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BORDE HILL How they are encouraging tomorrow's gardeners FRINGE BENEFITS The many reasons to visit Chichester this month CATE BLANCHETT Why she has become an ambassador for Wakehurst


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JUNE 2024 CULTURE 16 AGENDA The South of England Show returns 18 JAY GODDARD On the importance of Borde Hill 22 10 OF THE BEST... Ways to spend June in Chichester FOOD & DRINK 29 FOOD NEWS The Rathfinny Estate opens our round up 39 GOODWOOD Visiting Farmer, Butcher, Chef FASHION & BEAUTY 42 THE SHOOT Coast to countryside with Barbour 47 JEWELLERY Nine of the best in the freshest shade ABSOLUTELY HOME 58 FIONA HOWARD How Sussex plays a role in the designer's stunning wallpapers 62 THE LITTLE BOTANICAL We head to their new Chichester shop 64 BATHROOMS Ripples on the latest looks 67 TREND Illuminating lamps for the home 69 KITCHENS A unique Sussex project EDUCATION 76 PEARLS OF THE SEA A special show at Hastings Contemporary 79 CHILDREN'S BOOKFEST Best-selling authors join the charity ABSOLUTELY Contents ON THE COVER Barbour SS24 (barbour.com) 29 ABSOLUTELYMAGAZINES.COM The online guide to inspirational living that helps you stay one step ahead of the crowd and gives you the chance to win exclusive prizes. 58 42 9 ABSOLUTELY magazines
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ABSOLUTELY’S June issue highlights

Ivividly remember my first ever job in a professional journalism role. I had received a 2:1 in my degree and had planned on travelling the world, but a job came up in North London and I decided to follow the money. It was a lifestyle magazine, which was what I wanted to get into, so I couldn't turn it down. I turned up on my first day, in a crisp new suit which got strange looks from the rest of the dressed down team, and I was ready for my first assignment... which was to go and interview a radiator designer.

To say I was a little crest-fallen was an understatement. And yet, some 20 odd years later, I now realise it was ahead of its time. The home and all the wonderful design facets that go into creating a delightful abode was just taking off and little did I know then, but what we were writing was ahead of the game.

Now, very much in tune with what's hot and what's not, our Absolutely Home special returns with interviews, tips and a few unmissable trends. Radiators may not play a role, but they are never far from my mind. Enjoy the issue

The Little Botanical Bringing plants and wellbeing into the home (p62) Jay Goddard On the importance of the Borde Hill Garden Festival (p18)
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Fiona Howard How nature inspires the Sussex designer (p58) The Shoot Neutral looks from Barbour's SS24 collection (p42)
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Albaray has teamed up with Wilder & Wren to create a collection of 9 key pieces that celebrate the enduring inspiration of fl owers and nature. Nostalgic prints with a contemporary edge are perfect for the spring/summer season and beyond. albaray.co.uk

Inspired by the botanical treasures of Christian Dior’s Milly-la-Forêt garden, the creations in the Milly Carnivora line are embellished with delicately lacquered fl owers. dior.com


Neill Strain's special gi set includes a Petite Couture design, which displays the blooms in a white glass vase framed with a Clematis vine nest, together with the No.11 fragranced candle, a sweet, floral scent. neillstrain.com



Floral prints are all over this season's swimwear, and we love the selection at boutique Amelie's Follies. ameliesfollies.co.uk

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Atelier VM's Bloom collection features fl owers and foliage gathered in bunches, reassembled in a laser-cut metal sheet that are transformed into large, luminous and light earrings. ateliervm.com


A vibrant combination of rose absolute and fresh lychee is accentuated with pink champagne and a hint of raspberry to create Nest's effervescent fruity fl oral Lychee Rose fragrance. sephora.co.uk


Creativity, community and comfort are the three Cs that defi ne clothing brand Lucy & Yak's values. These are sustainably produced, easy-to-wear pieces designed to spark joy. lucyandyak.com


Lalique's new collection of crystal vases create the perfect environment for displaying seasonal blooms. This is the Zebre vase with a satin relief fi nish. lalique.com


Spanish sneaker brand Hoff is celebrating its new store with a fl oral collaboration with Morris & Co. The result? Fabulous fl oral footwear, of course. theho brand.com


Really Wild has launched a spring collection with its own exclusive fl oral prints that include this romantic rose. reallywildclothing.com

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The British Open Polo Championship for the Cowdray Gold Cup undoubtedly draws in the crowds, but there is a lot more to be enjoyed throughout the summer months at Cowdray Park Polo Club. From late April to September, matches are open to the public, giving first-timers and aficionados alike the opportunity to witness world-class polo. cowdraypolo.co.uk

Agenda 16 • Borde Hill Garden Festival 18 • Chichester 22
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The Agenda

The Merr y Widow


Franz Lehár’s laugh-out-loud operetta The Merry Widow is a work of pure theatrical pleasure. Glyndebourne’s lavish new staging by award-winning West End director Cal McCrystal promises all the opulence of classic Hollywood, with designs by Gary McCann and choreography by CarrieAnne Ingrouille, Olivier-nominated for her work on Six. Top international soprano Danielle de Niese stars in the title role.



Friday Nights

7, 14, 21 June


Singer-songwriter and DJ, Craig David, will present TS5 at Three Friday Nights at Goodwood Racecourse. The Grammy Award-winning artist will perform in the laser lit Goodwood Parade on Friday 7 June. Following Craig David, DJ Gok Wan – who is now a firm favourite behind the decks – will perform on Friday 14 June. The series will close on Friday 21 June with DJ and producer, Dimitri from Paris. goodwood.com


For the first time ever, Between The Covers, the nation’s favourite TV book club, is taking to the road. The live show will feature three of the best loved stars from Between The Covers: Kacey Ainsworth, Jo Brand, and Stephen Mangan. theatreroyalbrighton.com

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SOUTH of England Show

7-9 June



Organised by the South of England Agricultural Society, this beloved annual event invites visitors to immerse themselves in the charm and excitement of countryside rural industries and pursuits. The show promises a diverse array of attractions, including agricultural and equestrian displays, live entertainment, and an abundance of food, drink and shopping. seas.org.uk



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Formed in 1917, during the First World War, Grimethorpe Colliery Band is a British institution. Diverse noted concert performances include those at the FIFA World Cup, BAFTA Awards, BBC Proms, Eurovision and London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. In addition to continuing to delight audiences across the globe, Grimethorpe also continues to invest in its local community. parkwoodtheatres.co.uk

This Month’s Must




his year marks the tenth season at Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT).

Founded following the tragic early passing of local playwright Adrian Bunting, BOAT has grown in range and ambition to become one of the UK’s premiere outdoor theatres. June events sees The Duke’s Theatre Company once again kick o their UK tour at BOAT with As You Like It, before the 5th annual Summer Comedy Festival from Funny That Comedy. brightonopenairtheatre.co.uk

Forming the most ambitious summer programme to date for RBG Kew’s wild botanic garden, Meadowland at Wakehurst from 14 June presents a series of bespoke art installations specially commissioned for the 535-acre site to give voice to one of Britain’s most critically threatened habitats – the meadow. Running for 13 weeks, Meadowland forms both a celebration of the diverse wildflowers, grasses and wildlife that form these precious ecosystems, and a rallying cry to unite people in protecting the rare habitat for future generations. Wakehurst is home to a range of beautiful biodiverse meadows – from the ancient Hanging Meadow in the Loder Valley Nature Reserve to Coronation Meadow created in 2015 as a response to the then Prince of Wales’ call for new wildflower meadows marking 60 years of the late Queen’s reign. Across the country, it is today estimated that only 1% of species-rich meadows survive in active management and continue to be lost at an alarming rate. The scale and speed of this decline represents a conservation catastrophe. Responding to this critical state, Wakehurst has developed Meadowland to champion this threatened habitat in its time of great need. Working in collaboration with leading artists on four new installations, Wakehurst hopes to connect visitors with the grasslands that serve such an important role for both the environment and society. Nestled across the landscapes, the bespoke commissions will draw explorers down new paths through Wakehurst's vibrant meadows. Why Meadowland at Wakehurst is an event for the present and the future


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Borde Hill is one of Absolutely’s favourite places to spend a summer’s day. Tucked away in Haywards Heath, the beauty features over 380 acres of stunning grounds, with a series of ‘garden rooms’ each throwing up a surprise or two, no matter how often we visit. What’s more, rather than being a place only gardeners can enjoy, they go to great lengths to make it accessible to everyone.

