Wednesday, 7 December 2016

New Dark Star pub opens in Haywards Heath

The Dark Star Brewing Co. has opened its latest pub, The Lockhart Tavern, in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

Now the Lockhart, on The Broadway, Haywards Heath has undergone extensive refurbishment overseen by designer, Adrian Fillary who has transformed it into a vibrant and cool venue offering a huge range of local and regional beers, ales and an extensive wine list.

Commenting, Dark Star Director, James Cuthbertson, said: “It’s taken longer than we’d originally envisaged to get this site together, but I think the result is stunning. It was clear from when we started looking at the site that we needed to extend the building as well as completely rip-out and refurbish the original shell.”

Adding: “I think we’ve created something pretty special. We have six cask beers, ten keg beers, a wide range of spirits and an amazing wines list. Our food offer is best described as ‘pub classics’, a range of from fish and chips through to a lamb curry, all made fresh on site out of our open kitchen”.

The VisitBrighton team and friends came down to try some of the brewery’s beers and also some excellent wines. A favourite was definitely the Dark Star Espresso beer made with fresh Arabica coffee from Brighton’s Red Roaster, a zingy and warming combination all at the same time!

There is also a fantastic food menu from delicious bar snacks like welsh rarebit and sausage roles; small plates such as crab toast and jerk chicken wings and large plates including rib-eye steak, burgers and of course Sunday roast. All dishes use fresh, local ingredients, are made on site and cooked to order.

Whilst all of the Dark Star pubs are very different, there are two common threads which hold them together: the love of great beer from the great breweries we’re lucky enough to have in this country, and the provision of a place for people to get together and share life experiences.

Get in touch:

  • The Lockhart Tavern, 41 The Broadway, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 3AS
  • The Anchor Tap, Horsham, 16 East Street, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1HL
  • The Partridge, Partridge Green, Church Road, Partridge Green, Nr Horsham, RH13 8GW

Monday, 5 December 2016

MADE BRIGHTON - Christmas special

Today we hand over to antoher guest poster. Anne-Marie will give us an insight into the special festive edition of MADE BRIGHTON.... 

We are thrilled to be organising a one day, table top, craft and design fair. MADE BRIGHTON at St Bartholomew’s Church will take place on 10th December. We have selected sixty-five contemporary designer / makers selling their handmade work direct to you.

We’ve got ceramics, jewellery, homewares, glass, woodwork, textiles, screen-prints and more, with a full range of prices to ensure there is something for everyone. For stocking fillers, The Black Rabbit will be bringing her knitted media mittens, Forge Creative will have a huge selection of their hand turned wooden trees and Louise Loder will be bringing her mix and match silver and black stud earrings.

For Christmas gifts, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Warm and cosy knitwear by Prilly Lewis, snug and toasty felt slippers by Onstail and knitted scarves and accessories by Jo Cranston. If you’re looking for jewellery, we got a fantastic selection of unique pieces, plus beautiful functional ceramics as well as statement porcelain pieces for the home (keep an eye out for wallflowerlondon).

If you’re stuck for a gift for him, take a look at the really stunning handmade carbon steel kitchen knives by Two Stick Forge, the fabulous hand turned lamps by Sarah Lock and leather goods by Paula Kirkwood and Wolfram Lohr.

A full list of makers can be found here…

St Bartholomew’s Church on Ann Street is just a 5-minute walk from Brighton Station. The church is a stunning late Victorian Byzantine inspired building, known to some as the Noah’s Ark Church, because of the local legend that it was built to the same dimensions as the Ark. St Bartholomew’s is an awe-inspiring space; the tallest parish church in Europe.

The show is open from 10.30am – 6pm. Entry price £4.50.

Just opposite the church at 51 Providence Place, our new shop Atelier 51 will be open selling crafts and design from an array of best quality makers.

MADE BRIGHTON at St Bartholomew’s
Saturday, 10th December 2016
10.30am - 6pm
Tickets: £4.50 on the door / or online in advance
St Bartholomew’s Church
Ann Street

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Brighton Food Tours at Christmas - Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

Brighton Food Tours has launched a special festive edition of their walking tour and we were invited along to try it out.

I knew vaguely what this tour would be about because, well,  the clue is in the name! But I didn't know exactly what to expect or how it would work. I'm not going to mention all the places we visited as I think some mystery is a good thing but I will say that I think this tour would suit practically anyone. If you're a resident or regular visitor to Brighton then this is a new way to see the city and will almost certainly introduce you to some great new businesses - even if you think you already know them all! If you are new to the city then you do still get an introduction to Brighton & this gives a real flavour of what makes this such a special place to visit as all the places included are independently run and each has a story to tell.

