Launched some six years ago the Sussex Breakfast is still going strong. The accreditation scheme is now managed by Plumpton College at the Flimwell Centre for Sustainable Food Farming and Forestry on behalf of all the Sussex Destinations.
The Sussex Breakfast is made from quality ingredients sourced direct from Sussex producers or purchased from farm shops that are supplied by local farmers and craft producers. Visitors can enjoy milk from local small dairies, free-range eggs, sausages, dry cured bacon, apple juice, seasonal fruit, and tasty jams, mustards and marmalades. Caring animals husbandry and respect for the Sussex landscape and wildlife is a central part of the ethos of the Sussex Breakfast.
By using a cafe or staying at accommodation that serves a Sussex Breakfast visitors enjoy delicious food and support farmers who preserve and maintain the beautiful patchwork of fields and woods that is characteristic of the Sussex countryside.
Items that made up the Sussex Breakfast are in the following list. Some items are seasonal and some may not be available locally - but for many items there will be a story to tell!
Free range eggs, Sausages made from free-range pork, Bacon; dry cured streaky or back made from free-range pork, Milk from cows grazed outdoors and locally processed Yogurt, cheese, Bread or rolls, seasonal fruit; Apple juice, Mushrooms (from West Sussex or Kent), Tomatoes (sourced locally when in season) and Honey/jams/condiments.
If you already serve local produce within your breakfast menu you may well already meet the criteria. The Sussex Breakfast is made from quality ingredients sourced direct from Sussex producers or purchased from farm shops that are supplied by local farmers and craft producers.
B & B’s, hotels, cafes and attractions; if you’re in Sussex and serve a breakfast, you can apply!
To meet the criteria to become a Sussex Breakfast provider you must serve at least 60% of your breakfast from local and ethically reared produce. If you do not meet this criteria or would like some advice and support Rebecca Butler from Plumpton College will be happy to help you source ingredients from your local area.
The accreditation now carries a nominal annual fee of £50 but there’s good news from Adur & Worthing Councils! The first 10 businesses to apply will receive a 75% discount – that’s just £12.50 to pay. The next 10 businesses to apply will receive a 50% discount (£25.00 to pay).
Once accredited as a Sussex Breakfast provider you will be able to use the Sussex Breakfast logo on your promotional materials and website, be featured on www.VisitWorthing.co.uk and you will also feature on the Love Sussex website www.lovesussex.com, managed by the Sussex Destinations. The Sussex Breakfast as featured on www.visitsussex.org gives your business a marked advantage over other businesses in the area.
For more information and to request a ‘providers guide’ and registration form please contact Rebecca Butler, Plumpton College at Flimwell Centre for Sustainable Food Farming and Forestry, The Woodland Enterprise Centre, Flimwell, East Sussex TN5 7PR. Or call: 01580 879547, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.foodfarmingforestry.co.uk.
“Every £1 invested in Local Food returns £7 to society in the form of social and economic outcomes including health and well-being, training and skills.” Big Lottery Local Food Projects 2014