. Finally, we did it; we had to try at least one pudding and we felt it our duty to have a bash at the cheeseboard too, as it’s full of local cheese. Fortunately two more friends turned up to help us out, and between four of us we had a very game bash at the Banoffee pancakes with pecan praline & vanilla ice cream (£6) and extensive cheeseboard, all washed down with a chilled white port (such a delight!) and it says a lot about the generous portions that we couldn’t even quite make it through the whole thing. SUMMING UP The Connaught is lovely. There isn’t much wrong with it at all – it’s got great food, good drinks, excellent staff and a warm atmosphere. Personally I’m gearing up for Mexican night next Thursday… now where is my sombrero? The Connaught Pub & Kitchen 48 Hove Street Hove 01273 206578 www.connaughtpub.co.uk
Star Chef Recipe Executive Chef Alan White has been at The Grand for years, creating beautiful food and totally revitalising the seafront eating experience most recently with the exquisite food in the hotel’s GB1 restaurant. The restaurant menu focuses largely on fish, so we thought we’d get some expert insight and tap him up for a fish recipe. With the focus on many species being threatened by overfishing, we were keen to explore ways to make a delicious meal with a fish that isn’t on the danger list. And Alan came up trumps with this delicate and delicious way with the humble gurnard. Photos: Matt Ryan
FillET oF loCAl GuRnARd, pARSnip puREE, SAuCE viERGE Sauce vierge
Main dish ingredients
1 beef tomato (skinned de-seeded and cut to concasse) 1 bunch of finely chopped chives 1tbsp finely chopped coriander 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley 1/2 tbsp finely chopped mint 50ml olive oil 1/2 lemon juiced 1 shallots finely diced 1 tbsp baby capers
140gm south coast gurnard fillet 1 courgette 100gm sun blushed tomatoes 200gm parsnips 50ml double cream Salt & pepper
Add together all ingredients and season to taste.
Method Slice the courgette, chargrill, seasoning with olive oil, salt and pepper. Blend the tomatoes to a purée. Boil the parsnips, drain and mix with double cream to make a purée, seasoning with salt and pepper. Cook fish, skin side down for five minutes, turn and cook for a further two minutes. Remove from the pan and rest. Construct plate as shown for final creative flourish!
If you fancy booking a table at GB1 please call 01273 224300 or go to www.grandbrighton.co.uk/dining To follow chef Alan White on Twitter: @chef_alanwhite
It’ll be all White on the night…
: What’s the thing you’re most proud of? : Well it’s not my cycling proficiency… it’s a difficult question that one. I think the thing I’m most proud of is just being a chef. About making memories for people who go out and dine, whether it’s a snack, a soup, a room service sandwich, a selection of shellfish or a banquet for 500.
: Did you always want to be a chef? : Yes, right from an early age. At 14 when I needed to do my options, there was a TV show on Channel 4 called ‘Take Six Cooks’ and that was the inspiration behind it. And after that I just gave everything else up.
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: What word(s) annoys the hell of you? : ‘Done it.’ It happens all the time. In the kitchen I ask if something’s been done and they say yeah, done it. And then I find they haven’t; that happens a lot. That really annoys me. : Sum yourself up in three words… : Passionate, fun and caring.
Sam Harrington-Lowe caught up with Alan White, executive chef at The Grand Brighton, to find out what ticks his food boxes… Photo: Matt Ryan
: Tell us what you like to eat when you’re off duty : I’m a sausage and mash man actually. So if I cook at home, it’s sausage and mash. If I was cooking for a dinner party, I’d do a lobster, so maybe lobster thermidor, lobster linguine, something a bit different.
: What did you have for breakfast? : Two Weetabix, marmite on bread and half a grapefruit. I have that every day.
: Where next for Alan? : When I came here this was a five year plan and I had my sights set on maybe Dubai. So maybe that’s still on the horizon, but I’m really lucky to have this job here, and to have held it for 10 years. I have appraisals with Andrew (Mosely, The Grand general manager) and he cuts you so much slack to express yourself, and tries to find out what it is that excites you. It’s hard to leave!
: Are you a bit of a Gordon in the kitchen? : I’ve got 25 prima-donnas in there who all think they’re better than each other. I’m hard but fair, and I also like it to have a bit of fun about it. People like Gordon Ramsay treat everyone the same, and I’ve got guys in there that can take a bo***cking and some that I need to put my arm around. There’s some I can give a dressing down to in front of other people, and others need that one to one for them to respond; and it’s about trying to find how they respond, for me to get the best out of them all of the time. They’re individuals and I just cannot treat them all the same. If you Were MAyor of BrIgHton & Hove… I’d make everybody eat out once a week, for at least one night!
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Every Monday this Spring we'll be going meat free! THE DYKE PUB 218 Dyke Rd Brighton 01273 555672 www.dykepub.co.uk
153 Portland Road Hove 01273 383840 www.thestoneham.co.uk
48 Hove Street Hove 01273 206578 www.connaughtpub.co.uk
So why not get a bit healthier, help the planet and go meat free every Monday with us this Spring?
Spring Harvest 2016 Friday 19 May - bank holiday Monday 30 May Thursday 19 May Three Chefs go to the Musicals Friday 20 May Around the World in Five Wines Saturday 21 May Sussex Wine Bus Tour Sunday 22 May FoodLab Monday 23 May Cocktail Fusion Tuesday 24 May Curry Leaf Café Indian Banquet Wednesday 25 May Terre à Terre Cool Steamers Thursday 26 May Cool Climate Wine Dinner Thursday 26 May Bitter & Twisted beer night Friday 27 May Make Your Case wine night
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Summer is well on its way now and with al fresco dining making its way back into our thoughts we’ve got a mouth watering seafood recipe that is perfect for a hot evening out in the sun Steamed scallops in the shell with ginger, soy, sesame oil and spring onions Taken from Rick Stein’s Fish & Shellfish cooking book, this delicious recipe brings out the full flavour of the scallops with the simplest of ingredients. They’re also super easy to make and are a light, healthy meal to enjoy with friends. Serves 4 16 prepared scallops in the shell 1 tsp finely chopped fresh ginger 1 tbsp sesame oil 2 tbsp dark soy sauce 1 tbsp roughly chopped coriander 3 spring onions, thinly sliced TO COOK Pour 2.5cm of water into the base of a wide shallow pan and bring it up to the boil. Loosen the scallops from their shells but leave them in place. Sprinkle each one with some of the ginger. Arrange the scallops, in batches if necessary, on a petal steamer. Lower them into the pan, reduce the heat to medium, cover and cook for about four minutes until just set. Remove and keep warm while you cook the rest. Meanwhile, put the sesame oil and soy sauce into a small pan and warm through. Lift the scallops on to four warmed plates and pour over some of the warm soy sauce and sesame oil. Sprinkle over the coriander and spring onions and serve immediately.
