Author: Lyn Funnell

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  • Lyn Funnell

    Lyn is the co-owner of Unknown Kent and Sussex. She lives in Sussex. Lyn has been writing for most of her life, both Fiction & Non-Fiction. She loves cookery & creating original recipes. She's won a lot of prizes, including Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu & on BBC The One Show as a runner-up, making her Britain's Spag Bol Queen! She has had nine books published so far. History, Travel & Restaurant Reviews are her main interests.

Food and Drink, Sussex, Uncategorized

Sussex Pumpkin Wine & Teabread

I’ve made my own wine for years, and as I had a huge pumpkin left over from my visit to Newick in the pumpkin season, I decided to make it…... Read more.
Sport, Sussex

Flight Sport Aviation, Deanland Airfield, Sussex

Deanland, Golden Cross, Sussex has been an airfield since the 1st April, 1944. It has since been split in half with a road in between which leads to Ripe and&he... Read more.
Food and Drink, Forestry and Nature, Sussex

How Green is my Dairy? High Weald Dairy, Sussex

By Lyn Funnell High Weald Dairy is based on a farm in beautiful countryside on the outskirts of Horsted Keynes, Sussex. Owner Mark Hardy showed me round and ex... Read more.
Animals & Wildlife, Food and Drink, Sussex, Uncategorized

A Week’s Supply of Meat for a Fiver!

By Lyn Funnell A week’s supply of fresh meat for just £5. Impossible, surely! Oh no it’s not. I went to Hailsham Market last Friday, and butcher St... Read more.
Animals & Wildlife, Forestry and Nature, Historic Buildings, History, Sussex, Uncategorized, Villages

Laughton, Sussex; The Village of the Buckle.

By Lyn Funnell Laughton used to be known as The Smelliest Village in Sussex! A bit harsh, isn’t it? But it didn’t get any mains drainage until the 1... Read more.
Charity, Sussex, Uncategorized

The amazing story of Lu – Brighton, Horsham, Haywards Heath and Chailey East Sussex

By Peter Lindsey IT’S a miracle that Lu Seymour is alive – and now she wants to say a huge thank you to the Sussex charity which has played a&hellip... Read more.
Animals & Wildlife, Food and Drink, Forestry and Nature, Historic Buildings, History, Sport, Sussex, Villages

Hot Rods and Romans in a Sussex Village!

By Lyn Funnell Arlington is both a village and a civil parish. It stretches for miles, although it has a low population. Most of the area is farmland, but with&... Read more.
Historic Buildings, Kent

Great Dixter, Kent; Stunning House and Gardens.

By Lyn Funnell For around 800 years Great Dixter has been on its site in various forms, with one of the most stunning gardens in the UK, which was started&helli... Read more.
Celebrity, Historic Buildings, Sussex

Sussex Community Safety Champion Invited to 10 Downing Street!

By Lyn Funnell Keith Mates  has been nominated by Maria Caulfield MP  to be invited to a Local Community Safety Champions’ Reception  hosted by Rt Hon. J... Read more.
Art, Celebrity, Charity, Coastal, Eastbourne, Entertainment, Forestry and Nature, Historic Buildings, History, Villages

Eastbourne in Sussex and Portmeirion in Wales; What’s the Link?

By Lyn Funnell I’ve been a lifelong fan of the cult series, The Prisoner, starring Patrick McGoohan, and I’ve always had a visit to Portmeirion high on my b... Read more.
Food and Drink, Sussex

Sussex Christmas Cranberry Cheese Quiche

By Lyn Funnell This is an ideal post-Christmas recipe when you’re fed up with large meals and you have lots of food left over, like cheese, milk, cream, C... Read more.
Historic Buildings, Kent

Tonbridge, Kent

People often get Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells confused. But if you say them out loud they sound very different. Tunbridge Wells has a U and Tonbridge has an O.... Read more.
Food and Drink, Sussex

Hate Sprouts? Try Sussex Brussels Sprout Crumble with a Cheesy White Sauce & be Converted!

By Lyn Funnell I must admit that the British aren’t the greatest veg cooks, although we grow a large selection of really flavoursome vegetables. Our generatio... Read more.
Entertainment, Food and Drink, Historic Buildings, History, Sussex, Villages

East Hoathly, a Sussex Village with Lots to Discover!

