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Friday

Days Out in Sussex - Towner Eastbourne and David Nash

Congratulations to Towner Eastbourne, named Winner of Art Fund’s Museum of the Year 2020 and I can see why.

Days Out Sussex - Towner Eastbourne and David Nash photo by modernbricabrac

Days Out Sussex - Towner Eastbourne and David Nash photo by modernbricabrac


Days Out Sussex - Towner Eastbourne and David Nash photo by modernbricabrac


After becoming a fan of David Nash through his exhibition in Cardiff Museum, I took myself off to Eastbourne to see his work for the second time at the Towner art gallery.

Days Out Sussex - Towner Eastbourne and David Nash photo by modernbricabrac

Days Out Sussex - Towner Eastbourne and David Nash photo by modernbricabrac

Even though I love old buildings, when I arrived at Towner I was blown away by the building's exterior. Bold and bright, it's a riot of colour lighting up Eastbourne. Inside, the industrial interior extends along oblong corridors, that end with large glass windows.  

Days Out Sussex - Towner Eastbourne and David Nash photo by modernbricabrac

Days Out Sussex - Towner Eastbourne and David Nash photo by modernbricabrac

In Eastbourne, David Nash's exhibition looked even more at home than it did in the lofty rooms of the grand Edwardian Cardiff Museum. The smell of wood subtly infused the air while the wood sculptures, charred, moulded, re-imagined, and carved filled the exhibition rooms and covered the walls. The scale of many of his works are impressive in size. To see his work feels like a reconnection with an ancestral veneration of trees.

Days Out Sussex - Towner Eastbourne and David Nash photo by modernbricabrac


Days Out Sussex - Towner Eastbourne and David Nash photo by modernbricabrac



While I was at the gallery, Towner beckoned me upstairs to see more of its treasures. There I found some paintings by local artist Eric Ravilious, who I have become more and more drawn to. I now follow a Twitter account that posts a daily Ravilious painting and it seems it's not just me who has become entranced.

Towner Eastbourne's accolade comes from the Art Fund, which is considered the most prestigious museum prize in the world. The other winning museums were: Aberdeen Art Gallery (Aberdeen, Scotland); Gairloch Museum (Gairloch, Scotland); Science Museum (London, England); South London Gallery (London, England); Towner Eastbourne(Eastbourne, Sussex, England). All were awarded based on achievements in 2019–20.

By coincidence, the Science museum is the other museum I have visited most recently this year. 

Well done to all the winners!

Days Out Sussex - Towner Eastbourne and David Nash photo by modernbricabrac

Days Out Sussex - Towner Eastbourne and David Nash photo by modernbricabrac

Days Out Sussex - Towner Eastbourne and David Nash photo by modernbricabrac

Days Out Sussex - Towner Eastbourne and David Nash photo by modernbricabrac

Days Out Sussex - Towner Eastbourne and David Nash photo by modernbricabrac

Days Out Sussex - Towner Eastbourne and David Nash photo by modernbricabrac

Days Out Sussex - Towner Eastbourne and David Nash photo by modernbricabrac

Days Out Sussex - Towner Eastbourne and David Nash photo by modernbricabrac



Days Out Sussex - Towner Eastbourne and David Nash photo by modernbricabrac

Days Out Sussex - Towner Eastbourne and David Nash photo by modernbricabrac

Days Out Sussex - Towner Eastbourne and David Nash photo by modernbricabrac

Days Out Sussex - Towner Eastbourne and David Nash photo by modernbricabrac


Sarah xx


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Sarah Agnew
Blogger, Modern Bric a Brac
    

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Foodie Friday - Brighton Indian restaurant Malika

The weekend starts with Friday, yes! And I've got an Indian restaurant review to share with you. It's a great option for tandoor delights and is so large, you're not likely to be turned away even with self-distancing.

Malika Indian restaurant photo by modernbricabrac

Malika Indian restaurant photo by modernbricabrac


It's the largest Indian restaurant in the South East, with capacity for 160 people at socially distanced tables. In the last year the restaurant has also undergone a total refurbishment and is wheelchair friendly. In fact, not only is it easy to manoeuvre safely in the restaurant, the marina’s car park means that blue badge holders can park on the boardwalk level, where the restaurant is situated, and reach the restaurant free of stairs.

They have also just launched a 20% discount from the bill including alcohol when dining between 3 pm - 6 pm, Monday - Friday; and are offering a takeaway service between Hove to Rottingdean with free delivery.


