Chichester Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Chichester

July 29, 2017 Marlin Saiz

Chichester (/ˈtʃɪtʃɪstər/) is a cathedral city in West Sussex, in South-East England. It is the only city in West Sussex and is its county town. It has a long history as a settlement from Roman times and was important in Anglo-Saxon times. It is the seat of the Church of England Diocese of Chichester, with a 12th-century cathedral.
Things to do in Chichester

1. Cassons Restaurant

Arundel Road | Tangmere, Chichester PO18 0DU, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night HK$298 - HK$487 +44 1243 773294
Excellent
76%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 358 reviews

Cassons Restaurant

The finest food set in charming relaxed surroundings, cooked by award winning Chef Viv. Out of City with plenty of parking.The owners strive to give each guest an unforgettable experience.

Reviewed By MEM315 - Horsham, United Kingdom

We arrived almost half an hour early after our matinee visit to Chichester Festival Theatre, but the staff weren't phased at all. We received a very warm welcome and were shown straight to our table. Complimentary canapes arrived whilst we perused the menu, (a chilled tomato and basil 'froth', fried smoked haddock and parmesan crisps) all delicious. We were spoilt for choice with the starters, with one of us opting for the textured beetroot and goats cheese, and the other for the sauteed mushrooms with poached duck egg, though we were also tempted by the potato basket of Selsey Crab. They did not disappoin!
We both had the lamb to follow: Loin of lamb, slow cooked belly, aubergine purée, red pepper, shallots, wild garlic oil, parmentier potatoes, lamb jus, which was delicious, with the loin perfectly pink. We had a bottle of excellent Argentian Malbec, and finished with excellent coffee with home made petit fours. Wish we could go every week!

2. The Crab & Lobster Restaurant

Mill Lane, Sidlesham, Chichester PO20 7NB, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Seafood, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +44 1243 641233
Excellent
63%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 398 reviews

The Crab & Lobster Restaurant

Nestling on the banks of Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve the 350 year old Crab & Lobster has been renovated creating one of the most stunning hideaways on the South Coast. The restaurant successfully combines excellent service and presentation, stylish décor and friendly ambience with food of the highest quality. Where possible, the menu is sourced from local producers – Selsey fishermen and neighbouring dairy farmers. With an adventurous emphasis on fresh fish and of course crab and lobster! There are also traditional English and Mediterranean dishes to tempt the taste buds and thrill the palate. The fabulous wine list has delightfully wordy descriptions, with 17 classics by the glass to help you choose – some you will know and many you’ve yet to discover. If you wish to dine alfresco the Terrace and the beer garden have beautiful views of the countryside.

Reviewed By Geofffclatt

Expecting an atmospheric pub on the marsh, found a pub that had clearly removed all original fittings and replaced them with leather chairs and Islington chic. Overpriced food and a background of Muzak completed the characterless experience. Just needed cocktails in jars and food on slates...

3. Crouchers Restaurant

Birdham Road, Chichester PO20 7EH, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi European, British, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$196 - HK$385 +44 1243 784995
Excellent
70%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 367 reviews

Crouchers Restaurant

The restaurant is an ideal place to entertain and enjoy a relaxed meal, or for a special ocassions. •Characterful oaked beamed restaurant with views over open countyrside. •Award winning Cuisine, AA 2 Rosettes for food excellence •Local ingredients and seasonal dishes •Open to the public lunch and dinner •Private dining for up to 22 guests in the conservatory and Garden room •Open for functions and parties up to 110 guests •Two course lunch for £12.50, Monday to Saturday •Ala carte and set menu for dinner, from 21.50 for three courses •Sunday lunch a speciality 18.50 for two courses and 21.50 for three courses Our wine list has carefully selected wines from regions all over the world. There are great South African wines on the list a personal touch of the proprietors. However dont let us tempt you away from the other excellent and traditional wines. •Stylish bar with a relaxed and luxurious atmosphere •Many wines by the glass and champagne •Cocktails •Free bar snacks on Fridays , cocktails £4.00 4pm to 7pm •Also available for Champagne receptions and canape parties

Reviewed By Doctordi

We stayed two nights in miserable January and were made very welcome by the lovely receptionist, Christine. We had a cosy but contemporary room overlooking the fields and slept very well.
We had one a la carte dinner in the smart dining room from an imaginative menu, which was delicious and nicely presented.
The second night we had a very tasty pub meal in the bar that was enjoyable and relaxing.
The full breakfast, included in our room rate, was the star of the show. Excellent range of cooked breakfast entrees and lovely juices, fruit, yoghurt and granola. Our breakfasts were cooked to order on both days making for a leisurely start to the day (the hotel was very quiet in early January). It was really nice to have freshly cooked food rather than a hot dish selection.
We will definitely stay here again.

