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A Month In Food: July 2017


  • Pascere, Brighton
  • Riddle and Finn, The Lanes, Brighton
  • Moshimo, Brighton
  • LEON, Brighton
  • Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival – Autumn Harvest 2017




Well I have eaten out quite a bit this month as evidenced by the cancellation of my Abel and Cole box and the frequency with which I am having to discard bags of salad these days. But this is not because of some suddenly lavish lifestyle. Hell no, quite the opposite.

Duke Street, Brighton

Pascere opened its doors on the 3rd July and in those early weeks I was waitressing and hosting most nights. Even now I am at the restaurant talking to customers and listening to feedback, seeing what sells, seeing what customers are particularly enjoying so that I can tweak and refine the offering over time.  This is proving invaluable and fascinating since I am also learning about the constraints of being able to offer what customers want and the complications of running a restaurant. But that’s a whole other story.

Riddle and Finn
The Lanes, Brighton

So, my eating habits have had to change. Dinner is at about 4 or 5. For a quick but delicious bite I can often be found at Riddle and Finn in the lanes for the smoked salmon and blinis, or the salmon and avocado tartare with caviar and dill crème fraiche (wonderful) or the pan-fried squid or calamari, both perfectly cooked and always superb, the squid yielding and soft. These are always accompanied by a glass of Pol Roger, my go to champagne of choice (of the large houses).

Bartholomew Square, Brighton

Alternatively, if I’m in a real rush Moshimo has provided me with mounds of sashimi and seaweed plucked off the counter in the ultimate exemplification of fast food.

North Street, Brighton

Speaking of fast food, one word, LEON. Seriously, its good. Fresh, healthy delicious boxes of food. I love their superfood salad, a medley of broccoli, quinoa, peas, feta and avocado, to which I often then add chargrilled chicken which is beautifully charred thigh meat, much more flavoursome than breast. The falafel is also excellent served with roasted red peppers and a tahini dressing.  

Of course, on the odd occasion I have decided to dine at Pascere and one of the best nights was an impromptu evening spent at the counter overlooking the open kitchen watching our chefs at work while I enjoyed the lamb breast and a glass of my current favourite red Sangiovese (ok two glasses). What a great way to dine alone but not alone.


Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival
Autumn Harvest 2017


So, dear readers, next month I promise you I will get out and about and bring you some critiques of Sussex dining, but in the meantime I bring you the lowdown on the biggest culinary event in the county, the forthcoming annual Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival.  And it’s a corker….


Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival: Autumn Harvest

Thursday 24 August – Sunday 3 September 2017

Programme of events:

Saturday 19 August

Sussex Wine Bus Tour

Visiting Albourne and Ridgeview wine estates • 9.30am – 6pm (approx)

Hop aboard a beautiful vintage bus from central Brighton for a behind-the-scenes tour of two of Sussex’s top vineyards. The tour includes a croissant and apple juice for breakfast and a Sussex-inspired two course lunch at a gastropub (with a glass of wine or beer) plus tour and tastings at both vineyards. Make a date to join us on an amazing – and fun – day out discovering world-class vineyards right here on our doorstep!

Advance tickets £90 from the food festival website • www.brightonfoodfestival.com


Thursday 24 August

International Chef Exchange: A Taste of St Lucia

Sponsored by Vranken Pommery

Supported by Hotel du Vin

The Dome Room, Hotel du Vin, 2-6 Ship Street, Brighton BN1 • 7pm

Chef Craig Jones of The Cliff restaurant at Cap Maison, St Lucia, presents a five course modern French Caribbean menu as the return leg of the International Chef Exchange with Michael Bremner of 64 Degrees. Chefs will be working alongside each other in the kitchen of Hotel du Vin for this once-in-a-lifetime tropical feast, accompanied by  a glass of Pommery Brut Royal champagne, La Gordonne Provence Rosé, Pommery Royal Blue Sky champagne and two further wines.

Advance tickets £65 from the food festival website • www.brightonfoodfestival.com (please note that tickets for this event are not available directly from Hotel du Vin or 64 Degrees)


Friday 25 August

Trenchmore Farm at Isaac At

Isaac At, 2 Gloucester Street, Brighton BN1 4EW • 7pm

Chef Isaac Bartlett-Copeland and Sussex farmer Joanne Knowles celebrate the bounty of our county with a creative menu exploring the versatility of beef. With the highest levels of animal husbandry, enjoy a menu featuring Trenchmore’s high welfare cattle, alongside their recent planting of heritage wheat, all perfectly prepared by Isaac and his talented team.

Advance tickets £45 from Isaac At • 07765 934 740 • Book online at www.isaac-at.com


Friday 25 August

The Spice Circuit Bollywood Night

Supporting The Crew Club youth charity

Supported by Hotel du Vin

The Dome Room, Hotel du Vin, 2-6 Ship Street, Brighton BN1 • 7pm

Chef Kanthi Thamma, executive chef at Curry Leaf Cafe, launches his new venture – The Spice Circuit – with a Bollywood bang at Hotel du Vin. Enjoy a five course Indian banquet accompanied by music and dancing from Rakhisood Academy, plus charity raffle hosted by Henry Butler.

Advance tickets £40 from event partner Butler’s Wine Cellar • www.butlers-winecellar.co.uk • Drinks are available to buy from the bar on the night


Bank holiday Monday 28 August

Pascere’s Court Garden Vineyard lunch

Pascere, 8 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AH • 12 noon

The hottest new restaurant in the city – Pascere – hosts a delectable lunch with Court Garden Vineyard near Ditchling. Head chef Johnny Stanford will be creating a four course menu, accompanied by four perfectly matched English sparkling wines from this award-winning Sussex estate.