Fish & Shellfish by Rick Stein, photography by James Murphy (BBC Books, £25)
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NICK MOSLEY THE TASTE OF PROGRESS The Sussex food scene is ever changing and here are just three of the latest developments to look forward to…
UP IN SMOKE Though the art of smoking food dates back to the days of primitive man, the cooking technique is only now experiencing a resurgence across Sussex. With restaurants, pop-ups and street vendors beginning to use this method, the beneficial effects of smoke and fire on food become obvious – and delicious – from its tenderizing effects to its flavouring along with its preservation. Local restaurants such as The Set in Brighton and Hove’s The Stoneham have recently invested in the trend, smoking everything including meat, cheese, fish and vegetables as well as investing in the wood they burn. “The reason behind our smoking is our fascination of new, exciting flavors,” says Neil Parker, The Stoneham’s creative director. “Our friendly tree surgeon Jake makes our smoker unique, as he sorts us out some nice chunky, moist, oak, maple, beech chips, so we can experiment. And, really, even though the smoker is regulated, you will never find two smokes the same, as nature takes us wayward. “Although it has been around for years, smoking as a skill is now becoming ever more popular and we are looking forward to pushing a few boundaries. It’s a great way of preserving food, and also intensifying a fresh flavour into a smoky cooked delight with a sweet, sharp or hot flavour; it will be such a taste explosion.” www.thestoneham.co.uk
sley can Nick Mo tweeting be found nNick @Brighto THE WONDERFUL WEINER Dirty, greasy, messy, sloppy, filthy; not necessarily words that should be enticing when it comes to food but following the burger trend there is no doubt that gourmet fast-food is on everyone’s lips. However, there is a new king in town - the humble hot dog. From restaurants to street food stands, this modest meal is gradually making its way to the top of Britain’s favourite fast food feasts and has now reached Sussex, with The Windmill in Brighton serving top-notch dogs. “Although it’s very easy to become immersed in the interesting and varied food culture we are lucky enough to have here in the South East of England, the vast majority of people just want simple, familiar food that is tasty,” explains Keiron James, Beach BBQ at The Windmill chef. “I thought we could bring this revolution down to Brighton and create a similar idea here but with our Beach BBQ twist at The Windmill, with our old faithful friend, the humble hot dog. We are now accepting as customers to allow food businesses to gentrify the simplest of what would otherwise be just a fast food. It becomes fun, non-pretentious and very accessible. This is just the beginning for the designer dog. The dog days are far from over!” www.beachbbq.co.uk
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SUSSEX’S FINE WINE SYMPOSIUM
The International Cool Climate Wine Symposium comes to Brighton for the first time ever in May and to find out more about this ground-breaking event I caught up with Bryony Wright of the ICCWS. What is the ICCSW? The International Cool Climate Wine Symposium takes place every four years, bringing together the world’s top movers and shakers in the production, marketing and sale of fine wines from cool climate wine regions. Why is it taking place in Sussex? Firstly, because it’s close to a number of top English wineries and Plumpton College, Britain’s Centre of Excellence in Wine education, training and research. Secondly, because it offers excellent access to London and internationally via Gatwick airport – and lastly because Brighton is one of the most cosmopolitan and exciting coastal towns in the UK with plenty of culture and entertainment to offer international visitors.
wine is so good that, in 30 years time, we will be giving Champagne a serious market share problem in the UK. What wine is best for breakfast? To me, breakfast is all about sparkling wine – with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs if possible! How long before we do more proper reds? The UK’s red wines are getting better and better. To be honest, I’ve not tasted many specifically from Sussex, but I would recommend seeking out Litmus Pinot Noir, sourced from vineyards in Surrey, and also Ancre Hill Pinot Noir from Wales.
How does cool climate wine differ to warm climate wine? In a nutshell: think finesse and elegance rather than tropical or jammy fruit with higher levels of alcohol.
What does the future hold for Sussex wine? I think we’ll see increasing acreage of vineyards being planted in the area and more excellent wines coming onto the market, which is all good news for us in terms of job and tourism opportunities as well as vinous enjoyment.
How do English wines compare with those overseas? English winemaking is still in its infancy, but it’s fair to say that recognition is growing overseas that our wines are already world class. I firmly believe that the quality of our sparkling
Where will the ICCWS be held and what can we expect? The Symposium itself takes place at the Brighton Hilton from 26 to 28 May, and all details are available on www.iccws2016.com
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We’ve teamed up with food event platform Tabl to bring you five of our favourite foodie events coming up in Sussex over the next month Spring Tasting Menu: Maw Pop Up - £40 Maw have taken Brighton by storm with their spring of popups, hidden away in the heart of Brighton lanes. Showcasing fantastic produce in a unique and cosy atmosphere, this tasting menu is literally mind blowing. There’s truffles, duck, cod, chorizo and smoked quails egg, along with an incredible list of puddings, meringue, eclair and pistachio. When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout May and June, 8pm Where: Brighton Delhi Special: My Indian Table - £25 Your host Piyali shares her earliest memories of food, starting with an authentic kabab made with lentils and spices, before then be treated to some of India’s classic dishes. The evening will be finished off with an Indian pancake, served with a chilled creamy sauce, topped with pistachios. Oh, and it’s BYOB. When: Saturday 14 May, 7.30pm Where: Brighton StrEAT Film - £20 As part of Brighton Fringe, the Emporium Theatre and Tabl have joined forces to take you on a trip to India to experience Satyajit Ray’s timeless classic, Mahanagar. Tickets include entry to the film, Indian street food from supper club Deccan Tiffin, accompanied by a Pago Mango Juice. When: Monday 23 May, 7pm Where: Emporium Theatre, Brighton A Seafood Extravaganza - £35 This menu is bursting with original, locally sourced cuisine to make your tastebuds explode. With bellinis and canapés to greet you on arrival, you’ll be treated to a seafood extravaganza, including fish du jour on a bed of squid linguine, garnished with seasonal vegetables and over three chocolate-themed desserts on offer. When: Saturday 21 May, 8pm Where: Winchelsea An Evening of English Sparkling Wine - £50 Peter Hall from Breaky Bottom near Lewes will talk through his award-winning and delicious sparkling wines, before Dermot Sugrue, from Wiston Estate near Pulborough, talks you through his first vintage. There will be pinchos and crostinis including house cured fish and English cheeses designed by the team at Fourth & Church to compliment. When: Wednesday 25 May, 7pm Where: Hove For more foodie events check out Tabl www.tabl.com
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MOTORS – LLOYD ELLETT - ENTERTAINMENT – FAMILIES - TRAVEL
We feature the Mercedes E-Class, go one-on-one Brighton’s boxing star Lloyd Ellett, have the latest cinema releases this month and look at the breathtaking sights of Shanghai.
