Things to Do Locally

Hampshire & West Sussex

The cottage is in the South Downs National Park. There are numerous public footpaths, bridleways and cycling opportunites from the door. The Queen Elizabeth Country Park, just over the hill, offers mountain bike trails and an extensive walking area. There are beaches at West Wittering, Hayling Island and Southsea, birdwatching at Pagham Harbour and sailing in Chichester Harbour at several sailing clubs, including Itchenor, Bosham, Hayling Island, and Cobnor. Ferries ply frequently from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight.

Places To Eat

Other Local Attractions Include:

Horse racing
Goodwood or Fontwell


Goodwood Motor Events
Festival of Speed & Revival


Cowdray Park


Horse Riding
Lavant House Stables


Golf at Liphook, Cowdray
Goodwood and Hayling Island


Queen Elizabeth
Country Park


Country Park




Stansted Park
Rowlands Castle


West Dean Estate
& Gardens


The Weald & Downland
Open Air Museum in Singleton




Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
& Mary Rose Museum


Roman Palace








Festival Theatre






Uppark House
& Garden


Pallant House


Sculpture Park


South Downs
National Park


Ancient Farm




Places To Eat

The George, Finchdean

Wonderful old-fashioned scruffy country pub. They love dogs in the front bar, where you can also have a meal.  The slightly more grown-up restaurant area at the back is dog free.

The Robin Hood, Rowlands Castle

Quite nice, a bit suburban, has its ups and downs.  Lovely setting on the village green.

The Castle, Rowlands Castle

Right by the railway bridge.  Lovely to stop for a pint after a long walk in Stansted Park.  Food rather unremarkable and enormous old-fashioned portions.  Nice dining-room though, scrubbed tables and log fires.

The Red Lion, Chalton

We’ve only put this pub back on our list this year, and that’s because we had a terrific family lunch there only a few days ago. We also visited the church opposite where our youngest daughter was married 11 years ago.  They wanted to show it to their children!  Our lunch was delicious, really good pub grub, and the service was quick and efficient.  The inside has been done up recently, a hugely welcome change from the past and the garden is great for the summer, with glorious wide views.

Four London Road, Horndean

Only a couple of years old, this pizza joint in the middle of Horndean has built its reputation really well.  Recent guests in the cottage loved it!  They do takeaways too, but I think you will have to collect them.  There’s a lovely story about the chefs making something like 36 pizzas for the hard pressed staff at Queen Alexandra Hospital last year.  They must be lovely people!

The Woodmancote Arms, Woodmancote

Wacky fun pub with upmarket pub grub, used to be run by a gay couple, who have left recently.  Really good value and lots to look at! We did love it but haven’t been for a while.  If you go there, please let us know what you think!

The Victoria Inn, West Marden

We go here often for supper.  They are really fun, and the food is great pub grub. They will give you 10% off your bill if you tell them you’re staying with us! We’re hoping to do this with lots of our local pubs, but it is a work in progress!

The lovely landlady here, Donna, has been very ill indeed with Covid 19.  Her partner has raised a HUGE amount of money because of this to help families with members very ill with the virus. She has recovered well and we believe her daughter is now running the pub.

The Richmond Arms, West Ashling

This pub is pure heaven!  It’s actually much more than a pub, a proper special occasion dinner place.  We just love it, and the food is outstanding and has won all sorts of awards.  Run by a delightful husband and wife team who achieve the highest standards.  Try it – it’s really worth the extra few pounds (money, and round your tummy!)

Hamilton Arms, Stedham

Nr Midhurst (just off the A272 between Rogate and Midhurst)

A Thai establishment   If you like Thai food, then this is the place for you!  It has a great atmosphere, and is usually packed with noisy fun-filled families.  Do try it, you won’t be disappointed.

White Hart, South Harting

Recently taken over by new people and thoroughly refurbished.  We haven’t tried it yet, but apparently it’s lovely, much more up-to-date, really comfortable and delicious food.

Five Bells, Buriton

This is one of our favourites for supper in the deep mid-winter.  The menu isn’t terribly ambitious, but the atmosphere is wonderful and cosy, specially if you ask for a table by the fire in the little room!

Three Horseshoes, Elsted

This pub is brilliant for a summer day.  The garden has spectacular views over the downs, with lots of room for children to run about unhindered.  Cosy in the winter too, if you eat in the ‘old’ bit by the bar.  I find the tables in the dining room set out rather regimentally, but that might have changed!

Elsted Inn, Elsted

This is lovely – small, super food last time we visited, on the way north to Midhurst and beyond from here – or back again!

The Old House at Home, Chidham

We LOVE this pub!  Very close to where we keep our boat, so often pop in for a pint or a meal after sailing.  For guests it would be fab after a walk along the foreshore at Cobnor. Enchanting small garden, so book in plenty of time!

Of course there are loads more local pubs but if we listed them all it would take your whole holiday to read about them! A couple more worth checking out if you’re in that area – the Thomas Lord in West Meon, and the Fox Goes Free in East Dean.  Also The Old House at Home in West Wittering when you come off the beach! We enjoy them all when we visit.

We hope you have a wonderful time here!

Sally Lang

April 2021

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