The tour includes tastings and samples at all of the venues and there are exclusive discounts if you buy anything during the tour. But don't worry this isn't a hard sell and there is no pressure to buy although once you've had a taste you almost certainly will! This tour is great for Christmas shopping although I have to confess everything I ended up buying was consumed by me but hey I deserve a treat too ;)

Mmmm chocolate
As a chocoholic a definite highlight for me was Rainbow Organic Chocolates in The Open Market. The smell as soon as we walked in was absolutely delicious and we were then served a traditional Parisian hot chocolate. This was proper thick, gloopy chocolate with a healthy dollop of cream on top the perfect way to warm up on a crisp, winter's day. As a geek I was delighted to see the Star Wars themed chocolates alongside the other artistic creations. This is a little haven for chocolate fans as there are bars, buttons and boxes of chocolate as well as cakes and other tasty treats. I was also very pleasantly surprised by the prices given the fact that these are all hand-crafted delights.

Bluebird Tea makes us smile!
L-R: Katie M; Ricahrd; Charlotte; Angela (Brighton Food Tours); Laura & Ruth
I've already said I won't mention all the places we visited, partly because there were a lot and so this would turn into a long post but mainly because I want you to do the tour and discover them for yourself. However I will just give a special mention to Bluebird Tea Company, as you have to love a place that immediately hands you a hot toddy as you walk through the door! We had their Mulled Cider tea blend which was delicious. I am normally a coffee-drinker but I was tempted to switch sides after seeing the vast array of teas on offer! As a tea novice I would never have imagined it would be possible to create not only such a huge mixture of blends but also the spin-off products! There are tea crackers & baubles as well teapots, brewers and gadgets but the ones that caught my eye was the cocktail kits. There's a variety of flavours including the MojiTEA a peppermint and lime green tea which you mix with rum then leave for 48 hours for a perfectly blended cocktail.

Just some of the treats you can see & try during the tour.
The joy of visiting these places as part of the tour is not only getting to discover places you may have missed but also getting to meet the owners and hearing the fabulous stories of how they got their businesses going. From the family-run spice shop with stores in Germany, London & Brighton to the Nordic coffee shop and the sausage-roll makers who had a name before they had a product - in fairness Pig 'n' Mix is genius! They are all so enthusiastic and passionate about what they do and Angela our tour guide was every bit as passionate about getting more people to visit these wonderful places.

As you should have guessed by now we had a great time on the tour and would definitely recommend it. There are 9 festive editions throughout December and you can also buy gift vouchers for the festive or the original V.I.B (Very Independent Brighton) tours from their website.

Eat, drink and be merry!


Monday, 28 November 2016

Dum Dum Doughnuts are the world’s first artisan baked doughnut brand and the fastest growing doughnut brand in the UK. Dum Dum Doughnuts look amazing, taste great and are lots of fun! They have now opened their Brighton store at No.10 Brighton Square!

The VisitBrighton team is delighted to be working with Dum Dum Doughnuts, check out their page below

The high quality, natural artisan doughnuts are uniquely baked fresh every day (not fried). Dum Dums use only natural ingredients and are significantly lower in fat, half the fat in some instances, than competitor brands making an indulgent treat even tastier, without the junk.

Dum Dum flavours include Crême Brûlée, Strawberry & Cream, Banoffee, Almond & Pistachio and the top seller, ‘The Zebra’. The Zebra contains layers of croissant dough and chocolate croissant dough, filled with chocolate buttercream and topped with chocolate ganache. A choice of size ranges are available, from the standard doughnut to mini doughnuts, to the giant 8 or 10inch, a fun and original alternative to a traditional birthday cake.


Coffee at Dum Dum Donutterie will be provided by Nude Expresso, London’s leading micro-roastery based in Shoreditch, with a selection of artisan syrups made by Dum Dums chefs at the Patisserie. Plus a delicious Dum Dum Gelato with flavours including the Cro Dough Gelato and Karak Chai Tea flavours.


Dum Dum also offers a doughnut courier service, corporate design doughnut service and bespoke giant doughnut cake ordering option for their doughnut loving customers.



