Places to visit in the local area
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Located with in Emsworth Yacht Harbour at the top of beautiful Chichester Harbour, you will find The Deck. Serving fresh, wholesome food from breakfast right through to dinner, The Deck offers waterside dining at its finest!
Enjoy the “famous fish platter ” with a glass of vino with views of the harbour or “The Big Deck Breakfast” if you’re visiting earlier in the day.
The Deck has become an all year – round hospitality destination, open Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 22:00 and Sunday 10:00 – 16:00, it’s a great place for the whole family to visit and unwind!
The Boat House
Chichester Marina, Birdham, Chichester, PO20 7EJ
01243 513203 | www.idealcollection.co.uk/venues/the-boathouse-cafe-chichester
The Boat House Café is the perfect place to eat, drink and relax while taking in the incredible views of Chichester Marina. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner or simply pop in for a cuppa and slice of cake!
Enjoy the calming surroundings of the harbour while tucking into a light (or hearty) breakfast, lunch with friends/family or a romantic dinner. The new inside/outside terrace introduced last summer offers a wonderful dining space – oh and they are dog friendly too, so don’t forget your pup!
Top tips: We love cycling the Salterns Way from West Wittering and enjoying a well-deserved pitstop at The Boat House café!
Our fave meal: Boat House Beef Burger!
Best spot to sit: Overlooking the boats on the inside/outside terrace
Thyme & Chillies
The Black Horse, Birdham Road, Chichester, West Sussex PO20 7EH
01243 784068 | www.thymeandchillies.co.uk
Open for lunch and dinner, Thyme & Chillies boasts two highly experienced chefs serving authentic Indian cuisine. If you don’t fancy leaving the comfort of your holiday home, the restaurant offers a fantastic take away service!
The restaurant boasts 5* reviews, brilliant service and a lovely ambiance!
Eat, drink and relax at the Cider House Kitchen. This tasty Italian restaurant is situated on the outskirts of the Witterings on farmland surrounded by the beautiful West Sussex countryside. Serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week, Crouchers Orchards is your go-to destination for a relaxing, rustic retreat!
An eclectic tearoom famous for it’s atmosphere and crab sandwiches nestled in the product packed Farm Shop.
You’ll also find a wonderful array of gifts plus jams, pickles and vinegars. The Old Piggery is on the way to Selsey, near to Pagham Harbour.
A warm welcome by the sea! Situated on a working boatyard and surrounded by an abundance of harbour walks, The Quarterdeck serves hand crafted coffee, homemade cakes, breakfast, and light lunches!
Escape the chaos and take a moment out to relax. In the summer months, enjoy sitting outside with a tipple or two, surrounded by all the ships … close your eyes and you’re practically in the med!
Rebuilt in 1933, The Ship Inn is nestled in the heart of the beautiful sailing village of Itchenor, just 200 yards from Chichester Harbour. Being an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the pub provides the perfect pitstop for walkers enjoying the nearby coastal footpaths and cyclists navigating the Salterns Way which travels from Chichester to West Wittering via Itchenor Village. Being just 200 yards from
The pub offers locally sourced, fresh food, a selection of fine ales and a relaxed warm atmosphere. Don’t forget to book – it’s a popular one!
Tucked away in East Lavant at the foot of the South Downs, for over 200 years, The Royal Oak has provided much-needed sustenance to weary travellers and their four-legged companions. Situated next to the Goodwood Estate, this is the perfect base for walkers, race-goers and motorsport enthusiasts.
The Crab & Lobster
The Richmond Arms
An independently owned, food-centred pub and restaurant based in the beautiful village of West Ashling. Set at the heart of the West Sussex countryside, the pub sits on the edge of the South Downs National Park and the stunning waterways and inlets of Chichester harbour.
There are some fantastic cycle routes nearby. Salterns Way is a great route for all of the family from Chichester to the sand dunes at East Head. Much of the route is along car-free, safe (and flat) tracks making it great for families to enjoy. Couldn’t fit your bikes in the car? No
Explore Chichester Canal
Spend a sunny afternoon rowing, canoeing or paddle boarding along Chichester Canal. The canal is a beautiful retreat close to the city and the whole family can enjoy unique views of the cathedral and South Downs from the water.
Salterns Way is a great route for all of the family from Chichester to the sand dunes at East Head.
Much of the route is along car-free, safe (and flat) tracks making it great for families to enjoy on foot or push bike.
