A Love Letter (and Guide) To East Sussex

Tucked away on the South East coast of England, East Sussex is a charming mix of serene rural spots and eclectic urban areas. Spend 24 hours like a local with our guide of independent places to stay, shop and eat.

Sussex resident and part of the Aimé team, Emilia, our E-commerce Assistant gives us her insider knowledge on the best places to visit.

The Sourdough and Coffee Fix

Flint Owl Bakery is the place to go for freshly baked sourdough bread, the most delightful cakes, and specialist roasted coffee from Square Mile.

Flint Owl Bakery, 209 High St, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2DL

The Homegoods Store

A G Hendy & Co is a homegoods store tucked away in a grade II listed Georgian townhouse in Hastings. They sell a mix of vintage homewares, enamel pieces, and trusty linens, with utility at the core. Alastair the Owner, has recently renovated a sixteenth century house, back to its original features: a magical place to visit at Christmas.

A G Hendy & Co, 36 High Street, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3ER

The Natural Health Store

Gaia is one of the best local alterative pharmacies offering herbal remedies, homeopathy, and high quality brands such as Neal's Yard, Dr Hauschka and Weleda to name a few. I regulary stock up on their handmade almond oil, which is the best natural make up remover!

Gaia Natural Health, London Road, Forest Row, Sussex, RH18 5EU

Where to Stay

Tillingham is a biodynamic vineyard, set amongst 70 acres of rolling hills near Rye. They recently converted a hop barn into several double rooms for guests to stay, and they also have bell tents outside for the warmer months. They offer wine tours, a beautiful seasonal menu and the best sourdough pizzas. The decor is so enticing.

Tillingham, Dew Farm, Dew Lane, Peasmarsh, East Sussex, TN31 6XD

The Supper Spot

Bincho Yakitori is a small Japanese restaurant in Brighton, inspired by the back street izakaya and drinking places in downtown Tokyo. The atmosphere is bustling, vibrant, and intimate. They serve small plates of meat, fish and vegetables cooked over an open fire. You must try the grilled squid, and the kimchi.

Bincho Yakitori, 63 Preston Street, Brighton, BN1 2HE

The Sunday Morning Spot

Fletching Food Company sources the best produce in and around Sussex. They also do a weekly reset box, which is vegan and refined sugar free, and contains delicious freshly pressed juices and salads. They stock the most amazing blackbean chilli oil by White Mausu, which I adore with poached eggs!

Fletching Food Company, High Street, Fletching, East Sussex, TN22 3SS