Perhaps that is unsurprising when chatting to current director Jay Goddard, 5th generation custodian of Borde Hill. “I moved to Borde Hill with my parents and brother when I was six-years-old following the passing of my grandfather. I have such happy memories of exploring the woods, building dens, learning to fish and going for walks with our golden Labrador,” she smiles. “It’s wonderful to be re-living these experiences with my own two children now that we’re here.

“We are a very family friendly place. I grew up at Borde Hill and now live here with my two young boys. They love coming to our new biodynamic grower’s project (a two acre market garden on one of our farms), picking the vegetables, and returning home where we cook them together,” she adds. “We have a forest school on the estate and our school holiday family trails are hugely popular. Our National Lottery Heritage Fund supported project in the South Park is all about inspiring the next generation and educating about the importance of nature, bringing the


The Borde Hill Garden Festival is a highlight for horticulturists new and old. As it returns this month, current director Jay Goddard explains the idea behind it

community together and safeguarding our nationally important plant collection and championing trees for centuries to come.”

Education is part of the inspiration behind the Borde Hill Garden Festival, which takes place this month on 22-23 June. O ering the perfect day out for families, friends, and garden enthusiasts alike, the festival will include over 40 beautifully curated independent stalls with planters, garden furniture, lifestyle trends and artisan accessories, alongside rare and unusual plants from national specialist nurseries. Guests will also be able to enjoy eclectic live music on the South Lawn, explore curated talks from leading garden designers and experts, and discover irresistible flavours from Sussex’s best pop-ups.

“Borde Hill Garden Festival (BHGF) was born out of our rebrand in 2023,” Jay explains the idea behind the event. “We worked with top London design agency Here Design on a new brand identity for Borde Hill that celebrates our significant heritage and presents it in a fresh, aspirational light which centres around ‘joyous balance’. BHGF is the evolution of this new brand identity, seeking to inspire a younger audience with the beauty of nature. I myself am passionate about nature, and yet I have so much to learn about horticulture and plants. BHGF is an inclusive event designed to make gardening accessible to all – if you only have room for indoor plants or a window sill, or you have a beautiful garden

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“The Garden has exploded in colour and fragrance over the last few months”

with space to grow, come and be inspired and learn from the best in the business.”

And they really are the best of the best. A quick scan of the line-up throws up such names as Jo Thompson, Jinny Blom, Alice and Maddie Bailey, Cath Kidston and many, many more. The festival is also not shy in partnering up with other Sussex creatives. “There is so much talent in Sussex to celebrate,” Jay states. “Just this week we opened a new bridge in our historic Warren Wood, which was made by the hugely talented joiner Oli Carter. At BHGF we have the wonderful garden designer Jo Thompson who will be sharing how to create a romantic garden in the 21st century, while contemporary artist Claire Luxton will be exploring the art of femininity and the natural world.”

While the festival is as good a reason as any to visit, there is so much to take in at Borde Hill all year round. “Our Garden is laid out as a series of ‘garden rooms’, each with a unique feel and planting style,” Jay explains. “Jay Robin’s rose garden, which is named after me and was planted in 1996 by esteemed designed Robin Williams, is a kaleidoscope of 750 David Austin

roses, while the tranquil Italian garden has panoramic views stretching across the South Park and lakes, surrounded by Italian-style plantings, and the lily pool features a sculpture by the talented Simon Gudgeon – owner of Sculpture by the Lakes, which is one of our new Partner Gardens, in addition to The Newt in Somerset.

“Our nationally important English Garden has magnificent views over 383 acres of Grade II* heritage listed Parkland, which includes ancient woodland where a number of our champion trees are located,” she continues. “Warren Wood is a particularly beautiful space to visit right now as the 100-year-old rhododendrons are in full bloom and the woodland floor is carpeted with bluebells. The Garden has exploded in colour and fragrance over the last few months. We have a notable collection of magnificent magnolias, many champions collected by the great plant hunters in the early 1900s and they signal the first signs of spring in the garden.”

There is so much history to tell, too, with Borde Hill that we simply don’t have the space for it here – we urge you to check it out yourself. With Jay at the helm, the

future looks bright too. “My focus is on celebrating the past, safeguarding our collections for centuries to come, while inspiring the next generation,” she says. “We have ambitious plans for the future, which include restoring our Victorian Stables into a new field to fork restaurant with a restored kitchen garden, and also our NLHF project in the South Park that seeks to connect communities with the restorative power of nature, helping local people feel mentally and physically replenished, and inspiring future generations through outdoor learning.

“Borde Hill is such a special place,” she finishes. “As a 5th generation custodian, I feel a big responsibility to safeguard our collection and significant heritage, and am hugely excited about elevating our proposition to reach new audiences and inspire more people about the magical world of nature.”


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The return of the Chichester Fringe is not the only thing to get excited about when visiting the Sussex city

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Chichester, a charming city nestled in the heart of West Sussex, boasts a rich history, stunning architecture, and a plethora of cultural attractions. It’s also a cultural hotbed: this month the Chichester Fringe returns. This year, the Fringe will be packing in 70-plus performers and over 50 shows over two weeks, from Friday 31 May to Saturday 15 June. Tickets are now available to book via chichesterfringe.co.uk – and while in town here are another nine must-visit places in Chichester all year-round.

Chichester Cathedral

Chichester Cathedral stands as an architectural masterpiece and spiritual beacon. With its soaring spire, intricate stonework, and stunning stained glass windows, the cathedral is a testament to medieval craftsmanship and religious devotion. Originally built in the 11th century, the cathedral has undergone several expansions and renovations over the centuries, resulting in a captivating blend of architectural styles, from Norman to Gothic. Visitors to Chichester Cathedral are greeted by the awe-inspiring sight of its grand façade, adorned with intricate carvings and


sculptures. Inside, the cathedral’s soaring nave, elegant columns, and tranquil cloisters provide a serene setting for contemplation and reflection. Highlights include the beautiful medieval choir stalls, the exquisite Arundel Tomb, and the magnificent organ, which dates back to the 19th century.

Beyond its architectural splendour, Chichester Cathedral serves as a vibrant centre of worship, music, and community life, hosting regular services, concerts, and events throughout the year. Whether marvelling at its architectural grandeur or seeking spiritual solace, a visit to Chichester Cathedral is an unforgettable experience.

Goodwood Estate

Located just outside of Chichester, the Goodwood Estate is a quintessential English destination renowned for its rich heritage, sporting events, and luxurious amenities. Steeped in history dating back to the 17th century, the estate

encompasses a diverse array of attractions that cater to visitors of all interests.

At the heart of the estate lies Goodwood House, an elegant stately home brimming with opulent furnishings, priceless artworks, and lavish gardens. Visitors can immerse themselves in the aristocratic lifestyle of yesteryear as they explore the grand rooms and picturesque grounds.

For adrenaline enthusiasts, the Goodwood Estate is synonymous with motorsport, thanks to its iconic motor racing circuit, which hosts prestigious events such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival. Additionally, the estate boasts a world-class golf course, horse racing track, and clay pigeon shooting facilities, ensuring there’s never a dull moment for sports enthusiasts.

