All our hamper contents are made by some of our regions most talented food producers and craftspeople. You can read more about each one here.
Situated on the edge of the Ashdown Forest near the Bluebell Steam Railway in Sussex, Bluebell Vineyard Estates is home to the award-winning range of â€˜Hindleapâ€™ English Quality Sparkling Wines. Nestled among bluebell-strewn woods, from which the name is derived, it is a family run business thriving on collaboration, attention to detail and a passion for producing world class wines.
Established in 2005, the Estate specialises in the production of English sparkling wines using the classic grape varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, as well as Seyval Blanc. The Estate produces five styles â€“ a sparkling RosÃ©, a Classic CuvÃ©e, a Blanc de Blancs, a late disgorged Blanc de Blancs and a single variety sparkling Seyval Blanc. The Estate has achieved over 60 national and international awards since its first release. Made with meticulous attention to detail, Hindleap wines are distinctively English: hand-crafted vintage sparkling wines bursting with fruit character.
Brighton Gin was launched by five gin-loving Brightonians in December 2014 and was named by the Sunday Times as one of its top three gins of 2015 and won two silver medals at the 2015 International Wine and Spirit Competition. It also won a gold medal at the 2016 Spirits Business Gin Masters and is the only spirit served on board the British Airways i360 on Brightonâ€™s seafront.
The handmade, small batch gin is produced at Brightonâ€™s first (legal) distillery by the UKâ€™s only pair of female distillers, Kathy Caton and Helen Chesshire (winner of Rising Star of the Year, International Spirits Challenge 2016), using organic British grain. Its botanicals include juniper, the peel of fresh oranges and limes, locally-grown coriander seed and milk thistle, indigenous to the South Downs and well-known for its liver-cleansing properties. Each bottle is filled, wax-sealed and labelled by hand, the colour of both wax and label being that of Brightonâ€™s distinctive seafront railings.
Dark Star Brewing
The Dark Star Brewing Company was born in 1994 in the cellar of The Evening Star Pub, Brighton. With a brew plant only just bigger than an enthusiastic home-brew kit the characteristic style of hoppy beers was developed and tested on willing guinea pigs at the bar.
As with all the best ideas, the business was planned on the back of a beer mat, driven by a few beers and funded with money they didnâ€™t have. Today, they would have dreamt about funding it with a lottery win, but back then it was about gathering a few savings, scratching around behind the sofa and selling a motorbike.
A few years on (well 20 years actually) they find themselves in Partridge Green, just south west of Horsham, West Sussex, with a 45 barrel Brewhouse.
None of them really wanted to leave the cellar of the pub, but apparently more and more people liked drinking the same beers as them, so they needed to brew moreâ€¦
Started in 2013 in Rudgwick is the Firebird Brewing Company, a microbrewery built inside the villageâ€™s abandoned brickworks by Bill King and Richard Peters. Bill and Richard were brewing school friends and have come together after a gap of 30 years to brew craft beers from around the world.
The brewery has grown at dizzying speed and now boasts an expanded team, and brews a wide range of great craft beers in Cask, Keg, Bottle and soon Cans as well! As well as great ales, the team are have been brewing acclaimed Bohemia Pilsner Lager and award winning Fireweisse Weissbier, and Bill and Richard promise many more beers to come! Many will recognise Billâ€™s surname, for he is in fact the fifth generation of Kings that started brewing in Horsham back in 1835.
Horsham Gingerbread was the result of a recreation of an original recipe written 200 years ago by a member of the Shelley family. It was a recipe for Gingerbread, which Lesley Ward spent a whole year trying to painstakingly recreate from the vaguely recorded recipe.
Like all good cooks, Lesley added her own twist to the recipe and from there has sprung a range of traditional biscuits made from local ingredients to suit contemporary tastes.
Gingerbread makers in Horsham would have sourced their flour from local mills. Horsham Gingerbread is continuing this tradition by using flour milled by Lurgashall Mill, which is a working mill at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, near Chichester in West Sussex.
Long Man Brewery
The Long Man Brewery is based in a converted flint barn in the heart of the South Downs National Park. The name was inspired by the famous Long Man of Wilmington, an imposing figure cut into the chalk downs and situated in the boundaries of the farm itself. They grow the Spring Barley used in their beers and strive to source everything (even the workforce) from within the Cuckmere Valley.