A full map and trail guide can be downloaded here;
The cobbled streets of Chichester are steeped in history; leading theatre and art galleries, the very best chain and independent shops, bars, restaurants and cafes, vibrant green parks, hidden gardens, secret waterways, world-class historical sites, and hidden heritage.
Tinwood estate vineyard near the South Downs National Park has quickly established a reputation for producing the very finest English sparkling wines. Book onto one of their daily wine tasting tours to try it for yourself!
The Goodwood Estate nearby is famed for its horse racing, motor sport and vintage car events, plus the historic Goodwood House itself. Annual highlights include the Goodwood Festival of Speed in late June; the Goodwood Revival in early September and the Qatar Goodwood Festival, formerly known as Glorious Goodwood.
In addition to all of its sporting activities, Goodwood has an incredible spa if you fancy a day of pampering and a visit to the farm shop is a must!
TheTinwood Estate’s vineyards are situated in the heart of West Sussex at the foot of the South Downs National Park.
Since the first planting in 2007, Tinwood has quickly established a reputation for producing the very finest English sparkling wines.
Learn about how the wines are made by joining one of the Tinwood Vineyard Tours. Travel to the beautiful wine region of West Sussex and meet the wine growers themselves. You’ll get the opportunity to visit the vineyard and see the grape growing process and you’ll certainly learn more about English wine. Afterwards you can enjoy time in the stunning tasting room overlooking the vines whilst tasting the Tinwood range of English sparkling wines.
Weald & Download Museum
The Weald & Downland Living Museum is a hidden gem in the South East, quintessentially British in a picture perfect setting. It’s a museum for those who want to see, touch and even smell what life was really like for people living in years gone by. Whether you are 5 or 95, there is something for every one here and a brilliant day out for the family!
South Downs National Park
The South Downs is full of hidden countryside gems and stunning views, from the rolling hills to quaint market towns. It is the ideal place for families who want a quieter day out than what a seaside resort would offer. The South Downs National Park includes the famous chalk cliffs of the South Downs and also the South Downs Way, a one hundred mile trail that travels the entire length of the park. For more information visit https://www.nationalparks.uk/park/south-downs/ or https://visitsouthdowns.com/
The Kingley Vale Nature Reserve is near the village of West Lavant, just north of Chichester. It is a great area for a walk with some steep parts but well worth it for the panoramic view from the top. The walk takes you through an ancient Yew forest with some of the tress thought to be over 2,000 years old.
West Wittering Beach & National Trust East Head
The beach at West Wittering is a white sand, blue flag beach which is popular with day trippers and locals alike for some family fun and walking in the dunes. The waters are also very popular with water sports enthusiasts, kite surfers and windsurfers in particular. There is a huge car park with tickets that can be pre-booked through www.justpark.com and a cafe.
The National Trust operates East Head which is a nature reserve teeming with bird life and great for walking, beach games on the sand and is popular with dog walkers.
Medmerry & Pagham Nature Reserves
Cycle or walk along the new 3km route linking Pagham Harbour Reserve to Medmerry Nature Reserve. Having opened in 2019, the route is a great opportunity for cyclists and wildlife enthusiasts alike. A fantastic chance to get out and about in the beautiful West Sussex countryside.
Because there is so much about the area that we want you to enjoy when you visit, the Wellies & Windbreaks team has created a Local’s Guide to the Area. Please download this pdf guide and enjoy all of our recommendations.
All of our holiday homes are located in the Manhood Peninsula, the little-known name for this West Sussex coastal enclave just south of Chichester. Famous for its white sandy blue-flag beach at West Wittering, the area has long been a popular family holiday destination and magnet for surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing enthusiasts. The seaside villages of East Wittering and Bracklesham Bay are popular with families and are well served with many beachfront rentals and a great selection of shops and restaurants. Sailing opportunities are also abundant in Chichester Harbour and the numerous sailing clubs in the estuary, including Bosham and Itchenor.
There really is something for everyone in the area; culture and heritage at Chichester’s Festival Theatre and Cathedral; bird watching at the RSPB’s Medmerry Nature Reserve; dog walking or simply having fun jumping off the sand dunes at the National Trust’s East Head; or enjoying the thrills and highlights at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood Revival, Goodwood Festival or the Estate’s new pet friendly event, Goodwoof.
As well as an in depth knowledge of the local area our team knows each and every one of our properties inside out. Let us take the stress out of finding the right holiday home for you, call Amanda on 07816 281016 to discuss your requirements and we’ll find you the perfect holiday.