Fishbourne Roman Palace

Fishbourne Roman Palace stands as a testament to the grandeur and sophistication of Roman Britain. Discovered by chance in the 1960s, this remarkable archaeological site o ers visitors a fascinating glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of a Roman nobleman.

At its heart lies the impressive remains of a sprawling Roman villa, complete with beautifully preserved mosaic floors, intricate wall paintings, and a network of lavish rooms and corridors. The centrepiece of the villa is the grand reception hall, adorned with intricate geometric designs and scenes depicting Roman mythology.

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In addition to the villa remains, the site features an award-winning museum where visitors can explore artefacts unearthed during excavations, including pottery, coins, and jewellery. Interactive displays and multimedia exhibits bring to life the daily routines and customs of the villa’s inhabitants.

Pallant House Gallery

Pallant House Gallery is a cultural gem celebrated for its outstanding collection of modern British art. Housed within a beautifully restored Queen Anne townhouse, the gallery seamlessly blends historic architecture with contemporary exhibits, o ering visitors a unique and immersive art experience.

The gallery’s collection spans the 20th and 21st centuries, featuring works by some of Britain’s most renowned artists, including Barbara Hepworth, Lucian Freud and Ben Nicholson. From abstract expressionism to figurative painting, the diverse range of styles and movements represented in the collection showcases the richness and diversity of British art.

In addition to its permanent collection, Pallant House Gallery hosts a dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions, showcasing the work of emerging and established artists alike. From thoughtprovoking installations to curated retrospectives, these exhibitions provide fresh perspectives on the ever-evolving landscape of contemporary art.

Chichester Festival Theatre

Chichester Festival Theatre is renowned for its world-class productions and

stellar performances. Founded in 1962 by Sir Laurence Olivier, the theatre has established itself as one of the UK’s leading cultural institutions.

Located within the picturesque setting of Oaklands Park, the theatre’s iconic circular architecture and openair auditorium provide a unique and intimate setting for theatrical productions. From classic Shakespearean dramas to contemporary works and musicals,

the diverse programme caters to a wide range of tastes and interests.

Each summer, the theatre hosts the prestigious Chichester Festival, showcasing a line-up of critically acclaimed productions featuring top-tier talent from the worlds of stage and screen. With its commitment to artistic excellence and innovative programming, Chichester Festival Theatre continues to captivate audiences and inspire generations of theatre lovers.


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Chichester Harbour

Chichester Harbour, a haven of natural beauty, is celebrated for its tranquil waters, picturesque landscapes, and abundant wildlife. Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the harbour encompasses a diverse range of habitats, including salt marshes, mudflats and sandy beaches, creating a rich tapestry of biodiversity.

Sailing enthusiasts flock to Chichester Harbour to take advantage of its sheltered waters and gentle breezes, making it the perfect destination for both novice sailors and seasoned seafarers alike. The harbour’s extensive network of navigable channels and secluded anchorages provide endless opportunities for exploration and adventure.

For nature lovers, Chichester Harbour o ers ample opportunities for wildlife spotting. Whether kayaking through tranquil creeks, birdwatching along the salt marshes, or simply enjoying a leisurely stroll along the shoreline, Chichester Harbour captivates visitors with its serene beauty and natural charm.

The Novium Museum

The Novium Museum o ers a captivating journey through the rich history and heritage of the city and its surrounding area. Housed within a striking contemporary building, the museum’s innovative exhibits and interactive displays bring Chichester’s past to life, engaging visitors of all ages.

From its Roman roots to its medieval heyday and beyond, The Novium Museum showcases a diverse array of artefacts, archaeological finds, and historical documents that illuminate the city’s evolution over time. Highlights include a


remarkable collection of Roman pottery and coins, intricate medieval artefacts, and personal stories of local residents throughout the ages. Interactive exhibits invite visitors to step into the shoes of Chichester’s past inhabitants, from Roman soldiers to Victorian shopkeepers.

West Dean Gardens

West Dean Gardens is a horticultural paradise renowned for its stunning displays of flowers, ornamental gardens, and historic architecture. Spread across 90 acres

within the picturesque grounds of West Dean College, the gardens o er visitors a feast for the senses in every season.

From the meticulously manicured lawns and vibrant flower beds to the tranquil water features and majestic tree-lined avenues, West Dean Gardens boasts a diverse array of landscapes to explore and enjoy. Highlights include the beautiful walled gardens, where rare and exotic plants thrive within the sheltered confines of ancient brick walls, and the serene arboretum, home to a magnificent collection of trees from around the world.

In addition to its botanical wonders, West Dean Gardens also features a series of charming follies, statues, and architectural features.

Chichester Canal

Chichester Canal o ers visitors a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Originally constructed in the early 19th century to transport goods to and from the thriving port of Chichester, the canal now serves as a peaceful haven for boaters, walkers, and nature enthusiasts.

Stretching for nearly six miles from Chichester to the picturesque village of Hunston, the canal meanders through scenic landscapes, past lush green fields, and alongside dense woodlands. Visitors can explore the towpath on foot or by bike. For those seeking a more leisurely experience, boat trips are available, o ering a relaxing journey along the tranquil waters of the canal. Wildlife abounds along the canal banks, with a variety of bird species, fish, and other aquatic creatures calling the waterway home.


tretched across the Cowdray Estate in the beautiful West Sussex countryside, the Cowdray Park Polo Club grounds set high octane equestrian sport against the serene majesty of the Cowdray ruins and pictureperfect downland cottages at Ambersham. From late April to the end of September, matches are open to the public, giving families, first-timers and aficionados alike the opportunity to witness world-class polo.

Despite its mysterious allure, polo at Cowdray is an incredibly accessible and laid-back a air. For the price of a day ticket, everyone is welcome, and bringing your own picnic pitch-side is actively encouraged. The season starts with the Tyro Cup in late April, kick starting a season with over 450 games being played across Cowdray’s polo fields. If you’ve never been to a match don’t despair, rules of play are readily available around the club and enthusiastic polo club members would be delighted to share their passion and knowledge with newcomers to the sport.

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On weekends the Clubhouse at Ambersham is open to all ticketholders, serving homemade cakes, delicious continental sharing boards and the famous Clubhouse burger. It is the perfect place to meet some fellow spectators and find out more about one of the oldest sports in the world. “Polo is the fastest ball sport in the world and can be very exciting to watch. It’s been likened to hockey on horseback, which is a good reflection of the adrenaline involved for players and spectators alike,” says Polo Manager, Chris Bethell.

For a taste of polo and a fantastic family day out, make sure to visit the Midhurst Town Cup on 30 June. Set on the iconic Lawns polo grounds, this free all-day event showcases local artisans, demonstrations celebrating the countryside, face painting and tractor rides alongside polo players competing to win the title cup. Picnic rugs line the edge of the field, Cowdray hampers arrive stu ed with food and drinks, while children enjoy gallons of ice-cream as everyone settles in to watch the match. As the game reaches half time, spectators descend onto the field to help tread the divots and peruse some stalls to restock their picnics.

For high-octane equine sport with a touch of glamour, the jewel in the crown of the Cowdray Park Polo Club season is the British Open Polo Championship for the Cowdray Gold Cup. The world’s best polo players converge in Midhurst to compete for the coveted title in the highlight of the British polo season. The tournament starts on 25 June and culminates in the final on Sunday 21 July. Visit to watch as the final two teams compete for victory, whilst enjoying a range of luxury hospitality, an artisanal retail village, and a plethora of food and beverage o erings. The day concludes with live music and celebrations. The polo season doesn’t end there, with some of the best competitive medium and low-goal polo still to be played across August and September. The polo season at Cowdray Park concludes on 22 September with two final cups, the Farewell Cup and Autumn Cup, sharing finals on the same day.

