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

The real thing

Chicken & winter vegetable soup at Charlie Harpers

 

Hot winter soup Chichester

Not your usual soup of the day. Nothing dull and boring about this one. Chunks of chicken and everything a good winter soup should be made of.

Followed by their brunch special. One of my regular stops.

More bread & butter pudding

I have found it.

The only restaurant in Chichester, if not the south of England, that offers bread and butter pudding on their menu.

Bread and Butter pudding south of England

I have also been assured that it is there to stay. Sweet, creamy and complemented perfectly by the sharp taste of the buttermilk sorbet. A fitting end to a meal that should be revisited……often.

Farm bread Chichester

Bread was served with beef dripping which was nice idea. Fluffy and light. But not much in the way of taste. I would have preferred some solid salty farm butter.

However the scallop starter was very different.

It was described as being baked with black pudding, cauliflower and seaweed butter. I am not sure what happened to the black pudding and cauliflower. But the scallop was lurking beneath a dressing of what I assume was foamy seaweed butter. It was also fluffy and light with crunchy bits which might well have been crispy cauliflower. Whatever it all was, it was most enjoyable.

Fine dinning in Chichester

My main course was ale glazed beef short rib which literally fell apart at touch. The meat served in the restaurant is sourced from the Home Farm and Dairy.

Farmer, Butcher, Chef is an exciting restaurant, the final stage of a unique process dedicated to showcasing the farms produce. One of the only self-sustaining organic farms in Europe.

The present Duchess of Richmond was one of the Soil Association’s earliest members. Her belief in organic food and for proper animal welfare were instrumental in the farm becoming the first 100% organically fed dairy in the country.

Organic farms in England

Midhurst

I got it all wrong.

Not dressed for what became a bitterly cold day. But that made an early breakfast at the Swan Inn in Midhurst all the more welcoming.

Home cooked pub food Midhurst

I understand that in this country breakfast is taken very seriously and I was fortunate to bump into the perfect breakfast sausage, quite by accident. Arriving in Midhurst a bit before time, I stopped outside the Swan Inn. It didn’t take long to decide to take them up on their offer of a full English breakfast and a bottomless pot of tea.

I didn’t have that many options. It was my only option.

Best breakfast in Midhust

The perfect sausage, the perfect breakfast in an English country hotel in the South Downs.

Accommodation in Midhurst

Bread and butter pudding

This is what took me back to Winchester over the weekend.

The best bread and butter pudding Chichester

Only to discover that it is no longer on the menu. After a three hour bus ride, it was a bit of a disappointment. Despite which the Black Boy pub is still worth a visit.

Although I doubt it will involve a special outing by bus next time.

Pubs in the South of England

Best English pubs

Old wooden tables and a quirky collection of the oddest artefacts and bric-a-brac. Four squirrels playing pool in a glass case, a couple of squash rackets mounted on the wall and shelves of books. Not quite a library, nor a museum but definitely a pub worth exploring.

Pub bric-a-brac

Pity about the pudding.

Brazilian food

I watched the Brazil vs Belgium game at the house of a friend. But it wasn’t just the football that made it a memorable evening.

Brazilian food Chichester

It was Gabriel’s piri-piri sauce that brought back memories of days in Beira and the Hut in Long St.

We started the game with crispy onion rings liberally drizzled with the piri-piri sauce. Then onto carne assada (roast beef) and crispy belly of pork accompanied by a fresh salad and once again lashings of peri-peri sauce.

Portuguese piri-piri sauce Chichester

An evening which took me off to both Portsmouth and Brighton in a search for the Brazilian restaurant which will serve as a fitting substitute for that authentic Thai meal, I well know, I will never find.

Breakfast – where to go

I used to do breakfast at Lakes Traditional English Cafe.

Best brunch in Chichester

But they have sold and the shop is being refurbished. Stuck for choice, I eventually ended up in the other end of town, at Charlie Harpers.

I didn’t feel like a traditional breakfast and decided on the Black Pudding Hash.  Something I will do again as it was that good. They also offer Rooibos.

Thai food festival

The Thai Festival in Chichester will take place on the weekend 25th and 26th June.Thai Festival in Chichester

It will be held at Oaklands Park next to the University and Festival Theatre.

Authentic Thai food Chichester

With some of the best Thai food you will find in the UK.

Thai food products and ingredients Chichester

Traditional Thai massage

Traditional Thai Massage West Sussex

Entertainment including Thai dancing, live music and a jumping castle for the kids.

Traditional Thai dancers in the UK

Thai festival in Chichester

Busking

You will find Buskers in most cities, on most days. Chichester is no different. There are some incredibly talented musicians playing to the crowds that drift slowly by.

 

Dean Dyson Chichester
Occasionally stopping to listen. A timeless story. One with many endings. But always a common thread.

Rob Berry busking in Chichester
And sometimes even despite the rain.

Buskers in Oxford

First impressions

Both the bus depot and railway station are conveniently situated at the bottom of South Road. From where it is a short uphill walk to Chichesters Market Cross and the city centre.

Chichester city centre West Sussex

Offering one the opportunity to sit and relax whilst deciding whether to explore the shops, cafes and restaurants on North, East or West Roads.

It couldn’t be simpler.