Where to Eat
Farm Shop to Fishmonger, Picnic to Feast
Our Breakfast Hamper is hot coffee cafetiere, orange juice, two toasted bagels with salmon and cream cheese (and a squeeze of lemon). The Breakfast Hamper serves two. Please let us know two days before your arrival. The breakfast hamper is £30.
If you’d like a prepared picnic for two we use Madeleine’s Deli on 01730260102.
We can help cater for groups to ease the cooking rota and allow you to enjoy yourselves. Our speciality is a whole poached salmon brought to the yurts with crunchy Ottolenghi style side salads – and lemon polenta cake baked at the wonderful Madeleines Deli in Petersfield. Or you can combine your stay with a bushcraft outdoor cooking day that ends with the result of your bushcraft workshop. Ponassing fish and cooking venison in a fire pit are just two of the myriad outdoor cooking options you might not have had a chance to explore.
The best Eats
Walking distance from your Yurt
Characterful, restaurant or the less formal bar area, good food – and now a pizza oven! The garden is lovely and the pub is not near any big roads. Their website does not do this pub justice. The Queens Head is a 20-minute walk, through our woods from the yurts. Dogs welcome. If planning on eating and you’re a group it’s a good idea to phone first (01730) 265489
Unspoilt, intimate heritage pub, children not allowed in the bar but welcome in the garden. They don’t take cards! Sawday\’s Recommended. Food between noon – 2 pm and again from 7 pm – 9 pm. One of only 3 “authentic pubs” in Alastair Sawday’s guide to British pubs. (A 45-minute walk.) Bring cash. Bring dogs. Probably don’t bring children! Great roast beef sandwiches and Scotch eggs. Everything homemade. Harrow Lane, Steep, GU32 2DA (01730) 262685
Closed Monday – quiche and soups and right next to the Pick Your Own farm. Excellent meringues. One hour walk through our woods and then on public footpath. This works very well with children who have just spent the morning picking strawberries or blueberries a few minutes walk away. The next door farm shop is excellent. And there’s a visiting fishmonger on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Phone to see what’s in season on the pick-your-own farm. (01730) 821626
You can rent row boats! Just walk down Pullens Lane after lunch at The Queens Head, then right up Heath Road and into the Heath. Jacket potatoes and ice creams – it’s just a shack and no indoor seating. It’s right on the Lake and by the playground. 1 hr walk or by car in a few minutes. (01730) 858080
Josie’s is new to Petersfield but there are two others in Winchester and Bishops Waltham. The food is diverse and modern. Great for lunch. Freshly made well-sourced food. You order at the till and they bring everything to your table. It’s just off The Square down a side street called St Peters Road. (01730) 266650
A tiny deli with hidden gems in Lavant St. Vegetarian choices abound and the cakes are divine. They also have a sit-down concession in One Tree Bookshop on the other side of Lavant St practically opposite. The Portuguese custard tarts are as fabulous as they are ugly. The daily special always lives up to the name Special. 14 Lavant Street, Petersfield and straight down from the train station on the right side of the street. If you phone they can prepare picnics (01730) 260102
Juices Smoothies Detox Salads Natural Vegetarian Vegan. Great interior. Closed Sundays generally, worth checking. It’s just across from the war memorial on the High Street. (01730) 858183
Turkish restaurant and meze bar. Tiny family run and very good. It’s in a tiny passage called Bakery Lane off Chapel Street and the Waitrose car park. They do breakfast all day too. You’ll feel like you’re back in your yurt! There’s an intimate self-serve buffet at lunchtime in their cosy kelim-covered tiny restaurant. There’s also another room further along and an upstairs. (01730) 231266
It looks like a chain but is family run and totally vegan (service can be slow!). Perfect if you’re after “vegan junk food” – a new foodie genre. Try the falafel, Oreo shakes (made with coconut cream) and the Earth burgers. Open until 8 pm. n.b. they’re new and the website isn’t up. See their Trip Advisor reviews. If you’re vegan you’re in safe hands here. (07432) 109375
In Bakery Lane off the Waitrose car park or found via Chapel Street. This place is a hidden gem, literally. The finest selection of liquorice outside Holland, in our opinion. And everything else they can fit in a jar! Like travelling back in time. They give the restaurant as 37A Chapel Street but you find it in Bakery Lane. 07816 189274
Other good pubs further afield
– some still walkable to the keen
South Harting is the quintessential English village and also great for walking Harting Down. The food is very good. GU31 5QB and the phone is 01730 825124
Traditional pub, great snug. Perfect for walkers and very welcoming to everyone. Used to be called The White Horse but the sign dropped out of its post and it’s been known as the pub with no name ever since. Perfect for walkers and dogs welcome outside the restaurant. Vast garden. GU32 1DA and the phone is (01420) 588387
Sawday pub We’ve had guests walk here but it’s a bit further. Really nice pub. New management. We’re looking forward to tasting the new menu! Pococks Lane, Hawkley, GU33 6NE and the phone is 01730 827205. Hawkley is a very tucked away village so don’t be alarmed if it’s tricky to find! Excellent for walkers.
Sawday-recommended pub with a cricketing history. It’s charming but can be expensive. And if you’re arriving by car don’t expect much by way of parking spaces! It’s a bit further out from Petersfield. GU31 1LN and the phone is 01730 829244
Four further afield Sawday pubs
The Horse Guards Inn is rather special. It’s not just a traditional pub as the menu changes daily and the food is carefully sourced. There’s a hidden garden with benches covered with sheep skins. The interior is quirky and comfy. Tillington is just off the A272 en route to Petworth. Phone to book (01798) 342332
The Royal Oak is convenient if you’re en route to Chichester or Goodwood – or visiting West Dean Gardens or the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum. It’s a traditional pub with very good food. Phone to book on (01243) 527434 and the post code is PO18 OAX
Oak beams, flint and brick walls, open fires – a traditional and charming country pub with good straight-forward food. Dog-friendly. Convenient for Goodwood. PO18 OHU and the phone is (01243) 811461