Malika Indian restaurant photo by modernbricabrac

Malika Indian restaurant


Working in the restaurant are a team of staff headed by chefs, originally from Delhi, with many years experience in five-star hotels and resorts. Malika is keen to offer many vegan and vegetarian options, but as I was with my Welsh One, I joined him in choosing meat and fish for starter and main, with sides of plain and peshwari naan.


Malika Indian restaurant photo by modernbricabrac

Malika Indian restaurant photo by modernbricabrac


While I write, the memory of our meal last weekend, combined with reviewing the photos is making me hungry to return for some more tandoor. We tried a selection of tandoor cooked meats, starters of salmon tikka and tandoori prawn and for main, lamb biryani and chicken chettinad. It was an absolute feast.


Malika Indian restaurant photo by modernbricabrac

Malika Indian restaurant photo by modernbricabrac



Of all the delicious flavours we tried I would say the dishes I would want to return to were the chicken tandoor, the salmon and the prawn, which all tasted exceptionally good.

Our service was so friendly, which always adds to the general enjoyment of a meal out and as it is a local, independent restaurant in Brighton, I very much hope it rides the current difficult times and continues to gain many followers.


Malika Indian restaurant photo by modernbricabrac

Malika Indian restaurant photo by modernbricabrac


Malika Indian restaurant is located in Brighton Marina, which means free parking and a short walk to dinner. They've also gone above and beyond by investing in an innovative heating solution to keep customers warm over the next few months, whilst safeguarding against the spread of Covid-19. Malika’s owner, Lisa Kelly, decided to invest in an infrared heating system which uses technology based on heat transfer through infrared light.

Malika Indian restaurant photo by modernbricabrac

Malika Indian restaurant photo by modernbricabrac


Malika Indian restaurant photo by modernbricabrac

With thanks to Malika for providing my Welsh One and I with a complimentary meal. I have not been paid to write this review and my views are my own.

MBB Address Book:


Malika Indian Restaurant, BN2 5WA malikaindianrestaurant.com


Sarah xx


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Sarah Agnew
Blogger, Modern Bric a Brac
    

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Sunday

Where to stay in Cardiff, Wales

With hospitality businesses struggling due to covid, surely, it's more important than ever that Bloggers, Instagrammers and anyone on social should share the businesses that they love.

New House Country Hotel, Cardiff, photo by ModernBricaBrac

New House Country Hotel, Cardiff, photo by ModernBricaBrac

New House Country Hotel on the outskirts of Cardiff is one such find. We visited just before the drawbridge came up and it's a place I hope to go back to many times.

This Grade II listed property is set in well maintained grounds, with lush lawns, mature trees and flowering plants aplenty. The views from the front of the house sweep across Cardiff and to a familiar eye, it's a magical scene. Whether you're watching the lolloping sheep in the field below, the wagtails taking a dip in the elegant fountain or you're taking a closer look at the Millennium stadium through the telescope, there's much to occupy anyone without reaching for your phone.

New House Country Hotel, Cardiff, photo by ModernBricaBrac

The main house was originally built by a wealthy Welsh industrialist, Thomas Lewis in the 1730s, and there are still many attractive Georgian features. In the living room was a concealed door, covered in wallpaper and in the dining area were the great panelled shutters tucked into the sides of the tall sashed windows.

New House Country Hotel, Cardiff, photo by ModernBricaBrac

Outside the front was ample well-distanced seating for us to take in the view while enjoying the late September sun. 

There was no rush over our cream tea and self-distanced meet up with loved ones before who knows when we will meet again.

New House Country Hotel, Cardiff, photo by ModernBricaBrac

The service could not have been more helpful or friendly and our evening meal offered a perfect selection of choices that suited everyone. The standout was definitely the banana, butterscotch and waffle dessert.  

The New House Country Hotel describes itself as an oasis, just outside Cardiff and I'd say that's a very apt description. 

New House Country Hotel, Cardiff, photo by ModernBricaBrac

New House Country Hotel, Cardiff, photo by ModernBricaBrac

If you're making a trip to Cardiff, or South Wales, this would be a very good option. My Welsh One and I gave it a five out of five and fingers crossed it makes it to the other side of the difficult times ahead.

This is not a sponsored post, we stayed two nights in a standard double.

New House Country Hotel, Cardiff, photo by ModernBricaBrac


New House Country Hotel, Cardiff, photo by ModernBricaBrac


New House Country Hotel, Cardiff, photo by ModernBricaBrac

MBB Address Book:

New House Country Hotel, townandcountrycollective.co.uk/new-house-home/

Find them on Instagram @newhousecountryhotel



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