THE MERCEDES BENCHMARK Gather round all you smart and sensible people, Mercedes has just radicalised the E-Class, as Danny Cobbs explains in its first British review
Granted, on first appearance, this revolution of the tenth generation of E-Class may seem a little on the tame side. Then again, the E-Class is hugely important for the Stuttgart massive â€“ 13 million units sold to date â€“ so they were unlikely to take it too far left of centre. Mercedes are sending out a message though; they want this car to set the benchmark that all executive saloons should aim for. The undisputed class-leader, if you like. Fighting talk indeed. Yet Mercedes may have overlooked one small fact: in the same market segment there are plenty of other cars to choose from, and they too are pretty darn good at what they do - think Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Jaguar XE. So then, if this car is not going to get lost in the melee of other mid-size luxury saloons it needs to be nothing short
by Danny Cobbs
TITLE MOTORS of extraordinarily epic in everything it does. To that end, Mercedes has thrown everything it knows into this E-Class. The results, I hasten to add, are nothing short of astounding. The main headline-grabber will undoubtedly be the E-Class’s semi-autonomous driving capability; closely followed by the changes applied to the interior, mechanics, and abundance of safety features. Its restyled super-slippery bodywork may not warrant quite as many column inches, yet nonetheless, it’s still worthy of a paragraph or two. Cynics may suggest the architecture of this E-Class seems to mirror that of its bigger brother, the S-Class. For sure there are certain family similarities, but I can’t see that as cause for complaint. Creased shoulder-lines cohesively connect together bonnet, grille and LED headlights with its short overhangs and a tapered rear-end. Look really carefully, and around the edges it’s actually quite sexy.
“Mercedes has thrown everything it knows into this E-Class. The results, I hasten to add, are nothing short of astounding”
It’s longer too, by 65mm, which affords backseat passengers more legroom and allows 540-litres of boot capacity. Whilst the exterior may appear slightly samey (not a complaint, merely an observation), the cabin really is the E-Class’s piece de resistance. Set in skilfully worked leather, metal and wood, the flowing dash with its four centre air vents and changeable ambient mood lighting are a blatant rip-off of the S-Class interior layout. Yet despite this, the cabin feels as though it has been allowed to evolve and show a sense of its true identity. It really is quite beautiful, both in design and build execution. Two trim levels will be available from launch, with SE cars starting at £35,959. The sportier AMG Line costs £2,495 more. Equipped to the gunnels, both models offer parking sensors, a reversing camera, leather seats and a self-parking system, as well as SatNav and LED headlamps. The more basic models get conventional instruments with an 8.4” central screen, but the big development is the twin–tablet facia which butts two 12.3” screens together using the driver’s side as an instrument binnacle. The twin screens are a £2,000 optional extra on the 220d, standard on the 350d. Mercedes are making a big noise about how this car is the closest thing on the market to being a fully-autonomous self-driving car. True, once you’ve handed over control it will adjust the speed according to traffic conditions, even steer itself around a corner. Ask it to overtake the car in front, and it’ll do that too. Nevertheless, you are reliant on computer wizardry to all make this happen safely, which takes a massive leap of faith to trust it will be a better pilot than you (I’m still undecided if this will become a short-lived novelty or an essential piece of driver-aid kit). Switch off the autopilot, take back control, and this new E-Class will handle just as accurately under human guidance. In the ride department it’s more than a match for most of its rivals (only the Beema does it better around corners, but only just). Opt for the £1,495 air suspension (fitted to our test cars), and you’d be hard pressed to find any car, even those costing twice as much money, which would eat-up long-distance miles so effortlessly. VERDICT By taking the best bits of their brand – styling, safety, comfort, fuelefficiencies, refinement and ride – Mercedes has insured no other car currently on the market can surpass the new E-Class. Price: £35,935 - £47,425 Fuel: 65.7mpg – 72.4mpg CO2: 102g/km On Sale Date: May
LLOYD ELLET: THE BEST BRIGHTON CAN GET Super-welterweight boxer Lloyd Ellett has notched up an impressive 20-1 record during his career and after bouncing back from his first professional defeat in October, the Lightning Bolt is ready for big things in 2016 , as Daniel White found out… Who is LLoyd ELLEtt? I’m a professional boxer from Brighton. hoW did you gEt into boxing? I first started from watching Rocky films and big fights on TV like Prince Naseem. I think the Nigel Benn v Chris Eubank rematch was the first fight I watched and I watched Tyson a lot around that time as well. So, I went with few of my mates after school to the local boxing gym and loved it and stuck at it ever since. None of my mates that I went with stuck at it! dEscribE yoursELf in thrEE Words… Dedicated, ambitious and motivated. What do you hopE to achiEvE in your carEEr? I want to be able to look back and have won some belts. I want to push on now and if I don’t look back and say that I’ve won the British title then I’ll be disappointed.
