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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

The best comes last

No, it is not homemade. Nor was it cooked the way Mum would have done it.

Best rice pudding in Chichester

But it is definitely a rice pudding one wants to go back to, for more of.  It can be found it at the Minerva Bar & Grill served chilled, with fresh raspberries as well as a coulis and polenta tuile.

The restaurant is on the first floor above the Brasserie at the Minerva Theatre which opens for pre-show dining. So it calls for an early start and a reservation is advisable.

Good steak Chichester

I ordered the sirloin steak and a side salad chop with dressed tarragon and white Sussex crab as a starter.

Pre-show dinner Chichester Festival Theatre

The food was unpretentious, the restaurant relaxed and informal and I thoroughly enjoyed one of the best prepared and tastiest meals I have had in the UK

Pre theatre dining Chichester