Where to eat
Stew for Two with bread and butter – £30. Please order two days before your arrival because this is made on the farm. Sometimes it’s venison or rabbit or lamb. And occasionally it’s beef but that’s only if we don’t have the other three!
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.
We can help cater for groups to ease the cooking rota and allow you to enjoy yourselves. Our specialty is a whole poached salmon brought to the yurts with crunchy Ottonlenghi style side salads – and lemon polenta cake baked at the wonderful Madeleines Kitchen 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.
Walking distance from Yurts
Queens Head – (01730) 265489 characterful, proper sit down meals or the less formal bar area, good food – and now a pizza oven! Their website does not do this pub justice. The Queens Head is a twenty minute walk. Book in advance on weekends. They are now open for breakfast at the weekends in summer from 10am. (20 minute walk) You walk to this pub through the woods and it’s a highlight of staying in the yurts.
Harrow Inn – (01730) 262685 unspoilt, intimate, children not allowed in the bar but welcome in the garden. They don’t take cards! A Sawday pub. Food is served between noon – 2pm and again from 7pm – 9pm. 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!
Durleighmarsh Tea Barn (closed Monday) quiche and soups and right next to the Pick Your Own farm. Excellent meringues. One hour walk. 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.
The Plump Duck at Petersfield Boating Lake – 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 right on the Lake and by the playground. 1 hr walk or by car in a few minutes.
Madeleine’s Kitchen – 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. (01730) 260102
EARTH – for everyone, but especially vegans – it looks like a chain but is family run; it looks like a fast-food meat place but is totally vegan and can be slow. It’s also superb. Try the falafel, oreo shakes (made with coconut cream) and the Earth burgers. Open until 8pm. Find them on Chapel Street. 07432-109375 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.
Fork Handles – Stylish brasserie, breakfasts, coffees, homemade cakes and tarts. Gluten free options. Just off the Square. (01730) 266250
The Cloisters, by the church in The Square, opens at 8am (9am Sundays) and serves breakfast if you’re on your way to buy the morning papers. You can sit outside, they’re open all day and do afternoon tea. 07951269419
Annie Jones – garden tapas bar, lots of kelims, mixed drinks – 10 Lavant Street (01730)262728
Fez – 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 carpark. They do breakfast all day. You’ll feel like you’re back in your yurt! 01730231266
The Natural Apothecary – 1 Heath Road (01730) 858183. Very charming spot. Tiny. Healthy! Closed Sundays generally.
The Old Drum – 16 Chapel Street Sawday pub, chic and they do tapas now, garden. The owners keep changing so we hope this advice is up to date! (01730) 300544
Monoloco – up a hidden alley at Pages Court off the High Street (01730) 266119.
Other good pubs further afield – some still walkable to the keen
Hamilton Arms at Stedham (with Thai restaurant) – (01730) 812555 GU29 0NX
The Cricketers Inn, Steep GU32 2DW – (01730) 261035 You can walk here taking in the Hangars Way, via Bedales School.
The Pub with No Name – aka The White Horse, Priors Dean GU32 1DA (01420) 588387. Original pub, great snug. An even more epic walk from your yurt. If you’re into epic walks.
Hawkley Inn – Pococks Lane, Hawkley GU33 6NE. Sawday pub (01730) 827205 We’ve had guests walk here but it’s a bit further.
The Thomas Lord, West Meon (01730) 829244 Sawday pub and Restaurant of the Year Nomination GU31 1LN – pizza oven in garden, book to reserve in evening. Good in the daytime too. And the village is rather lovely.
The Three Horseshoes, Elsted – GU29 0JY Sawday pub
Four further afield Sawday pubs
Royal Oak at East Lavant – PO18 0AX (01243) 527434
The Fox Goes Free – PO18 0HU (01243) 811461
Noah’s Ark, Lurgashall, Petworth GU28 9ET
The Horseguards’ Inn, Tillington nr Petworth