Tanya Laporte and her daughter Indianna Dabson founded Laporte’s in 2006 to bring together their passion for Food, Art and Antiques. With food and catering in their blood for generations they are now celebrating their 10th anniversary and we agree this is cause for celebration!
Laporte’s started off as a Takeaway, Gallery and Produce Store, but after running out of room they moved premises and now offer a fabulous family café and restaurant. With a stunning walled garden and fabulously equipped kitchen you can enjoy the pick of their full menu, complete with vegan and vegetarian options. They take pride in locally sourcing ingredients, and if you like what you’ve tasted on the menu you can buy the produce in their shop, where they include a great range of organic and fairtrade items and delicious products from the local farmer’s market.
The eclectic art is also focussed on promoting talented local artists and there is often an ever-changing display of unusual furniture and random curiosities to feast your eyes on. With an eye for the unusual, Tanya and Indianna have worked hard to create an amazing space – this is so much more than just a café and will delight all your senses!
The Alternative Healthcare, Haywards Heath, West Sussex
Natural health is at the heart of everything we love at The Green Parent. Which is why we were so happy to discover The Alternative Healthcare. With an understanding of the importance of empowering people to take control of their health and wellbeing, The Alternative Healthcare offers a comprehensive range of treatments, healing therapies, classes and nutritional therapies.
Specialising in the traditions of Ayurveda, Chinese medicine and natural Western therapies, there is an extensive list of treatments to choose from: acupuncture to reflexology, osteopathy to psychotherapy, all carried out by professional healthcare specialists. Daily classes set in their beautiful modern studio include yoga, Qigong, Pilates, Kung Fu for children and teenagers, meditation and many others, which you can follow with a well-deserved refreshment at The Health Food Café.
With a real understanding of the benefits of East meets West and a holistic integrated approach to healthcare, The Alternative Healthcare also offer tailored healthcare packages to enable you to sample a range of treatments, guided by their qualified professionals and tailored to suit your personal needs.
Chiddingly Village Shop, Lewes, East Sussex
Caroline Rasmussen runs the Chiddingly Community Shop & Café with her team of welcoming volunteers. Well stocked with everything you might expect to buy at a village shop including a range of locally sourced produce such as bread, meat, cheese, eggs, vegetables, ales and greeting cards to more general household goods and a lovely selection of Sussex gift ideas. And if you’re pushed for time, they run a grocery box service for collection with 24-48 hours notice.
Set up as a not for profit organisation with green principles in mind, this is a true hub of life for the community and promotes an ethos of responsible packaging and recycling – you can buy refills of olive oil and Ecover, Chiddingly Shop ‘Bags for Life’ and a range of the Brighton-based Infinity co-operative products.
Once you’ve enjoyed stocking up in the shop, you can take advantage of the post office service and finish off with a cup of tea in the friendly cafe. A truly wonderful community service with modern amenities set in an ancient and beautiful Sussex Doomsday village.
Seed ’n’ Sprout, Kemptown, Brighton
Located on Georges Road just behind Brighton’s Marine Promenade, Seed ’n’ Sprout is a friendly vegetarian health food store offering delicious, healthy, affordable and fresh food for you and the whole family. As well as healthy, organic and Fairtrade food, Paul Foley stocks ready-to-cook dishes and a range of supplements. Described as an Aladdin’s cave and an excellent source of local veg and every possible health food option available, this exceptional local store guarantees a warm welcome and a friendly smile. And if Paul doesn’t have what you’re looking for, he will go out of his way to source it and order it in for you.
We are excited too that Paul’s sister is now opening a similar health food store called Kernel in Victoria Terrace, Hove and are sure it will be equally successful sharing Paul’s amazing ethos and refreshing attitude.
Raw Health Bar
Nestled in the revamped Brighton Open Market, the Raw Health Bar really is, as Dandy and Ray describe it, one of a kind. Key to its popularity is their offering of accessible organic raw food and drinks at sensible, affordable prices. You can choose from a range of organic cold pressed juices, superfood smoothies, Dandy’s handmade raw chocolate bars (made with 100% organic ingredients – yum!) and all sorts of other nutritious snacks to take away. And everything is created mindfully aiming for optimum nutritional benefit.
Dandy and Ray are true advocates of a healthy and sustainable lifestyle and really care about where their food is sourced from and its impact on the environment. Committed to sourcing produce from local farms they have also run raw chocolate workshops in schools and support sustainability through their dedicated approach to reducing their waste, using compostable cups and straws and glass returnable bottles.
With a warm and open atmosphere, and a true passion for wellbeing, you may just pick up some useful health tips alongside your smoothie to help you make choosing a healthier lifestyle easy, enjoyable and affordable.
Bay Tree Health Store, Dorset
Anna Hanson has been devoted to natural health and nutrition for over 25 years and her stores are testament to her commitment to the benefit of personal service whilst being big and well enough established to offer good value for money and professional advice.
An independent business, Bay Tree Health Store has two separate shops, one in Ferndown and the other in Christchurch. Many of their customers travel a long way to enjoy these one-stop shops for healthy, wholesome, safe and exciting products – perhaps not least because of the pride they take in providing exceptional customer service and advice and the pleasure of face-to-face shopping in our modern world of online virtual and superstores.
Anna also writes a natural health column, which you can find on Bay Tree Health Store’s online shopping site myhealth365 – take a look to learn more about natural health through her column and browse a range of reliable and well-researched health guides on The Natural Health Centre section.
And if you go through the Christchurch store you will find yourself upstairs in The Bay Tree Therapy Centre, a bright, quiet, safe and friendly oasis of calm where you can choose from a range of classes and services run by qualified, professional practitioners.
Ballylagan Organic Farm, Northern Ireland
Just 20 minutes drive from Belfast, located in the village of Straid, County Antrim, Ballylagan Organic Farm was the first in Northern Ireland to open a fully organic farm shop and is certified by the Soil Association, whose patron, HRH the Prince of Wales was there to cut the ribbon.
This is a thriving organic farm, run by Tom and Patricia Gilbert, where you can enjoy the farm’s produce from their shop as well as a relaxing snack in the tea room and even stay the night in the recently restored and beautifully refurbished idyllic guesthouse.
There is always something of interest going on at the farm such as seeing brand newly born stock, or you can take a walk to see the water turbine intake, recently planted woodland and of course all the farm animals.
With a firm belief that it’s what is not in organic food that sets it apart from intensively farmed foods produced by the agro-chemical industry, Ballylagan really care about food and how it is produced and strive to limit their inputs to what nature intended. So grass for cattle and sheep, farm yard manure for fruit and vegetables and very little else.
Sustainability is also fundamental to the Ballylagan ethos – fuel is from the farm’s own woods and much of the electricity is generated by their water turbine and solar panels.
You can really relax at Ballylagan, and your hosts will go out of their way to welcome you and help in any way they can.