By Lyn Funnell On the 10th November we went to Halland and East Hoathly Bonfire Night https://unknownkentandsussex.co.uk/halland-and-east-hoathly-bonfire-night/... Read more.
Food and Drink, Sussex, Uncategorized

Stuffed Sussex Pumpkin and Filo Tubes

By Lyn Funnell I’ve got enough Sussex pumpkins to last me through to Easter. But they can become rather boring. So try this unusual recipe that I’ve created... Read more.
Celebrity, Eastbourne, Food and Drink, Historic Buildings, History, Sussex, Villages

The True History of the Banoffee Pie

By Lyn Funnell Banoffee Pie, originally spelt Banoffi Pie, has become one of the most popular sweets in the world. I heard that it was a favourite of Elvis Pres... Read more.
Food and Drink, History, Sussex, Uncategorized

Sprouting for Soups, Salads, Sandwiches & Stirfries.

By Lyn Funnell The temperature has suddenly dropped in Sussex. And the prices have risen in the shops. At this time of the year, salad vegetables become tastele... Read more.
Celebrity, Entertainment, Food and Drink, History, Sussex

Oggy Oggy Oggy and a Sussex Churdle

By Lyn Funnell Oggy Oggy Oggy! Oy Oy Oy! This is a chant often shouted out during parades, like Sussex Bonfire Parades in November. Someone in the Procession wi... Read more.
Charity, Entertainment, History, Sussex, Uncategorized, Villages

Halland and East Hoathly Bonfire Night

By Lyn Funnell We went to the 98th East Hoathly Carnival Society’s Bonfire Carnival on Saturday, which is held in East Hoathly. It was a clear starry nigh... Read more.
Celebrity, Historic Buildings, History, Kent, Uncategorized

Canterbury Cathedral. A Stunning Building

By Lyn Funnell Canterbury is a beautiful city, and luckily it has been well-preserved through the centuries. Parking was easy and reasonably priced, and then a ... Read more.
Food and Drink, Sussex, Uncategorized

Sussex Pumpkin Tart, not the Prettiest of Desserts. Easy to Make

By Lyn Funnell The Americans love their Pumpkin Pies. But they’re not pies as they don’t have a lid. And I can’t understand why they often use... Read more.
Animals & Wildlife, Entertainment, Forestry and Nature, Historic Buildings, History, Kent

Mount Ephraim, Luxurious B&B in the Kent Countryside. Part 2 The Gardens and Fruit Farm

By Lyn Funnell After we booked in to our room in the beautiful B&B wing in Mount Ephraim, we went out to explore the Edwardian gardens, which stretch over 1... Read more.
Charity, Entertainment, History, Sussex

Newick Bonfire Night

By Lyn Funnell Bonfire Societies are very popular around East Sussex, many of them with traditions, like Lewes, dating back through several centuries. They marc... Read more.
Entertainment, Food and Drink, Historic Buildings, History, Kent

Mount Ephraim, Luxurious B&B in the Kent Countryside.

By Lyn Funnell Passing through the high wrought iron gates, we drove slowly along the curved drive, with beautiful landscaped gardens on each side. And there in... Read more.
Animals & Wildlife, Celebrity, Forestry and Nature, History, Kent, Villages

Lynsore Bottom in Kent

By Lyn Funnell The Kentish hamlet of Lynsore Bottom (tee hee hee) is in Pett Bottom (snigger snigger.) But all childish toilet humour aside, Pett Bottom, which ... Read more.
Food and Drink, Sussex, Uncategorized, Villages

It’s Pumpkin Time Again!

By Lyn Funnell Pumpkins are a great Winter food. They’re cheap, filling and versatile. And they keep for months. We paid our annual visit to Sheepgate Farm in... Read more.
Sussex, Uncategorized

Outside your Comfort Zone. Five More Short Stories by Sussex Writer Lyn Funnell

Publisher Andrews UK has started  publishing Short Stories that people can download when they fancy a quick read. And they’re only 99p each! And they’ve tu... Read more.
Food and Drink, Sussex

Sussex Cauliflower Cheese Patties

Light but filling, these tasty cauliflower patties are very easy to make. You just blitz the ingredients in a food processor, then spoon them onto a baking tray... Read more.
Entertainment, Sussex, Uncategorized

Outside your Comfort Zone. Five Short Stories by Sussex Writer Lyn Funnell

Publisher Andrews UK has started  publishing Short Stories that people can download when they fancy a quick read. And they’re only 99p each! And they’ve tu... Read more.
Historic Buildings, History, Sussex, Uncategorized, Villages

Hailsham – Not just Another Sussex Town.