4. The Richmond Arms

Mill Road | Near the Duck Pond, West Ashling, Chichester PO18 8EA, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards, Private Dining, Free Wifi International, British, Contemporary, Gastropub, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Drinks +44 1243 572046
Excellent
77%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 450 reviews

The Richmond Arms

Country Pub, Restaurant, B& B in an idyllic Sussex rural village at the foot of the South Downs,5 Min's from Chichester. Locals bar and country kitchen serving locally sourced meats, seafood, game and vegetables in an innovative manner.Roasts on our "Rotisserie" and meats/seafood grilled over Charcoal. Classic bar snacks re-invented, regularly changing local microbreweries beers,home made hedgerow "eaux de vie" and large list of wines by the glass.... expressive of their origins and "terroir". ...

Reviewed By MYDOGISFINN - Emsworth, United Kingdom

I have eaten at this Restaurant many times since it first opened and was always impressed by its innovative dishes and focus on locally sourced ingredients. However the last couple of visits have been disappointing.
My main criticisms are as follows;
1) Menu is tired with the same dishes featuring every time: brisket, steak, bavette.
2) Inconsistency with presentation. Some dishes feature just the meat and a little garnish, others come with a full helping potatoes,veg,etc
3) I had a poor fish dish which consisted of a lump of bony, rather tasteless fish. When i mentioned this to the waitress she did take it back to have the bones removed but I do feel that if one orders fish in a restaurant it should come with the bones removed. A piece of steamed bony fish without much in the way of any garnish was a great disappointment considering it cost £20.
4) Desserts. Too much emphasis on jokey quirkiness (Mr Whippy) rather than focusing of flavour and quality of ingredients.
5) Service. There used to be a charming waitress who greeted everyone as if they were one of the family. The waitress when I last visited was somewhat frosty, especially after I complained about the fish.
I was really pleased when the Richmond Arms first appeared in the Good Food Guide but feel now that it has fallen below the threshold for a fine dining restaurant.
The chef needs to get back to basics. Focus on locally sourced quality ingredients cooked simply. Refresh the menu. Revise the desserts. Wit and irony are for comedians not chefs.

5. The Fox Goes Free

Charlton Road | Nr Goodwood, Chichester PO18 0HU, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$71 - HK$235 +44 1243 811461
Excellent
62%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 916 reviews

The Fox Goes Free

Reviewed By Elizabeth W

A delightful quintessential English pub.
Friendly, helpful staff, celebrating a friends Birthday.
Delicious, well presented food, such wonderful choices also.
Lovely scenic garden, view of gorgeous West Sussex downs, breathtaking views for walks, we all had a brilliant time.
Great ambience, definitely visiting again very soon.
A gem to be found, live music often good too, when visited just for drinks in the past.

6. The Old Greenhouse

82 Fishbourne Road West, Chichester PO19 3JL, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar European, British, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$165 - HK$494 +44 7854 051013
Excellent
90%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 320 reviews

The Old Greenhouse

A small 16 cover restaurant in a converted greenhouse on the main road in Fishbourne West Sussex.The restaurant is only open for pre booked tables. Ideal as a private dining room. We offer a 3 course menu,that is updated daily and can incorporate your own favourite dishes, this is priced at £32.50 Inc coffee.We also open for "diary date" events such as mussels,lasagne,gourmet dinners,Local and wild food events. For details of these please e mail Nik. We are not a grand restaurant, the emphasis is on delivering a quality and where possible locally sourced meal in an intimate and imaginative way. Nik Westacott Chef and owner has over 30 years experience in the restaurant sector and now runs the adjoining four star bed and breakfast 82 Fishbourne and a busy outside catering business.

