With thanks to Gavin Gardiner and ‘Mrs G’ for the words, and Christian Doyle Photography for the photos.
Local Food Heroes at the magnificent Pallant of Arundel… Well who could resist ?
As ever, another well attended evening organised by the genial hosts and curators of our favourite local food hall. Indeed all of the great foodies of Arundel were in attendance.
Cheese from the High Weald Dairy was a particular highlight for Mrs G, all being made with a vegetarian rennet, pasteurised milk and all completely scrummy. For myself I was rather fond of the jellies and chutneys from Wild at Heart. Chilli jam is always a favourite but this was especially fine, while Mrs G found the pickled samphire very nice, especially with the cheese !!
But it was not all about food, as we were welcomed by a glass of bubbly, Nutty, from Nutbourne Vineyard at Pulborough. A dry Sussex reserve was followed the sweeter Hedgerow, an Alsace-style wine that would work very well with cheese.
Arundel Brewery showcased their excellent beers with Sussex Gold and ASB, while the recent award winning Old Nucker, a dark old ale ideal as a winter warmer was my favourite. After seconds, I was off to fill my shopping basket…
Have we forgotten anyone?? Well it would be unfair not to mention the excellent breads from Bread a la Mer that were abundantly spread about the shop… Although not there in person, their bread did all the talking and I will certainly be heading back for the focaccia that was easily the most popular on the night.
Finally it was time to depart, and with basket heaving, we headed into the night…
Gavin was at Pallant of Arundel, 17 High St Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AD, Tel: 01903 882288 where orders for Christmas hampers are now being taken!