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What Would you have done if you Weren’t a boxer? I’ve got a degree in Sports and Exercise Science so it would probably be something to do with that and I’m a personal trainer as well. I played a bit of football when I was younger but I definitely wasn’t good enough to be a pro, also I’ve always been a good runner but only really could have made it in boxing. you have a strong local support, What does that mean to you? That means the world to me, really. The support I get in Brighton makes everything a lot easier, like not having to worry about ticket sales in the build-up to fights, which can be a worry, and on fight nights, the support spurs you on. It’s great to also have support from Juice FM and Title Sussex and all of the media are behind me as well, helping to add hype to the fights and spread the word. What are your passions aside from Work? I’d definitely say food. Boxing is my number one passion though and really takes over everything. Outside of that I like football, and I’ve been supporting Brighton & Hove Albion since I was very young and I remember watching them at the old Goldstone ground and I still go to matches now at the Amex. Hopefully we can push on to the Premier League soon. What is your most memorable fight? As a pro, I’d probably say the first Faheem Khan fight, as it was my
first title fight and my first one in Brighton. I put on a good performance and got the stoppage as well. What are you most proud of? Winning each of the three belts I’ve had in the pros. Who are your favourite boxers of all time? It changes quite a lot because I’m always watching boxing so depends at the time. At the moment it’s Sugar Ray Leonard, Meldrick Taylor, and Marvin Hagler. What inspires you? I’d say being successful, winning belts, and proving people wrong. if you Were king of sussex for a day you Would… I’d probably treat myself! I’d get all my mates together and go to the Amex and play a game of football on the pitch, then go to the Grand Hotel and take over the whole place! tell us one fact about yourself not many people knoW… I’ve got a degree, not many people in boxing have one of those! To hear more from Lloyd Ellet read his Title Sussex blog on www.titlesussex.co.uk or visit www.lloydellett.com
WHAT Brightonâ€™s Big Screen announced its return to the seafront this summer from 10 June â€“ 10 July with a performance from The Drifters legend Ray Lewis
Mike and Jennifer Mendoza
Jacqueline and Brian Capron
Bill Murray of Murray Media and Big Screen
WHERE Ibis Hotel, Brighton WHEN Thursday 7 April WHY The Big Screen will be showcasing a host of blockbuster movies, including Star Wars: The Force
Delighting guests with Drifters songs from Ray Lewis
Awakens and Spectre as well
The Drifters Ray Lewis with Ambrose Harcourt
as featuring live coverage of the football at Euro 2016 and Wimbledon Photos: Graham Franks WHAT WE LOVED The one and only Ray Lewis Kirstie Keate with Lyndsay Gardner of Fizzy Peaches
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TOP TITLES Our favourite cinema picks of the month Words by Rhys Wilson-Plant
A story so steeped in truth and yet vivid imagination, combines to create a visceral and memorable film that aligns itself with the sci-fi elite. The story centres on a father and son who are on the run, with the government and a cult after the boy, in search of his special powers. What can be said about Jeff Nichols? Other than he has once again hit the ball out of the park with his newest film. He paces out the film masterfully and feeds us information as the story unravels, creating a suspenseful and emotion finale. He is a writer/director with a recent track history of Take Shelter (2011) and Mud (2012). Jeff Nichols is a name you will hear again. Director: Jeff Nichols Release Date: 8 April
THE JUNGLE BOOK
After being threatened by the tiger, Shere Khan (Idris Elba), the man-cub, Mowgli (Neel Sethi) flees his only known home, the jungle. Bagheera (Ben Kingsley), the panther, and the bear Baloo (Bill Murray) guide him on a journey of self-discovery. This is by no means the first rendition of The Jungle Book, but it doesn’t disappoint. The lack of subtext and theme is forgotten in the midst of an engrossing tale of a boy who explores the wide ranges of the jungle and all of its joys and dangers. Director: Jon Favreu Release Date: 15 April
Criminal is a quasi-Frankenstein concept, in which the mind of a dead CIA operative is uploaded to the mind of a death row inmate. The idea is to use the information to find a CIA hacker who threatens the world’s security after engineering his way into U.S military tech. The concept is so far-fetched and off base with its tone that it seems undeniably ridiculous and the only thing that mounts this absurdity is the non-stop violence throughout.
EYE IN THE SKY
Eye in the Sky does a pretty good job at voicing moral concerns in modern warfare by placing two newbie’s behind the controls of a drone, and questioning whether eliminating targets is worth the collateral damage. In many ways, Eye in the Sky is trying to be too thematic, rather than focusing on the story. The action jumps across location and character so much so, that the audience is placed outside of the action, looking in.
Director: Ariel Vromen Release Date: 15 April
Director: Gavin Hood Release date: 15 April
EmpirE of thE sun As this month’s issue is focused on interiors and property, we thought we’d take a look at some architecture from across the world. Photographer Ramses Radi takes us on a tour of the buildings and districts of Shanghai
Old woman walks down the street in Yuyuan area, where only a few blocks remain from the old Shanghai. As a symbol of the second biggest economy of the world, Pudon (east of the river) shows its newest skyscraper ‘The Shanghai Tower’, standing at 2,073 feet and 128 floors.
Lujiazui, Pudong District What used to be the less-developed land across from Shanghaiâ€™s Old City and foreign concessions became the financial hub of modern China in 1993, after the Chinese government set up a Special Economic Zone and Pudong was designated as the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone.
Buddhist Temple, Zhenru With 800 years of history, the temple was built in Jiading era of the Southern Song Dynasty. The nine-storied pagoda is 50 metres high, and holds immeasurable Buddhist relics. This temple is a revered landmark in Zhenru Town in the northwest of Shanghai.
Water town, Zhujiajiao 20 minutes south from the centre of Shanghai, Zhujiajiao was established about 1,700 years ago. Zhujiajiao means literally ‘Zhu Family Corner’, but is actually not a town. Only a few streets survive against the unstoppable modernization of China that reaches every corner of the city, as we can see in the background.
The China Pavilion The China Pavilion is known as ‘The Oriental Crown’ because of its resemblance to an ancient Chinese crown. It was built by the architect He Jingtang for the Expo 2010 and reopened in 2012 as the China Art Museum. This bad boy cost US$220 million.
Wen Miao Confucius Temple Built in 1296 and rebuilt in 1999 after suffering several destructions, the temple suffered major damage during the Taiping Rebellion of the XIX century and later on by the Cultural Revolution of the 60s. What we see is the hall that divides the path for scholars and the path dominated by nature.
SWFC Observatory, Pudong district The Shanghai World Financial Centre stands at 492 metres (1,614 feet) and is the second tallest building in Shanghai. Visiting the observatory of the SWFC is a must if youâ€™re planning to come to Shanghai. These are the views from the hundredth floor, at 474m (1,555 feet) where you can view the Oriental Pearl and the top of the Jin Mao Tower.
About the photographer
Ramses Radi is a Spanish fashion, portrait and landscape photographer who moved from Sussex and is now based in Shanghai and Hong Kong. He studied philosophy at the University of Madrid UAM, photography at EFTI, and direction of photography in Septima Ars School, before taking a Masters in photojournalism at the former Cover Agency. After leaving Spain in 2010, he spent one year in Vancouver where he decided to focus on fashion and landscape photography. Later in 2011 he moved to Brighton where he created most of his editorial work together with local artists and designers. He now works as senior photographer for the company Luxeporter S.L in China. www.ramsesradi.com
IS TALKING ABOUT DEATH STILL TABOO? Award-winning author Giles Paley-Phillips launches into a new parenting adventure each month
Sitting down for a bedtime story with your children can often bring up some interesting conversations, but from time to time there can be certain subjects you might choose to avoid at all costs, especially when it’s nearly time to say goodnight. One subject that has come up a lot in our house recently is that ageold taboo – death! Having lost both of my own parents at a young age, my children are naturally inquisitive about why they haven’t got paternal grandparents. At first, it was just a case of fobbing them off and improvising with a sort of pseudo-fairy tale type explanation that they’d become poorly and fallen asleep, or they were flying around in the sky on clouds or magic carpets, but my lame and evasive attempts at trying to soften and sugar-coat it just led to further scrutiny from them. In centuries past, when life expectancy was far lower, the subject of mortality was discussed more openly within families, sometimes children would even be present at the death of the parent or loved one. But as time has moved on and people are living longer and healthier lives, death has somehow become less acceptable, harder to understand and talk about.