Tickets available on the gate or from cowdraypolo.co.uk




The Flint Barns are unique and historic buildings, located in the Cradle Valley, that lie at the western end of Rathfinny Wine Estate. The Dining Room at The Flint Barns serves an approachable blend of modern classics in the relaxed atmosphere of the renovated barn. A two and three-course menu is available every WednesdaySaturday evening all year round. rathfinnyestate.com

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Wine recommendations for the month



Food news and most exciting openings across the industry

Crémant d’Alsace Cuvée

Julien Dop au Moulin NV


This traditional method fizz comes from a house that specialises in Crémant, in the classic Alsace mix of pinot blanc and auxerrois. It's delicate, and easy-drinking, given extra depth by longer bottle maturation. A delicious start to any meal or counterpoint to smoked fish dishes.

The Society’s Australian Chardonnay 2023

 £7.50

Made exclusively for The Wine Society by Yalumba, this is a convincing representation of modern Australian chardonnay at a very good-value price point. Crisp, citrus-led and light on the palate, it makes for enjoyable refreshment.

Xinomavro Jeunes Vignes, Thymiopoulos 2021


The master of this increasingly modish Greek grape won plaudits from the 2023 Wine Champions judges for fragrance, freshness and sheer personality. Packed with juicy fruit and infused with savoury herbs, it’s eminently chillable too.

Since it was founded back in 1874, The Wine Society has dared to do business a little differently. Bringing together a community united by a shared love of wine, The Society is a co-operative and owned by its members. This means there is no requirement to pump profit into annual dividends or bonuses for shareholders – all profits go back into the business.

The Wine Society welcomes all wine lovers. Become a member today and receive £20 off toward your first order. thewinesociety.com

Firm favourite


Recently named the 4th Best Restaurant in Sussex (as voted by the public), Rows & Vine is now top of the list for Sussex winery dining. From first sip to last bite, the new dishes are sure to get your tastebuds dancing. From sticky jerk lamb kebabs to peppered mackerel fishcakes or cauliflower cheese croquettes, there's something to delight every palate. ridgeview.co.uk

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Holiday fare


Fish & Bubbles is a modern seafood and aperitivo bar. Expect gone fish sharing boards, negronis and spritz plus incredible gourmet seafood buns that will transport you to the beachside tavernas of Sicily, Puglia, Sardinia and the Amalfi coast with fresh, vibrant and flavoursome dishes.


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Spring cocktails


Lanique Spirit of Rose is a completely natural spirit with aromas of delicate rose, fresh raspberry and cherry, and hints of Turkish delight. Utterly delicious with champagne, look out for it on cocktail menus. lanique.co.uk


At Stereo, a new experimental and vibrant spring menu features aromatic, floral and fruity ingredients. No Ordinary Love is made with Stereogin, rose, Muyu Vetiver liqueur, Campari and verjus. stereocoventgarden.com




Everyone's talking about Bebe Bob's newest addition to the menu – chicken nuggets. But these are no normal nuggets: for one thing, the batter is made with vodka instead of water. for extra crispness and lightness. Enjoy them with Gochujang mayonnaise and a side of fries.




Koyn's executive chef Rhys Cattermoul has created ‘Hanami Hako’, a luxuriously crafted oak chest filled with six delightful dishes including sea bream, kombujime, irazake, daikon cress; mazaro di value shrimp tartar, rhubarb ponzu, daikon shies pickle and squid salad, ikura, arima sangho dressing, watermelon radish. koynrestaurants.com

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Recipes from the Italian coast


Frittata di zucchine

A very thin zucchini and basil omelette

Serves 1–3

I first came across this quick and easy summer dish when I was lunching with friends in a restaurant in southern Tuscany on a baking hot day. We placed our order and happily carried on chatting and sipping chilled wine, getting hungrier by the minute. A er nearly an hour, the waiter realised he’d forgotten to put our order through. He disappeared into the kitchen and almost immediately reappeared with a frittata di zucchine to apologise and tide us over. Needless to say, the sweet basil and zucchini encased in egg and cheese was delicious. If you’d like to offer this as a main, allow one per person and serve with salad.


• 2 organic eggs sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

• 25 g (1 oz) unsalted butter

• 1 tablespoon olive oil

• 1 zucchini (about 150 g/51/2 oz), top removed, sliced into thin discs handful of basil leaves, roughly torn 20 g (3/4 oz)

• Parmesan, finely grated


1 Crack the eggs into a small bowl, add a generous pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper and whisk with a fork. Melt the butter with the olive oil in a wide frying pan over a medium heat.

2 Pick up the pan and swirl the fat around so that it goes up the side of the pan to avoid the egg sticking later.

3 Once it starts to sizzle, add the zucchini and gently toss to ensure it is evenly coated in oil and butter. Leave to cook without stirring for 3–4 minutes.

4 Add the basil and toss, turning all the zucchini slices over to brown the other side. Cook for another 3–4 minutes until the slices are golden on both sides and the basil has wilted. Make sure the zucchini is evenly spaced in one layer over the base of the pan.

5 Pour over the beaten egg, then gently swirl the pan to allow the egg to evenly coat the zucchini and spread slightly up the side of the pan. Cook without stirring for 2–3 minutes. Once the egg starts to look opaque at the bottom, sprinkle over the grated parmesan, then leave for another minute or so until the bottom is completely cooked, the top is set and the cheese has melted.

6 Using a spatula, gently ease the frittata onto a serving plate, cheese side up. Top with some freshly ground pepper and serve immediately.

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Pistachio panna cotta

Serves 4

Pistachio cream is a staple of the Sicilian kitchen and is used in many breakfast pastries. It is similar to chocolate spread but is (unsurprisingly) green and tastes gloriously of pistachios. You can find jars of crema di pistachio in most supermarkets in Italy, or it’s widely available online. Mixing pistachio cream with panna cotta is an indulgent twist on a classic, bringing a nutty sweetness to the cream as well as acting as a second setting agent, meaning you need less gelatin. I serve these in cocktail glasses and never turn them out, mainly because their green colour doesn’t look as attractive domed on a plate as it does sitting in a glass topped with chopped pistachios or a few fresh raspberries.


• Handful of unsalted pistachios, roughly chopped

• Handful of raspberries (optional) Panna Cotta

• 2 x 2 g (1/16 oz) gelatine leaves

• 400 ml (14 fl oz) double cream

• 30 g (1 oz) caster sugar

• 1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped

• 80 g (23/4 oz) pistachio cream


1 To make the panna cotta, using scissors, cut the gelatine sheets into a small bowl and cover with cold water. Leave to soak for 15 minutes or as instructed on the packet.

2 Meanwhile, pour the cream into a medium saucepan and add the sugar, vanilla seeds and pod. Place over a medium heat and gently warm until it almost comes to the boil, then switch o immediately.

3 Squeeze any excess liquid out of the soaked gelatine and stir into the hot cream until it has completely dissolved. Remove the vanilla pod, then transfer to a large bowl and mix in the pistachio cream until smooth.

4 Divide the panna cotta evenly among four cocktail glasses, then chill in the fridge for at least three hours or, better still, overnight.

5 When you’re ready to serve, top each panna cotta with a teaspoon of roughly chopped pistachios and, if you like, a few raspberries.

6 Serve directly from the glass.


Il risotto di mamma Silvana Silvana’s sa ron

fish risotto with red mullet ragu

Serves 6

This is the signature dish at my friend Anita’s hotel on the island of Salina. Originally hailing from Milan, she and her parents decided to buy a run-down hotel in the place where they spent their summers. It has, of course, taken over their lives. Anita’s husband gave up his job in finance to become the hotel’s baker (his sourdough is legendary) and her mother, Silvana, is now the hotel chef. Dinner at the Principe is a wonderfully convivial affair, conducted on one long table under a pergola overlooking the Tyrrhenian, with the volcano of Stromboli gently bubbling in the distance. Each morning, Silvana writes that evening’s menu on a blackboard in the bar and residents can say whether they would like to join. If they do they are treated to a four-course feast, which regularly includes this delicious fish risotto topped with mullet ragu. If you can’t find red mullet then sea bass is a delicious and slightly more economical alternative. You can also use vegetable stock rather than fish stock, which I find really lets the saffron and the fish ragu sing.


