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10 foodie businesses in Hurstpierpoint

PUBLISHED: 10:53 26 October 2015 | UPDATED: 16:04 27 October 2015

Bedlam Brewery

Bedlam Brewery

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There's plenty to sink your teeth into in the Mid Sussex village of Hurstpierpoint. Jenny Mark-Bell presents just some of the wonderful foodie businesses you'll find in and around this pleasant rural spot

Fat Fish

Fat Fish is on Hurstpierpoint High Street. The business sells to retail customers and trade alike, much of their stock coming from fishermen along the Sussex and Kent coast. They stock special treats like oysters, Beluga caviar and lobster as well as a huge selection of fish, from herring to bream to tilapia.

From October, the owners are excited about their new premium British and Irish smoked salmon – apparently it is delicately smoked and absolutely delicious

11 High Street; 01273 835511

Hampers

This handy village one-stop shop has occupied its place on the High Street since the Nineties, with the current proprietor, Bob Saunders, about to celebrate his 10th year in the business in 2016. It is a deli and catering business, with homemade specials – the autumn menu will be coming in for October – sharing shelf space with loads of Sussex produce, including cheese, meat and store cupboard ingredients. They make their own breads but also use artisan bakers and a traditional English baker. Staff will cheerfully assist with your needs and there is a seasonal hamper service which can be pre-ordered at any time of year. Hampers are available ready-made at Christmas.

117 High Street; 01273 833452

Clive Miller Butchers

This venerable local institution has been in Hurstpierpoint for more than a century and stocks a vast range of meat from long-term, local suppliers. Alongside more traditional cuts of meat you will find game when in season, and prepared meat such as meatballs and stuffed pork loin. Clive says they are now looking forward to Bonfire Night when they advertise 45 different varieties of sausages, and to Christmas, where they offer a boned and rolled turkey breast with various stuffings: chestnut and cranberry; apricot, apple and ginger, sausage meat, sage and onion; or lemon, rosemary and thyme.

Staff are always on hand to provide menu and cooking tips and they will deliver within a five-mile radius.

2 Cuckfield Road; 01273 832256

Bridgers Farm Turkeys

The Harris family has been producing bronze and white turkeys for the Christmas table for 30 years. There’s a choice of free range or barn-reared but all the turkeys are cared for in accordance with the Golden Turkey quality and welfare mark. The birds are slaughtered on the farm to reduce stress, and hung for a minimum of 10 days to produce the best flavour. Orders are via 07711 013905 or 01273 833998 and you can collect your bird from the farm or have it delivered at an additional cost.

Bridgers Farm, Langton Lane

Bedlam Brewery

Bedlam Brewery, in nearby Albourne, began as a hobby for two friends in 2012, initially selling at The Bull in Ditchling. The brewery now grows all its hops onsite, donating all spent grain to local farmers as animal feed.

The company recently received a £250,000 investment, enabling them to put their expansion plans into action, which will see the facility double in space and brewing capacity within 18 months. They are also on the verge of releasing their first kegged offering, an original recipe Pilsner.

Albourne Farm Estate, Shaves Wood Lane, Albourne; 01273 978015

Albourne Estate

This small vineyard produces sparkling wines, currently maturing until they are ready in 2016, and a variety of award-winning still white wines, one of which, the 2014 Bacchus, was the UK Wine of the Year for the 2015 English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition and has received gold and silver awards at other competitions. Tours and tastings are available from May to October at a cost of £15 per person, where you will find out about the wine-making process and sample some new releases.

Albourne Farm, Shaves Wood Lane, Albourne; 07766 914407

South Downs Cellars

A wide but thoughtfully-chosen range of wines and beers is the USP of this business, which has one other branch in Lindfield. There is a good selection of English wine (including from the nearby Albourne and Plumpton Estates and Ditchling’s Court Garden Farm) and staff are knowledgeable and on hand to advise you on your choice. If it’s spirits rather than wine you’re after, try sampling local Blackdown Vodka or Brighton Gin. Of course there is also a mouth-watering selection of local beers.

100 High Street, Hurstpierpoint; 01273 833830

The Fig Tree

The husband and wife team at this wonderful, intimate restaurant on the High Street have hit on a winning formula, with a sophisticated Modern British menu and a charming ambience.

120 High Street, 01273 832183

The Ginger Fox

Part of the renowned Gingerman group, this gourmet pub in Albourne does fabulous food in a glorious setting. Tasty, hearty yet elegant fare from a team that is not afraid to experiment.

Muddleswood Road, Albourne; 01273 857888

Mama Ghanoushe

This vegetarian and vegan café opened this year and has proved popular with locals. There’s a good range of healthy meals, including gluten-free, raw food and delicious smoothies too.

121 High Street









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