Winning Recipes – in pictures



Lotte Peasgood, winner of PVP’s recipe competition was presented with her certificate at The Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne.    Lotte enjoys cooking and brings the flavours of her homeland, Denmark, to the table.




James Penn, Head Chef at the hotel, chose Lotte’s Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Sugar Browned Potatoes and Red Cabbage for his winning recipe as he liked the combination of flavours and completeness of the recipe.




Second place went to Eugine Sage who sent in her  favourite vegetarian
Lentil Roast recipe.



Craig Wilson won third place with his Malay Mixed Satay with
peanut sauce.



James said “I really enjoyed reading all the recipes on the website.  New ideas for The Hydro’s restaurant.  I hope PVP will ask me to judge another competition next year”.

three hydro

Lotte and Lin Clark, PVP’s Founder, were invited to take lunch in the restaurant, and took the opportunity to try the recipe’s as part of a three course meal.  The Hydro had printed special menus for the day, marking the winning recipes with a crown.  Lin said “while Lotte and I were there we saw at least 14 of the pork recipes being ordered”.
Lotte won a meal for two with a bottle of wine at The Moorings Hotel, which she enjoyed with her husband Bob.  Eugenie won a cream tea for two at The Priory Court Tea Rooms, and Craig will be taking a friend to the 1066 café for breakfast.

PVP would like to say thank you James and The Hydro Hotel for taking on the challenge of judging and serving up the winning recipes.  Also thank you to The Moorings, The Priory Court Tea Rooms and the 1066 café.

PCDL’s regular report







As we head towards the equinox, particularly long spring tides are occurring in each of the next two months.  For February the highest tide is 00:30 on Saturday morning.  Before then, there is a brief period of S to SW winds on Friday lunchtime, which as can be seen from the wind map below is a very small feature.  So while winds may be northerly in Hampshire, they could be southerly in Kent.  At the moment predicted wave heights are less than 2m, so not especially threatening


WHALEOn the 13th November 1865 a huge finback whale was washed up in Norman’s Bay in front of the Star Inn.  It was a magnificent creature, 70 foot long and weighing 50 tons.  It was first spotted by the coastguard at Pevensey Sluice who alerted the first officer of the watch.

It immediately attracted a great deal of attention and was claimed by both the town of Hastings under the ancient Cinque Ports Charter and the local Customs Office.  An auction was held and it was bought for £38 by 10 local fishermen who had an entrepreneurial streak.  They erected a canvas screen around the whale and charged the public 6d for a guided tour.  The interest in the whale was phenomenal and people travelled from far and wide to view this curiosity.  A temporary station was made at Normans Bay out of old railway sleepers and the Star Inn did such a roaring trade that they ran out of beer.

The skeleton was eventually sold to the Museum of Zoology at Cambridge where it stands in the entrance and is illuminated at night.

This year is the 150th anniversary of the whale’s arrival in Normans Bay and it will form the entrance to Whale Hall, a 1.8 million Lottery project set up in Cambridge to celebrate the sounds of Nature.  Researchers will be travelling to Pevensey Bay to record the sounds of the ocean to provide an atmospheric sound installation for the Whale. A fitting memorial for a local legend.