May round-up of Uckfield business news

It’s good to see work getting under way at Hartfields Produce Store as the business prepares to expand into neighbouring premises previously occupied by Autism Sussex.

James Hartfield hopes the new restaurant will open at the end of June or early in July

Read more here: Work begins on Hartfields Produce Store

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Hartfields Produce Store and the neighbouring shop which it is expanding into.

Pre-school children will benefit from re-fit at Barney’s Playbarn

Another Uckfield business which is planning refurbishment is Barney’s Playbarn on the Bellbrook Estate.barneys-playbarn-2

New equipment will be going in over a period of about six weeks while the restaurant is closed from Sunday, May 20.

The focus at the playbarn is on pre-school children visiting during the day and the refit will benefit them but Barney’s will have a climbing play frame for older children and hopes to offer more for them in the future too.

Find out about ordering tickets so you can be one of the first to see the playbarn in this story: Barney’s Playbarn to get a new look.

Uckfield town centre development back on agenda

Interesting to see the redevelopment of Uckfield town centre appearing back on the agenda as it is incorporated into a new role for Kelvin Williams, previously head of Wealden planning and environmental services and now head of developments.

Kelvin will be working on schemes aimed at providing the council with an income stream from profit-making enterprises, such as the recently-acquired Vicarage Field shopping centre in Hailsham, a crematorium being built near Horam, and Sussex Weald Homes.

Read more here: Kelvin Williams’ new role to boost commercial strategy at Wealden District Council.

Where to shop in Uckfield

Have you seen the Uckfield News shopping feature for May? There are lots of tips in it about new stock in our shops – including rugs made from recycled plastic bottles at Carvills and summer bedding plants at Stavertons.

You’ll also see that Chris Limberger is the new manager at J&S Accessories on the Bellbrook Estate, and Haydn Craft is the new assistant manager. Summer stock is waiting for good weather and there are discounts on lawnmowers at PP Estates that are worth a look too.

Read more here: Tips for shopping in Uckfield during May.

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Some of the things too look out for in Uckfield area shops during May.

Sparkling Wine Dinner coming up at Bluebell Vineyards

Bluebell Vineyard was chosen as the venue for the launch of this year’s Wealden tourist guide. Collette O’Leary spoke about the winemaking process at the vineyard which is home to award-winning Hindleap sparkling wines.

It’s worth noting a Sparkling Wine Dinner is to be held at Bluebell Vineyards on Saturday, June 2, when Alex Jacquemin, award-winning Michelin-trained head chef at The Cat Inn, West Hoathly will showcase a seasonal menu to complement each of the Hindleap sparkling wines.

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A Sparkling Wine Dinner at Bluebell Vineyard Estates will be hosted in a marquee overlooking vines.

Special offers at Amira’s Kitchenamiras-kitchen-logo

There are special offers running at Amira’s Kitchen at the moment which include 15% off food on Tuesdays.

Street food will be available all day on Wednesdays and Sundays, and if you book a table between 5.30 and 7pm – and order a main course – you will receive a complimentary small glass of house wine or a pint of Kingfisher.

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