Environmental sustainability is key and their brewery is powered by solar energy generated on the farm. They feed spent grain to livestock and have a treatment plant which allows them to reuse their waste water for irrigation.
With every brew they endeavour to produce the consistent high quality that discerning drinkers expect from hand crafted, cask conditioned ales. All the cask ale is produced in their bespoke brew plant using whole flower hops, their own barley and unique cultivated live yeast strain that give the beers their wonderful flavours and character.
Merleâ€™s Kitchen is an artisan producer of fresh Turkish Delight and other Mediterranean specialities. From historic Lewes, she makes all her products by hand using the best local and seasonal ingredients.
All Merleâ€™s recipes are based on her Turkish Cypriot fathers, using traditional flavours and local herbs and flowers to bring a touch of the English countryside to to her authentic sweets. Her handmade Turkish Delight has a softer texture than commercial alternatives, because itâ€™s made freshly to order with all natural ingredients and no preservatives.
Gluten free and vegan (with nut free varieties available).
MotherFudgers delicious multi-award winning fudge is sought out by fudge-lovers for its traditional home-made taste. It takes the best quality ethically-sourced ingredients, a high percentage of fresh dairy double cream and butter â€“ and a lot of trial and error to get the flavour and the â€˜fudginessâ€™ just right. But it is worth it – there is a world of difference in the flavour of MotherFudgers handmade fudge compared to the usual gift shop or supermarket fayre.
For those who prefer dairy-free, they apply the same high standards to their range of delicious and popular Vegan Fudge, using nut milks and nut butters instead of their usual dairy ingredients.
Noble and Stace
In their dedicated chocolate kitchen in the heart of the South Downs National Park, they use a variety of local artisan products to make their chocolates, truffles and tablettes a little more unique.
Using ingredients like Sussex Sparkling Wines, locally brewed ales and fresh roasted coffee, single estate pure peppermint oil, local gin and even mineral water from underneath the South Downs they handcraft their chocolates in small batches so you can really taste the freshness.
Ouse Valley Foods
Ouse Valley Foods was established in 2004 by Julian Warrender and is based in East Sussex. They sell both nationally and internationally to only the finest independent retailers and farm shops.
Ouse Valley Foods currently produces in excess of twenty jellies, jams, chutneys, pickles and marmalades and are proud to be the recipients of numerous Great Taste and Dalemain Marmalade Awards. They use nothing but the freshest, most natural ingredients; wherever possible they source their produce from local growers ensuring quality and authenticity. No artificial preservatives or colours are ever used and each batch is cooked in small numbers to safeguard quality. Seasonal specialities are an important part of our range; berries and blossoms are considerately picked and used to flavour and spike jellies and jams creating unique blends and colours.
Rowdy & Fancy
At Rowdy and Fancy, they create their chocolate from the finest ingredients, organic wherever possible because they care about your health and the environment.
Each piece, whether itâ€™s a chunky 120g Bar or one of their signature Hot Chocolate Meltdowns served on the spoon, is handmade and lovingly wrapped.
Pick-Me-Up, crafted to appeal to the health conscious chocolate lover, is packed with â€˜good for youâ€™ ingredients such as sunflower and pumpkin seeds, goji berries, apricots and raisins, combined with their fabulous hand made chocolate.
360Âº Brewing Company
360Âº Brewing Company was born out of the fact that they are located right next to the Greenwich Meridian in East Sussex, meaning they are at zero degrees longitude â€“ or 360 degrees longitude â€“ if you look at things from another angle. This also suited their approach to ask drinkers what they want to drink and involving them in creating their beers.
They started out by asking people what they liked and continue this right through to today, through the odd tasting session and their Owners Club. They like to brew different recipes and ask people what they think before they then go on and refine the recipe and create a beer. Theri mission is to create many different styles of beer with the quality of recipes, products and process always a priority. They believe that whatever your taste, everyone deserves a good beer.
The boys from Brighton Bier are making their firm stamp on local brewing – having extended their production from a 4-bbl kit gypsy brewing to their (literally) shiny new premises in Kemp Town where they are producing 7,500 litres of beer per week. There is a thirst for local brews in the city and their aim is to produce a unique beer with a distinctive personality without losing sight of the roots of British ale.
Their beer has won a Gold Medal at the International Beer Challenge Awards 2015; a competition that saw over 630 beers from more than 30 countries enter.
