About us

The Barn, Little London is a new premises in Chichester, (well it’s actually circa 100 years old, it’s been derelict for about 9 years!). Originally it was a working Barn for a successful local Corn Merchant family.

We opened on the 23rd of September 2020 – we have RARE Slow Food Eatery & Events venue and a Food Hall which celebrates Local Slow Food as well as emerging Independent Food Brands.

At the front end of the business, we support The Slow Food Movement and championing local food, at the back end we support UK Harvest. This charity fights food waste, with a fleet of vehicles they collect and rescue enough surplus to demand food in the South of England to make circa 75,000 meals a week for the vulnerable in our society locally. Anything you buy with us will have 10% added and this will go straight to UK Harvest. It’s not right in today’s world that some less fortunate are suffering with hunger. Please do read about UK Harvest and The Slow Food Movement by clicking these weblinks; https://www.ukharvest.org.uk/ and https://www.slowfood.org.uk/.

Emma Schwarz, Founder of The Rare Brand Market and RARE Life is behind all this. She would love you all to shop for locally sourced RARE food and a bit less at the Supermarket! It would be one of the great silver linings from this whole COVID ERA if we could all go “more local” for our food! Emma would also like us to be reminded how food can nourish us, add joy to our lives and help local communities thrive. To learn all about living the RARE Life, visit www.rarelife.co.uk.

Emma is a foodie through and through, a Great Taste Awards Judge https://greattasteawards.co.uk, Food Author and Chair of Slow Food Sussex https://www.slowfood.org.uk  She knows a thing or two about food, taste and quality. She has personally curated the product range for this website. Please read about the suppliers she has curated as they are a very RARE selection and it’s nice for you to understand the provenance of everything. 75% of the range of products comes from a 30mile radius of Chichester! If we have gone further afield for something it’s because we cannot get it locally and meet our quality control for taste, value, and rareness factor.

Contact us

If you have any queries about orders, please contact us at thebarn@rarelife.co.uk

We would love to hear your comments and suggestions about The Barn or what we should stock! Please get in touch.