• 20 g (3/4 oz) raisins

• A pinch of sa ron

• 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) red mullet or sea bass fillets, skin and bones removed

• Sea salt

• 2 tablespoons olive oil

• 1/2 small white onion, finely chopped

• 30 g (1 oz) tomato paste

• 30 g (1 oz) flat-leaf parsley leaves or fennel fronds, very finely chopped

• 20 g (3/4 oz) pine nuts


• 1 litre (34 fl oz) fish or vegetable stock

• 2 pinches of sa ron

• 80 ml (21/2 fl oz) olive oil

• 1 small white onion, finely chopped

• Sea salt

• 450 g (1 lb) arborio rice

• 150 ml (5 fl oz) white wine


1 Place the raisins and sa ron in a small bowl and pour over enough cold water to just cover them. Leave to soak and plump up for a few minutes. Meanwhile, cut the fish fillets into 2cm (3/4 inch) chunks.

2 Season with salt and set aside in a bowl for 5 minutes. Heat the olive oil in a wide frying pan over a medium heat,

add the onion and a pinch of salt and cook until translucent. Add the tomato paste, raisins and sa ron, soaking water, and parsley or fennel.

3 Stir well, then reduce the heat to low and cook for about 5 minutes. Increase the heat to medium, add the fish and cook for 3–4 minutes, turning occasionally to make sure it cooks evenly. At the end, stir through the pine nuts. The fish will break up a bit, which will make it a little more ragu-like.

4 Set aside while you make the risotto. Combine the stock and sa ron in a saucepan over a medium heat until the sa ron dissolves. Remove from the heat as it comes to the boil. In a separate pan, bring 300 ml (10 fl oz) water to the boil, then switch o the heat.

5 Everyone needs a di erent quantity of liquid for risotto, depending on the kind of rice, the size of your pan and so on. This is just a back up – you may not need it.

6 Heat the olive oil in a wide, heavybased frying pan over a medium heat. Once it starts to sizzle, add the onion and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3–5 minutes until the onion is translucent. Add the rice and mix until it is well coated in the oil. Increase the heat to high and toast the rice, stirring often, to allow the starchy outer coating to soften and disintegrate; this should take 2–3 minutes.

7 Pour in the wine and stir until it has all been absorbed into the rice and the alcohol has evaporated. Add a ladleful of the hot stock, then stir until the rice has absorbed it all before adding another ladleful.

8 Repeat this process for 18–20 minutes until most of the liquid has been absorbed. (If you run out of stock, add the boiling water.) Try the rice: it should be cooked but still have a little bite without being chalky. Adjust the seasoning if necessary, depending on how salty your stock is.

9 Remove from the heat. Spoon the risotto onto individual plates and top with a ladleful of the ragu.

10 Sprinkle with a little chopped parsley or fennel fronds and serve immediately.

Recipes taken from Italian Coastal by Amber Guinness, Thames & Hudson, £29.99

Farmer, Butcher, Chef is a celebration of the beef, pork and lamb we rear at Goodwood Home Farm. Enjoy hearty Butcher’s Boards and a constantly changing menu that evolves with the seasons. You will travel further than your food.


Farmer, Butcher, Chef is the Goodwood Estate’s flagship restaurant and is a celebration of the beef, pork and lamb reared on Goodwood Home Farm.

Aptly named, the farmer, butcher and chef sit down each week and discuss the cuts of meat available, helping to shape an ever-changing, seasonal menu which ensures that nothing is wasted.

The culmination of all of this is the hearty Butcher’s Boards, which showcase the di erent cuts of meat available, coupled with, arguably, the most delicious chips money can buy, along with seasonal vegetables and mouth-watering sauces.

Seasonal English produce from Goodwood Home farm or local suppliers is championed and the animals graze on the grasslands

and crops grown on the estate resulting in a true farm-to-fork philosophy.

Goodwood has been farmed by the Dukes of Richmond for over 300 years. Susan, Duchess of Richmond, was one of the Soil Association’s earliest members. Her belief in organic food and for proper animal welfare were instrumental in Goodwood Home Farm becoming the first 100% organically fed dairy in the country and, to this day, it is the largest lowland organic farm in Europe.

Farmer, Butcher, Chef can be found on the same spot where guests have been entertained since 1780. The original coaching inn was called Waterbeach Inn as, centuries earlier, the sea reached to the flint walls that we still see today. The inn was next door to a seven-acre vegetable and flower garden, which specialised in growing peaches and was the perfect pit stop for visitors to Goodwood House.

The restaurant and bar exudes warmth and character, from the beautiful furnishings to the extensive collection of artefacts reflecting Goodwood’s 300 years of farming. Interior design has been created by the talented Cindy Leveson of Leveson Design, from the cosy snug with its statement fireplace to the distinctive décor of the restaurant. In the summer months, the courtyard comes into its own, with live music, meat sizzling on Big Green Egg BBQs and a rich calendar of events that make it a quintessentially English destination. Sitting at the heart of The Goodwood Hotel, it is the perfect place to explore all that Goodwood has to o er, from world famous events such as the Festival of Speed, Revival and Qatar Goodwood Festival, to year round experiences at the motor circuit and aerodrome. As the home of exceptional experiences, it is hard to find something you can’t do here, with tree climbing, o -road vintage Land Rovers and a beautiful spa and retreats for a more restful stay.

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Barbour’s latest collection, available at several stockists across Sussex, will have you ready for the beach and nights out


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Beauty Notes 53 • Fitness News 55 CHANEL Chanel has launched
Beiges Sun-Kissed Powder', a trio designed to give you a healthy summer glow. The highlighter, bronzer,
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Lifestage specific, Opalore’s five creams treat the root causes of ageing and promote good bacteria. A er testing cream n.2, I’ve noticed a more balanced and radiant complexion. From £180. opalore.com


The hairdreser in the Airstream

It’s a bit boring having your hair cut in a regular building. And who doesn’t love a vintage Airstream?




Emma Lewisham’s new Supernatural Vitale Face Elixir fills and redensifies the skin, targeting cellular ageing. The light formulation feels luxurious, smells amazing, and we’ve noticed plumper skin too, £85. emmalewisham.co.uk

Shavata Singh has teamed up with Lightinderm to o er immediate redness relief after threading treatments at Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge. Redness magically vanishes using Lightinderm’s groundbreaking LED technology. Complimentary service with a full face thread or £21 with any other threading appointment. harveynichols.com

Timothy David certainly does. This hairdresser to the stars (Gillian Anderson is a regular) holds court in a converted 1969 Airstream stationed in an unlikely spot in Brentford. The silver trailer is a labour of love, and it’s named Pauline after his late mother, who also loved Airstreams. Appointments in this cleverly converted American classic are intimate (perfect for private clients looking for discretion) and Tim is a great conversationalist. He’s also a great colourist and immediately – even instinctively – knows what to do about my tired highlights and straggly locks. Over a couple of hours we discuss everything from religion in Ireland to Airstream engines via Grace Jones’ hairstyles, and he gives me some invaluable advice on how to care for my hair, while expertly freestyling two carefully chosen shades of blonde through my hair and folding it into sheets of foil. A precision trim leaves my straight and often lifeless hair with new movement and a fresh feel, and my slight natural waves are skilfully revealed with some subtle products and hot air. Timothy is a multi-talent and his career has taken in Hollywood film sets, glamorous events, editorial and fashion work – and he’s happiest when working in the Airstream. Appointments are like gold dust, so be warned.

