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.
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.
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.
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.
Google maps is very useful for getting around in Chichester. But it is not infallible.
I use the 55 bus route to Tangmere and Google is fine for the outward journey. But for some reason Maps records the last stop on the return journey at a arbitrary stop halfway along the route.
This means I don’t get given the option of this route from where I am staying, if I want to get to the bus station. For the outward trip, it also directs me to a pick up point that is a bit longer, than if I cut across the park to a local community centre. So if you are using the app on a regular basis, it is a good idea to double check the info you think is right.
Stagecoach also run a Coastliner service between Brighton and Portsmouth which I am not given as an option when searching for services between Chichester and the stops along the coast. It rather defaults to the train schedules. Possibly because they are quicker. But then again if I paid a bit more attention to Options I suspect I could fix that one.
When I stopped to see if there was a web site or opening times on The Pass food truck, a vehicle drew up, to advise me that there are no better burgers in Chichester.
I suspect he was hoping I was there to open up. But no luck so far, I suspect that they only open for lunch.
I used to do breakfast at Lakes Traditional English Cafe.
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.
The Thai Festival in Chichester will take place on the weekend 25th and 26th June.
It will be held at Oaklands Park next to the University and Festival Theatre.
With some of the best Thai food you will find in the UK.
Traditional Thai massage
Entertainment including Thai dancing, live music and a jumping castle for the kids.
No, it is not homemade. Nor was it cooked the way Mum would have done it.
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.
I ordered the sirloin steak and a side salad chop with dressed tarragon and white Sussex crab as a starter.
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
Despite the quaint and quirky streets Chichester, has it’s fair share of coffee chains, big name department stores and the pre-packaged culture. Like everywhere one has to look for home-cooked, good service and good value.
Apple crumble drowned in fresh cream at the Coal Exchange in Emsworth.
Lunch time special two courses for ten ponds.
Ham, egg & chips at the Dolphin in Little Hampton for six pound ninety five.
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.
Occasionally stopping to listen. A timeless story. One with many endings. But always a common thread.
And sometimes even despite the rain.
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.
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.