Breakfast on the Beach

Ever since Charlie Harper’s changed their menu and in particular their Brunch Hash special, I have been looking for different.

Billys on the Beach East Wittering Chichester Harbour

A search which took me down to East Wittering for a breakfast at  Billys on the Beach.  I can’t remember when I last ordered kippers for an early morning breakfast and soon discovered that I have forgotten how to peel it away from the bones .

But I managed.

Surfers breakfast at Billys on the Beach East Wittering

Keeping to different was the Surfers Breakfast which was a tomato, pepper base with cheese and I seem to remeber chourizo. This topped with two fried eggs with chunks of bread.

Breakfasts in Chichester

It was different and Billy’s on the Beach is just one of a number of interesting restaurants and cafes to be found in East Wittering. Suspect it has got everything to do with there is a surfing community and its worth another look.

Beach restaurants on the South Coast West Sussex

The Eternal Baker

At long last a drip free teapot at The Eternal Baker. A rare pleasure.

Tea rooms in Chichester

There is nothing quite so off putting as a teapot that won’t pour without dripping all over the the table. A nigglesome detail so few Tearooms bother with.

Coffee shops in Chichester

But not so at the Eternal Baker. One of the more interesting options for tea, coffee and cake after browsing through the fabrics, yarns and craft supplies stocked by the Eternal Maker.

Craft shops in Chichester

They also organise classes and arrange events to suit all skill levels.

Early Breakfast

Not much gets going in the UK before 9am in the morning. So an early breakfast can be a problem in Chichester.

Early breakfast in Chichester

But if you know where to find Good News they open at five in the morning and carry handmade sandwiches and snacks provided by The Lunch Box.

The Lunch Box Chichester - Sandwiches and snacks

They also close at six, so if you miss your lunch time snack at the Lunch Box, it is well worth turning the corner and wandering down the Lane to Chichesters Newsagents.

Wine tasting

More in Hampshire than it is in West Sussex. Yet despite the anomaly of being half in and half out, Emsworth is definitely Chichester Harbour. A quaint South Coast village that has retained its charm and home to one of the few independent wine shops in West Sussex.

Vin Wine Merchants offer wine courses, free in-store tastings, corporate and private events as well as vineyard tours in the UK and throughout Europe

Wine shops in West Sussex and Hampshire

They can be found around the corner and are just hard enough to find to be unusual and interesting.

Housed in a listed building dating back to the seventeen hundreds, they stock a range of wines from all over the world along with our tasting room where we hold all our courses and tasting events. With original wooden floors throughout and old fruit crates for the shelving it’s like stepping back in time to the wine merchants of yesteryear, adding to the whole experience.

Where to eat

Despite being famished, before stopping at The Pass Street Food Cafe for a burger, I wandered up to Charlie Harpers to see what they were offering on their specials board.

Crispy belly of pork served with black pudding mash, apple cider and thyme jus, green beans and bacon.

More than enough to get me to a table and take out the newspaper. Charlie Harpers is one of the best casual day restaurants in Chichester. Their specials board always offers something of interest at very affordable prices.

But since I don’t get the opportunity, as often as I would like, I still stopped at The Pass for a Mexican burger and chippers. It is a rare pleasure to be served something bursting with flavour that needs no seasoning.

Again real value for money. The only restaurant where I order a burger. They also do a monthly special which I have never tried as I stick to exactly what works for me.

These two along with Woodies and De Levante are worth trying as is Crispins for tea, coffee and cake.

Chichester Farmers Market

Looking for an artisan feta some years ago, I splashed out on a some goats cheese at a local market. But quickly lost interest as it had a distinctly unpleasant taste and have avoided the stuff ever since.

Up until I stopped at the Nut Knowle Farm stall at the Chichesters Farmers Market where I was very pleasantly surprised after sampling the different cheeses on offer. I also discovered that rather than being a goats cheese, feta was originally made from sheeps milk.

They range from a soft and mild roll, through to mature, mould encrusted varieties that pack a punch. As well as a full range of herbed and different flavoured cheeses in between.

The Farmers market operates the first and third Friday of the month and is well worth browsing around.

 

Fly fishing

Fly fishing is something the whole family can get involved with. Get started with a free store-based course at Chichesters Orvis retail store in South St.

Fly fishing courses Chichester

Learn fly-fishing basics. Perfect for beginners of all ages, includes free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. They also provide advice on local fishing, who to speak to and where to find.

Fly fishing rods and tackle Chichester

Goodwood

I cycled out past Maudlin, Strettington and Westerton along quiet country roads. Quiet until I hit Clay Pit Lane and all the traffic out for a Sunday drive.

Cycle routes Chichester

The attraction was the Goodwood motor racing circuit which is a destination for the breakfast/brunch riders.

As well as those out for a day drive.

The event was the ‘Breakfast Club’ which is a semi regular free to enter, and open-to-all gathering of drivers and riders who come to view each other’s cars and bikes etc. Each meeting is themed with striking examples of the days theme paraded on the start finish straight. It is held on five Sundays across the event season at Goodwood, on the first Sunday of the month, with breaks during Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival.

Goodwood Circuit is a historic venue for both two- and four-wheeled motorsport in the United Kingdom. The 3.8 kilometres circuit is situated on the estate of Goodwood House, and completely encircles Chichester Goodwood Aerodrome. It became famous for its Glover Trophy non-championship Formula One race, Goodwood Nine Hours sports car endurance and the Tourist Trophy sports car race.

The last race meeting was held at the track in 1966, because the owners did not want to modify it with chicanes to control the increased speeds of modern racing cars.

The two main events hosted at Goodwood are the annual Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival events.

The Festival of Speed is an annual hill climb, held in late June or early July. But not at the circuit. It is held in the grounds of Goodwood House featuring historic and modern motor-racing vehicles.

Following the success of the hill climb, racing returned to the Goodwood circuit in 1998. The Goodwood Revival is a three-day festival held each September for the types of cars and motorcycles that would have competed during the circuit’s original period, 1948–1966. Historic aircraft help to complete the vintage feel. Nearly everyone dresses up in vintage outfit from mods and rockers to racing drivers and just smart period clothes.

The track is now used for classic races, track days, and try-out days.

Woodies

A well cooked, as opposed to a well done steak is difficult to find. However the steak I was served at Woodies is worth going back to for another look see.

Nothing particularly special about it.

Steak restaurants in Chichester

Other than it being well seasoned, well cooked and well prepared. And besides the tomato, perched proudly over the accompanying mushroom. Suspect it had something to do with it being infused with Gin or possibly Vodka.

The Apple Cheesecake Crumble which followed was as good, if not better than my well prepared steak. A most enjoyable meal.

Best cheesecake in Chichester

De Levante

Tucked away in a cellar off St Pancras is one of the newer restaurants in Chichester.

Mediterranean restaurants in Chichester

Offering a selection of both tapas as well as main dishes De Levante is a Spanish Mediterranean themed restaurant in an unusual and attractive setting.

Spanish tapas restaurants in Chichester

But it was the Turkish rice pudding which caught my eye. Small things, simple things which make a difference.

Rice pudding in Chichester