Eat & Drink
There is a great choice of lovely country pubs and other eateries within easy distance of Chilgrove, each with it’s own distinctive character. Some can be reached on foot from Chilgrove, some can be visited when exploring the South Downs landscapes and pretty downland villages. A short selection is included below.
Alternatively Chichester is a short drive away and has a multitude of cafes, pubs and restaurants.
Pubs You Can Walk To
The White Horse, Chilgrove is on our doorstep, just an easy five minute walk from the Bed and Breakfast. Originally an 18th century coaching inn, the pub has recently been sympathetically refurbished in traditional style. The establishment now offers high quality, locally produced food along with an excellent wine list. It has a sheltered outdoor seating area that is perfect for a relaxing afternoon or evening drink before lunch or supper.
The Royal Oak pub at Hooksway is tucked away at the bottom of a steep wooded valley. It has a large sheltered garden which is great to sit out in on sunny afternoons and early evening in the summer. It serves traditional pub food and snacks and may be reached by car and on foot from Chilgrove Bed & Breakfast. It is recommended as a refreshment stop in one of the circular walks possible from Chilgrove farm.
The Hare and Hounds is located in the pretty village of Stoughton and may be reached via a short drive through the picturesque village of East Marden and some stunning downland scenery. If you have time on the way make a detour to visit the pretty, isolated 13th Century church in Up Marden. This pub is also included in the circular walk detailed on the Activities page of our website.
A Short Drive Away
The Royal Oak at Lavant is a cosy village pub and restaurant with a great atmosphere and a seasonal menu offering good food and a variety of lunch and dinner options. The pub has a raised front terrace which is great for both eating and for drinks on sunny days and evenings.
The Fox Goes Free in Charlton is a popular, traditional flint and brick country pub with a welcoming and cosy atmosphere. It has a lovely garden with far reaching downland views and offers home cooked bar meals as well as a daily changing a la carte menu with seasonal specials. The menu also provides vegetarian and gluten free options. This pub is also ideally positioned for combining good food with a brisk walk over the downs.
The Earl of March pub is located in Lavant and serves freshly prepared seasonal food from local sources, a selection of local real ales and a cellar of good quality wines.
The Three Horseshoes at Elsted (pictured), is a little further away but is well worth the effort. The pub is completely unspoilt and has a lovely garden with fabulous views of the Downs escarpment. It also has a good selection of real ales and serves excellent bar food. It is possible to walk there from the carpark on the top of Harting Down. There is a spectacular view from there and the walk back up the steep scarp face of the Down will help to compensate for that helping of their legendary treacle tart which you just couldn’t resist!
Cassons Restaurant has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. The menu offers top quality fresh produce sourced from local farms. The restaurant is located 2½ miles East of Chichester and is within easy reach of Goodwood.
Morning Coffee & Lunchtime Snacks
A convenient refreshment stop after a brisk walk through the remarkable yew tree forest in Kingley Vale
You can visit the West Dean Gardens Restaurant without having to buy a ticket to the gardens. This contemporary building is built in the local brick and flint and was opened by the Prince of Wales. It has a large garden terrace where visitors can enjoy refreshment whilst admiring the view across the river Lavant to West Dean park.
Enjoy a snack or a light lunch at the Museum’s stunning café overlooking the Mill pond. Open to both Museum visitors and to the general public.