So why do we try and avoid talking to children about death? Is it because we want to protect them or that we think they won’t understand? Maybe we just don’t know the right things to say? Sigmund Freud once suggested that by protecting children from the awareness of death, parents, in a sense, become that child and vicariously enjoy its imagined safety and comfort. I think Freud has a point. I know from my own experiences that opening up the old wounds of grief can be painful and that not having to explain the ins and outs of cancer or alcoholism and heart disease would make me far more comfortable, but is this enough of a reason not to tell my kids the truth? The writer Satish Modi described death in his book ‘In Love with Death’ as ‘essential’ and that it ‘makes life more meaningful’ to talk about it and acknowledge death, to allow us to look at life, to appreciate life, what we have and what we can still give. It’s for these reasons that I felt I had to share my experiences of death with my children, so they can learn to understand that death is inevitable and that sometimes bad things happen, but above all that life is here to be enjoyed and relished, a lesson a lot of adults could learn from too. For more information on talking to children about death please visit: www.childdevelopmentinfo. com/how-to-be-a-parent/communication/talk-tokids-death/ T: @eliistender10
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SCHOOL GEMS ROUNDUP
Each month award-winning children’s author Giles Paley-Phillips picks three of the best reads for kids
NEW HEAD AT LANCING
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Lancing College Preparatory School at Hove has announced that Mrs Kirsty Keep will become the next Head of the school from 1 September, succeeding Alan Laurent who will retire at the end of August after 14 years in the role.
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Kirsty, who is currently Head of Lower School at Downsend School in Leatherhead, will bring a wealth of experience to the position following senior roles at Edge Grove School in Hertfordshire and an independent prep school for children aged 3-13. Chairman of the Lancing College Governing Body, Dr Harry Brunjes, said, “Kirsty was an outstanding candidate and brings to Lancing Prep at Hove invaluable experience, energy and commitment.”
Orchard £11.99 Life can be hard when your little brother is a superhero! This wonderfully illustrated picture book by the super talented Matt Robertson addresses the issue of sibling rivalry in a really heartwarming and fun way.
Cool Cat versus Top Dog by Mike Yamada Frances Lincoln £10.99 It’s the annual midnight race and the biggest rivals in town are up against each other. Cool Cat versus Top Dog is a very funny and fast-paced picture book by an exciting new talent in Mike Yamada. For ages 2-6yrs
Professor McQuark and the Oojamaflip by Lou Treleaven
CLIMBING TO SUCCESS
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Seven students from Farlington School have completed a ten-week climbing course at the K2 in Crawley to achieve their Level 1 Climbing Certificate.
Maverick £6.99 Wind-up goldfish, polite dice and self-blessing tissues are just some of the weird and wonderful inventions of Professor McQuark, then one day she invents the Oojamaflip. A very funny rhyming text accompanied by Julia Patton’s extraordinary illustrations. For ages 2-6yrs
Giles was born in East Sussex in 1977 and grew up on the south coast. His book ‘THE FEARSOME BEASTIE’ (Maverick Arts Publishing) won The People’s Book Prize 2012, as well as the Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award 2013, Bizziebaby Gold Award and was Highly Commended in The Forward National Literature Award in the US. 2016 will see the release of a CG animated short film of ‘The Fearsome Beastie’ starring Brian Blessed and Alison Steadman.
The students, from Years 11 and 13, undertook the course as one of their PE options and throughout it they learnt to tie knots, safely belay one another, climb a range of routes as well as tackling the 12-metre climbing wall. Farlington’s John Dwyer said, “Indoor climbing offers both mental and physical exercise. The mind benefits from the problem-solving this sport demands, and increases mental control along with improved climbing skills. The group thoroughly enjoyed the activity and the opportunity to take on a new challenge. They should be very proud of their achievements!”
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BUSINESS – BAHBAS – ACCOUNTANCY – ‘APPY TALK
We catch up with businessman Richard Skerritt ahead of his big fight night, we look at the countdown to the Brighton and Hove Business Awards as well as featuring our usual columnists Julia Wright and Amanda Horlington.
BUSINESS THE BRIGHTON WAY The Brighton brand is built on small and large businesses alike and this year the Brighton and Hove Business Awards are back to celebrate their success
reated by a local business for local businesses, the Brighton and Hove Business Awards are quite literally the best way for a company in Brighton to test itself.
Now in their eleventh year, the BAHBAs are firmly established as the city’s premier business awards scheme and offer the chance for local businesses to see how far they’ve come, whether they’re a brand new startup, a company just about to reach new heights or a thriving corporation with many clients and many years of business. Now the awards are back for 2016 and businesses have until June 29 to submit up to three entries. Previous winners have included a mix of start-ups and sole traders, in addition to some of the city’s largest and most influential organisations, including Duke of York’s, Infinity Foods, The Grand Brighton, The Gingerman Restaurant Group, Brighton Pride, Brighton Festival and Sussex University. The benefits of claiming a BAHBA reach far beyond the trophy as Fiona Martin, Director and Head of Employment Law at Martin Searle, explains, “We know first-hand the benefits of winning a BAHBA, after we scooped an award for Business in the Community when newly founded. This significantly helped boost our profile. The BAHBAs take out the ‘pomp and circumstances’ of many business awards and celebrate the local business community by injecting a lot of fun into the proceedings.”
to help grow a business, “We are extremely proud to once again support and sponsor the BAHBAs. They are very Brighton - endorsing the success of the city, its diversity and entrepreneurial spirit – and at the same time recognising what makes the city stand out over many others. I’m a lifetime Brightonian and as a business we try to invest in the city through our business connections and the BAHBAs undertake the same. It’s an obvious partnership and an event which betters itself year on year.“ A new sponsor for 2016 is Dental Health Spa and founder, Christina Chatfield, explains why she had to get involved, “As a previous winner, we want to support fellow businesses on the high street. We are aware that consumers want to know that their local businesses are providing excellent value for money and a service to rival larger corporate firms.” Supporters also include the Brighton and Hove City Council, Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival, Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce, Brighton Curry Club, Juice 107.2FM, Brighton and Hove Buses, Tourism Alliance and Title Sussex. In our second year as media sponsors we know first hand just how crucial the awards are, not only to a company’s outwards appearance but also to the team as a whole, as well as helping to build the Brighton brand. We spoke to Chris Langley of RBS, sponsors of this year’s event, who explained why they are getting involved, “At RBS we pride ourselves on understanding the needs of local businesses and in operating in our local markets. Our support for these awards is just one way RBS reinforces its commitment to these businesses.”