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Q How does the Eight Sleep Pod technology work?

A The Pod is an intelligent sleep system that gives you up to 32% better sleep. It cools and warms on each side of the bed from 12°C to 43°C and works with any bed. Powered by the intelligence of Autopilot, as your body temperature changes overnight, the Pod heats and cools to match your body’s natural rhythm, keeping you in deep sleep for longer.

Q Why should fitness enthusiasts track their sleep?

A Since sleep is so important for physical performance, the first step is to assess sleep and recovery quality by tracking

your sleep. Eight Sleep has conducted research showing that people experience a significant improvement in their sleep and, therefore, cardiovascular health after using the Pod.

Q We all know that exercise can help improve sleep, but how can improved sleep help with physical fitness?

A A good night’s sleep can contribute greatly to fitness. After sleeping on the Pod for just one week, subjects with average to below-average resting heart rates (i.e. >70 bpm) had the largest decreases in sleeping HR after using the Pod. A 2 bpm magnitude of decrease in sleeping HR is similar to what you’d expect

to get from a 12+ week-long exercise programme in yoga, tai-chi, or strength training.

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Fiona Howard’s new collection of wallpapers and borders is a colourful mix of designs – pastoral scenes in an orchard, vibrant coastal rockpools, radishes from the allotment, a fun border called Squiggle and dynamic florals depicted by honeysuckle and sunflowers. Absolutely sat down with the Sussex-based designer to find out more about her inspirations and what's next.

Q What can you tell us about your new collection of wallpapers and borders?

A The new ‘Orchard’ wallpaper is inspired by my love of growing fruit trees and vegetables. It is an idyllic landscape taking you on a journey through an orchard brimming with fruit where hens wander between the trees and sunflowers and looking beyond, past the greenhouse to seagulls wheeling above the hills.

Q Do you have a favourite design?

A That’s rather like asking me if I have a favourite child! I love all my designs for

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different reasons, each of them has a place where they would be happy and flourish. I love designing and would never put a design in my collection that I wasn’t 100% in love with. There are designs in the collection which are perhaps firm favourites with customers, such as Harbour and Birdsong, and everyone loves the new Orchard.

Q Why should we all look to bring nature into the home, either through plants or designs like yours?

A I think we are all becoming more aware of the power of nature, its healing properties

and what we need to do to preserve the incredible world around us. Perhaps lockdown helped us to look more closely at flora and fauna and realise what natural healers they are, from walking and immersing ourselves in the sights and sounds of birds and plants, to incorporating more plants in our diets. My wallpapers are all inspired by the natural world around us and reflect some of this calm and joy into our living spaces.

Q Has Sussex inspired the new collection?

A Sussex is where I grew up and have lived for the majority of my life. My studio is

buried deep in our garden surrounded by plants, fruit trees, my vegetable patch and the trees and fields beyond. Everything is brimming with life, birds, butterflies, foxes and we even have a weasel visit occasionally. There is so much inspiration here sometimes I wonder where to start!

Q What do you love about being based in Sussex?

A We live two minutes walk from Climping Beach and at low tide there’s a lovely sandy foreshore and chalk rockpools teeming with life. My Rockpools wallpaper began life

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here. Behind the beach are fields and woods, full of birdsong, we have goldfinches, many kinds of tits, egrits, sparrowhawks, woodpeckers and owls. I love being immersed in nature and drifting off to sleep at night, listening to the sound of the waves on the beach and the hoot of the Tawny owls.

Q How do you like to create new work?

A I start by creating an inspiration board, collecting together anything which feels fresh and new to me, colours, drawings from my sketch book, perhaps swatches or postcards which inspire me in some way. I keep an eye on the trends but don’t follow them religiously as I am driven by what I love, and I want my wallpapers to remain relevant long after a particular trend has passed.

Next I sketch out the design into a repeating pattern. I draw and redraw it until it flows happily. A wallpaper sits flat on the wall, it doesn’t appear and disappear into folds the way a fabric does, so it needs to be thoughtfully crafted.

All the designs in my wallpaper collection are created by hand carving and printing lino cuts. For each colour of the design I carefully carve a piece of lino which is printed layer upon layer to construct the finished design.

The whole process can take up to a month to complete depending on the complexity of the pattern. The finished design is an artwork created by hand with the textures, slight misprints and perfect imperfections that celebrate the hand of the designer.

“Lino printing is such a satisfying way of working”

Q Has your process evolved in any way?

A I have always designed by hand, although over the years I have used many media, from watercolours to monoprint. I did for a very brief moment try designing on a computer, but found it soulless. I like the feeling of pencil on paper and nothing gets me more excited than playing with colours and getting my hands dirty. Lino printing is such a satisfying way of working, it’s very meditative and I love the way it gives my collection a cohesive appearance.

Q How did your story in design begin?

A I feel as though I have always had a pencil in my hand. As a child I had a tiny snakeskin suitcase filled with coloured pencils, felt pens and paper which I took with me wherever I went. My granny and I would sit in the garden as she patiently explained to me how to paint. She was very talented, both as an artist and a cellist in the Halle Orchestra. Fast forward to art college at the age of 18, I spent two fantastic years at West Sussex College of Design and then three years studying at Middlesex University for a BA Hons in Printed Textile Design. The following 37 years have been a wonderful adventure designing for clients worldwide, building on my knowledge of

colour and design and culminating in my own wallpaper collection, where the story has only just begun!

Q What do you feel you have become known for?

A Well crafted, perhaps slightly unusual, contemporary designs with my particular lino-print handwriting and delicious colours.

Q What else is on the horizon?

A The Black Horse pub in Climping has just reopened after a complete makeover. Each of the seven en-suite bedrooms have been beautifully redecorated, each one with a different wallpaper from my collection and each room named after the wallpaper it is decorated with.

My wallpapers are printed in the UK on FSC papers using water based, environmentally friendly inks. I am also very conscious of being able to give back in some small way to the countryside which inspires my work. Each year I work with James Baird, our local farmer, helping to plant trees and connecting hedgerows to provide more biodiversity and corridors for birds, insects and small mammals.


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Small steps

Co-founders Morag and Greg Hill launched The Little Botanical in November 2017. Here we talk to Morag about their journey...

Q Before launching The Little Botanical, what were your experiences in horticulture?

A I have worked in horticulture for 10 years in New Product Development and Greg is Managing Director of Hills Plants. As a 4th generation grower, he has been involved in the Hill family business for 15+ years. Horticulture runs in his veins!

Q What inspired you to launch The Little Botanical?

A We wanted to inspire more people to make plants part of their everyday lives, but wanted to take the complexity out of plant shopping and provide a simple solution for consumers by giving them instant access to stylish houseplants with the click of a button, all from the family Hills nursery, located in Runcton.

Q What did you offer that was a little different?

A Targeting the time-poor consumer, looking for interior style with none of the hassle, the low maintenance, carefully

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curated botanical range was born. Every single plant was designed with its very own pre-styled ceramic, so customers could instantly achieve a contemporary, chic look in their homes with none of the hassle. Educating people about the health benefits of bringing plants into their homes was also an integral part of our mission.

It’s all about creating a look and feel and by bringing plants into your living space, this helps make a home a sanctuary. I truly believe that the positive experience of existing with plants in your home is hugely underrated. Caring for plants after a busy day is calming and will reduce stress levels along with removing toxins from the air.

“Caring for plants after a busy day is calming”

Q What was the early response like?

A People love plants and we had a great response and keen consumers as soon as we launched. We have had some very exciting “pinch-me” moments along the way; from launching in John Lewis stores, and expanding the range to include larger statement plants in our beautifully designed ceramics and belly baskets to seeing our products in publications too.

Q Fast forward to 2024 and you have opened your first shop...

