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.

Thai Kitchen

There are three Thai restaurants to choose from in Chichester but don’t expect authentic, home cooked and independent. There is Niyom on Hayling Island and Thai Time in Arundel and one of the Thai restaurants in Bognor is supposed to be good. But it’s trip into Portsmouth for anything resembling Thai street food at Saros. There are a few more indepentently owned cafes in Southsea which I gaven’t tried as well as Na’s Bar & Galley on Kemps Quay in Southampton.

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.

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.

Fine dining

Cassons Restaurant is in a league of its very own when it comes to fine dining in Chichester.

Gourmet restaurants in Chichester West Sussex

I suspect nouvelle cuisine but I am way out of my depth when it comes to what is and what is not.

Eating out in Chichester West Sussex

But exceptional food in relaxed surroundings by people who care is not difficult to understand once you drop the formalities.

Best seafood restaurant Chichester

Cassons in Tangmere is a charming country restaurant specialising in exquisite gourmet food and it is one of the best fine dining restaurants in Chichester and West Sussex.

Good restaurants in Chichester

Chef-patronne Viv Casson previously ran a successful restaurant in France, which explains the French influence and the passion for good food.

Gourmet desserts Chichester West Sussex

 

 

The City Grocer [edit] closed

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.

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.