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Vegan shop’s bid to sell alcohol sparks concern



A VEGAN grocery store has applied for a licence to sell alcoholic drinks but faces stiff opposition.

The owners of the newly opened Captain Pig, in Church Street, Brighton, want to be able to sell vegan beer, cider and wine from 9am to 6.30pm each day.

But the North Laine Community Association has objected to the application – as has the licensing team at Brighton and Hove City Council.

A council licensing panel is due to hear the case for and against the application at Hove Town Hall on Friday.

A report to the panel said the shop was within Brighton and Hove’s “cumulative impact area” where the number of licensed premises has reached “saturation point”.

The council’s policy is to refuse new applications for a drinks licence if objections are received, unless owners can show their premises will not add to the cumulative impact of crime and disorder and public nuisance.

Rob White, co-owner of Captain Pig, said the shop would offer a unique service, with customers able to choose vegan alcoholic drinks from a locked cabinet.

Mr White said: “A lot of people have said it will make life so much easier for them, especially with the craft beers and ciders. Offering this means people do not have to compromise their deeply held beliefs.”

He and partner Claire Sedgwick started a petition in support of the application, with more than 60 people signing it within days of the shop opening on Saturday.

The North Laine Community Association said: “Since the introduction of flexible opening hours in 2003, residents have had to put up with increased levels of noise from drinkers during the day as well as at night, leading to increased levels of

antisocial behaviour and vandalism.

“There are many off-licences in our conservation area, two of which are 24 hours.

“The North Laine Conservation Area, an area 600m by 600m bordered by Trafalgar Street and Church Street, is a densely residential area that suffers from antisocial behaviour, crime and disorder and street drinking which affects our community and the environment.”

The association said there were 76 licensed businesses in the area – up from 20 in 2005 – and a new one would add to the existing problems.

Council licensing officer Emma Bullen said: “The premises sits within the electoral ward of St Peter’s and North Laine which … under ‘crime and disorder’ data is second worst out of 21 wards for all violence against the person, all injury violence, non-injury assault and sexual offences.

“It is also worst for criminal damage and police-recorded alcohol-related incidents.

The premises sits in the ward ranked worst for alcohol-suspected ambulance call-outs.”

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Plastic-free brand Source Bulk Foods is coming to Western Road



A new zero waste health food shop opens next month.

Every year people in Brighton and Hove use 242 million pieces of single-use plastic.

Australian brand Source Bulk Foods, which already has branches in Chiswick and Battersea, is now opening its first store outside the capital.

The new shop in Western Road, Brighton, will launch on November 18.

Targeted at foodies and eco-conscious shoppers looking to reduce waste in their daily lives, the store is set to revolutionise the way people shop.

The Australian concept will sell 450 ingredients in “eco-savvy” containers.

The affordable range caters to vegan, paleo, dairy free, organic and gluten friendly food diets – from nutritious wholefoods, healthy treats and cooking liquids to household and personal care products.

The new shop will be in a former post office – and more recently cafe – on the corner of Hampton Place.

Customers will scoop items into their own reusable containers from home, glass jars sold in the store or recyclable brown paper bags. Customers can even pull their own honey, buy fermented kombucha tea on tap and refill their laundry liquids, shampoos and cleaning products.

Source Bulk Foods will allow customers to buy what they need without any unnecessary packaging, ruling out single-use plastic.

Makayla Drummond, managing director, said: “We feel truly proud and excited to be expanding the Source

Bulk Foods family into Brighton.

“We believe the community here is as enthusiastic as we are when it comes to decreasing the amount of single-use plastic and we can’t wait to open the doors to welcome our new customers.”

The Source Bulk Food store began in Australia in 2012 and arrived in the UK in 2018.

The store is changing the way the world buys groceries, while promoting the zero-waste movement and the benefits of healthy eating by providing quality

ingredients and products without unnecessary packaging.

Brighton’s first dedicated waste-free grocery shop Store opened at Fiveways last year.

The shop, selling goods including loose nuts and grains, has been so successful that it is now planning to expand into the former bike shop next door.

In a statement on its website it said: “We are branching out, taking our household and bodycare ranges next door.

“We aim offer a more user friendly space for the refilling of your liquids and expand bodycare and home ware in keeping with the Store Brighton ethos.

“Renovation of the new shop has now begun.”

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Chunky fish and spinach too, it’s our chippie of the year



THE winner of The Argus Chip Shop of the Year has been announced.

Chipwick Fish and Chip Kitchen in Brighton Road, Worthing, received more than 1,000 votes and beat 21 other chippies to receive the award.

Owners Adam and Rebecca Rance said they were thrilled to win.

Adam, 46, said: “A heartfelt thank you goes out to our fantastic team of dedicated chefs and world class front of house staff, who keep our customers coming back for more.

“We have been really fortunate, and have now won ten awards for our fish and chips over the years.

“This is all on a timeline on our website, where you can find our menus or book a table.”

The family business was set up by Adam’s parents in 1981 and the restaurant walls are full of family photos and newspaper clippings from the chip shop’s history.

It has a strong team made up of 35 members of staff, including Adam and Rebecca’s two children Bethany, 24, and Oliver, 18.

Adam has been running Chipwick for 20 years, and said it has been a huge privilege to see children who used to come for chips after swimming now bringing their own families in for a meal, or booking a bulk takeaway order for their child’s swimming party.

When asked what the secret is to their success, Adam said they do things differently.

He said: “Firstly we fry our fish in fresh, top quality rapeseed oil everyday.

“It’s the best oil for our customers’ long-term health and as the oil is tasteless, you really get to taste your fish and not everyone else’s.

“To us it’s worth the extra expense.

“We never cross contaminate our oil, we have individual pans for fish, meat products and chips.”

Adam said that having the privilege to fry in fresh oil every day means he can fry fish at much higher temperatures, which seals the batter quickly and means it is less oily.

He said: “When accompanied with twice-cooked chips, you’re on to a winner.”

As well as the usual favourites, Chipwick offers a wide selection of fish on the menu, including lemon sole and lobster.

With a licensed bar, it is not your typical fish and chip takeaway and Adam said it is not unusual for them to be full on a week night as well as Fridays and Saturdays.

“Monday nights are our gluten-free night and we also offer healthier options, including new potatoes, fresh salads and grilled fish rather than fried.”

There is also something for vegetarians, with grilled halloumi, spinach and falafel burgers and pea fritters on the menu.

Adam said they are doing their bit for the environment too, with paper bags instead of polystyrene boxes for takeaways.

He said: “Our fish is all from sustainable stock and is line-caught where possible.

“We only use the largest fillets of cod and haddock as our customers enjoy a chunkier piece of fish.

“Last but not least, we have home-made batter which is so light and crispy it will keep you coming back for more.”

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Skechers opens in The Beacon, Eastbourne



A WELL-KNOWN shoe shop has opened a new branch.

Skechers launched in The Beacon, Eastbourne, on Friday.

The American footwear brand is the latest to join the £85 million extension of the shopping centre.

Andrew Rice, fund manager of centre owners Legal and General, said: “We are delighted to welcome Skechers to The Beacon.

“This is another first for Eastbourne with more exciting new brands due to be announced shortly.”

Other stores already making homes for themselves in the newly revamped centre include H&M, Fatface, Jack Wills, New Look, Flying Tiger, Neon Sheep and fellow shoe store Schuh.

Restaurants fitting out locations in the centre include Nando’s, Taylor’s Restaurant and Sports Bar and The Bok Shop are also part of the new renovation.

To celebrate its opening Skechers is offering customers the chance to win free shoes.

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