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.