A It was always a little dream and it’s been wonderful to bring it to reality. Positive interactions with customers has been one of the main highlights for the team since launching back in November 2017, which in essence led to launching our first bricks and mortar store. Our whole team has thoroughly enjoyed bringing our vision to life and creating this calming, zen space. As you enter the shop, we wanted it to feel like you’re walking into a jungle – you’re immediately surrounded by hundreds of plants, this is all set off with the calming dark green and pale pink walls. It’s an immersive experience.

Q What would we find in the shop?

A From our best-selling Aloe Vera, to the calming Peace Lily with its big white flowers, to our wacky brightly coloured Begonia Beleafs, there is something for everyone. We have a huge selection of indoor plants, hand-finished bespoke ceramic pots and belly baskets, gifts, cards and locally hand-poured candles. We also stock stylish plant care products like watering cans, misters and essentials like moss poles.

your outdoor space, we have Hydrangeas, Clematis, Wisteria and beautiful bedding too; there is so much to choose from if you are a budding gardener or a brand new plant parent.

Q What’s great about being based in Chichester?

A We have a lovely local following of people who have shopped with us from the start and now they can come into the shop and they can see and feel what they are buying and ask us questions about what plant suits their space. We love to meet our customers face to face and help them with their plant care questions too. It’s very special. Chichester is a lovely city.

Q How do you look to welcome newbies as well as experienced plant lovers?

A We love to help newbie plant parents and can definitely recommend which plants would suit your space taking into account light level and care habits. We also have lots of unusual, trickier houseplants for those that have a collection already and are looking for something that little bit different.

Q Are people introducing plants for health as well as aesthetic reasons?

A Absolutely, people are becoming more aware that plants and bringing nature into your home is good for your wellbeing. At The Little Botanical, we’re obviously very passionate about plants and believe that existing with them in your interior space is a hugely positive experience. Living with nature in your home is known to lift your mood and make you feel happier. We all need that in our busy lives.

More recently we’ve launched our outdoor range. No matter the size of thelittlebotanical.com

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Get the LOOK

Ripples on the bathroom trends to look out for this summer

Whetheryourtaste is classic or innovative, there are countless ways to add your individuality and flair to a bathroom.

However, as trends are ever-evolving, it can be challenging to decide what elements to include in your design. Here Senior Designer Leanne Robey from Ripples gives you the lowdown on the biggest trends she is seeing emerge in bathroom design for summer.


The trend for fluting in bathrooms shows no signs of disappearing, but is certainly evolving. This trend is no longer so prominent on furniture, but is growing in popularity on glass elements such as wall lights, pendant lights, and shower screens.

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Bathroom lighting no longer needs to be restricted to just ceiling lights or the occasional downlighter. We’re seeing more and more demand for mixed lighting schemes, including a combination of pendants, wall lights, underlighting and sensor lighting. This is the perfect trend for those wanting to create a stylish yet practical space.


Mixed brassware is becoming increasingly common. This trend involves using multiple metal finishes within a single bathroom space, such as pairing Brushed Nickel basin taps with a Brushed Bronze shower. This trend creates interest throughout a scheme, particularly as each brassware type will mature and some will even develop their own patina over time.


We’re seeing more and more colour being introduced through vanity units. Deep, rich tones tend to be the most popular although pastels work well too. As interiors trends follow fashion trends, we’re expecting brown and yellow to soon emerge as the sought-after colours to try.


After the colour green has dominated

bathrooms for the last few seasons, we’re seeing the re-emergence of pink. Pink tiles are gaining in popularity, particularly on feature walls. Also pink panelling is becoming a more sought after finish.


We’re seeing an emerging trend for tiles which add interest through shape rather than pattern. After a huge amount of interest for heavily patterned tiles over recent years, we’re seeing the trend move to neutral tones in pentagonal, hexagonal and even triangular formats.

Visit Ripples Chichester at 34 Southgate, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1DP, 01243 345 375 or Ripples Lindfield at 99 High Street, Lindfield, West Sussex, RH16 2HR, 01444 715121 ripplesbathrooms.com

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What strikes you about this West Sussex kitchen on fi rst glance is the sheer number of fi nishes and techniques on display. Testament to the craftsmanship and skill involved in creating it, the space has been transformed from its previous incarnation. “When I fi rst visited the house, the kitchen was dated but the room as a whole was bursting with

potential,” remembers Charlie Smallbone, founder of Ledbury Studio. Here, he reveals how he channelled his client’s love of antiques and eclecticism to turn it into a sociable space designed for serious cooking.

Q What was the brief?

A The couple are keen on entertaining, but the kitchen also has to function as an ad-hoc office, as our client’s partner works from home. And then, because our client works in an auction house and loves antiques, they wanted us to take an eclectic approach to the


design with a rich mix of materials and fi nishes. In this case, less is not more! My brief was to create the feel of freestanding furniture, rather than of a fitted kitchen – so it looks like somebody has gone out and bought lots of lovely pieces. As such, the kitchen we designed for the couple is a beautiful, informal, living, dining and kitchen space that ticks all boxes.

Q What can you tell us about the metallic fi nishes?

A When the couple visited our Notting Hill showroom, they instantly fell in love with our signature Metallics

Collection copper-fronted cabinets. Naturally, we integrated two into the design – either side of the window for a lovely framing effect. The copper is a living fi nish that will mature over time, developing a rich patina.

Q How did you create the paint effect on the cabinetry?

A The painted cabinets were given a primer in our workshops and then hand painted in situ by our artist Emma, in close collaboration with the client. The beautiful burnished paint effect was inspired by the grey-green elements in a favourite copper vase. There are four hand-painted layers, one of which is a

It is an eclectic design with a mix of materials and finishes

tinted pearlescent. This makes the paint shimmer, so the colour isn’t flat, and it’s this that unites all the fi nishes in the kitchen

Q What is the purpose of the freestanding cabinet?

A The tall freestanding piece acts as a breakfast cupboard housing a coffee machine, toaster, kettle and all other breakfast paraphernalia. It has the aged-pewter fi nish on the doors, over which we’ve put a protective fi nish so that fi ngerprints don’t mark it and the surface is easy to clean.

The cabinets below the breakfast cupboard feature a pattern we call Choppy Water. Solid oak panels were carved and then stained dark to create the effect. If you look carefully, you’ll see that it’s been fi nished with gold-leaf appliqué, which injects a dash of glamour into the kitchen. Both the wood and the appliqué are protected by a 5% sheen lacquer. The Choppy Water fi nish has also been used on the appliance housing opposite.

Q What material did you use for the worktops and why?

A We used the same work surface throughout, which is a man-made quartz called Arabesque from Stone Italiana. It is a very practical solution – non-porous, hard wearing, resistant to heat and scratching, and does not require sealing. What’s more, it allowed us to seamlessly incorporate a sink, also in Arabesque. Losing the join lines between the worktop and the sink lends the kitchen a sleek look.

Kitchens from Ledbury Studio are priced from £70,000. Find out more at ledburystudio.com

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A vibrant exhibition showcasing the work of 400 local students opened at Hastings Contemporary in the spring. Absolutely Sussex went and took a look

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Pearls of the Sea: The Sea and Me is the culmination of a year-long collaboration between Hastings Contemporary and eight local schools, which showcased and celebrated the students’ creations.

Pearls of the Sea is Hastings Contemporary’s flagship schools programme. Since its launch in 2015, the programme has given thousands of local students the opportunity to respond to modern and contemporary artworks, explore their creativity in the gallery’s learning studio, and get inspired by seeing their art displayed alongside internationally celebrated artists.

Throughout the academic year, students from eight Hastings and St Leonards schools have been working with local artists in a series of gallery visits, school visits and workshops. Teachers are provided with Career Personal Development sessions to enhance their arts delivery skills.

This year 400 students have created eight collaborative art pieces exploring their relationship with the local coastline and environmental issues. Works include cyanotype banners, mosaics, clay tablets, seaweed-dyed fabric, stickand-ink illustrations, puppetry and two ambitious on-site installations.