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Friday, 25 November 2016

Noo Noodles Opens in Brighton



Noo Noodles has arrived in Brighton, holding the launch of its new base in Cranbourne Street on Tuesday evening, serving up its delicious and healthy ‘build your own’ noodle dishes.


The quirky new takeaway restaurant offers customers the opportunity to create their own Asian fusion noodle dishes, choosing from a wide range of fresh ingredients, which are cooked in front of them over a fierce flame by Noo Noodles’ flamboyant wok chefs.


Kci Jones from Noo Noodles, said, “It’s been scientifically proven that stir-fry is one of the healthiest ways of preparing a meal, keeping the goodness in the ingredients whilst bringing out the zest of their flavour - and we cook fast at temperatures of over 200 degrees!


“We love Brighton and are looking forward to welcoming hungry guests to pop in for a quick noodle lunch, a take out for supper or a home or office delivery.”


The ‘build your own’ Noo Noodles menu comes in two sizes at just £4.50 or £6.50 and customers can choose a noodle or rice base, a choice of Asian sauces, a protein ranging from beef to prawns and from cashew nuts to tofu, and then the choice of one of many kinds of vegetable. The chef throws them into the wok and after a flip and a toss, a choice of garnishes are sprinkled on top to finish the dish, from fresh coriander to sesame seeds or chilli oil.


Dishes are served in boxes which can be eaten in or taken out, in this new style of fast food, which is wholesome, tasty and filling. Just one portion of Noo Noodles contains almost all the daily recommended vitamins and minerals a person needs.


Noo Noodles also recognises loyal customers through its #NooFriends rewards programme, which offers a cashback system, making every wok rewarding! They also offer an unbeatable, corporate deal for companies.


Noo Noodles Brighton branch is located at 14 Cranbourne St, BN1 2RD. Open Monday through Saturday from 11.00 am to 9.00 pm, Sunday from 2.00 pm to 8.00 pm. In addition to eating in and takeout, Noo Noodles is available for delivery and catering. See more at

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

#BrightonSnowdogs - Hove

Well here we are at the final Snowdogs trail post 😞 The pack will be on the streets until Sunday 27th November so this is your last chance to see them out & about. They will then disappear for a couple of weeks before coming together for the Festive Farewell at the Corn Exchange on the 4th & 5th December.

Our final walkabout takes us into Hove, if it's a nice day then I would recommend walking along the seafront. As you head west the seafront promenade becomes wider and calmer, you'll also see the stunning Regency architecture as well as the cute and colourful beach huts. Walking from Brighton Pier to Hove takes about 30-40 minutes so if you would prefer a bus there are plenty of options from the city centre, the main routes are 1, 6 and 49.

Today's trail will start on the seafront just passed Hove Lawns at the bottom of Medina Terrace. This is another of my favourite pooches. This one has a simple design as he has soft, velvety fur but what makes me smile is the cheeky sticking-out tongue 😝

3. Snowbrador - Artist: Ruby Cooper / Sponsor: Sussex Transport
As we say goodbye to Snowbrador we'll head inland so walk up Medina Terrace and then cross at the traffic lights to walk up Osborne Villas. Then cross the next set of traffic lights and walk up George Street. There are no Snowdogs here but you will find plenty of shops and cafés to keep you entertained. At the top of the street turn left into Blatchington Road for a bit more shopping before turning right to go up Sackville Road. Sackville Road will take you uphill and it is fairly long & steep so be warned! At the top of the road turn right and you'll see the entrance to Hove Park & our next Snowdog.

This is another decorative pup covered in flowers which seems fitting for his parkside location! Although, for me the name doesn't quite fit the design as this Snowdog is called Marty - maybe it's because I'm a geek but for me that name will always be linked to Back to the Future and Doc Brown exclaiming "Marty!" If I had realised this dog has this name ahead of time then I would have been expecting a Delorean themed dog. Just thought I should warn you that the name doesn't match the design in case there are any other geeks reading this post!

4. Marty - Artist: David Halliwell / Sponsor: Martlets Hospice
From Hove Park we are going to retrace our steps a bit and head back down Sackville Road, pass Blatchington Road and carry on to the bottom of Sackville Road. Turn right onto New Church Road and on your right you will find Hove Museum which is currently being guarded by Max. Max has a very decorative design featuring flowers and butterflies, I was also pleased to see that he has been provided with a bowl of water as being an adorable Snowdog is thirsty work! Before leaving the museum pop inside to see some of the snowpups which have been designed by local school children (there are also some in Hove Library).