Reviewed By Julia B - Chichester, United Kingdom

We had a really special evening! The food and service were excellent. The ambiance of the tiny restaurant (it fitted 5 couples) was warm and noise levels were civilised. We really appreciated the effort to make Valentines Day special: heart shaped plates,food and roses as we left. Special food,good wine and a chef/owner who cares. We'll be back!

7. The White Swan

Station Road, Bosham, Chichester PO18 8NG, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1243 696465
Excellent
67%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 263 reviews

The White Swan

Reviewed By Bridgette F

We decided to try somewhere out of town and came upon this little gem. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the food was delicious and plentiful. We will definitely be returning

8. The George

Eartham, Chichester PO18 0LT, England Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards International, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night HK$55 - HK$330 +44 1243 814340
Excellent
70%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 389 reviews

The George

The George has been a public house for over 170 years and is first shown on the Tithe Map from 1840. Nestled into the rolling hills of the Sussex South Downs National Park The George is just off the beaten track in the small village of Eartham, perfectly situated just 6 miles from the bustling city of Chichester and within 10 miles of Petworth, Midhurst and Arundel. A traditional English pub, it provides a comfortable and welcoming place to visit whatever the season. There are three open fires for those cool autumn and winter evenings and a pretty garden to sit out in on bright summer days. There is a selection of good walks and cycle routes in this area including Eartham woods, The South Downs Way and a particularly interesting section of Stane Street (56 mile long Roman Road connecting Chichester to London) located an easy 1/2 mile walk from the pub. The George is a privately owned Freehouse and your hosts Anita & James offer a warm welcome to all. We are proud to offer good honest British food with a seasonal menu taking advantage of locally sourced ingredients plus a selection of traditional roasts for your Sunday Lunch. Whether you want a full meal or only a light bite, your food is freshly prepared to order. In our well kept cellar we include a wide selection of English, Commonwealth & New World wines, English Mead and soft drinks. There are always 4 or 5 choices of Real Ales sourced from local and national quality Breweries. We also have a wide range of English Lagers, Ciders and bottled Beers.

Reviewed By Glen504216 - Bognor Regis, United Kingdom

We had a lovely meal on the 10th March. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable particularly the guy serving the real ale (we had a nice conversation on the various properties of the ale on sale!). Attentive staff (without being too attentive!) and all with a smile. Nice atmosphere with good food and reasonably priced. We do come about annually but probably time to become more frequent visitors

9. Billy's on the Beach

Bracklesham Lane, Bracklesham Bay, Chichester PO20 8JH, England Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Cafe, Seafood, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$47 - HK$133 +44 1243 670373
Excellent
64%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 725 reviews

Billy's on the Beach

Described in The Sunday Telegraph as 'The Best Beach Café in the World', Billy's on The Beach is a fully licensed beach cafe with fantastic views, just along the beach from East Wittering with good parking, great staff, and tasty beachside food. Everything we produce is cooked fresh to order or prepared daily, from fish & chips to burgers, moules frites, kippers, breakfasts, brunches, lunches and three course dinners on every day of the week in the summer except Sundays. We do coffees, cakes, scones, hot chocolates for chilly surfers, ice cream sundaes for kids, big & small, sundowners, wines, and our web site tells you all about us . Come and visit us if you get to the south coast, or visit our sister cafe Billy's on the Road, just north of Billingshurst on the A29. We look forward to welcoming you.

Reviewed By 45deborahsmith - Bognor Regis, United Kingdom

Always enjoyable here. Staff are lovely and food always good, and very good value. Always seems to be busy so can be worth booking, especially if you want to get a table inside.

10. Field & Fork Restaurant

4 Guildhall Street, Chichester PO19 1NJ, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +44 1243 789915
Excellent
68%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 265 reviews

Field & Fork Restaurant

Reviewed By Bob N - Chichester, United Kingdom

Really nice restaurant tucked away in a side street in the old town with a bar area, and tables discreetly set out in various parts of the building. Staff were very polite, courteous and efficient. The menu choice was very good with both an al a carte and market (set price) menus, offering seasonal food cooked perfectly, along with a good selection of wines. This was our first visit and the restaurant is firmly on our approved restaurant list for future visits!

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