new foodie projects we’re excited about

No.1 Broad Street
Sussex chef Johnny Stanford opened his new restaurant this week, bringing his impressive cooking skills to the lucky people of Cuckfield. Johnny was part of the team that launched Pascere in Brighton and he then went on to head up the kitchen at Jodie Kidd’s pub, The Half Moon in Kirdford, before opening the doors to No.1 Broad Street. Bringing a relaxed fine-dining vibe to the cute village of Cuckfield, you can expect to fill your belly with seasonal starters such as heritage carrots with pickled carrots and gingerbread. They are offering a pared-back lunch menu alongside their à la carte offering Tuesday to Saturday (two courses £20, three courses £26) or go all out and enjoy their seven-course tasting dinner priced at £65. Luckily, Cuckfield isn’t that far away…
Open for lunch Wednesday to Saturday, midday – 2.00pm, dinner Tuesday to Saturday from 6.00pm
No. 1 Broad Street, Cuckfield, West Sussex RH17 5LJ

Papa Pitta
These guys are about so much more than just a pitta, and they are now back in Brighton doing their Cypriot thing. If you’re around tonight, Friday 29th March, then head over to Hanover where you’ll find them celebrating their new location, having teamed up with Brighton Bier to take over the kitchen at the Free Haus. Previously known as The Reservoir, the place has been given a new lease of life as a modern tavern. With Papa Pitta bringing a taste of Cyprus to Hanover, if you haven’t had the pleasure of getting your lips around a Papa Pitta Kebab before, we’d recommend getting down there over the weekend. Cypriot Kebabs and beats are the perfect accompaniment to a refreshing pint!
Free Haus, 1 Howard Road, Brighton BN2 9TP

Wild Flor

Residents of Hove will be excited to hear they have an incredible powerhouse team of food and wine experts heading their way. After a couple of years of planning, ex Cin Cin general manager James Thomson and wine expert Robert Maynard have joined forces to bring us Wild Flor. First meeting and working together at The Ginger Pig, their synergy of taste, passion and enthusiasm have led to the creation of this new bistro-style restaurant bringing the highest quality food, wine and hospitality in a comfortable and warm space. Using British and European ingredients, they will be keeping it simple with an à la carte menu, giving guests the chance to explore and experiment with their fantastic wine list (they’re working with Brighton’s Butler’s Wine Cellar). Guests will have the option to have a simple meal with a glass of wine, or stick around and tuck into an afternoon of off-the-beaten -rack wines in their carefully crafted list. We like the sound of this a lot. (Pictured above is the whole team: Faye, James, Rob and head chef Ollie)
Opening Easter weekend (we’ll keep you updated!)
Wild Flor, 42 Church Rd, Hove BN3 2FN


15 Vine Street
The newest kid on the Vine Street block, ex-Fat Duck chef Aaron Dalton has been making noise in the Brighton and Hove restaurant scene for a little while now. Popping up all over the city with his Four Restaurant events, we’re big fans of his seasonal and experimental dishes (and his big personality!). A few doors down from the popular Cin Cin, we’re very excited about Aaron’s first permanent restaurant, set to open at 15 Vine Street. Teaming up with Chris from Good Things Brewery, Tom from Lost Boys at The Joker and ex-Cafe Plenty Luke, they’ve been working hard to bring Aaron’s concept to life at the 30-cover site. Due to open in eight weeks and cooking everything over a wood fire, the plan is to offer smoked meat sandwiches Monday to Friday lunchtimes via a sandwich hatch, which we’re pretty happy about. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, they will be offering a tasting menu that gives them a chance to deliver a constantly evolving seasonal and experimental menu. There will be beer pairings from Good Things and they’ll also be offering a roast on a Sunday. What we’re really keen to try  though is their brunch offering at the weekend, where Aaron is working on his version of brunch… expect something along the lines of smoked bone marrow on sourdough with parsley butter sauce and a fried egg. Their mission is to make the entire business as sustainable and fair as possible. We like the sound of that…
Opening May, you’ll be the first to know!
15 Vine St, Brighton BN1 4AG
Follow Aaron and the restaurant on Instagram to find out more.

Photo credits: Sophie Harvey (No. 1 Braodwick Street featured image), XDB Photography (No 5 Vine Street)