Fish and Chip shop coming to Cuckfield...

Cuckfish due to open in Cuckfield in July 2019

Cuckfish due to open in Cuckfield in July 2019

After two years the new fish and chip shop on Cuckfield High Street is finally opening. The shop – named Cuckfish - was beset with various difficulties, including planning and utilities supply, but owner Mustafa Dilek and wife Jan are now expecting to open the restaurant at the end of the month.

Mustafa, who has owned a kebab shop in East Grinstead since 1993, was drawn to Cuckfield’s village life and the surrounding countryside after having driven through it many times and was reminded of his childhood growing up in a village in Turkey. This inspired him to open a traditional fish and chip restaurant that reflected the character of the village.

“I’m really looking forward to being part of this community and getting involved,” Mustafa said. After launching a competition to find the perfect name he was delighted to have over 300 entries, including seven suggesting ‘Cuckfish’.

The first person to have given the name will receive a £50 voucher for the restaurant and the other entries suggesting the same name will enjoy a £25 voucher.

Although opening times are still to be confirmed, Mustafa is expecting to make good use of the seated terrace during the summer.

Cuckfield's Cuckoo Fayre: 6th May 2019

Cuckfield’s Cuckoo Fayre

You know spring is in full flow when the Independent State of Cuckfield’s (ISOC) Cuckoo Fayre comes around. This fantastic, fun-filled family event has a little something for everyone, young and old. From a whole variety of stalls selling crafts, treats or just some fun games, to live music, a dog show, licenced bar and hot food. You certainly won’t be bored.

This year there will be some great new childrens’ entertainment from the fabulous Poppy’s Parties, one of the leading entertainers in the South East.

The Fayre takes place from midday on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May at the Cuckfield Recreation Ground (behind the Queen’s Hall). The reigning Mayor, Leanne Knapman, will arrive at 1pm to officially open the event.

If anyone is interested in booking a stall at this year’s Fayre, or would like to help out with the Fayre, please email: info at or call Mike on 07736 910344 for more details. Organisers are also looking for any groups who may wish to put on a display in the main arena.

New children’s shop opens in Cuckfield

PJ and the hare - Sue Monroe

PJ and the hare - Sue Monroe

P.J. and the Hare opened its doors in Cuckfield last month and is already proving to be a hit with local residents.

The little shop is run by Cuckfield resident Sue Monroe and is filled with children’s clothes, gifts and a range of beautiful books.

Sue, who used to work as a children’s television presenter and is now a published author, had always dreamt of having her own children’s bookshop.

Sue explains: “P.J. and the Hare used to be attached to a shop in Burgess Hill. I was there for a year or so and then, by chance, the opportunity of this little place came up and it was just too good to pass!”

The inspiration for the name of Sue’s shop comes from the characters in the books that she has penned – The Moon Hare series.

As well as books, P.J. and the Hare also sells a quirky range of organic children’s clothes from independent British brands such as Blade & Rose, Kite and Piccalilly.

Sue is excited about the prospect of life as a High Street trader in the village: “Cuckfield is such a friendly village and the response from people since opening has been very positive. I think over time the shop will evolve into something quite special. I already have lots of plans in place.”

P.J. and the Hare is open in The Old Post Office, Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm.