Review: Sussex Gourmet Vintage Bus Tour September 2013


bus-tour 2I travelled down from Derbyshire especially for the Brighton Food Festival.
On Saturday 14th September I joined the Gourmet Vintage Bus Tour. We set off at 9.30am from Old Steine. We were welcomed aboard by Nathalie and James and given croissants and fruit juice to start off our journey. We had a 2 part quiz whilst on the bus which everyone enjoyed and the winner was presented with a bottle of Ridgeview Wine at Lunch.
Travelling through the beautiful Sussex countryside to West Grinstead our first stop was Cocoa Loco a fair trade organic handmade chocolate established. After donning suitable hairnets we were taken into the kitchen for the demonstration of how the chocolates were made. Plenty of chocolate to sample and a chance to purchase some of the goods which I couldn’t resist.
Then on to Pulborough our next stop Stopham Vineyard where we were met by Simon who walked us through the vineyards. Not only the vines but the scenery too was amazing. When we arrived at the Winery we were told how the wine was made, specializing in English Still White Wine. Plenty of sampling went of there they were very generous with their samples and once again a chance to make a purchase.
Highlight of the tour was lunch at the Half Moon Warninglid. Lovely country pub with lots of atmoshpere and very welcoming staff. Lunch was a huge platter consisting of Celeriac Soup, Leek Tartlet, Smoked Salmon, Black Pudding, Artichoke with Parma Ham, Mini Fish Calke all had their individual dip and a salad garnish. (Vegetarian Option Available). Followed by Apple & Blackberry Crumble with Homemade Custard. A Glass of Wine or Pint of Beer all included in the price.
After a very satisfying lunch on to Sussex Gold at Partridge Green. On this stop we were shown the process of making Sussex Gold Extra Virgin Rapeseed Oil which was a very interesting process, and again the chance to purchase the goods.
Back on the bus one more time back into Brighton, where you could get off at Old Steine or you could go to the Beer and Cider Festival on Hove Lawns. A very enjoyable day out and well worth the money.
I would suggest early booking for the Gourmet Vintage Bus Tour as there are a limited number of places.
Susan Pickering Derbyshire


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