East Wittering is home to one of the best pie shops to be found on the South Coast

Steak pies Chichester Harbour West Sussex

A S Wallace Family Butchers homemade artisan meat pies are hard to beat.

Home made meat pies East Wittering Chichester Harbour

Their pork pies and sausage rolls are crunchy, tasty, homemade and delicious.

Homemade meat pies East Wittering Chichester

Made by butchers who still butcher the way it used to be done and who want their clients to notice the difference.

French Toast


[Edit] The Green House Cafe has changed hands, changed their name and I don’t believe there is French Toast on the menu any longer. Going to miss the Welsh Rarebit as well. 2021-12-05

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.



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

Full English Breakfast

I stopped for tea but ended up staying for breakfast.

Breakfast in Chichester Harbour
A farm fresh fried egg and two of everything else at the Apuldram Centre Cafe.

A simple, homecooked traditional breakfast in Chichester Harbour. At a coffee shop and cafe where one can sit back and relax whilst browsing the morning paper.

Good coffee in Chichester Harbour

The best till last

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


Portsmouth street food

[Edit] 29/1/22 Closed unfortunately. Another Thai cafe/restaurant opening in the old premises.

The closest you will get to Thai street food in Portsmouth  is Noodels.  Found in Edinburgh Rd, at the City Shops South Stop A,  just around the corner from the Cascades Shopping Centre.

Best Thai restaurants in Portsmouth, Hampshire on the South Coast

The beef noodles noodles are delicious

Thai noodles soup in Portsmouth on the South Coast

Self service, chilled water and condiments sets seldom seen in the UK.

Authentic Thai street food Portsmouth, Hampshire, the South Coast


Badgers in Petworth

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

Home baked biscuits

Irish biscuits are central to a well established tradition in both Ireland as well as the UK. Afternoon tea or what is known as low tea. Not just a snack. It is an occasion, not to be confused with a high tea which comes a bit later in the day.

Afternoon tea, or low tea, is a light meal in the mid-afternoon when one  can share a  cup of tea with family or friends. Served with small cocktail sandwiches, cake, scones, and an assortment of biscuits. Traditional home baked and preferably Irish biscuits.

The Irish are well known for having a sweet tooth. Particularly their fondness for bread pudding, scones, whisky cake, oat cakes and even toffee. But it is the biscuits which are best known and appreaciated all over.

Irish Shortbread: although generally associated with Scotland, the Irish will argue that it is the butter in their shortbread which makes the difference.

Irish Soda Bread biscuits:  shortbread-like but made with baking soda and buttermilk that is flavoured with raisins

Irish Lace biscuits: made with a flour-free, oatmeal dough, these spread in the oven and look like lace.

Irish Potato biscuits: round, no-bake biscuits flavored with nuts and cinnamon that look like (what else?) potatoes


Better on Coals

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

Coffee on the Isle of Wight

For such a small community, when it comes to coffee, there is a lot going on.

Caffe Isola is part of Island Roasted Coffee a family business that besides their speciality coffee and freshly prepared food sell  a wide range of coffee and tea equipment as well as offering  in-house training courses including Homebrew and Barista training.

PO41 situated in the old post office building in the heart of Yarmouth offering delicious homemade cakes and Union Hand-Roasted Coffee.  They take their coffee seriously ensuring the highest standards of quality , taste and of ethical trading.

Kids are kept busy painting pottery at the Chessell Pottery Café . With a beautiful setting in West Wight, Chessell Pottery Café provides a homely, friendly atmosphere where you can enjoy a fantastic cup of coffee with some delicious homemade cakes and scones.