It’s not often a chapter of a book walks into Jeremy’s – albeit on the back of a customer. But when the best selling author Peter James, something of a Jeremys’ regular, arrived on the terrace for lunch, the lining of his jacket was solid print - and Peter’s companion, journalist Arnie Wilson, could hardly resist reading it instead of the menu!!
Says Peter, who has a home in Sussex, “In 2010 I donated a charity auction prize in which the winner could have a dead body found in their business premises in a future Roy Grace novel. A chicken farmer won, paying £3k. So I decided for my novel Not Dead Yet, in 2012, that human remains would be found in the slurry beneath his hen house during its annual clean-out, and there would be fragments of suit cloth. Grace takes the fragments to a Brighton tailor, Gresham Blake, who helps him to identify the provenance - Dormeuil.
"Gresham was so thrilled that he had the lining of a coat and a jacket printed with the entire chapter, and my signature and gave them both to me as a thank-you present! He’s a wonderful tailor and I adore both items. I now also have a summer-weight jacket from him too!"
Brilliant story behind Peter's jacket which we felt we had to share as he is such a welcome, regular visitor to Jeremy's - perhaps I should invite him into the kitchen and see if that sparks inspiration for a new novel!
That small diversion aside, the team has been busy working on our autumn diary of events; which is full of some seasonal treats, a Feast of West Sussex dinner with cookery writer and Sussex resident Rosemary Moon, together with wine dinners, the return of Thursday suppers and details on our Windfall Menu.
The autumn programme kicks off with Rosemary's "Feast of West Sussex" Dinner on Thursday 2nd October, 7.30pm for 8pm.
A cookery writer, demonstrator and author of "A Feast of West Sussex", Rosemary loves flavour, fun and whisky! Together with Jeremy, she will create a menu for the dinner taking inspiration from her recently published book which is a treasure trove of earthy recipes using the best of all that you can find in Sussex; from day-boat fish, herbs, vegetables and other secrets.
Rosemary says, "I am constantly amazed by how much is going on here and the growing number of opportunities that we all have to eat local, whether cooking and sharing at home or eating out."
4-course dinner including arrival canape and aperitif £35 per person. To make a reservation, please either call 01444 441102 or book online.
In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you at Jeremy's soon.
Jeremy, Vera and the team