Review: The Ram Inn, Firle.

The Ram Inn at Firle. Photography by www.hewdesign.co.uk

We had a little night away recently to celebrate my birthday. For one reason or another, we were’t able to venture too far afield so we settled on the nearby Ram Inn in Firle.
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Catch of the day

All photography © Heather Elizabeth Wilkinson 2012

The weather last week was a bit unsettled, with a distinct feel of autumn in the air, but the day I chose to pop out and buy fish for the weekend was bright, sunny and warm, perfect for a cycle along the seafront.

The best place to buy fresh fish in Brighton is the aptly named Fish, near Hove Lagoon. Fish have their own fleet of boats at Shoreham Harbour, and the catch is unloaded straight into the market within hours of being caught.

Fish supplies most of the best restaurants in the local area, as well as further afield, and they stock an amazing array of products, from scallops, sardines & mackerel to live lobsters and crab – I even spotted a tray of beautiful fresh samphire.  The staff are knowledgeable and friendly, testimony to how highly they’re regarded in the local area.

Get yourself along there – if you time your visit right you might even be lucky enough to see them unloading latest catch from the boats. Watch out for the seagulls though!

 

Review: Mr Wolfe, Brighton

Mr Wolfe, Brighton
Mr Wolfe, Brighton
Homemade Cake at Mr Wolfe, Brighton
Homemade Cake at Mr Wolfe, Brighton
Homemade Cake at Mr Wolfe, BrightonHomemade Cake at Mr Wolfe, Brighton
Mr Wolfe Brighton
Monmouth coffee at Mr Wolfe Brighton
Monmouth coffee at Mr Wolfe Brighton
Monmouth coffee at Mr Wolfe Brighton

If there’s one thing that Brighton’s not short of it’s coffee shops, but in amongst all the usual chains there are a handful of independents to delight true coffee fans.

Mr Wolfe is a hidden gem tucked away in Montpelier Place, close to Seven Dials and stone’s throw from the madding crowds of Western Road.The coffee served is finest Monmouth and the baked goods are all handmade – orange blossom pistachio cake with mascarpone icing, anyone?Inside it’s quite compact, but like so many places in Brighton, particularly some of the flats in that area, the high ceilings provide a sense of space.

The fact that the owners, Travis and his wife, both have backgrounds in design is completely apparent from the moment you step inside: jet-black interior, a bespoke wooden counter top, chalk menu boards and a generous dose of vintage china. Even the café’s logo is an example of wonderfully executed design.

It’s a joy to find somewhere that offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of the Lanes, and with plenty of personality too.

A massive thanks to Travis and the team for being so lovely and allowing me take so many photographs – I’m still trying to silence my tummy rumbles from editing all the cake pics!

You can check out Mr Wolfe here.

All photography © Heather Elizabeth Wilkinson 2012