Outdoor dining, a new restaurant in Wadhurst
Located in the picturesque village of Wadhurst is Sussex Pass, a new restaurant that launched just before lockdown, showcasing the finest produce in Sussex and Kent, while supporting local makers, growers, and communities. They reopened in April with a brand-new heated terrace and garden, and is the perfect location for locals, visitors and staycationers eager to taste the county’s incredible food and wine and celebrate the passion of the producers who reside there.
As well as enjoying a Sussex Sparkling brunch or intimate dinner on the terrace, guests can book the garden space which comes with a Big Green Egg barbeque. Should you book the full-size Egg for a two-hour slot, you’ll be given a selection of beautiful locally sourced meat, seafood and fish, pre-prepared and ready to cook, along with complementary sides and vegetables. Those looking for drinks and nibbles can choose from a local beer and wine list as well as a gin list of over 30 Sussex gins, paired with Sussex tonics.
Adding to the new outdoor additions, a local farm, Sussex Patch, just a few miles away, has become Head Chef Adam Sear’s main source of organic, seasonal fruit and vegetables, focusing especially on local varieties. Later in this summer, the Sussex Patch plan to create a family farm experience, where children can pick the produce before seeing the produce of their labour cooked in front of them.
Owner, Sam Maynard, is passionate about provenance. “Chef’s suppliers include Trenchmore Sussex Wagyu, Paley Farm for local meat, coffee from Bean Smitten in Flimwell, and wine from The Secret Cellar. Our new fish supplier, Pesky, is a marketplace where Britain’s in-shore fishermen sell their catch directly to the restaurant. It’s the best way to get sustainable fresh fish with reliable provenance. We create new dishes depending on the produce we get that day.”