Where to Eat
(01730) 265489 Our local is the Queens Head is our nearest pub and a charming twenty minute walk from your yurt. This is a traditional pub with a village green garden and also further enclosed outdoor areas. Dogs, children, groups – everyone is welcome. The rooms inside are tiny and cosy and there’s a fireplace in two of the rooms. Food is cooked in their own kitchens, often Italian.
Unspoilt, intimate heritage pub. They don’t take cards! 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. Children are fine in the garden but are not allowed inside as it’s the size of a yurt inside. Great roast beef sandwiches and sometimes they have Scotch eggs. Everything homemade. Harrow Lane, Steep, GU32 2DA (01730) 262685 https://www.adhurst.co.uk/adhurst-circular-pub-walk/
It has a play area and is dog-friendly and serves food all hours. We are fortunate to have three very local pubs (all very very different to each other) and this one is actually our closest. You pass this one en route to us. It lacks the quirkiness of The Harrow or The Queens Head though! (01730) 263859
Durleighmarsh Tea Room
Closed Monday 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
Great for breakfast and 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. 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
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
Garden tapas bar (that’s under cover), lots of relaxed sofas, mixed drinks, and then the more formal restaurant part too. Good for groups too (01730) 262728
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
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.
Pub with a cricketing history. It’s charming but can be expensive. It’s a bit further out from Petersfield. GU31 1LN and the phone is 01730 829244
Elsted is en route to Midhurst. GU29 OJY and the phone is 01730 825746
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
Noah’s Ark is a traditional 16th century pub on the Green in Lurgashall. GU28 9ET and the phone is (01428) 707346 We haven’t been for a long time so feedback appreciated!