2. Max - Artist: Sarah Arnett / Sponsor: Joan & Jerry Cooper
And now we will make our way to Hove Lagoon to find our final Snowdog which ironically is the first Snowdog on the map. To get to Hove Lagoon you can either walk down Westbourne Villas and then on to the seafront and then head west to the lagoon. If it's a breezy day you may prefer to carry on walking along New Church Road and then turn down Wish Road and on to Hove Lagoon.

Our final dog is Boomer and he resides inside the Big Beach Café so make sure you check that they are open before you go looking for him. Boomer has been sponsored by one of the cafés owners - Norman Cook aka FatBoy Slim - so it's no surprise to see that he is a music lover. Boomer has a big boombox on the side and it's not just for show as he does play music - perhaps he'll become a club DJ after he leaves the trail? After all that walking stay at the café for some food & drink and don't forget to scan the app to unlock a special offer.

1. Boomer - Artist: RYCA / Sponsor: Norman Cook & Big Beach Café
Boomer was a highlight for me as not only was he my final dog on the trail but I met another fan who had also just completed the trail. My new friend was about 8 years old and was helpfully giving me some tips on how to scan the app. He then went on to tell me that Dave was the first dog he'd found but Rocco was his favourite. It was lovely to meet such an enthusiastic fan and to see first-hand how much people have embraced the trail.

Other places to look out for in Hove:
To download the full trail map head to our website or pick one up from one of our Visitor Information Points. Don't forget the Snowdogs are art sculptures so please respect them and do not climb on or graffiti them. The Snowdogs are supporting the Martlets so if you would like to donate text SDOG16 £3 to 70070.


Friday, 18 November 2016

#BrightonSnowdogs - Brighton Marina

I can't believe we're already on to the penultimate Snowdogs post! There are just 10 days left to catch them so make sure you pop by and say hello.

So today we will take a trip to Brighton Marina, one of the largest marinas in Europe. If you are travelling by train then you can catch the number 7 bus from Brighton or Hove Stations and the bus takes you directly into the Marina. If it's a nice day then its about a 30 minute walk from Brighton Pier to the Marina, or if you prefer to drive there is a free car park as well.

38. Bow Wow - Artist: Mike Edwards / Sponsor: Brighton Marina

If we use the West Quay pub as our starting point then walk along the upper deck past the Malmaison hotel and restaurants including Café Rouge. Turn left and head down the stairs to the lower deck where you'll find outlet shops and our fist Snowdog - Bow Wow. This pooch is a tribute to the legendary David Bowie and his Ziggy Stardust creation. Bow Wow features the classic lightening stripe across his face and back along with a picture of the man himself.

39. Giant Snowdog & Snowman Sand Sculpture - Artist: Anonymous / Sponsor: Brighton Marina

After leaving Bow Wow cross over the road and head towards the Katarina restaruant, past the restaurant you'll find the Octagon with more shops and restaurants as well as our next Snowdog sculpture. This one is a little different as it is actually a sand sculpture and the Snowdog has been joined by his old pal the Snowman.

36. Brighton Rock - Artist: Pinky / Sponsor: Bella Italia
Head back towards Bow Wow and up to the upper deck and this time turn left at the West Quay pub. This is the newest addition to the Brighton Marina boardwalk and features a great mix of restaurants as well as two gorgeous Snowdogs. The first one is the very colorful Brighton Rock in front of Bella Italia. The combination of colours did remind me of Smart Vibes outside of Brighton Station so I was not surprised to see that they were both created by Pinky.

37. Bone China - Artist: Gemma Compton / Sponsor: Brighton Marina
Carry on walking along the boardwalk and you'll find our final Snowdog of the day - Bone China. As the name suggests this dog has been inspired by 18th century blue willow porcelain, however she has also embraced her waterfront position too.

Other places to look out for at Brighton Marina:

Snowdog Bonus: If you missed seeing Brighton Belle at London Victoria Station then you will be pleased to here that she is now in Brighton! She is outside the British Airways i360 shop (beach level) and don't forget the whole pack will be together for the Festive Farewell event on the 4th & 5th December.

45. Brighton Belle - Artist: Jenny Leonard / Sponsor: British Airways i360
To download the full trail map head to our website or pick one up from one of our Visitor Information Points. Don't forget the Snowdogs are art sculptures so please respect them and do not climb on or graffiti them. The Snowdogs are supporting the Martlets so if you would like to donate text SDOG16 £3 to 70070.