If you appreciate fresh eggs, fried bread and a large pot of tea with your breakfast try the Riviera Cafe in Selsey.
They serve the best traditional English breakfast in the Chichester Harbour. Well cooked, well presented and if you choose the big breakfast you won’t be disappointed.
It is an unpretentious , down to earth, very popular, often very busy cafe serving good food and a service which keeps one going back for more.
If you also have a sweet tooth.
Keep an eye on the Exclusive Cake Shop & Vintage Tearoom. From time to time they offer Koeksisters or Koeksusters as they are known in South Africa. They are a traditional Cape Malay confectionery made of fried dough infused in syrup or honey. Koeksisters are prepared by frying plaited dough strips in oil, then submersing the hot fried dough into ice cold sugar syrup. They have a golden crunchy crust and liquid syrup centre, are very sticky and sweet, and taste like honey.
The Vintage Tearoom is both gluten free and vegan friendly offering a comprehensive range of cakes, confectionery and speciality teas.
The City Grocer has opened in North St.
Specialising in local, plastic free fresh produce and goods from Wayside Organics, the Runcton Farm Shop, Noble & Stace Chocolatiers and SØDT bakery. They also offer a selection of deli foods as well as a milk vending facility.
Ever since Charlie Harper’s changed their menu and in particular their Brunch Hash special, I have been looking for different.
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.
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.
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.
At long last a drip free teapot at The Eternal Baker. A rare pleasure.
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.
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.
They also organise classes and arrange events to suit all skill levels.
Not much gets going in the UK before 9am in the morning. So an early breakfast can be a problem 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.
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.
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
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.
Despite being famished, before stopping at The Pass 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 it’s the Mexican burger at the Pass Street Food Cafe that I do more often than not. It is a rare pleasure to be served something bursting with flavour that needs no seasoning.
Again value for money.
The only restaurant where I order a burger. They also do a monthly special which is always ‘different’.
These two along with and De Levante in St Pancras are worth trying as is Crispins, St Martins Organic Coffee and the Exclusive Cakes & Vintage Tearoom.
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.