Artisan food production is booming around the UK with more and more companies offering locally made, high-quality food in a wide range of styles. From breads to meats to cakes, the South Coast has any number of high-quality companies offering their products both for commercial purposes and to the general public.
Hungry Guest Artisan Bakery
The Hungry Guest is a bakery located in Chichester in West Sussex that has its own café on site and supplies some 70 businesses around Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Kent. The bakery has thirty varieties of bread on offer as well as pastries, cakes and a few favourites such as the chocolate brownie. They also have the only cheese maturing room in the country on site while the store offers essentials such as fruit, vegetables, milk and juice.
Simply Ice Cream
Kent based Simply Ice Cream is a frozen treat specialist based in Bonnington who have won numerous awards for their ice cream. Their Honeycomb Crunch ice cream has won four Gold Great Taste Awards and was featured by chef James Martin in the Saturday Kitchen show. They also have around 30 different flavours, often made with locally sourced fruit as well as top ingredients from around the world. As well as their own café, they supply businesses across Kent, Sussex, Essex, Surrey and London and can be found in both Waitrose and John Lewis food halls.
Fudge Kitchen has been producing amazing fudge for over 25 years from their base in Kent but is now available around the country. The fudge is unlike any other because it uses whipping cream rather than butter for a melt in the mouth texture. In addition to the range of fudge flavours the company also offer fudge sauces in five flavours and a new range of drinking fudge, fondue sets and gift boxes for special occasions.
While there are many newcomers to the artisan food industry along the South Coast, Goddard Pies definitely isn’t one of them. The company was established back in 1890 and is now run by the fourth generation of the same family. Pies are made by experienced bakers using locally sourced vegetables and all finished by hand. They offer local business delivery as well as purchasing from the bakery itself and have suppliers around the country.
Acer Leigh Posh Nosh
Fresh vegetables are at the core of many artisan foods and Acer Leigh is just the kind of place to source them from. Based in Sindlesham in Sussex, the company is operated by a couple with a background in horticulture and vegetable production that has led the site to produce some of the best baby vegetables and edible flowers available. All products are grown without chemicals and use biological controls to keep pests at bay while all plants are free from genetically modified seeds.
These are just a few of the many quality artisan food producers along the South Coast who offer their products to both businesses and the public. Perhaps the hardest part of the job is limiting what you buy when you visit as it all looks so tempting!