5 Foodie Minutes With … Simon Prince

Every now and then we are going to hang out with some of the cool foodie folk we get to work with to find out a little bit more about what makes them tick, both on the ‘shop floor’ and in life more generally.

We call the series “5 Food Minutes with …

There are very few producers who have been ever-present in The High Street Delicatessen since opening day … Prince & Sons Tea Co has been setting the quality bar high for very nearly 2 years. So, this week, we spent ‘5 Foodie Minutes With’ Simon Prince to find out what influences he draws on, to discover other food producers he respects and to get his contribution to our growing list of perfect comfort foods.

 

Hi, who are you and what foodie mischief do you get up to in your day job?

Hello, I’m Simon Prince co-founder of Prince & Sons Tea Company (the other founder is my wife Kate, not the & Sons, they prefer Lego to tea)

What inspires you?

I find many of those who sell and serve our teas inspiring, people who love creating special places and experiences for their customers to enjoy.  At a basic level it’s people who care and make an effort.

Where in the world do you get to hang out doing your foodie thing? Can you tell us a little of what is so special to you about ‘place’?

We are in East Sussex on the edge of the Ashdown Forest, (Winnie the Pooh used to live around the corner). We are very lucky as it’s a beautiful place to live and work. An early morning walk across the Forest is the perfect start to the day.

Which 3 food (or drink) producers should the foodie world know more about?

Gun Brewery   These friends have started a brewery on their organic farm and the results so far are wonderful.

Small Batch Coffee   These guys are coffee roasters in Brighton and doing fantastic work. They have 9 venues throughout Brighton, Hove and Worthing and as well as their excellent coffee you can also get an exceptional cup of tea.

Made by Noble   Noble creates nutrient rich all natural blends full of vitamins minerals antioxidants and vegan plant proteins and what’s more they’re delicious.

Where was your last holiday … any ‘hidden gem’ recommendations?

Just back from a fortnight hopping between islands in Greece, clear favourite was Antiparos. We’re quite new to Greece, but will definitely be spending more time there. Ate staggering quantities of fish and seafood and there is something about every day being hot and sunny that is rather pleasing. The gem was Nixon on the Beach; usually found in Athens, this restaurant closes and moves south for the Summer.

What is your favourite meal?

That is very hard. I’d say it changes all the time. If I had to pick one cuisine, I guess I’d go Japanese. On the other hand, roast chicken with every extra and trimming you can think of is the ‘go to‘ in our house.

You have £30 in your wallet/purse and an open mind about supper – where do you head to locally and what do you buy?

I’d head up to the Hop Yard in Forest Row and pick something from the specials board, always changing, always good.

Most comforting ‘comfort food’?

Does Pinot Noir count? {Mr and Mrs Deli answered with a resounding “hell yeah”}

Really it’s breakfasts that I love best and feel should be eaten at all meals whenever possible. Bacon and eggs or toast and a cup of tea. Marmite, marmalade, jam, just butter? All the spreads are my friends!

Thanks for sharing your answers with us, Simon! Lovely they were too!

{Image by Hannah Evans of Rocksalt Photography}