Hailsham High Street. Note the church peeping over on the right. Hailsham looks like many other small Sussex towns when you first visit it, with the same High S... Read more.
Food and Drink, Sussex

Potato Upside-down Tart With Little Sussex Cheese

By Lyn Funnell This is an unusual tart but well worth the effort! Just build up the layers. Ingredients; About 10 cherry tomatoes, cut in half. Do use these as&... Read more.
Animals & Wildlife, Forestry and Nature, Sussex

Pegs & Pitches in Wild Boar Wood, Sussex

By Lyn Funnell In Wild Boar Wood, Horsted Keynes, hides a wonderful camp site. It’s right next to the Bluebell Railway track, it’s totally safe and it... Read more.
Food and Drink, Sussex

Bread Tarts

By Lyn Funnell Here is another great recipe, using bread. The filling is your choice. You could use roast or stewed vegetables, or a sweet filling, like jam. 12... Read more.
Celebrity, Entertainment, Forestry and Nature, History, Sussex, Villages

Hartfield, Sussex, where Winnie the Pooh was Born

By Lyn Funnell I was never a fan of the stories of Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh and his friends, although I loved the drawings and the toys. But as&hellip... Read more.
Food and Drink, Sussex, Uncategorized

Apple Cheesecake Using locally-picked Apples and Sussex Slipcote Cheese

By Lyn Funnell A great success! Very simple to make. Sussex Slipcote is a fresh cheese usually made from ewe‘s milk by the High Weald Dairy in West Su... Read more.
Celebrity, History, Kent, Uncategorized

Have you ever been to Teapot Island?

By Lyn Funnell. Luke I’m a little teapot, short and stout Here’s my handle, here’s my spout. When the water’s boiling hear me shout Tip me up and pour m... Read more.
Entertainment, Forestry and Nature, History, Sussex, Uncategorized

The Flying Scotsman pays another Flying Visit to Sussex.

By Lyn Funnell The Flying Scotsman, probably the world’s most famous steam locomotive, paid a special centenary visit to the Bluebell Line recently, in August... Read more.
Food and Drink, Kent, Uncategorized

Kentish Broccoli and Blue Cheese Flan

By Lyn Funnell Kent is one of the biggest broccoli producers in the UK. If possible, use one of Kent’s local cheeses for this recipe. I’ve used the award-wi... Read more.
Celebrity, Forestry and Nature, History, Kent, Sussex, Villages

Crowborough, Sussex; Home of Arthur Conan Doyle.

By Lyn Funnell   Where is Crowborough? It’s nine miles from Tunbridge Wells, which is in Kent. Arthur Conan Doyle lived there with his 2nd wife Jean Lech... Read more.
Food and Drink, History, Kent

Kentish Cherries. The Best!

By Lyn Funnell While driving along, we saw a sign beside the road saying English Cherries. A few yards further on, we pulled into a layby where the cherries wer... Read more.
Coastal, Food and Drink, Kent, Sussex, Uncategorized

Sussex Squid Stew

Cephalopods, which includes octopus squid and cuttlefish, aren’t just caught in the Mediterranean. They are caught all along the Kent and Sussex coast as well... Read more.
Celebrity, Food and Drink, History, Kent

What links a Sandwich with a Kentish town of the same name?

By Lyn Funnell Tradition says that in 1762 John Montague, the 4th Earl of Sandwich was the first person to order a sandwich. The first story says that he was&he... Read more.
Eastbourne, Historic Buildings, History, Sussex, Uncategorized, Villages

Michelham Priory. One of the UK’s Most Haunted Buildings.

By Lyn Funnell I discovered Michelham Priory near Eastbourne, Sussex, many years ago on a school trip, and I fell in love with it as I was fascinated by its&hel... Read more.
Coastal, Food and Drink, History, Kent, Sussex, Uncategorized

Kentish Twice Laid Fishcakes

Fishing has always been an important industry, with fishing boats of different sizes right along the Kent and Sussex coast. Most of them operate from a harbour,... Read more.