NEW­COMER OF THE YEAR

Spon­sored by Park House

Sussex Life - - Restaurant Review -

SADDLERS B& B Funt­ing­don Milly Box­ley, owner 01243 575029; www.sad­dlersbb.com

“We were ab­so­lutely thrilled and very hon­oured to be short­listed in such a com­pet­i­tive cat­e­gory. It is a real vale­dic­tion of all the months of plan­ning and re­build­ing that went into turn­ing an old, ne­glected sad­dler’s shop into a wel­com­ing home from home for our guests. We al­ready part­ner with ma­jor Sus­sex sport­ing event or­gan­is­ers and an en­dorse­ment from your pres­ti­gious mag­a­zine fur­ther en­hances our rep­u­ta­tion with lo­cal busi­nesses. We love our guests and our guests love us. Our aim was to de­sign bou­tique ho­tel-style rooms within the wel­com­ing at­mos­phere of a fam­ily home. We use lo­cally sourced farm pro­duce for our renowned cooked break­fasts. We re­ceive glow­ing tes­ti­mo­ni­als and after a year’s trad­ing we have reg­u­lar re­peat guests, sev­eral from over­seas. Saddlers is in a prime lo­ca­tion for guests to ex­plore all that Sus­sex has to of­fer and via so­cial me­dia we give reg­u­lar up­dates about life at Saddlers and up­com­ing lo­cal events.”

THE GREAT BRITISH POR­RIDGE CO Fer­ring Jacque­line Bar­l­ey­corn, grain sur­geon 07928 108184; www.the­greatbri­tish­por­ridgeco.co.uk

“I love Sus­sex, life in this beau­ti­ful county has in­spired me launch my own very suc­cess­ful busi­ness The Great British Por­ridge Co which is a 100 per cent nat­u­ral por­ridge jam-packed full of in­gre­di­ents from Mother Na­ture’s store cup­board. I have put my heart and soul into this busi­ness, it has com­pletely taken over my life. I love liv­ing in Sus­sex, its vibe and beauty in­spires me. So to be a fi­nal­ist in the Cel­e­bra­tion of Sus­sex Life Awards is just in­cred­i­ble and recog­ni­tion of what I have achieved in such a short time with the help, sup­port and un­der­stand­ing of my amaz­ing fam­ily. Build­ing up a com­pany from scratch with no pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence in only eight months and to be on the shelves of 150 re­tail­ers in­clud­ing Har­vey Ni­chols and Sel­fridges, plus sell­ing in three other coun­tries is some­thing I am tre­men­dously proud of. To win this award would in­deed be such an hon­our and a priv­i­lege.”

HAR­LEY HOUSE DIS­TILLERY Seaford Adam Cow­ley, cre­ative and mag­i­cal dis­tiller 01323 491998; www.harley­house­dis­tillery.co.uk

“We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted to be a fi­nal­ist in the Best New­comer cat­e­gory. Hav­ing launched Har­ley House Dis­tillery on 30 Septem­ber 2017 with our Pure Sus­sex Gin, we have grown to have a sub­stan­tial share of the ex­tremely pop­u­lar Sus­sex gin mar­ket. We pride our­selves on be­ing one of the hand­ful of dis­til­leries in the UK ac­tu­ally mak­ing spir­its in their en­tirety in­clud­ing the base spirit which we pro­duce us­ing British sugar and wa­ter ex­tracted just three miles from our dis­tillery here in Sus­sex. All of our in­gre­di­ents are sus­tain­ably sourced from Sus­sex com­pa­nies wher­ever pos­si­ble. We truly are Pure Sus­sex.”

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