Advance tickets £45 including food and wine from Pascere • 01273 917 949 • www.pascere.co.uk


Tuesday 29 August

Gin Makers Dinner

The Salt Room, 106 Kings Road • 6.30pm drinks for 7pm start

Keeping to the festival of gin, we’ve teamed up with chef Dave Mothersill of The Salt Room, Blackdown Distillery, East London Liquor Company, Chilgrove Spirits and Regency Tonic for a dinner to explore the flavours and creativity that has made gin the UK’s number one liquor choice. A carefully crafted three course menu will be weaved with exciting artisan gins from some of the south east’s leading producers, including an in-depth masterclass from the distillers themselves. If you love gin, you’ll adore this dinner.

Advance tickets £75 including all food and drink are available directly from The Salt Room • 01273 929 488 • www.saltroom-restaurant.co.uk


Wednesday 30 August

International Chef Exchange: A Taste of The Hague

Etch, 216 Church Road, Brighton BN3 2DJ • 7pm start

Chef Steven Edwards of Etch hosts the very talented chef Mark van Bemmel of Publique in The Hague, Netherlands – one of the city’s leading gastronomic destination restaurants. Explore a creative take on modern Dutch cuisine with iconic ingredients from the Zuid Holland region combined with the freshest Sussex produce. A wine flight is available on the night for an additional cost.

Advance tickets £60 from Etch • 01273 227 485 • www.etchfood.co.uk


Wednesday 30 August

Old Albion Ginpourium

Old Albion, 110 Church Road, Hove BN3 2EB • From 6pm

From 6pm on Wednesday 30th August, Old Albion will be celebrating gin! Specifically their exclusive Old Hove Gin, an Old Tom style gin made in the Sussex Downs, available only at Old Albion. If you haven’t been to the new Old Albion here’s your excuse: pop in and see the maître d’ to get your secret password for a free G&T.

01273 772 929 • www.oldalbion.pub


Wednesday 30 August

Brighton Gin Club at La Cave à Fromage

La Cave à Fromage • 7pm

Gin and cheese… surely two of the greatest food stuffs ever!? After a welcome gin and tonic, enjoy a matching event with cheeses chosen by La Cave à Fromage’s David Deaves and three sipping gins courtesy of Brighton Gin Club.

Advance tickets £30 from Brighton Gin Club • www.brightonginclub.com


Thursday 31 August

64 Degrees on Safari

Murmur, 91-96 Kings Road Arches, Brighton BN1 2FN • 7pm

Chicken, pork, beef? Nah, we’re going ‘On Safari’ with the 64 Degrees team for an epic beach BBQ of exotic meats from around the world. Our talented chefs will no doubt be throwing in a few surprises, and there’s the option of a matched wine flight available too. Without a doubt, this is going to be the WILDEST BBQ you’ve ever experienced.

Advance tickets £40 (or £60 with wine pairings) from info@64degrees.co.uk


Thursday 31 August

Sussex Gin Week wild cocktail foraging walk & masterclass

Supported by Mayfield Gin

The Queen Vic, 54 High Street, Rottingdean, Brighton BN2 7HF • 10.30am – 1.30pm

Get hands-on with gin cocktails at this interactive foraging walk and masterclass. Enjoy a guided stroll through Rottingdean and the surrounding Downs, collecting ingredients for your drinks, followed by a cocktail making and infusing demonstration including tasters, then make your own Mayfield Gin cocktail.

Advance tickets £30 from The Queen Vic • 01273 302 121 • www.thequeenvic.co.uk


Saturday 2 – Sunday 3 September

Flavours of Brighton

Boho Gelato, 6 Pool Valley, Brighton BN1 1NJ • Regular trading hours

Master gelato maker Seb Cole teams up with 20 of the city’s iconic chefs, mixologists and food and drink producers to create a rainbow of inspiring one-off flavours. Drop by the shop in Pool Valley and delve into the Flavours of Brighton… whilst stocks last!

Individually priced • www.bohogelato.co.uk


Saturday 2 September

Festival of Sussex Gins

Presented by Brighton Gin Club

Supported by Hotel du Vin & Fentimans

The Dome Room, Hotel du Vin, 2-6 Ship Street, Brighton BN1 • 1-4pm & 6-9pm sessions

A host of Sussex’s finest distillers invite you to sample their craft gins at the first ever Festival of Sussex Gins. The perfect way to explore the expanding gin offering of our county.

Advance tickets £20 include a ‘taster card’ allowing 6-8 samples, a goodie bag and Festival of Sussex Gins tasting glass available from Brighton Gin Club • www.brightonginclub.com • (additional gin tokens are available to purchase on the day)


Sunday 3 September

Brighton Food Trail

Participating venues • 2pm – 5pm

Our ever popular Brighton Food Trail returns to the heart of the city with 10 food venues in and around The Lanes joining us for what could possibly be the most delicious afternoon of the year. Follow your map and enjoy menu tasters and snacks from some of the city’s hosted venues.

Advance tickets £20 from www.brightonfoodfestival.com


Sunday 3 September

Pike & Pine with Ridgeview: From Root to Fruit

Pike & Pine, 1D St James’s Street, Brighton BN2 1RE • 7.30pm

Chef Matt Gillan and team at Ridgeview Wine Estate join forces to create a seven course menu that celebrates everything that makes amazing English sparkling wine, from the roots where the vines began to the fruit they produce.parkling wines.

Advance tickets £125 including food and wine available from reservations@pikeandpine.co.uk (please note a deposit of £50 per person is required for this event)

For more information on events please visit the festival website: www.brightonfoodfestival.com


Featured Image: Photo Credit: Pascere, Riddle and Finn, Moshimo, LEON and Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival




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