If you appreciate fresh eggs, with your full English, Crispins in East St serve a good breakfast.
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.
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 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.
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.
The Chichester tsuyoi karate club is based at Swanfield Community Centre offering both a junior and senior class. They teach traditional japanese karate which is based on kyokushinkai…full contact karate.
Students are taught in a disciplined and friendly atmosphere.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How does one get a job as a multi-drop driver in Chichester? The answer is with difficulty.
Like most things, it is not as straight forward as it could be. Most drivers jobs are based in Southampton, Portsmouth and Littlehampton servicing the Amazon distribution centres . Although Milk and More do advertise and there should be jobs delivering for the local supermarkets. But I have never managed to get a response from Milk and More and every advert I have replied to ends up at Amazon.
More changes unfortunately. Billy’s is no longer the Surfers Cafe it was. It had a lick of paint during the Covid lockdown and it is now a looking a lot sleeker. Another chic seafood cafe. No longer that different and no Surfers Breakfast.
Different is something I have been looking for ever since Charlie Harper’s changed their menu, doing away with their Brunch Hash special.
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 remember 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 making it worth another look.
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.
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.