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The City Grocer has opened in North St.Local produce Chichester Fresh produce Chichester

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.

Rolls Royce

When the Rolls Royce factory at Goodwood first opened, it was building one car a day and employed a staff complement of  300.

Rolls Royce factory Chichester

Today there are more than 1800 designers, engineers and skilled craftspeople employed at the plant, working to produce five different models. They are one of the largest employers in the area, making a significant contribution to the welfare of the local community.


We don’t fall within the West Sussex catchment area but apparently it is possible to apply to be placed in a secondary school or college outside the prescribed area.

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.

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.

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


Local crafts

With a few exceptions most of the stalls at the local markets I have found have been dull and uninteresting.

Craft markets in Chichester

Which was why I stopped to talk to Jib Hagan. No ways he is going to earn any awards for the design and presentation of his stall.

Recycling waste plastic Chichester

But what he lacked in the way of shelter from the elements he made up for with enthusiasm and passion.

Hand woven bags using recycled plastic waste.

It’s a little ironical when you stop to think how recycled plastic waste ends up back on the street, in a stall being sold into the market and the journey taken to get here.

Missing the point

Google maps is very useful for  getting around in Chichester. But it is not infallible.

I use the 55 bus route to Tangmere and Google is fine for the outward journey. But for some reason Maps records the last stop on the return journey at a arbitrary point halfway along the route.

This means I don’t get given the option of this route from where I am staying,  if I want to get to the bus station. For the outward trip, it also directs me to a pick up point that is a bit longer, than if I cut across the park to a local community centre. So if you are using the app on a regular basis, it is a good idea to double check the info you think is right.

Stagecoach also run a  Coastliner service between Brighton and Portsmouth which I am not given as an option when searching for services between Chichester and the stops along the coast. It rather defaults to the train schedules. Possibly because they are quicker. But then again if I paid a bit more attention to Options I suspect I could fix that one.