MADE IN SUSSEX
There must be something in the Sussex air. Or the water. Or the scenery. Something, anyway, that means our county has become home to some of the most innovative, well known, and delicious products – from wine to ice cream and so much in between – to grace the farm shop and supermarket shelves. We’re incredibly lucky to live in the midst of all this superb food and drink, and to be surrounded by producers who champion Sussex and use this special county’s own bounty to create their amazing products.
Caroline’s Dairy // Chichester
Caroline’s Dairy was launched in 2008 and since then it has grown and grown. Now providing award-winning ice cream across the South East, all made with milk from the dairy’s own cows, there are 20 unique flavours including honey and ginger, white mint chocolate chip, sea buckthorn, and rhubarb.
Arundel Brewery // Arundel
Not only does Arundel Brewery make its very own superb beers and ales in its Arundel site, but it also sells hard to find continental beers, allowing you the perfect choice of home or away when it comes to a satisfying drink. Cask or bottle, varieties include Wild Heaven, Sussex Gold, and Sussex IPA – locally brewed, nationally known.
Kingscote Wine // East Grinstead
Still and sparkling wine is made at Kingscote, using the most up to date technology, and the best Sussex grapes. Everything is done on site, making this the ultimate Sussex winery – and despite the modern equipment, much of the process is also done by hand, including taking the grapes to the press using 12kg baskets, which ensures the grapes are in perfect condition, ready to create the perfect wine.
Cocoa Loco // West Grinstead
Fairtrade and organic are the watchwords at Sussex-based Cocoa Loco. Everything is handmade using the best of the county’s ingredients, and it is 100% ethical, making this the most exquisite chocolate that not only tastes wonderful, but feels good too. The chocolate makers work from the purpose built Chocolate Barn, where the award-winning sweet treats are handmade. Cocoa Loco supply Oxfam, Abel and Cole, and many other shops and delicatessens across the country. Flavours include sesame snap and honey, white rose and geranium, sunflower seed, and sea salt.
Wobblegate // Bolney
It was father and son team Glyn and Tom who founded Wobblegate Juices back in 2009. Since then, they have perfected the art of creating the most delicious, totally organic and natural, no added sugar or preservatives, 100% Sussex-made juices for you to enjoy. The juice is made with apples from the family’s own farm, making it extra special. Varieties include Cox, Bramley, and Braeburn.
Montezuma’s // Birdham
Montezuma’s began in 2000 with the barest of essentials and a lot of belief from new chocolatiers (former lawyers) Helen and Simon Pattinson. The beliefs and ethics are still there, although now the machinery is a little more modern and a lot more useful! Enjoy treats from hot chocolate to gift baskets, and flavours that include the sublime (butterscotch), the traditional (mint), and the deliciously unusual (apple crumble).
Hepworth & Co // Horsham
Andy Hepworth, managing director and head brewer of Hepworth Brewery, was the youngest head brewer in the country by 1985, winning many awards, and since then he has used all his skills and expertise to create his own beer in his own independent brewery. Hepworth Brewery was named the Sussex Drink Producer of the Year at the 2014 Sussex Food and Drink Awards, all thanks to the excellent produce and love that goes into making each different beer. Varieties include Hiver Honey, Saxon, Iron Horse, Old Ale, Pullman, and many more.
Southview Farm Dairy // Pulborough
There aren’t many dairy farms that offer produce from their own dairy herd in Sussex, but Southview Farm is one of them. It has been farmed by three generations of the Hughes family since 1930, and can now be counted as award-winning exceptional producers of high quality products. Products – which are delivered all over West Sussex, as well as sold in the farm’s own farm shop – include raw milk (of which Southview is the largest seller in Sussex), meat, and vegetables.
Nell Ball Farm Foods // Plaistow
Animal welfare is the main focus of all work carried out at Nell Ball Farm – and this concern for the animals leads to excellent food for the customers. Even the wildlife that might be predatory (such as buzzards and foxes) are dealt with in a caring way, ensuring that the produce from Nell Ball Farm is ethical and cruelty free in every way. Lamb, eggs, and hens are the main speciality here, and the farm’s hard work can be found in numerous outlets across the county.
The Sussex Produce Company // Steyning
This award-winning greengrocer’s has a mission: to gather together fine, high-quality, local produce in one place for those who love to buy Sussex grown and made goods, and those who appreciate the best in fruit and vegetables, cheese, wine, flowers, pies, and bread. Already outgrowing one premises, and building a fan base in another, this outlet is well known throughout Sussex; many people travel for miles to buy from The Sussex Produce Company because the quality of the groceries is guaranteed. There is even a café at the back of the shop itself, which sells gorgeous goodies made with ingredients found in the store.
Ouse Valley Foods // Uckfield
For over 10 years, Ouse Valley Foods has been making delicious jams, jellies, chutneys, and marmalades, using locally sourced, fresh ingredients. There are no artificial preservatives used, no strange colourings or flavour enhancers – this is Sussex produce made using seasonal, natural ingredients. Everything is made in small batches, as this ensures the quality of the end result. The food made at Ouse Valley includes passion fruit curd, green chilli jelly, Brighton Belle plum jam, and orange and lapsang souchong marmalade.
Veasey and Sons // Forest Row
The fish sold at Veasey and Sons Fishmongers is as fresh as it gets. How do they fishmongers know? It’s because their very own boat, the Le Belhara, goes out to catch the fish they sell every day from Eastbourne Harbour. This is why every day is different in the shop – whatever has been caught is what is sold, from sea bass to whelks and much more in between. Everything is caught responsibly and sustainably, and the crew and boat are accredited by the Responsible Fishing Scheme.
