Battle in East Sussex is definitely a foodie-friendly town and when you’ve finished exploring the town’s incredible history, it’s a good spot for a Pitts-Stop and a bit of foodie shopping.
Places to eat
Having emerged from Battle Abbey, or made it to Battle along the 1066 Country Walk, you are greeted by a number of delightful little eateries. The Bluebell Tearoom is perfect for cake and you can sit outside and admire the Abbey. It’s next to the Abbey Hotel which also does food (although I didn’t have time to visit). A bit further down and Battle Deli always seems to be absolutely bustling with life, but having eaten there before, I chose Bonney’s a few doors down. They have a little courtyard out the back which was perfect for my needs.
What’s on the menu?
You can stop here for breakfast before your day exploring and they have a most excellent spread including a full English and veggie option. I was there for lunch and tempted as I was by a burger with Monterey Jack cheese, fish and chips or lasagne, I went for hummus with roasted Mediterranean vegetables, flatbread, pine nuts and sweet chilli sauce (£8.50). Service was swift, the presentation was lovely and it absolutely hit the right note. There was only one way to finish off and that was with a blueberry muffin!
Stock up on foodie supplies
Nicely refuelled, head further up the High Street for your foodie supplies. Make the first stop Ffrench’s Fish Shop where you can get all sorts of fresh seafood delights … wild sea bass, monkfish, mussels, scallops and bream, along with fresh samphire. And don’t forget to add a visit to Butchers Hook butchery to your list.
Next door is The Greener Grocer which is a veritable treasure trove of local fruit and vegetables along with pastries and deli-style grub! Then on to Battle Bakes and Cakes before a visit to Sarah’s Cellar, a small wine shop that even in the short time since my visit has moved to slightly larger premises just round the corner in Tills Courtyard.
They have a great choice of international wine as well as English Sussex wines and spirits. Sarah shared her knowledge and recommended a wine that proved to be an excellent choice. Other foodie places to visit include Battle Cider and Battle Brewery, and plenty of other places to eat.
Not far from Battle are two outstanding vineyards. Sedlescombe is England’s oldest organic vineyard and Mountfield are producing some outstanding sparkling wines. Both are well worth a visit.
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