Sponsors for 2016’s event include Allied Irish Bank, Cardens Accountants, City Cabs, Dental Health Spa, Gatwick Airport, Gemini Print, Graves Jenkins, Martin Searle Solicitors, RBS, Robinson Low Francis, TSS and Yelo Architects.
The judges will be looking for companies and organisations that really capture the spirit of Brighton and Hove and, to view this year’s categories and submit an entry, head online to www.bahba.co.uk
After sponsoring the BAHBAs for the last three years Phil Graves, of Graves Jenkins, is in no doubt about its potential
Businesses can enter up to three categories and the deadline for submissions is Wednesday 29 June at 5pm.
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HOW TAXING CAN IT BE? We run you through the ins and outs of the three changes regarding property and tax. Rent a room relief This relief applies to private landlords, the owners of guesthouses and similar establishments, provided that they use the property as their main or only home. From April 2016, the exemption will increase to £7,500 per household (years to 2015/16 £4,250 per household). There will still be no requirement to declare income if it’s below this threshold. Inheritance tax The finance bill introduced an additional nil-rate band when a residence is passed on death to a direct descendant. This will be: £100,000 in 2017 to 2018 £125,000 in 2018 to 2019 £150,000 in 2019 to 2020 £175,000 in 2020 to 2021
the current £325,000 per person – without paying the tax. As allowances can be passed from one deceased partner to the other, when the first dies, their £500,000 allowance transfers to the other, giving the survivor a £1 million allowance. Buy to let – Restriction of mortgage interest relief Currently mortgage interest may be deducted from rents income to arrive at profit or loss for tax purposes and income tax relief is given at a taxpayer’s marginal rate of tax. The changes proposed are to restrict mortgage interest relief to the basic rate, and to give the relief as a tax reduction, not an allowable expense. The measure is to be phased in between 2017 and 2020. Individuals will be able to claim a basic rate tax reduction from their Income Tax liability on the portion of finance costs not deducted in calculating their rental profit. This tax relief will be calculated as 20% of the lower of the: • Finance costs not deducted from income in the tax year (25% for 2017 to 2018, 50% for 2018 to 2019, 75% for 2019 to 2020 and 100% thereafter)
It will then increase in line with Consumer Price Index from 2021 to 2022 onwards. Any unused nil-rate band will be transferred to a surviving spouse or civil partner. It will also be available when a person downsizes or ceases to own a home on or after 8 July 2015 and assets of an equivalent value, up to the value of the additional nil-rate band, are passed on death to direct descendants. Parents and grandparents will be able to leave homes worth up to £850,000 to their children without them paying inheritance tax from 2017, rising to £1 million by 2020. The move, first pledged as part of the Conservative Party pre-election manifesto, means that once fully in motion, each parent will be able to leave £500,000 in property – up from
• Profits of the property business in the tax year • Total income (excluding savings income and dividend income) that exceeds the personal allowance and blind person’s allowance in the tax year • Any excess finance costs may be carried forward to following years if the tax reduction has been limited to 20% of the profits of the property business in the tax year
Confused? Talk to the expert Julia Wright at Accountancy Plus 01273 735344 www.accountancyplus.biz
“My clients and friends will be lining up to see me getting punched in the face”
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Brighton businessman Richard Skerritt and Title’s Matt Ryan step into the ring in August for charity and they’re looking to come out swinging Words by Daniel White
Business heavyweight Richard Skerritt will be looking to roll with the punches when he steps into the ring in front of more than 400 business contacts for his first ever amateur fight on Saturday 13 August. The wealth manager will be looking to show his killer instinct as he puts his body on the line to raise £50,000 for Action Medical Research for Children. At 6ft 5ins and with a long reach to match, Richard looks built for boxing but he is still looking to shed 20lbs in time for the fight, by abstaining from alcohol and following a strict diet. The black tie fight night will take place at The Grand Brighton and is being organised by Sol Gilbert, owner of the Underground Gym. Sol is a former Mixed Martial Arts fighter who now puts Richard through his paces three times a week. “Getting to his gym for 7am and then getting punched and shouted at for an hour must say something about my personality. But I love it and have never felt fitter,” says Richard. “I will find this very tough. But I am determined to stick with it and do my best for this amazing charity.” The head of Skerritts Chartered Financial Planners in Hove and London, Richard’s boxing bout will be a taster for five high-standard amateur bouts later in the evening. “I will be nervous, so am keen to get my fight over with as swiftly as possible. Then I can relax, enjoy the evening and have my first pint for eight weeks,” he says. Richard will be stepping into the ring to face Title Sussex’s very own Matt Ryan, who has also begun training with Sol, and is enjoying the preparation in the lead up to the fight. “I started to get out of shape so it seemed like good motivation; there’s nothing like not getting beaten to stimulate a bit of exercise,” he laughs. “The exercise has been a bit of a shock to the system but the hardest bit has been the diet; giving up fizzy drinks and cheese and eating a much more controlled diet. But in a month I have reduced my body fat from 23% to 13%, which is incredible.“ Richard and Matt will be going head-to-head on the big night and Richard, whose wealth management advisors look after 27,000 clients and investments of £700 million, is well aware of why people are coming to see him fight. “My clients and friends will be lining up to see me getting punched in the face. Once my fight is over, I will get my revenge by trying to extract as much money out of them as possible. There will be nowhere to hide,” he jokes. For more information on the August 13 boxing fund-raiser, or to book a table at the event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Homestyler Interior Design If you can’t quite picture how that new sofa, mirror or industrial lighting will look in your room then this fantastic app takes out all the guesswork. Just take a photo of your space to create a 3D model within which you can try out wall colours, décor items and furniture.
Remodelista Gwyneth Paltrow has declared herself a big fan but don’t let that put you off; daily updates of inspiring architecture, stylish DIY projects, product round-ups and Steal This Look posts are why stylists and architects across the globe consider it a must-have interior design app.
myPANTONE Staring at endless colour swatches can present too many choices and combinations, but if you love that washed out 50s postcard, coffee mug or favourite shirt just use the app to grab the colours and you have a readyto-go pantone-matched colour palette you can take anywhere. Easy!
