Organic Coffee

Even if I had an ear for it, I would never dare to take them up on their offer.

Good coffee in Chichester

You can tell just by looking at it that you want to know what you are letting yourself in for.

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And its much the same with both the coffee and the certified organic wholefoods you find at St Martins Coffee. A bit intimidating at first.

But there is no need to make a public spectacle of oneself.

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There are plenty of secluded spots where one can hideaway, with a newspaper to watch and observe before taking the plunge.

Organic wholefoods Chichester West Sussex

“Since our inception, June 1979, we have never used microwave ovens, aluminium pots, artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or tin openers. No industrial chain shop, factory, mass produced convenience meals will ever be served to you here.”

Old historical buildings in Chichester West Sussex

The property has a 18th Century facade and mediaeval interior that has been sensitively restored and furnished with an eclectic mixture of beams, log fires and enticing hideaways. Giving one every reason to expolre the twists and turns and the journey to the toilets on the third floor is an experience no visitor to Chichester should miss.

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Breakfast

If you appreciate fresh eggs, with your full English, Crispins in East St serve a good breakfast.

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There are two if not three different rooms giving one the choice of finding a table in a quiet corner.

Comfortably informal, it is an independent family run cafe serving fresh home-cooked meals and one of the best traditional English breakfasts in the Chichester Harbour area.

Best full English breakfast in Chichester

Well cooked, well presented and if you choose the big breakfast you won’t be disappointed. Unpretentious, down to earth, often a very busy cafe serving good food and the sort of service which keeps one going back for more.

A Sweet Tooth

If you also have a sweet tooth.

Tea rooms in Chichester Vintage tearoom

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.

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.

Where to eat

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.

[Edit] 11/05/2020 There has been a change of Chef at Charlie Harpers and with it the menu. Lunch is more quiche, pasta and chicken with cream teas, a little later in the day. Still good but different. 

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.

 

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.

 

The morning paper

If you are looking for a newsagent in Chichester, they are around the corner, down a small lane and they open promptly at five in the morning.

Early morning newspaper Chichester

Breakfast on a Saturday morning is incomplete without an early morning paper. Although I am not saying that eight o’clock counts as an early breakfast. It’s the earliest I can find.  But I was stuck without a newspaper.  That was until I found one in St Martins Street. Its a lane that runs off East Road next to M&S past the Hole in the Wall and St Martins Coffee Shop.

The newsagents are on the next corner on the left.

Newspaper in Chichester

Good News are also billed as Confectioners but I don’t think I saw any evidence of confectionery in the shop besides ice creams. If I did I would buy purely on principle.

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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