Pub Lunch

Traditional favourites like ham egg and chips are not difficult to find

Best pub lunch on the South Coast of Emgland

But every now and again one just hits the right spot.

Best English pubs

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.

Best pubs in Hampshire

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.

Farmer Butcher Chef

It will never rate as a traditional English cafe.

The perfect bread and butter pudding Chichester West Siussex

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.

Country style restaurants South of England

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.

Organic produce from a working farm

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.

Terri’s Cafe

The best places are often the most difficult to find

Breakfast cafe in Havant

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.

Coffee shops in Havant

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.

Best burgers

Is the best restaurant in Chichester really, a humble, no frills, takeaway?

Best burger Chichester

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.

Monthly specials The Pass Street Food Cafe Chichester

And if you have to look at a dessert menu there are always the bread & butter dipping fingers around the corner at the Chantry

Bread & butter pudding on the south coast

Thai Street Food

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.

Authentic Thai street food Portsmouth

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.

Hot and sourTom Yum Kung Portsmouth

The menu is nice and simple offering typical Thai street food and Chinese noodles. The prices are reasonable and portions generous.

Thai street food Portsmouth

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.

Traditional English breakfast

For a traditional English breakfast try the Riviera Cafe in Selsey.

Traditional full English breakfast Selsey, Chichester Harbour

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

Restaurants in Selsey, Chichester Harbour


Another excellent meal at The Angel in Midhust

Pub lunch Midhurst

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.

Apple crumble Midhurst West Sussex

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.

Cheese platter Midhurst West Sussex

Indian curry Chichester

After finding Indian rice pudding at Darbar in Emsworth, flavoured with cardomen, I think, I decided to try their other restaurant, Thyme & Chillies just outside Chichester near the Marina on the Witterings road.

Indian restaurants Chichester

Despite not having had much experience with Indian food I thought their samosas were perfect. Crisp and flavoursome.

Indian samosas in Chichester

Good service, formal, attentive yet welcoming at the same time.

Thyme & Chillies restaurant Chichester

Not sure what I ordered other than it was a tasty mild mutton curry which I ate with a basket of different naan breads and roti. But no cardomen flavoured rice pudding on the menu. Instead I opted for coconut balls served with a pistachio ice cream

Indian curry in Chichester

Authentic Indian food Chichester

Black pudding scotch egg

The fist time I came across a scotch egg with black pudding was when I was in Oxford. I was busy, in a bit of a rush. But paused to glance through the menu outside a pub in one of the side streets.

I couldn’t stop. Just made a mental note to pop back another time.

Which I never did.

Scotch egg with black pudding Brighton

I then got my chance to try one a few weeks later at The Croque Shop in Brighton.

Scotch egg with black pudding

And again at the Farmers Market in Chichester which is held every first and third Friday each month.

The Little Shop

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.

The best sandwich shop 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

Homemade soups in Brighton