Helen Foster, Higher Level Teaching Assistant at Ore Village Primary Academy, says: “Our students love taking part in Pearls of the Sea. For many of them it’s their first visit to Hastings Contemporary, and for all of them it’s the first time their artwork has been displayed on the gallery walls,” she smiles. “It’s a journey of discovery – a chance to feel welcome and comfortable at a gallery, to work with a local artist and get creative, and to try something new and boost their confidence. Our students don’t get many opportunities like this.”

Leah Cross, Director of Programmes at Hastings Contemporary, adds: “Pearls of the Sea is such a valuable part of our


programme and a joy to deliver. We are so proud to showcase the outstanding creative talent of local Hastings schoolchildren.”

Louisa O’Shaughnessy, Learning Coordinator at Hastings Contemporary, says: “It’s an honour to work on this project and to meet so many enthusiastic and talented students and teachers. I hope all the participants are really proud of what they have achieved, and that the exhibition confounds expectations of children’s art.”

The exhibition is part of Hastings Contemporary’s spring season and you have until early June to catch the work.




Bestselling authors Anthony Horowitz and Kate Mosse will be joining forces for local charity, Children’s BookFest

Two of the UK’s biggest bestselling authors are coming together for a special event to raise funds for Children’s BookFest – the Chichesterbased charity that takes authors and thousands of books into West Sussex schools, and provides books to five local foodbanks, all to inspire a love of reading.

On 27 June, internationally acclaimed writer Anthony Horowitz will be in conversation with multi-million selling local author, Kate Mosse, to discuss his latest books: Nightshade Revenge, new to the bestselling Alex Rider teen spy series, and Close to Death, the latest in the Hawthorne and Horowitz mysteries series.

The event, which is part of the Festival of Chichester and taking place at Chichester Cathedral, is being organised to raise funds

for Children’s BookFest so that the charity can continue to deliver its programme of authors and illustrators visiting schools, where each child receives a personally signed and dedicated book, bought and paid for by the charity. Research by the National Literacy Trust has shown the positive impact on children’s reading after an author visit to school, particularly for children from disadvantaged backgrounds where 2 in 5 children between the ages of 5 and 8 do not own a book of their own.

the wide-reaching benefits and the link between literacy and life chances.

“Our charity’s work is only possible thanks to the support we receive from our community,” she continues. “Funds raised through this upcoming event will be crucial in helping to ensure we can continue to deliver and to grow our programme.”

“We want to encourage children of all ages to read”

Since launching in 2019, Children’s BookFest has taken over 85 authors into local schools and gifted over 20,000 new books. Penny Tomlinson, co-founder and Trustee of Children’s BookFest, says: “We are hugely grateful to Anthony and to Kate for giving their time to this event, which we know is going to be wonderful. Like us, Anthony and Kate are committed to encouraging children of all ages to read books, recognising

Tickets (£10 children, £14 adults) are now on sale from the Novium Box O ce with all proceeds raising funds for Children’s BookFest. For further information, visit childrensbookfest.com

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Moving to the countryside is a dream of many people. My best friend did just that a few years ago and the one thing that almost ruined the whole experience for her was the septic tank! If she had just asked a few more questions during the viewing/buying process some of the heartache and costs could have been avoided.

Q What is a septic tank?

A Properties that do not connect to a mains sewage drainage system, common in rural areas or properties with large plots, may have a di erent type of private sewage system, one of which may be a septic tank.

A septic tank is a storage tank used to store, collect, and process all wastewater from the property.

Q How and when do you empty a septic tank?

A Septic tanks are required to be emptied, and how often depends upon factors such as capacity and how often the septic tank is being flushed into, for example larger households generate more wastewater and the septic tank will require emptying more frequently. Regular emptying of the septic tank is recommended, ideally once a year, to avoid build up and for more e ciency, or emptied in line with manufacturer’s instructions.

Should the septic tank not be emptied, it can cause blockages, and cause the system to fail and it can cause environmental damage by flooding the land and areas surrounding the land. To empty the septic tank a professional plumber or drainage engineer can be appointed, who can pump,

empty and clean the septic tank. The cost of emptying a septic tank can vary, on average for a small to large capacity septic tank, the cost would be in the region of £150 to £400.

The signs of when a septic tank may need emptying could be instances such as slow drains, excess water, unpleasant odour, increase in flies and other insects, unusual gurgling noise in the pipes, and further due to the water content a thick and healthy lawn can also be a sign.

Q Do regulations apply to septic tanks?

A Septic tanks are subject to regulations, governed by the general binding rules, compliance with these rules are necessary, and non-compliance of certain rules will lead to enforcement action/fine.

In general, the rules set out dimensions of location, volume of output and the compliant standard of the septic tank, further planning/building regulations requirements, maintenance obligations, records to keep and information to provide on sale. The rules also extend to lay out exemptions for when registration and a permit is required from the Environmental Agency.

Your conveyancer will conduct due diligence by a way of enquiries into the septic tank to ensure compliance by a way of relying on information and documents from the seller’s conveyancer. However, you should also on viewing the property see if there is a septic tank, visually and also by asking questions. Look out for signs of any issues and noncompliance to avoid any complication during the conveyancing transaction.

A septic tank may be identified by clusters of manholes in close proximity or vent pipes above ground level omitting unpleasant odour and gases into the air. If you are considering selling a property with a septic tank, it’s also important to ensure the septic tank is compliant and you have prepared the necessary information to be disclosed and documents to be provided in relation to the septic tank to avoid any complication during the sale.

Summer Gill is a Solicitor at Mayo Wynne Baxter. To find out more about the above, email sgill@mayowynnebaxter.co.uk or visit mayowynnebaxter.co.uk

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why everyone is talking about…

Cate Blanchett

The superstar actress has been announced as the first ever ambassador of Wakehurst

Passionate about the environment, Cate

Blanchett has accepted an invitation from Wakehurst, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew’s wild botanic garden in the heart of Sussex and home to the Millennium Seed Bank, to help highlight the global impact of its ground-breaking work.

Considered to be one of the most biodiverse places on earth, it aims to find science-based solutions to some of the most pressing challenges that the planet faces. Through her advocacy she hopes to raise awareness of the extraordinary work of the seed bank.

Confirming the news on Earth Day in April, a worldwide day focused on support for environmental protection, Cate says: “I am delighted to be Wakehurst’s inaugural ambassador. I find the work done here to be utterly inspiring, and a genuine insurance policy against extinction of wild flora and fauna. The Millennium Seed Bank is a beacon of hope and international cooperation at a time when we’ve never needed it more.”

Already a regular Wakehurst visitor, Cate enjoys walks in the 535 acres of diverse and unspoilt landscape, filled with plants from around the world. She adds: “Apart from it being a rich hub, Wakehurst is such a beautiful place to lose yourself in nature, in the immense varieties of trees, plants and grasses, that I want to help spread the word about this unique and stunning landscape that positively impacts all of our lives.”

Cate joins an existing programme of 11 esteemed ambassadors and champions who support the work of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, including fellow actors Dame Judi Dench, Emilia Fox and Kim Cattrall, and botanist James Wong.

Wakehurst is Kew’s wild botanic garden in the Sussex High Weald. Its ancient and beautiful landscapes are a place for escape, exploration, tranquillity, and wonder. Whilst Wakehurst is not a National Trust property, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has a longstanding relationship with the National Trust dating back to 1965 when Kew took over the running of the Wakehurst’s 535 acres of botanical landscapes and Elizabethan Mansion. Since then, they’ve been working together to find the best ways to protect nature, prevent biodiversity loss, and build a better tomorrow.


A film message from Cate Blanchett is available at kew.org/wakehurst, and visitors can find out more about Wakehurst and book tickets via the same site

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