Local, seasonal and organic, a menu and dishes which are as delicious as they are imaginative.
Options like Spinach, pistachio and red onion filo served triple cooked chips and ginger pickled pear, at Tierra Kitchen in Lyme Regis. The fact that this eatery is vegetarian gets lost in the mix.
Situated in the cultural quarter of Lyme Regis on the South Coast this restaurant has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. A warm, rustic feel with a sunny stream-side terrace outside.
Serving brunch and dinner with a strong Mediterranean, Spanish, French and North African influence. As well as a range of coffee, teas, juices and in-house homemade cakes and pastries.
The Park Tavern is a Fullers Pub and one of the best places to lunch in Chichester.
Relax at an outside table overlooking Priory Park and enjoy a cold beer before ordering from a menu offering one a choice of superbly cooked meals
Sundays come with a special menu and a roast which is not to be missed
One of the first pubs I was introduced to after arriving in the UK was the Black Boy in Winchester.
The sort of Old English pubs where they care more about the quality of their Ale rather than the casual vistor asking for the wine list.
The food is not bad. But it is not great either. It is generally busy. Particularly on Sundays and sometimes it shows.
But it is not the food you are after. Its the bric-a-brac, the pub memorabilia, the Old English tavern type atmoshphere that makes the Black Boy special.
The narrow passages, the books, the tradition and the beer of course.
I make a point of trying to avoid the hustle and bustle that comes with takeaway coffees and people in a rush.
Which is reason enough to pick up a newspaper and settle down at the Eternal Baker
A retreat that that is a bit different. Busy in a different sense of the word.
Traditional favourites like ham egg and chips are not difficult to find
But every now and again one just hits the right spot.
Which is why the Duke of Wellington in Southampton is worth a visit. It was one of the first pubs I ‘found’ after arriving in the UK and I have been back more than once.
For what is definitely one of the best pub lunches in Hampshire if not a lot further afield. Besides that, it is one of a few typically traditional English pubs where I am perfectly comfortable settling in with a newspaper.
It will never rate as a traditional English cafe.
But the bread & butter pudding at Farmer, Butcher, Chef in Chichester is a great way to end a good meal. Although I think it is only something you get to do in winter. I might be wrong but it is not always an option you find on the menu.
The table setting included a side plate and a damned good reason to make use of it. Farm baked bread and beef dripping. A simple courtesy which more often than not gets forgotten in these busy, busy times.
But since the restaurant is very much a part of one of the only self sustaining organic farms in Europe, one should expect a little honest country style hospitality.
The best places are often the most difficult to find
And Terri’s Cafe in Havant is not easy to find. Tucked away in the Truck Stop in the Langstone Technology Park it is packed full of character.
Offering a menu that is loaded with homemade options. A typically traditional English cafe. Stop for a quick coffee, cup of tea or a Truckers breakfast. There is coffee, walnut cake, jacket potatoes smothered in chilli and homemade Shepherds pie. A lorry park cafe that probably ranks as one of the best restaurants in Havant.
And if not, it is the best that I have found locally as well as a lot further afield.
Is the best restaurant in Chichester really, a humble, no frills, takeaway?
Not if you are looking for a comprehensive moderately priced wine list. Not if you are going to judge ‘best’ in terms of ambiance, chic decor and smiling ever attentive waitrons.
But if it’s flavour and originality that makes the difference, The Pass Street Food Cafe is a hard one to beat. Whatever Kacper Osmola has to say.
And if you have to look at a dessert menu there are always the bread & butter dipping fingers around the corner at the Chantry
I haven’t had much luck with Thai restaurants in the UK. They lack the vibrancy one gets when eating on the streets in Thailand.
But Noodels in Portsmouth is different. Starting with condiment sets for sweet, sour, chilli flakes and crushed peanuts.
As well as help yourself to water.
The menu is nice and simple offering typical Thai street food and Chinese noodles. The prices are reasonable and portions generous.
The beef noodles are particularly good even if as I believe, they are stewed in a wine base. I also enjoyed the crispy pork which is served with rice.
For a traditional English breakfast try the Riviera Cafe in Selsey.
Eggs are always fresh, nice big plate, great service.
Reminds me a bit of a throwback to a 60’s Diner. But that might just be because I always had a good meal at this restaurant