Brighton Born and Bread

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

A day with.. trenchmore farms

I love Brighton, but sometimes it's important to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city and head to the country. My invitation to spend the day at Trenchmore was exactly this, a day away from the city that I needed, a chance to find out about great produce grown locally. Trenchmore is based in Sussex and specialises in wagyu beef, homegrown cider and their latest venture; heritage wheat. Which is a mixed landrace grown from locally-sourced seeds. The farm itself was recently shortlisted for the Green Award in the 2017 Sussex Life Awards and were  finalist for the Sustainable Food Made Good Supplier of the Year Award 2016.

You can sample some of their amazing produce in lots of local Brighton restaurants or pop over for a visit yourself on one of their open days.

The grounds of the farm itself are stunning. A family run plot, which has been in the family for years, incorporates both knowledge and expertise with passion and a homely feel. I loved the different areas of the farm from the beautiful home, in which i was lucky enough to try some of their produce, to the buzzing bee hives and the rows upon rows of apple trees. 

Silly Moo Cider

With the farm itself having around 1600 trees it's not only beautiful but fruitful too. Having started the orchard first the trees there are a range of varities growing on the farm. The cider, made by the daughter of the family Rachel, is not only grown on the farm but pressed and fermented there too. 

I am a huge fan of cider and for me it is a perfect autumn drink but, strangely, I had never tried a cider apple before.. it was not what I expected! The apple had bitter undertones with a background of sweetness; everything you need for a good cider. The cider itself is actually a mix of two apples both desert and cider which is what gives it that range of flavour. With the harvest usually happening in mid-October it will likely have just been picked and ready for the next stages.

Trenchmore Wagyu beef

Let's be honest, I am not a born country girl. I love the countryside and try to focus on locally grown produce but I didn't really have much knowledge on what it took to get wagyu beef. The farm itself actually only has three bulls, all of which are full Wagyu or Sussex-Cross Wagyu. The wagyu herd are slow grown and grass fed, there is an amazing selection of land carefully managed and provided to them in the summer. For the winter time the herd are housed in their roundhouse, the centre point for the farm, and an amazing space for the herd to eat and sleep. 

What I had no idea about was the thought that went into it, everything from the grain they eat to the pink hymlian salt they are given is carefully planned by the family. The farm really considers everything from beginning calfing which happens twice a year, around January and August, to end focusing on consitently well looked after animals and high quality produce. 

To try it yourself look out for the beef on speciality boards or as a part of the menu at places like The Gingerman, Etch and Drakes. 

Heritage grains

The third produce to come from Trenchmore is their stoneground flour and heritage wheat berries. Initally when I heard about the wheat berries it would be fair to say I was sceptical... but I was wrong. Having tried them on my visit to the farm in two ways I was also lucky enough to take some home to enjoy at my leisure too. Have them either mixed with the flour and made into a deliciously filling and flavoursome sourdough, find their no-knead and completely delicious bread recipe here. You can also try the berries as a grain subsitute; soaked and cooked with a rich tomato sauce or slwo cooked into a creamy risotto. 

Keep an eye on my blog for more recipes with the flour and berries soon.

Did you see my last blog post? Its October which means October Best is back! We headed to The Coal Shed to try their £20 menu and you can read the review here

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Coal Shed, The October Best menu

October Best is officially here and I have already been out to try one of their limited time menus. Henry and I headed to The Coal shed; a steak restaurant in the Brighton laines. I have been lucky enough to have dinner here before so was so pleased to see that they were a part of October Best this year.

To start there are three options to choose from; a citrus and kombu cured salmon, a ham hock croquette or a tempura cauliflower. Both Henry and I went for the ham hock option and it was stunning. The croquettes kept their crispy exterior without drying out the ham hock inside. I loved the sides that came with this as well, with the mustard sauce and diced pickles were a great mix of textures and flavours. 

For the main, there are again three choices. Chose between a beer-braised brisket, a fire roasted plaice or a pea and mint arancini with a whipped goat's curd. So that we could try a range Henry and I picked different mains. My fire roasted plaice was absolutely delish and the little bits of chorizo added an extra layer of flavour. I would definitely recommend adding a side for that extra element. 

Henry's brisket came with red cabbage and truffle mash. The carrots on the side were too salty for my taste but the mash was a delicious, buttery and you could taste the truffle coming through as well. The beef itself was falling apart and it was a great rich dish as a weekday treat.

To finish, after much deliberation, we both went for the almond and raspberry tarte. The pastry was perfectly crumbly and the raspberry coulee was sharp but a great compliment to the almond filling. I loved the white chocolate ice cream as well, a flavour that could have been lost but was delicious. 

It was a great kick-off to the October Best festival and a lovely weekday date night. I can't wait to try some of the other restaurants' offerings asap. Check out my top 7 October Best recommendations here


Friday, 5 October 2018

My 7 Octoberbest must visits

So as you have probably heard me mention (once or twice) October best is back. For those who don't know, October best is a Brighton-based restaurant festival focusing on the top restaurants, as voted for by a Brighton-based panel. 

