This year I have been so bored and annoyed at main chain eateries and suppliers. They are usually expensive, poor quality and impersonal.
For me this year has been trying out the independents and more importantly the local independents. You can really see people who have put their heart into the business, their products and their approach to customers. This is all lacking from the brands.
I want to give some praise to the people at The Larder House, &Tea and Love Fish, who are all based in Southbourne and who have all contributed to the uplift of the area which suffered slightly as a result of the economic downturn.