The Real Pie Company // Crawley
The Real Pie Company was set up by a family of artisan butchers 13 years ago, and still hold true to their ‘freshly baked’ principles. All their pies are baked in small batches under the watchful eyes of their own chefs, and wherever possible, they use locally sourced produce. The Real Pie Company’s ‘crammed to the crust’ pies come in varieties such as steak and stilton; pork, bacon and parsley; or sweet versions such as apple and blackberry, or apple and cherry.
Payne’s Bee Farm // Hassocks
In 1922, Fred Payne began what was to become a successful and renowned beekeeping and honey making business located in Sussex. Back then Fred only had a handful of hives, but today, Payne’s Bee Farm – which is still family run and owned – has grown, and can offer a lot more, all at the same great quality as ever. And it’s not just honey (although this honey is spectacular); Payne’s also produce jams, chutneys, pickles, and marmalades, and they sell beekeeping equipment too.
Langham Brewery // Petworth
High-quality ingredients and traditional brewing methods are what make Langham Brewery’s beers and ales so exceptional. These real ales, created by this independent microbrewery on the South Downs, are full of flavour, and incorporate the tastes of Sussex into every sip. Flavours include Hip Hop, Halfway to Heaven, Sundowner, and Langham Special Draught.
Bartie’s Sussex Faire // Markets across Sussex
In 2008 John Bartlett was making Sussex produce as a hobby. Now it is a family business that is growing by the month. Everything is still made at home in his kitchen, however, in small batches to keep the flavours distinct and the quality in tact. The ingredients for his food come from a variety of sources, and they are all local. These sources even include John’s own garden! As well as farmers’ markets, Bartie’s Sussex Faire can be found in a number of cafés, hotels, and pubs in the county, offering products such as chilli sauces, savoury jellies, chutneys, jams, mustards, relishes, and spreads.
Deerview // Wivelsfield Green
This family run artisan producer of preserves, marmalades, chutneys, and condiments makes everything by hand in small batches, and adds no artificial colourings, flavourings, or preservatives – there is no need when all the flavours and colours are already there in the fantastic Sussex ingredients that are used. Apple jelly with sage, cranberry sauce with port, beer mustard, three fruit marmalade, Morello cherry preserve, and many more delicious sauces and condiments are available.
Kate’s Cookhouse // Steyning
At Kate’s Cookhouse you can buy homemade pies, farmhouse terrines, and all sorts of seasonal dishes made on site, by hand, using only the finest Sussex grown and reared ingredients. Nothing added, nothing changed, every flavour is as natural as it gets. And it’s not just excellent food that Kate’s Cookhouse offers – there are a variety of workshops run throughout the year that will teach you how to make your own locally produced creations.
Kent & Fraser // Crawley
We all know that biscuits and cookies are the ultimate sweet snack, but when they can also be gluten free and free from additives, as well as made with locally sourced Sussex ingredients, they are even better. And that’s exactly what happens at Sussex based Kent & Fraser. Here the products such as vanilla and walnut shortbread, spicy ginger cookies, and chocolate butter crunch biscuits – award-winning and stocked in stores such as Harrods and Selfridges – are not only tasty, but they are suitable for all.
Alsop and Walker Artisan Cheese // Mayfield
Arthur Alsop and Nicholas Walker specialise in Artisan Cheese making at their Factory in East Sussex, aiming to produce a complete cheese board of handmade cheese that will do everything from introducing the youngest in your family to satisfying the adults. This award-winning cheesemakers produce a wide variety of soft, mature, hard and smoked cheeses including Sussex Blue, Arthur’s Spice Road, Five Ashes and Charlotte’s Provence.
Court Garden Vineyard // Ditchling
Sussex wine has been produced on this site since 2005, and in the last decade the quality and taste of it has meant that Court Farm Vineyard has won numerous awards. Along with the exceptional wines, the farm offers homemade cakes, walks, and vineyard tours, meaning that this is a full day out with an emphasis on Sussex and its produce. Wine tastings are also available, and this includes a comparative tasting between the famous Court Garden Sparkling Wine, and another well known wine – Champagne!
Prince & Sons // Lewes
Prince & Sons prides itself on creating the ultimate in blended teas with a distinct hint of Sussex to them. Over the past eight years, the tea blenders here have worked out exactly how to make the perfect cuppa – and now you can buy it to take home with you. Simon and Kate Prince’s passion for tea is evident in the delicious blends that they have worked hard to produce. Blends include chocolate cinnamon chai; lemongrass, lime, and root ginger; and caramel vanilla rooibos, as well as more traditional blends such as Earl Grey and English breakfast.
Sussex Gold // Partridge Green
Aptly named, Sussex Gold produces fine oils, sauces, dressings, and mayonnaises, and supplies a number of local shops, pubs, and restaurants with these fine products. The rapeseed used to make the oil – which is the basis for everything created by Sussex Gold – is grown on the owner’s very own farm, which keeps everything as local as possible, and gives it an excellent provenance. But it’s not just the ingredients that are from the farm; the cold pressing and bottling takes place there too. Products include thyme-infused rapeseed oil, stir fry sauce, spicy tomato sauce, oak smoked rapeseed oil, and much more besides.
Wiston Estate // Washington
Perfectly situated on the chalk slopes of the Sussex South Downs since 2006, this traditional vineyard includes chardonnay, pinot noir, and pinot meunier varieties of grape. In fact, the site is similar to the world renowned Cote de Blancs in Champagne when it comes to soil types! Everything that is needed to make great wine is grown on the 16-acre estate or kept there – including the 6-7 year old oak barrels that the wine is kept in. Wine varieties include Wiston Brut NV, Wiston Rose, and Wiston Blanc de Blancs.