The festival is run by Brighton's Best Restaurants who annually announce the Top 20 restaurants in Brighton. Each restaurant offers various deals including £20 menus. With so many to choose from and restaurants like The Little Fish Market and 64 Degrees already being sold out, here are my recommendations for you to book asap!
I work full-time hours alongside this blog so I have focused mainly on menus on offer in the evenings or weekends

Firstly, I have to mention the two 'Gingers'. I was lucky enough to preview both the Gingerman and the Gingerpig menus over the last few weeks and both were amazing. With the Gingerman focusing on a sharing platter for two championing local pork and the Gingerpig having not only a three-course menu (with meat and vegetarian options) but a wine pairing with each, they are definitely worth a visit. 
Gingerman is on offer Tuesday-Saturday, Lunch and Dinner, The Gingerpig menu is available Monday to Thursday 12-3pm & 6-7pm and Friday 12-3pm
Read my full review for Gingerman here and Gingerpig here

Next on my list of must visits, and the first on my October best list is the Coal Shed. I have, of course, eaten there before and it is a steak lovers dream! With not only perfectly cooked meat the sides are beautiful too- the menu for Octoberbest offers three courses with a fish, meat and vegetarian option. I cannot wait to try the beer braised brisket which comes with red cabbage and truffle mash!
Try the Coal Shed menu Monday-Thursday 12pm-4pm and 6pm-7pm

The seafront sister of Coal Shed, The Salt Room is another on my must-visit lists during Octoberbest. Again a favourite of mine, I was lucky enough to try their afternoon tea last year but this time the visit will be all about the fish. The Salt room are offering another three-course menu with options from smoked mackerel with oyster mayo to cod en papillote. There are actually options for both fish lovers and fish-haters, with a delicious corn-fed chicken main.
Their menu is on offer Monday- Thursday 12pm-4pm & 6pm-7pm

Next, for somewhere I've (shockingly) never been to before, Silo. The very-Brighton waste reducing and produce championing restaurant is offering a 4-course dinner which they have named Ambrosia. Ambrosia is described by the restaurant as a twist on ‘the food of the gods’.Championing wild ingredients, unknown ingredients and nose to tail that is often not given the attention they deserve.

The last of my recommendations is for all of those lucky ones who work in town and have long lunches! Both of the Cin Cin branches are offering 3 course lunch menus with highlights including a nduja and cavolo nero pasta dish and a truffled mushroom arancini that I'd risk the day off for! Having been to the opening of the Western Road restaurant earlier this year and even having a chance to interview head chef, Jamie Halsall these will no doubt be two amazing lunch options. It's also worth noting that both menus come with a glass of something sparkling!
Those lucky enough get their menus Wednesday-Saturday, 12.30pm-2.30pm

Did you see my last blogtober post? My top 3 autumnal Brighton walks


Wednesday, 3 October 2018

My top 3 autumnal Brighton walks

October is here which means full-blown autumn is just around the corner! I love autumn weather, from the crisp sunny mornings to the rainy wrap-yourself-warm Sundays. Don't get me wrong I love a sofa day with Netflix and hot chocolate but sometimes its great to get out in it all. Autumn is my favourite time to go for walks, I love the crunch of the leaves and the change in the familiar woods. So here are my top 3 autumnal walks to try this autumn in Brighton:

The woods in Stanmer Park

I absolutely love Stanmer Park in the summer, there isn't much that beats sitting on the green next to the county house with a picnic in the sun. But my favourite time to walk through the woods is at the turn of autumn, I love the mix of golden and fallen leaves. Stanmer park has always been a special place to me and even more so now that it is the place Henry proposed. 

My favourite walks are the woods behind the house or the fields, starting in Stanmer village and curving around.

Must bring: 
Wellies or good walking shoes because it's muddy
Camera for those small details and the towering trees
Phone for when you inevitably get lost amongst the trees 

Devils Dyke

If you're from Brighton you have been to Devil's Dyke. Whether it was a school trip where you were dragged the whole way up from the roundabout, or for the roast in their cosy pub with a view. But sometimes we forget that all around the pub there are some amazing views and walks. This is one that has more hills and is better on a clear day but, as a short girl, I love looking over villages and fields and up at the graceful kite surfers. 

Must bring: 
Shoes you don't mind getting dirty because it can get really muddy
Trousers or thick tights for all the fences you climb
Hat, when the wind is hitting you on one side of the face you're going to want to cover your ears
Sunglasses so you can see the view on a clearer day 
Money; you want to get into that pub for one of their roasts or a hot chocolate

The Beach and Undercliff

So definitely the longest of these walks, you can do this all together or break it up into two. For me, I like to break it up but I know plenty of people who will walk the distance. From Hove beach through town and under the cliffs past the marina is an amazing walk! As a Brightonion, I love the sea, whether it's the calm rippling or the crashing waves, I can stare it out for hours. 

Once you get to the undercliff it becomes even more magical; as if in your own corridor the towering cliffs alongside the crashing waves is always a great walk in windy weather. To get back you can either cut up to Rottingdean and jump on the seaside bus or turn round and walk back. Depending on the weather, both can be nice options and with the marina at the end, you can always be met with a nice meal!

Must bring:
Waterproof for the inevitable wave
Waterproof shoes for those waves that just about made it
Any flat stones you can find for skimming stones on the wave
Change for a cheeky ice cream on the journey

Where is your favourite place to walk in Brighton? Let me know in the comments below

Did you see my last post? I am doing blogtober again this month, find out what that means for my blog here


Monday, 1 October 2018

Blogtober 2018

It's that very exciting time again! 
My favourite time of the year is here. It's time for conker collecting, birthday celebrations, fallen leaves and layers upon layers of patterns and burnt orange! And to celebrate all of this, and the return of Octoberbest, I am going to be doing blogtober again!

What is Blogtober for Brighton Born and Bread?
Blogtober 2018 is about all things foodie! Expect blog posts every other day with Brighton based reviews and autumnal recipes, with extra content on instagram stories and my hints and tips for getting extra autumnal, just in time for the 'most wonderful time of the year'.

Last years Blogtober featured blog posts from 17 things to do in autumnal Brighton and my cosy cottage pie recipe to my favourite autumn drinks and a review of lasts years Octoberbest menu at Curry Leaf Cafe.

Let me know in the comments or over on my Instagram @brightonbbblog what blog post you'd like to see during this years Blogtober!

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