Part of the new renaissance in English Wine, Nutbourne is a family run boutique wine producer making award winning Still and Sparkling wines in the heart of West Sussex. All our wines are made from grapes grown on the estate and every part of the winemaking process takes place on site in our state of the art winery.
The state of the art winery was first opened in 2010 and now all Nutbourne wines are produced on site. Total wine production is between 40,000 and 60,000 bottles per year. Winemaking is headed up by our consultant Wine Maker, Owen Elias, several times winner of the UK Wine Maker of the Year. Owen possesses great knowledge and expertise; a very natural approach and talent; and hands-on involvement in every stage of the production. He achieves outstanding results at both Nutbourne and the other vineyards where he is involved.
Established in 2012, Blackdown Distillery is an innovative award-wining producer of finely crafted spirits; creators of unique drink found nestled in the foothills of Blackdown Hill, South Downs National Park, West Sussex.
A luxurious collection of distinctive spirits are handcrafted in small batches in the oldest distillery in Sussex, which can only be described as poetic, set amid an ancient woodland near where Lord Alfred Tennyson once lived. The surrounding 40 acres of woodland bursting with Silver Birch trees are the inspiration for the first ever Sussex Dry Gin, Silver Birch Vermouth and Silver Birch Vodka. Also in the portfolio are Black Cherry Liqueur, Elderberry Port, Christmas Pudding Vodka, Meads, Botanical Wines and Regency Bitters.
They pride themselves on using only natural botanicals, focusing on quality and provenance. UK suppliers for all ingredients and packaging ensure that these products are truly British.
The Condiment Company
They started making mayonnaise in 1986 selling to local chefs for their restaurants. It went so well that they started mayonnaise production full time, starting with their Gold Award winning Classic Mayonnaise (Great Taste Awards). They also went into making bespoke products.
With a small but dedicated team they have gone on to develop a wonderful range of delightful dips, sauces, dressings and mayonnaises, that suit every palate and food situation. They make everything in small batches to ensure the end consumer has the freshest product to their own exacting standards.
Unique, contemporary, handcrafted gold and silver jewellery all designed and produced from Alice Robsonâ€™s East Sussex studio.
Alice has been designing and making jewellery for over twenty years and running her own jewellery business since 2005. She trained at Central St Martins graduating in 1990 with a BA (Hons) degree in jewellery design. Alice produces a new collection every year as well as constantly updating and developing existing collections. Drawing inspiration from natural forms and naturally occurring geometries, Alice also loves mid century design and is influenced by the use of similar reference points in fabrics and prints of that time.
Aliceâ€™s latest collection focuses on a series of tiny hinged boxes, mainly pendants, which are wonderfully tactile and each unique. Who wouldnâ€™t love to receive one of these lovely boxes with a special message inside?
Posh Totty Designs
Posh Totty Designs consists of a team award winning jewellery designers who started off in Brightonâ€™s historic North Laines., specialising in unique and personal jewellery.
Started 14 years ago by Alice River-Cripps, Posh Totty is the go-to place for personalised jewellery and gifts, handmade by the talented team of creative jewellers.
Established in 2009, Mdtea is a bespoke range of 15 loose leaf teas and infusions, that also includes some popular, well loved teas such as Jasmine Dragon Pearls. All of the teas and infusions use top quality tea, herbs, flowers and spices from all over the worldâ€¦ and in all blends you can also be assured that all our teas are ethically sourced.
Mdteas teas were born from their flagship store, Metrodeco, in Brighton, and in keeping with the 1930s Parisian feel of the tea salon they have given all their teas quirky names depicting the style and elegance of a bygone era.
Wolfram, born in Germany came to England in 1996 to become a shoemaker. In 1997 he worked with various shoemakers and wanted to provide more choice for men and to bring longstanding quality to his customers. In 2004 Wolfram, and his partner Sarah, extended their designs to womensâ€™ accessories and now work from their creative workshop in Hove.
Bringing old and new together is the basis of Wolfram and Sarahâ€™s inspiration. They have a passion for old craftsmanship in all materials; their personal collection of vintage objects ranges from leather bags to hats to clothing. This directly feeds into new designs: through looking at the old shapes in vintage products and adapting them into a â€œWolfram LÃ¶hrâ€ accessory. Creating the balance between modern functionality and fashionable flare.