Cornwall is a popular, must do destination for visitors to the UK. As is the traditional hospitality, pub food and real Cornish ales found at one of the oldest pubs in the UK, The Crown Inn Lanlivery.
Offering simple hearty dishes all their meat, seafood and fresh produce is all sourced locally.
The braised beef is excellent as are the homemade hamburgers.
Simple tasty traditional pub food
Served with a choice of either Sharps or Skinners real Cornish ales
In front of a open log fire on a cold winters day. Hard to beat. Well worth a visit.
It will never rate as a traditional English pudding shop.
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.
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.
Another excellent meal at The Angel in Midhust
Although I have to admit that it was their three course, fifteen pounds ninety five lunch time special, that first persuaded me to take another look this old English Coaching Inn. Since when, I have been back a couple of times.
That and the crumble, on their apple crumble.
The menu has since changed. As has the Chef if I am not mistaken.
But the food is always good with options such as Argentinean steaks, Seafood Casserole, a selection of locally caught fresh seafood cooked in a rich Tomato & Herb jus flavoured with Fennel & Celery. Or Bentley Bangers. Homemade Sausages served on a bed of bubble & squeak mash. To follow tradition with English Trifle, Walnut and Honey Tart, Bentley Brulee or a platter of local cheese and pickles.
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
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
[Edit] 16/12/22 Noodels closed leaving us with few if any choices besides home cooking.
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.
I was actually looking for the non-descript little restaurant offering a breakfast buffet that I found yesterday. When I bumped into the Little Shop in Market St at the bottom end in Brighton.
It was the soups which caught my eye. A choice of half a dozen different soups. I don’t know why it is but everyone else restricts to the ubiquitous Soup of the Day which is invariably the same as the next. This was a welcome change