MagicPlan Taking the tedium and legwork out of measuring spaces big and small, the very handy MagicPlan app allows you to quickly create professional floor plans just by taking pictures. Add objects, notes and attributes to generate a comprehensive layout, especially useful when engaging contractors.
Houzz A hugely successful app, be totally inspired by Houzz; 8 million photos of home exteriors and interiors that you can browse by location, style, and room. Like what you see? Save and share your favourite images with family, friends and get decorating tips from the Houzz community and DIY tutorials from design professionals.
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In our property special this month we’ve got the most luxurious homes on the market, the best interior items for your house, a new column from Chris Sawyer, the top property-themed Instagram accounts in Sussex and all the latest news.
The Green, Southwick, Brighton, BN42 4FY Eight bedroom house Guide Price £1,200,000
Property Description Located in one of the most soughtafter positions on ‘The Green’ with period charm and character in spades, The Hall offers a slice of history with not just one, but two blue plaques. Commemorating the artist Douglas Stannus Gray as well as novelist and travel writer SPB Mais, it is a beautiful Grade II* listed flint-stone building, built in two halves. - House of Historical Interest - Flint Fronted - Large Gardens - Overlooking The Green - Versatile Accommodation - Potential For Eight Bedrooms Over 5000 sq. ft. - Separate Garage
Hamptons Church Road Hove office 01273 803191 www.hamptons.co.uk
AlbAny VillAs Five bedroom Detached House Hove, bn3 2Rs Asking Price: £1,800,000
The best things in life are worth waiting for as the old saying goes and that is certainly true of this impressive Grade II Listed property in Hove. Situated on one of the city’s most desirable streets, number one Albany Villas is on the market for the first time in over 30 years and with its close proximity to the seafront promenade and the location’s amenities, the wait will certainly be worthwhile. This beautiful detached residence is believed to date from the 1830s and has an attractive double-fronted façade with canopied balconies on either side over tall sash windows. A central path leads up to the impressive pedimented front door as you enter the property, with black wrought iron railings bordering the front courtyard and two off-road parking spaces. Once inside, you are met by a lovely wide hallway with high ceilings and to the left is a sitting room running the full depth of the house, with a bay window at the front and balconies at both the front and rear. On the right sits a separate dining room, while beyond it is the kitchen with breakfast area leading out onto a further terrace, which gives onto the garden. On the lower ground floor there are two bedrooms, a sitting room, kitchen, bathroom and cloakroom as well as two storage cupboards and a garage and the potential for conversion. Upstairs, on the first floor, are two large double bedroom suites, each with en-suite bathrooms and dressing rooms as well as sea views. The top floor is currently configured as a studio space with one large room and a kitchenette and bathroom and is ideal for a teenager or to be rearranged to create two bedrooms. This striking family house offers a fantastic opportunity for conversion as well as the rare chance to obtain a detached residence in one of the most desirable areas in Hove. Whatever you do with it, you will truly be able to make this property your own.
Hamptons Church Road Hove office 01273 803191 www.hamptons.co.uk
PROPERTY NEWS £150M REGENERATION PLANS REVEALED
Plans to regenerate Lewes Road’s Preston Barracks and the University of Brighton’s Moulscombe campus have been released and are expected to bring over 1,000 jobs into the area. If approved by the council, the £150 million scheme is estimated to bring more than £500m into the local economy as well as 350 new homes, accommodation for 1,300 students, shops, cafes and a cutting-edge research laboratory. The site, which has been derelict for more than 25 years, was bought by the city council in 2002 and council leader Warren Morgan said, “Preston Barracks has been on the drawing board for 14 years and it is a key site
GENERATION RENT PRICED OUT Prospective first-time buyers will need to earn £64,000 a year by 2020 in order to get onto the property ladder, according to predications by homeless charity Shelter.
Buyers will also need to put down a deposit of £46,000 to secure a home, with prices for a typical first-time buyer home expected to shoot up to £270,000 from the current price of £220,000. The findings, based on previous academic research and official house price figures, look set to condemn Generation Rent to a lifetime of unsecure living. Campbell Robb, Shelter’s chief executive, said the figures underline the need for investment “in homes that people on ordinary incomes can actually afford to live in”.
for new affordable housing for local people, jobs and growth.” www.momentumlewesroad.com
SUSSEX PROPERTY INCREASING FASTER THAN LONDON House prices in the South of England are growing faster than London, according to the latest figures from real estate adviser, Savills. Property prices in the capital increased by 9.7% in the 12 months to February, however, the South East saw an increase of 11%. Meanwhile, the average house price in the South East was also higher than the UK average. A shortage of supply has lead to a housing crisis in Sussex and beyond, leading to mounting pressure on property pries, according to the Office for National Statistics.
IT’S YOUR MOVE Chris Sawyer is the Director of Sawyer & Co. Sales and Lettings with offices in Hove, Brighton and Portslade. He’s also the President of the Brighton and Hove Estate Agents Association, and every month he will be sharing his valued insight about the property market in Sussex in his regular column
ne of the most common questions that people ask me is ‘how do you know if it’s the right time to make a move?’ Well, whether you’re buying, selling or looking to make an investment in a property, you shouldn’t really concentrate too much on the prevailing market conditions. I think your decision should always simply be based around what’s right for you. Ask yourself, has the time come to downsize, maybe a new arrival to the family means that you simply need more space, or perhaps you’ve had a windfall and think that a buy-to-let would be the best home for it.
“A good estate agent should have a team which is always looking out for you, doing their best for you and you shouldn’t accept anything less.” So, if you have worked out that now is the right time to get things moving. So what should you look for in an estate agent? In my experience, whether you’re buying or selling it all comes down to making a personal connection and having a feeling of trust and confidence. These are things that you can’t get when you use one of the various online estate agents that seem to be cropping up all over the place, because you usually never get to meet anyone in person to make that kind of faceto-face judgement. Another thing that most people are interested in is finding out how much their property is actually worth. There are plenty of clichés about how your home probably ‘earns’ more than you do each year but the only way to really find out is by asking a professional who really knows the market in your local area. Unfortunately some people let our profession down by giving you an unrealistic figure simply just to try and get your business. At Sawyer
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& Co. this is something that we would never do. We pride ourselves on always having everyone’s best interests at heart and sometimes that means giving people a realistic valuation instead of just trying to tell them what they might want to hear. Even after all this some people worry that the estate agent they’ve chosen isn’t doing everything they promised they would do. There are plenty of things you can check for yourself, such as checking to see that your property is actually on all the main online sites such as Onthemarket.com and Rightmove.co.uk. However, it’s also important to check how they’re listed and marketed and how they compare to other similar properties. When we take on a property we produce a set of high quality pictures taken by our professional photographer and create a well-written bespoke description from our marketing manager, both of whom work exclusively for us in-house. In the end, I believe that it all comes down to a few simple facts. A good estate agent should have a team which is always looking out for you, doing their best for you and that you shouldn’t accept anything less.
