Discovering Thomas Hardy’s fictional county of Wessex

I’ve been an unashamed fan of Victorian author Thomas Hardy after falling in love with actress Julie Christie as an impressionable teenager after she starred in the 1960s film,


Batman and Robin and the pancake races of 1998

It was Shrove Tuesday 1998 and Queens Square was alive with happy souls in fancy dress doing their best to charge around flipping pancakes while not falling over.

Malbec in all its colours

RICHARD ESLING: Malbec needs just the right conditions

‘Bordeaux inhabitant finds new home in South America.’ This could have been a headline in the mid 19th century when people from many European countries were flocking to the New World to take advantage of the opportunities there.


Sussex man wins MasterChef 2018

Sussex bank manager and father of two, Kenny Tutt, 36, has been crowned MasterChef 2018 Champion, it was announced tonight, becoming the 14th amateur cook to claim the title.


Sussex’s MasterChef contestant: ‘My heart just dropped’

I don’t think I was the only one who shouted at the TV ‘you’ve forgotten your cauliflower’ as I watched MasterChef last night. And surely I was not the only one who cried ‘nooooo’ when his pudding collapsed or the one who punched the air with glee when he made it through to the final three.

An example of what I look for when it comes to good quality wine

RICHARD ESLING: Vigilant inspectors control the authenticity of wine

Regrettably, criminal elements are present in all industries at one time or another and the wine industry is by no means exempt from this phenomenon.

Smoked salmon and prawn rillette

TONY STAPLES: Spring it on with a light fish starter

This pretty dish is guaranteed to entice you out of hibernation, says Tony Staples, executive head chef of the Arora Hotel in Crawley.


Sussex’s MasterChef finalist: ‘I did lose about a stone out in Peru’

From 25,000 entries to the final four – Sussex bank manager Kenny Tutt is in touching distance to the MasterChef final.


Looking back at halcyon days of 1978

As years go, 1978 was something of a mixed bag.


Sussex’s MasterChef finalist: “It does not feel real until you see it on TV”

Sussex dad-of-two Kenny Tutt can now say he is a MasterChef finalist and tonight we will know if he makes it into the last four.


Sussex’s BBC MasterChef contestant one step closer to the final

Can Kenny Tutt get to the final? The Sussex bank manager is certainly looking like a strong contender if his performance on last night’s show is anything to go by.


Sussex’s BBC MasterChef semi-finalist on his success so far

When Kenny Tutt first applied to go on MasterChef little did he imagine he would do so well.

Andy Heggadon (left) and a wine waiter preparing the wines

RICHARD ESLING: Arundel Wine Society celebrates fifth birthday

As the world of wine seemingly gets more complex and confusing day by day, particularly in this country which imports wine from every conceivable wine producing region of the planet, wine education of one sort or another is becoming ever more popular.

Sancerre from Domaine Michel Thomas

RICHARD ESLING: Try the elegant wines of Sancerre this Easter

The Christmas festivities are now but a fading memory, we’ve done battle with the ‘Beast from the East’, the daffodils are well and truly out and the buds are beginning to burst

Pan-fried trout fillet and scallop with passion fruit fish velout� and rustic potatoes

DAVID WOODS: Celebrate with some great fish this Good Friday

Kickstart the Easter weekend with a mouth-watering fish dish and a sauce that will surprise you, says David Woods, executive head chef of the Sofitel London Gatwick Hotel.


Gallery: Your top vegan/vegetarian food outlets in West Sussex

Both vegetarianism and veganism have grown in popularity.

Whats on

Cost of homes for first time buyers in south east revealed

The cost of buying a home if you’re a first time buyer has been revealed in latest statistics on the housing market.

Spring whites ' ready chilled

RICHARD ESLING: Fresh white wines to herald the spring

Although it may not have seemed like it last weekend, or even the beginning of this week, spring is officially here.

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Step inside the Easter egg factory...

Have you ever wondered where Easter Eggs come from? Tim Worsnop tells the mouth watering story of one factory that produces literally millions of them every single year. Welcome to chocolate heaven!

Time to check out the gardening tools

Top tips for waking up your garden

Green-fingered Brits are being urged to use the first few days of spring as the perfect opportunity to begin waking up their garden and embark on a new growing adventure.

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