Harting Downs

It was a toss-up between the Sunday Roast and the Chicken and Ham Pie which wafted pass on it’s way to the table behind me.

Sunday lunch in the South Downs

 

But it was the Roast Lamb and mint sauce I finally ordered.

Nearly missed it. Down the hill from the car park at Harting Downs and just after the turnoff to North Marden. A small sign which is easy to miss, points to a very narrow country road that drops off the edge, down into the valley and the Royal Oak in Hookways.

Best country pubs in West Sussex

 

A small country pub, set right next to the South Downs Way. Perfect for sitting out in the garden on a beautiful summers day for a spot of lunch, or for huddling next to the log fire for a roast dinner on a crisp winters evening.

Pub lunch in the South Downs

Flippin’ Tasty

There is something irresistable about street food and food vans

Food vans in Chichester the south of England

Whatever the day, whatever the weather they are still flippin’ tasty. The food van I never knew about. Found in Terminus Rd in Chichester.

Street food vendors in Chichester West Sussex

Burgers that come in all shapes and sizes, toasties, wraps and baps for lunch as well as a fully loaded breakfast.

Best food trucks in West Sussex the south coast

French Toast

Not sure why but French Toast and Bacon is a rare find.

Breakfast in Emsworth, Hampshire, the south coast

Just one of the slightly different breakfast options you get at the Greenhouse Cafe in Emsworth.

French toast and bacon Chichester West Sussex

As slightly different as not being presented with a soggy croissant that has been nuked in a microwave to warm it. Something that has happened to me one more than one occasion in places which should know that it is never done.

Warm breakfast croissant Emsworth Chichester Harbour

A small independent family run cafe where slightly different makes a big difference. Where you can get a homemade meals, good coffee and the hospitality to match.

 

 

Jerk Chicken

It just tastes better grilled on the coals. The best Caribbean jerk chicken in Portsmouth and the English South Coast.

Caribbean jerk chicken in Portsmouth Hampshire

 

Small Island Catering are tucked away on Fawcett Rd Portsmouth specialising in traditionally authentic Caribbean comfort food.

Caribbean food in Portsmouth Hampshire

 

The food is outstanding. In particular the saltfish fritters and the jerk chicken. Goat curry, pepper beef stew and  sweet potato mash capturing the taste and vibrancy of the Caribbean.

Caribbean restaurants in Portsmouth Hampshire

Spade & Fork

I thought I had tried them all. But the best are always the last to be found.

Homemade food Chichester West Sussex the south of England

The Spade & Fork is a small independent, family run cafe offering some of the best homemade food you will find in Chichester and West Sussex.

Best hot chocolate in Chichester West Sussex the south coast

That includes the best hot chocolate anywhere. According to David who despite his tender years, considers himself to be an expert on these sort of things.

Best breakfast in Chichester West Sussex the South Coast

Breakfasts, light lunches, delightfully gooey chocolate brownies, afternoon tea and delicious  home baked cakes.

Afternoon tea Chichester West Sussex the South Coast

 

Artisan Charcuterie

Charcuterie is an artisan skill that has been handed down from generation to generation for centuries which is used to preserve meat long before refrigeration existed.

Artisan cured meat and salamis

The British charcuterie movement has started to gain momentum in recent years and has gone from strength to strength.

Charcuterie Board and sharing platters Petworth the South Downs West Sussex

With sharing platters featuring locally produced charcuterie as an option on restaurant menus such as Badgers in Petworth. A restaurant that takes pride in using fresh local produce, as well as specialising in fresh fish from the local South coast markets.

Fresh seafood restaurants Petworth the South Downs

They also regularly offer BBQs, paellas or a rotisserie outside in summer with relaxing views over the River Rother from their terrace.

Paella Petworth the South Downs