IF You Do oNe THINg THIs MoNTH… The old saying ‘fix the roof while the sun shines’ has a ring of truth. Whether you’re thinking of selling or renting your property, or even if you’re happy where you are, now is the perfect time of year to get all those jobs done that you’ve been putting off all winter - which could even include the roof!
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SIMPLY LETTINGS This Brighton & Hove based letting agency shows off some of the cityâ€™s most stunning and affordable properties currently on the market. @simplylettings www.simply-lettings.co.uk
COMPLETE INTERIOR DESIGN Based in Sussex, CID focus on interior design and build solutions to the commercial and education sectors, with some incredible results. @completeinteriordesign
www.completeinteriordesign.co.uk CLOSET & BOTTS From the supremely pretty to the pretty eccentric, Closet & Botts Homestore, based out in Lewes, specialise in antiques and vintage homeware and furniture. @closetandbotts www.closetandbotts.com
CDSM ARCHITECTS Local architects and designers CDSM may not be excessive with their posts but when they do upload an image they share some truly stunning architecture. @cdsmarchitects www.cdmsarchitects.com
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Amara Missoni Home Sorrento Pouf 170 - 40x30cm £292
Dotcomgiftshop Garden Birds apron £12.95
BHS small vintage blue edge clock £10
Glasgow School of Art Sticks and Stones cushion - midnight blue £45
Sainsbury’s Home small glass bottle £5 Kelly Hoppen large bubble vase in duck egg blue £110
Cuckooland.com Amsterdam house wardrobe in stair gable design £1,250
HomeSense blue chair £59.99
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SS16 Bella creates evolved homes and interiors with personal touches. Created by hand, curated with soul www.bellawhiteleyinteriors.co.uk
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Spring has sprung and summer is well on its way and to get on point this season Bella Whiteley looks at the interior design and lifestyle trends for spring/summer ‘16
BEAUTIFUL BOTANICS Botanical prints and real plants are having a HUGE comeback. Not only do they add a fresh focal point with their enlivening green hues, plants can also help purify the air quality in your home. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, these houseplants are basically impossible to kill: spider plant, Dracaena, Ficus, Peace Lily, Boston Fern and most succulents. Pimp that plant - the ‘Garden Mum’ or Chrysanthemum morifolium was found by NASA to be a real air-purifying beast. It removes ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and xylene from your homes’ air. Share the house-pant love and explore a literal PLANTOPIA at www.urbanjunglebloggers.com Yep, I’m hooked.
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TITLE PROPERTY AND INTERIORS MODERN MINIMALISM This trend for simplifying our lifestyles and physically getting rid of clutter and unnecessary belongings which no longer serve or thrill us will certainly increase in the coming years, as we choose to live more eco-consciously, to eat healthier and to live mindfully. Forward-thinking restaurants are now serving ‘free-from’ menus by eliminating all things unhealthy from gluten to refined sugars and dairy; and their interior design reflects this simple ethic. Ethos restaurant in London (www.ethosfoods.com) encompasses this wholeheartedly with its meat-free menu, its ‘fruits of the forest’ seasonal healthy dishes and its interiors are carefully crafted to optimise customer flow. It embodies the fast-casual concept of relaxed dining. No frills, no embellishments. Just ‘Deliciously Different’, as the logo says…
Ethos Restaurant, London. Lifestyle branding and design by www.i-amonline.com
Digitally Printed cowhides by Amigos de Hoy, www.arthide.com.au
Wyatt sofa in gold Kanoko fabric by www.zoffany.com
BOHO LUXE – THE GLOBE TROTTER TREND For a more enriched colour palette embrace patterns and textures. See ya, chevron! Be gone, faux fur. Tribal prints and Navaho-inspired motifs reign. Leading fabric house Zoffany (www.zoffany.com) showcase their brand new spring fabrics, this one being the Kanoko, part of their ‘Curator Collection’, entirely embracing this current mood. Seen here in both the gold and copper colourways. When you cross a cowhide with the artistry of vintage Moroccan rugs, you get a whimsical blend of styles. These digitally printed chenille rugs are hand cut into organic hide shapes. A funky hybrid epitomising BohoLuxe living.
Wyatt sofa in Copper Kanoko fabric by www.zoffany.com
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WOVEN, KNOTTED, PRINTED Texture is a key element to introduce to any design scheme. Even the simplest look will benefit from textural items. Layer it up. Artisan maker, Kate Casey, weaves chord to form structures on her bespoke, unique furniture (www.pegwoodworking.com). The natural world is awash with textural patterns, inspiring designers to print photographs of textural detail in 3D onto everything from vinyl flooring to wallpaper to cushions.
Fireside stools by www.pegwoodworking.com
These giant floor cushions by MeroWings, from their Forest range, would add a graphic note to any room. I also love their whole silver-birch printed range. But the coolest? The giant moon loungers; celestial heaven (www.merowings.com).
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MONOCHROME Black and white, done right, never fails to be chic. A staple look in fashion virtually every season, so the monochrome decorators’ palette will always be chic and understated. With the 2016 monochrome version interjected with rustic pieces and more texture, it’s the evolution of a timeless classic. Still a typically androgynous look but with layers and depth.
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Black furniture punctuates a room with a bold silhouette, like these sensuous ‘Coco’ chairs inspired by Coco Canel. See the range at www.mariianiq.com Black joinery is a highly desirable trend right now too. Charred black floors and black stained-wood kitchens are edgy and striking, while black tables become a central focus. Chanel catwalk
Diva Daybed in Rose Pink, www.bloomingville.com
Lastly, THE colour for spring/summer 2016 is dusty pink, or Pantone ‘Rose Quartz’ (13-1520) to be precise. Before you wince at the thought of pink, consider roughing it up a bit with greys, natural woods, and green, another colour that’s hot right now, reflecting that indoor plants trend I mentioned earlier. Whoever said, “Pink and green, fit for a Queen.” I’m not entirely convinced but add some gold details, as in this cabinet, and you’re on your way.
Westra-pink cupboard with gold detail by www.outthereinteriors.com
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